October 12, 2023

The muzzles of artillery pointed towards Gaza. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)



From AAJA-HQ: Chapter elections and leadership, AAJA membership meeting

Chapter Elections Chapter Elections Interested in joining an AAJA chapter board? Let your local chapter leader know! AAJA-Chicago and AAJA-Sacramento are still taking online nominations. For guidance on chapter elections, view our suggested timeline.

Chapter Leadership AAJA leaders held a virtual session on Sept. 26th on how an AAJA chapter role can equip you with valuable leadership skills, open doors to AAJA national leadership and career advancement within your workplace. Watch the highlights here

AAJA Membership Meeting AAJA’s board will hold a membership meeting on Sunday, Oct. 15. During the meeting, the board will recap our 2023 national convention in Washington, D.C. and provide an update around our 2024 national convention, slated for August 7-11 in Austin, Texas. There will also be time for Q&A during the presentations. To RSVP, check your email associated with your AAJA account.


 🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

AAJA will host an AMA Mixer with NBCU AAPI Journalists following NBCU's Next Level Summit program on Thursday, October 19 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET via Zoom. With the Next Level Summit’s theme, Know Your Audience, we will invite current members of AAJA to engage NBCU AAPI journalists around their roles at NBCU and how their experience and perspective as an AAPI journalist has allowed them to connect with their audience.
RSVP here.

October 14 | AAPI Community Mixer hosted by Team AAJA and APIAVote | Join Team AAJA and APIAVote for a community mixer at Lost Generation Brewery in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. RSVP here.

October 16 | AAJA-New York’s Book Launch with Amy Yee | Join AAJA-NY for the launch of Amy Yee’s book, “Far From the Rooftop of the World: Travels Among Tibetan Refugees on Four Continents,” and a conversation about Tibetan stories on Monday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.

October 17 | AAJA-New York’s 2023 Trivia Cup | Join AAJA-NY on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at All Star Sports Bar for trivia night! Raffle prizes will be available, and proceeds will go towards supporting AAJA-NY chapter’s marathon runner, Helena Cheng. RSVP here.

October 28 | AAJA-Portland’s Building a Better Journalist Conference | Join AAJA-PDX at the University of Oregon, Portland on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m. for a journalism conference with discussion panels, presentations and a networking fair. RSVP here.

November 1 | AAJA Caregivers' Virtual Meeting | Save the date for an AAJA Caregivers virtual meeting on Wednesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Join at this link.

AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area held a mixer and panel about the changing landscape of journalism with The Very Asian Foundation at the Lion's Den Bar and Lounge in San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

AAJA’s American University student group officially launched with a panel ft. AAJA members Aarushi Sahejpal, Paul Cheung, Emilie Ikeda and Theodore Kim on Thursday, Sept. 28.

AAJA’s San Diego State University student group gathered for a special performance by comedian Fumi Abe and handed out custom keychains at the JMS Screening Circle on Wednesday, Oct. 4.


📓 News & Resources

statement AAJA stands with IWMF in calling for the safety of journalists reporting in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Resources and assistance from the IWMF can be found here.

resource guide The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA) updated their resource guide for journalists covering violence in Israel and Gaza. They remind journalists and news managers to include historical context, use precise language and verify information in their coverage.

freelance tips AAJA ELP 2023 alum Mallory Carra published freelancing tips in her article “How to Be A Successful Freelance Journalist,” which featured Katherine Reynolds Lewis and AAJA VOICES 2023 fellow Amber X. Chen. The NBCU Academy article offers five important tips, including starting early and finding work where you can.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “Indians surpass Chinese as largest 'Asian-alone' group in U.S.” by Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News
  • “How my family and I are preserving a slice of Chinese-American history” by Amy Wu, The South China Morning Post 
  • “NYFW hosts Rise's third annual survivors fashion show” by Katie Phang, MSNBC 
  • 📚 “Far From the Rooftop of the World” by Amy Yee, AAJA’s 2023 Excellence in Political Reporting winner. The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. will host a book talk on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
  • 📚 “Smithsonian Asian Pacific American History, Art, and Culture in 101 Objects” by Theo Gonzalvez, featured at #AAJA23’s Smithsonian Event. The book will release on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
  • “How Kim Ng changed the Marlins: ‘She’s relentless in trying to figure out how to improve’” by Brittany Ghiroli, The Athletic
  • "Alice Wu's 'Saving Face' Told a Queer Asian Story When It Was Far From the Mainstream" by Jireh Deng, PopSugar

AAJA-HQ Staff Updates

AAJA is proud to welcome three new staff members to our team! Learn about them below.

Felicia Chanco, Director of Special Initiatives

In 2016, Felicia started Felicious Events, a multiplatform production company that centers communication, experience and accessibility. She created her business in response to chaotic corporate experiences in hopes of creating a more holistic productive space. In the past 3 years, Felicia has refined her portfolio of work to support API, LGBTQ+, POC and Arts organizations to advocate for equitable access to her own and allied communities. 

Will Schick, Director of Program and Partnerships

Will Schick previously served as editor-in-chief of Street Sense Media, a nonprofit newsroom that covers homelessness and poverty issues in Washington, D.C. He has a MFA in creative writing from American University and a master’s in journalism from New York University. Prior to becoming a journalist, Will served for 11 years in the Marine Corps.

Nicole Yu, Communications and Programs Coordinator

Nicole Yu recently graduated with her Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism at American University. She also completed her Bachelor's degree, in Political Science and Journalism, at American University. During that time, she created video packages on topics from mental health in college to a 7 minute documentary about a yoga studio in Bethesda embracing mahjong. Nicole danced competitively for 11 years and joined the AU Dance Team for all 4 years of undergrad.


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-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.

External Opportunities: 

  • Medill Seeks Data Journalism Expert | Medill seeks to hire a scholar or practitioner with deep expertise in data journalism or quantitative data analysis. The position will involve teaching introductory and advanced data journalism courses to undergraduate and graduate Medill students and leading high-impact, student-centered data journalism projects, often in collaboration with industry partners. | Deadline: Monday, Oct. 23.Learn more here.
  • The 19th Seeks Managing Editor | In this role, the remote managing editor will be responsible for day-to-day editorial directions and news management, production and planning. | Deadline: Monday, Oct. 23. | Learn more here.
  • Sports Journalism Institute (SJI) 2023 | This nine-week training and internship program is aimed at college students who are interested in sports reporting and a career in sports journalism. SJI also works to uplift women and minorities in the world of sports journalism. | Deadline to apply: Friday, Nov. 3. | Learn more here.

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