August 31, 2023

The beloved 150-year-old banyan tree in the historic town of Lahaina, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, was charred but standing after wildfires destroyed most of the town this month. (Philip Cheung/The New York Times)


  • Reminder for chapters: Complete your elections by Wednesday, Nov. 1
  • Deeper dive into Maui wildfires: “Naka Nathaniel: Here Are The Deeper Truths About Maui” by Naka Nathaniel, Honolulu Civil Beat
  • Deeper dive into Maui wildfires: “After devastating Maui fires, let’s center people, not tourism” by Naomi IshisakaThe Seattle Times
  • Deeper dive into Maui wildfires: “Why Hawaiian sovereignty has undeniable context for the Maui fires” by Kimmy YamNBC News
  • Announcing the recipients of our AAJA PITF-IJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship
  • JCamp 2023 story highlight: "The Korean War Memorial: Remembering the 'Forgotten Conflict'" by Alex KimJCamp 2023

From AAJA-HQ: History and hope amidst tragedy

Chapter Elections Reminder: The deadline to complete chapter board elections is Wednesday, Nov. 1. Interested in growing your leadership skills? Connect with your local AAJA chapter board.

AAJA PITF-IJA Scholarship Congratulations to Hope Jane Saena and Kanani Cortez, recipients of our AAJA-IJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship! They will receive $5,000 to further their journalism careers.

JCamp Stories Our 2023 JCamp cohort’s stories are now available on JCamp’s Medium account! These 30 talented students gathered in Washington, D.C. in July to gain new skills and work on their own reporting stories. Read their work here.

AAJA23 Did you participate in the QR Code Scavenger Hunt in the expo hall during convention? The winning phrase was: #MoreAAPINewsLeaders! Winners have been contacted. We thank all those who participated and send a special shoutout to our generous sponsors CNN & WBD SportsMcDonald's and Armoire for the prizes!

AAJA Student Groups Welcome back to our student groups! Follow AAJA’s newest George Washington University and American University groups on social media and learn more about the University of Texas at Austin and San Diego State University’s student group boards.


🗓 AAJA Events

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Back to school: AAJA student groups introduce themselves to new members at University of Texas Austin, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and San Diego State University.

September 5 | AAJA-Asia’s Convo Sessions | On Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. HKT, join AAJA-Asia for a student-led discussion with Grace Shao, associate director at FGS Global. RSVP here.

September 9 | AAJA To Go: AAJA-Portland’s Coffee & Cocktail Social | Join AAJA-Portland at 40 LBS Coffee Bar for demonstrations of latte art and cocktails on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. RSVP here by Friday, Sept. 1. 

September 9 | AAJA-New York's Fall Picnic | Join AAJA-New York at Sheep Meadow in Central Park for a back-to-school picnic on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. RSVP here.

September 16 | AAJA-Asia’s Convo Sessions | On Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. HKT, join AAJA-Asia for a student-led talk with Juyoung Choi, a digital producer at Al Jazeera Media Network. RSVP 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.


🌠 AAJA Community Awards Spotlight: Naomi Ishisaka, Changemaker of the Year

“As president for AAJA's Seattle chapter, Naomi pushes to provide scholarships for student and mid-career journalists of color; build stronger connections with other local journalism organizations and media groups of color; mentor young journalists and encourage chapter goodwill in the community by supporting local AAPI-owned businesses."

Read about all the AAJA Community Award winners.


📓 News & Resources

journalism tips Nieman Reports released an article on the importance of journalists learning to negotiate salaries. Kami Rieck writes, “Not only will this empower people to ask for fair compensation, but it also contributes to the overall advancement of the journalism industry.”

resource “The most powerful stories in journalism often feature the voices of people with little power.” In their guidance, Poynter offers advice and a tool kit for journalists on interviewing vulnerable sources.


Join AARP on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT for 50 Years of Hip Hop: Business Meets Culture. MC Lyte, Daymond John and Sanjay Sharma will discuss how the connection between hip hop and entrepreneurship has been a game changer for the hip hop community. RSVP: Register here!

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  • “Naka Nathaniel: Here Are The Deeper Truths About Maui” by Naka Nathaniel, Honolulu Civil Beat
  • “After devastating Maui fires, let’s center people, not tourism” by Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times
  • “Why Hawaiian sovereignty has undeniable context for the Maui fires” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “With ‘Shortcomings,’ have Asian Americans arrived in Hollywood?” by Jeff Yang, The San Francisco Chronicle
  • "UNC police got the wrong Asian while searching for suspect, intensifying fears of racial profiling" by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “Their School Days Start With Border Patrol—and Searing Heat” by Aina Marzia, 2023 JCamp student, The New Republic
  • "I Love You More Than Dumplings" by Cayla Kwok, 2023 JCamp student
  • “This scholar is pulling back the curtain on race in Shakespeare” by Meena Venkataramanan, The Washington Post
  • “A souvenir slammed as 'white savior Barbie' has some Chinese adoptees reconnecting” by Brahmjot Kaur and Emi Tuyetnhi Tran, NBC News
  • “In the face of sea level rise, can we reimagine California’s vanishing coastline?” by Rosanna Xia, The Los Angeles Times

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

AAJA Opportunities:

  • 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.
  • AAJA-LGBTQ+ Programming Survey | Let AAJA-LGBTQ+'s leaders know what type of events you want to see for the remainder of the year and into 2024. | Fill out the survey here

External Opportunities: 

  • National Freedom of Information Coalition’s Bootcamp for Journalists of Color | Participants of this free bootcamp will undergo training and be matched with a mentor from their respective state. | Deadline: Monday, Sept. 4. | Learn more here.
  • NLGJA23 | The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists’s annual conference will be held September 7-10 at The Loews Philadelphia Hotel. | Registration deadline: Thursday, Sept. 7. | Learn more here
  • Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Media (2024) | This leadership academy will host 30 journalism leaders in St. Petersburg, Florida. | Deadline: Friday, Sept. 8. | Learn more here
  • National Freedom of Information Coalition’s FOI Summit ‘23 | The National Freedom of Information Coalition’s annual conference will be Oct. 3-5 online. | Learn more here

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