August 3, 2023

AAJA Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood (L) and President Nicole Dungca (R) present Lindi Dreibelbis, widow of the late Henry Fuhrmann, with his AAJA Lifetime Achievement Award at the AAJA23 Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 22. The Los Angeles Times editor and mentor to many died in September 2022.


  • #AAJA23 is a wrap! Read our recap
  • Fill out the Post-#AAJA23 Survey and mark your calendars for #AAJA24
  • Board elections results are in
  • Celebrate the AAJA Award winners
  • Read stories by the 2023 VOICES fellows
  • AAJA-HQ is looking for a Director of Programs and Partnerships

From AAJA-HQ: Asian American journalists find power in one another


  • Step into the highlights and memories of #AAJA23 and read this comprehensive recap of the inspiring sessions, engaging discussions and unforgettable moments.
  • Thank you all for an incredible #AAJA23! To help make next year’s convention even better, please take a moment to fill out our feedback form.
  • Celebrate our 2023 AAJA Journalism Excellence Award and Community Award winners! Learn more about their work on our awards website.
  • Mark your calendars! #AAJA24 is coming to the Hilton Austin, Texas from August 7-11, 2024. Save the date as we prepare to support fellow journalists in the majority-minority state. Room block details are not yet available.
  • VeryAAJA T-Shirt convention special extended to August 31st. Get one for $30 and two for $40 here!

Elections We’re excited to announce the results of our 2024-2025 AAJA National Governing Board officers!

  • Senior Vice President: Frank Bi 
  • VP of Communications: Anika Varty 
  • VP of Journalism Programs: Leezel Tanglao

VOICES Stories This week, we’re highlighting our 2023 VOICES fellows' work on social media! Explore their stories on the new VOICES website. If you’d like to support VOICES, which is made possible by donations and grants, consider making a tax-deductible donation.


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🌠 AAJA Community Awards Spotlight:
Jin Ding, Member of the Year

“Jin Ding, AAJA’s vice president of finance, has been a pillar for AAJA’s growth and success for several years. Her drive to advance AAJA’s mission is not just focused on the present, but also towards sustaining our future. She is the definition of a high-impact, selfless leader who exemplifies all that is great about AAJA.” 

Read about all the AAJA Community Award winners.

🗓 AAJA Events

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August 3 | AAJA-Hawai’i’s Summer 2023 Fundraiser | On Thursday, August 3 at 6 p.m., join AAJA-Hawai’i for a pau hana fundraiser to help advance diversity in Hawai’i newsrooms. Learn more here.

August 5 | AAJA-Asia’s Convo Sessions: A Talk with Sarah Wong (Reuters) | On Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m. SGT / HKT, join AAJA-Asia for exclusive online conversations with news professionals and networking among students from across the Asia Pacific region. Learn more here.


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📓 News & Resources

report A recent CDC study found that Asian children in the United States had the lowest rates of recent mental health treatment compared to children from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. Read more about the study here.

survey During the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) conducted a survey investigating the interrelations among mental health, food security and socio-economic factors among Hawiians. Read more about the survey here.

chapter news AAJA-Hawai’i is conducting a diversity survey of Hawai‘i-based professional journalists. Submit here by Thursday, August 31.

news about news While observing the closures of news organizations, Elizabeth Djinis from the Poynter Institute interviewed six early-career journalists to discuss their concerns about the future of journalism.

AAJA in the media Several organizations celebrated staffers who received AAJA Community Awards, including the Center for Public Integrity’s Jin Ding, Northwest Asian Weekly founder Assunta Ng, and the Very Asian Foundation’s Michelle Li. The Sahan Journal meanwhile celebrated its AAJA Community Engagement Award.


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Follow us on Twitter @aaja for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.

  • “So You Want to be On Air? A guide to anchoring, hosting, voiceovers and more” by May Lee
  • “How second-generation owners of 99 Ranch are turning the Asian supermarket into a national powerhouse” by Clarissa Wei, The Los Angeles Times
  • “How ‘Joy Ride’ centers Asian women’s desire in a refreshing way ” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “Between Two Worlds” by Megan Reyes
  • “Reflecting on Four Decades of Houston’s Asiatown” by Melissa Hung, Houstonia
  • “This year's Gerber Baby is a military kid from a first generation family” by Rebecca Dube, TODAY
  • “The ‘model minority’ myth hurts Asian Americans – and even leads to violence” by Margaret M. Chin and Yung-Yi Diana Pan, The Washington Post
  • “Fried Rice & Marinara” by Michael Yam
  • “Pachinko author Min Jin Lee doesn’t hold back emotions” by Randall Yip, AsAmNews

Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to post jobs or internships and stay up-to-date on available positions. Check in with your AAJA chapters for more opportunities. 

AAJA Opportunities:

  • AAJA-HQ | Are you our next Director of Programs and Partnerships? Read about the position and apply to join our small but mighty team! 
  • Team AAJA | Learn more about the team representing AAJA at the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon and donate here.
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.

External Opportunities: 

  • LAist | LAist is producing a new AAPI history-centered podcast with entirely AAPI producers will debut in spring 2024 that aims to bring those histories out into the open and explore their impact across generations is looking for family stories in California. | Learn more here.

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