January 4, 2024

The sun shines through clouds above Erhai Lake in Dali, Yunnan Province, China. (Photo courtesy of Michael Yamashita)


  • Apply for AAJA's opportunities including awards, scholarships and more programs
  • Make your voice heard in AAJA’s Leadership of Color Survey by Monday, Jan. 8

From AAJA-HQ: Take our Baseline Media Survey, important Slack notice

Happy New Year The AAJA-HQ team wishes our #AAJAFamily a safe and joyous 2024! 

Chapter election results Meet the 2024 chapter board of AAJA-Hawaii and AAJA-Philadelphia.

AAJA Survey There are only a few days left to take AAJA’s survey on the experiences of journalists of color in the newsroomMake your voice heard by Monday, Jan. 8.

AAJA+ convention survey AAJA+ wants to know what you want to learn and discuss in Austin. Tell us what topics you want to see on the 2024 convention agenda, or pitch your own session. Fill out the survey here.

Affinity groups Applications for new and renewing affinity groups are on hold while AAJA’s board reviews our bylaws. Please keep an eye out for a newsletter announcement when applications reopen.

Notice for all AAJA Slack community members: To maintain your access to our Slack workspace, please ensure your AAJA membership is current; non-members will lose access to the Slack community on January 15. To renew, log into the member portal here. Please use the same email address for membership and Slack; for any assistance reach out to support@aaja.org. Keep your connection to our vibrant community active!


 🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

AAJA-Atlanta celebrated the end of 2023.

Jan 5 | AAJA+’s Wellness Workshop and Quarterly Task Force Meeting | Join AAJA+ for a short wellness workshop to kick off 2024 before their quarterly task force meeting on Friday, Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET. Click here for the Zoom link.


📓 News & Resources

study A National Association of Hispanic Journalists two-year survey found a lack of diversity among investigative reporters and editors in major metro newsrooms; The New York Times and The Washington Post were among the organizations that declined to participate. Read the full study here.

member highlight Javon Huynh, a 2023 VOICES fellow, talks about his journey from wanting to enter the education field to becoming a journalism graduate at Georgia Southern University. During his undergrad, Huynh advocated for minority voices and contributed to a CNN article on racism against Asian Americans.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Frank Bi, Convention Programming Committee Co-Lead

Frank Bi, Director of Tools & Technology, Star Tribune

CPC Chair 2017-2019, 2023

"There's a lot to gain personally from participating on the convention programming committee. For me, collaborating with AAJA staff, volunteers, speakers and attendees has made me a better leader. The experience has also given me a better perspective not only in the journalism industry, but also where AAJA's mission fits into the broader landscape of nonprofits. That said, if you enjoy tackling challenges and want to lead AAJA in thought leadership, then this committee is where you want to be."

Thank you, Frank, for your leadership on the Convention Programming Committee! Stay tuned for an announcement to apply to the CPC for #AAJA24 in Austin, Texas.


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:

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • AAJA Leadership of Color Survey | Help us shape our narratives and complete the survey by Monday, Jan. 8.
  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.
  • AAJA-Chicago Volunteer | Fill out the form to learn more about how to participate as a volunteer mentor for AAJA-Chicago's "Coffee with a Journalist" program.
  • AAJA Excellence Awards | Sign up here to help judge the 2024 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • AAJA Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Sign up here to join the judging committee for our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships.

👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “Asian American Officials Cite Unfair Scrutiny and Lost Jobs in China Spy Tensions” by Edward Wong and Amy Qin, The New York Times
  • “The Greatest Game Ever Played Behind Barbed Wire” by Lisa Heyamoto, narratively
  • “Lahaina looks forward: From middle schoolers to the mayor, what locals see for the historic town’s future” by Sakshi Venkatraman and Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “There’s Not Just One Way to Be Japanese” by Luna Melissa Isomoto, The New York Times
  • “Asians in U.S. have highest exposure to cancer-linked 'forever chemicals' among all races” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News

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