August 17, 2023

The fast-spreading wildfire on Maui left some residents with only seconds to escape. This week, ʻAhahui Haku Moʻolelo (Hawaiian Journalists Association) and AAJA-Hawaiʻi published a guide for journalists covering the tragedy. 
Photo by Philip Cheung/The New York Times



From AAJA-HQ: Covering the Lāhainā wildfire on Maui with accuracy, respect, and empathy

Statement ʻAhahui Haku Moʻolelo (Hawaiian Journalists Association) and AAJA-Hawaiʻi issued a statement encouraging sensitivity and precision in reporting on the devastating Lāhainā wildfire. Read the full guidance here.

VOICES stories "A community in healing: Monterey Park, 6 months after the shooting" by Amber X. Chen, Ryan Doan-Nguyen, Sejal Govindarao, River Zhang and Naomi Vanderlip was cross-published by the Los Angeles Public Press. View all VOICES stories on their new website.


🌠 AAJA Community Awards Spotlight: Corinne Chin, Mentor of the Year

“Corinne's mentorship extends beyond her official roles and responsibilities. She goes above and beyond to create a safe and inclusive space for mentees, offering emotional support, listening with empathy, and providing valuable advice based on her own experiences. She leads by example, demonstrating the importance of representation and diversity in the media industry, and actively works towards breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for underrepresented communities.” 

Read about all the AAJA Community Award winners.


🗓 AAJA Events

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AAJA-Washington, D.C. gathered to watch the opening week screening of Randall Park’s directorial debut, “Shortcomings” on Thursday, Aug. 3.

AAJA-Michigan members and the Detroit chapters of NABJ, SPJ and PRSA gathered for Michigan Media Access Day on Saturday, Aug. 12.

August 24 | AAJA-New York’s “Talking Books: Panel Discussion with Prachi Gupta on her new memoir, They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies that Raised Us” | On Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., join AAJA-New York, SAJA and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for a chat with Prachi Gupta about her new memoir. RSVP here.

August 26 | AAJA+’s Quarterly Meet | On Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m., join AAJA+ on Zoom for a debrief on #AAJA23, next steps for the group, and more. Join here.

August 31 | AAJA-Chicago’s Chicago Unity Picnic | On Thursday, Aug. 31, join AAJA-Chicago and the Chicago chapters of NABJ, NAHJ, NLGJA, the Trans Journalists Association, and the Chicago Headline Club for a picnic co-sponsored by Block Club Chicago at 5:30 p.m. at Promontory Point. RSVP here.

September 16 | AAJA-Los Angeles’s Randy Hagihara Coaching Day | Join AAJA-LA, Cal State LA and LGBTQ Journalists of LA in honoring Randy Hagihara by applying to be a mentor for one-on-one coaching sessions on Saturday, Sept. 16. The sessions will be followed by lunch and a panel. | Apply by Sunday, Aug. 27 and learn more here.

September 17 | AAJA-Sacramento’s Dim Sum Mixer | Join AAJA-Sacramento for dim sum on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at Ming Dynasty to reconnect, enjoy great food and good company. RSVP here.


📓 News & Resources

partner organizations The Native American Journalists Association is now the Indigenous Journalists Association. At their 2023 conference in Winnipeg, Canada, the group voted to change the name to be more inclusive of Indigenous journalists worldwide.

AAJA member highlight Linda Yu was highlighted in a recent Bánh Mì Chronicles podcast episode, where she discussed her decades-long career and navigating being an Asian American woman in Chicago news television.

survey A study found that Asian and Asian American college students in the U.S. were disproportionately impacted by discrimination during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for greater mental health awareness within Asian and Asian American communities. 

AAJA in the media The International Journalists’ Network highlighted “How to Keep Your Content and Brand Voice Fresh as Social Platforms Evolve,” a panel at #AAJA23, where speakers gave advice about adopting Threads.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • "‘We’re all family’: Angelenos tied to Maui gather in grief at Carson’s Back Home in Lahaina" by Lucas Kwan Peterson, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Tourists and locals recount vastly different paths out of Maui’s deadly fires” by Kimmy Yam and Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News
  • “Revealing the Smithsonian’s ‘Racial Brain Collection’” by Nicole Dungca and Claire Healy, with support from a team that includes AAJA members Junne Alcantara, Grace Moon, Hannah Dormido, Andrew Ba Tran, and Arjun Singh, The Washington Post 
  • “My grandmother moved from Korea to attend SMU in the ’50s. Her story is mine too” by Elizabeth Myong, The Dallas Morning News
  • “S.F. puts Pacific Islander Cultural District on map. Will community follow it back to the city?” by Harry Mok, The San Francisco Chronicle 
  • “Asians in L.A. have the third-largest population — but the smallest voting share” by Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News
  • “How Mattel Tried to Silence Me And Other Young Women Writing About Body Image” by Allison Torres Burtka, HuffPost
  • “Randall Park says meaningful representation can feel like the ‘airing of dirty laundry’” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “What a ‘Human-Centered’ Approach Can Do for Workers With Disabilities” by Wendy Lu, The New York Times

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.
  • AAJA-Hawai‘i's 2023 Media Newsroom Diversity Survey | This survey seeks to establish a baseline for diversity in Hawai’i’s news media. It also aims to inform news consumers and media organizations about hiring and retention trends for underrepresented journalists. | Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 31. | Fill out the survey here.

External Opportunities: 

  • American Press Institute’s Civic Discourse and Community Voices Fund 2023 | This grant opportunity is designed to empower local and community-based news organizations with funds and peer learning to begin or enhance civic discourse initiatives, paying special attention to the diversity of voices and people included in such work. | Deadline: Monday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. ET. | Learn more here
  • National Association of Science Writers (NASW)’s #SciWri23 | AAJA members are offered a discount to the ScienceWriters2023 annual conference. The conference will offer sessions online and in-person. | Early Registration Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 31. | Learn more here

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