January 18, 2024

Award winners are honored by Frank Bi and Shirley Qiu at #AAJA23's gala in Washington, D.C. (L-R) Shirley Cai, Anh Do, Teresa Watanabe, Julie Patel, Naomi Ishisaka, Soogi Hong, Gia Vang, Michelle Li, Assunta Ng and Jin Ding. Submit your work for a Journalism Excellence Award or nominate for a Community Award by Monday, Jan. 22. (Photo: Sangsuk Sylvia Kang)



From AAJA-HQ: 2024 Awards deadline approaching, join AAJA’s Convention Programming Committee

Last chance to submit or nominate to AAJA's 2024 Awards: There are only four days left to submit your work or nominate for our 2024 Journalism Excellence and Community Awards! Share your #AAJAExcellence by Monday, Jan. 22


  • Get excited for #AAJA24 in Austin, Texas! Let us know your pitches for programming and speakers, and take your pitch ideas to the next level by joining AAJA’s Convention Programming Committee. Apply by Monday, Feb. 5 and submit pitches by Monday, Feb. 12
  • Got questions about #AAJA24? We’re here to answer your questions at an Ask Me Anything session on Monday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET! You’ll hear from our Convention Programming Committee leads. Register here.
  • AAJA-Sacramento is offering stipends for its members to help cover #AAJA24 convention costs. Learn more and apply here by Friday, March 15.

ELP There’s only a few more days until the deadline to apply to our Executive Leadership Program (ELP). If you’re a mid to senior-level career professional and want to expand your leadership skills, this is the program for you! Apply by Saturday, Jan. 20.

AAJA-NY member pitch form AAJA-New York wants to know how they can better serve their members this year. Fill out the survey here.


 🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

Jan 20 | AAJA-Arizona and ASU’s AAJA Student Group Boba Bash | Join AAJA-Arizona and ASU’s AAJA student group for a boba bash at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Jan 27 | AAJA-Los Angeles’ Lunar New Year Party | Join AAJA-Los Angeles at 6 p.m. for a Lunar New Year celebration at the Japanese American National Museum. RSVP here.

Jan 30 | Voices of AAPI Communities: Unveiling Insights from New AAPI Data/AP-NORC Survey | Join AAJA, AAPI Data, AP-NORC and APIAVote for the next Voices of AAPI Communities briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The briefing will focus on the economy, inflation and debt. Learn more and register here.

Feb 9 | AAJA-Chicago’s Trivia Bowl | Join AAJA-Chicago’s Trivia Bowl for dinner, trivia and raffle prizes at 5:30 p.m. at Northwestern University’s Medill campus downtown. Raffle prizes include signed baseballs from Cubs and Sox players and tickets to the Joffrey Ballet. RSVP here.

Feb 10 | Ten Times Better world premiere | Ten Times Better, a documentary about Asian American dance pioneer, George Lee, is premiering at the Lincoln Center in New York. The film was co-produced by Jon Funabiki. Learn more and buy tickets here.


📓 News & Resources

member highlight Ryan Doan-Nguyen, 2023 VOICES fellow, was featured in an NBC News segment about children of immigrants sharing their experiences with racism in Massachusetts. Doan-Nguyen talks about people not understanding his Southeast Asian identity and how he embraced his culture and heritage despite being mislabeled and misunderstood.

institute for independent journalists foundation survey If you’ve experienced a journalism layoff or buyout in the past year, the Institute for Independent Journalists Foundation needs your input. ILJ is conducting a census of journalists who were laid off and bought out recently. The goal is to understand the demographics, such as race, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ identity and age, of the nearly 3,000 people who left journalism organizations as they reduced the size of their workforces recently. To learn more or get involved, please email census@theiij.com or join our email list here. Take the census survey here.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Leezel Tanglao, 2020-2022 Convention Programming Committee co-lead

Leezel Tanglao, Assistant Managing Editor, Digital @ The Dallas Morning News

CPC co-chair 2020-2022

"Joining AAJA's CPC is the best way you can contribute to the crucial conversations facing our industry today. Instead of watching from the sidelines and wondering why they didn't cover this issue or topic, be part of the conversation by joining the CPC. Help decide the topics that impact everyone from students to veteran journalists. Help surface and highlight community issues that need more attention from journalists. Also, it's a great way to work with a team from all over the country and disciplines that will last beyond the convention."

Thank you, Leezel, for your leadership on the Convention Programming Committee! Apply to the CPC for #AAJA24 in Austin, Texas by Monday, Feb. 5. 


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “Ohtani and the Dodgers are donating over $1 million to victims of Japan's earthquakes” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “‘American Born Chinese’ Canceled After One Season at Disney+” by Joe Otterson, Variety
  • “Electric Futures,” produced by Mallory Carra, 2023 ELP alum and 2023 VOICES Editor, University of Southern California
  • “The Most Wildly Entertaining Action Thriller of the Year Has a Crucial Secret Weapon” by Jon O’Brien, Inverse
  • “‘Past Lives’ Wins Best Picture From National Society of Film Critics (Full Winners List)” by Valerie Wu, Variety
  • “Golden Globes 2024: S.F. native Ali Wong makes history — and headlines” by Mariecar Mendoza and Shwanika Narayan, Datebook
  • ‘Beef’ wins five Emmys, Steven Yeun and Ali Wong first-time winners” by Akemi Tamanaha, AsAmNews

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. 

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  • *Deadline approaching: AAJA Excellence Awards | Sign up here to help judge the 2024 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • *Deadline approaching: AAJA Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Sign up here to join the judging committee for our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships.
  • 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.

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