October 20, 2022

The FYLPRO-Tayo team won AAJA-L.A.’s Virtual Trivia Bowl last Friday, Oct. 14. They celebrated their Filipino American pride as they were announced the winners. Read AAJA-L.A.’s Twitter thread for a recap. Photo from Leezel Tanglao



From AAJA-HQ: Creating Space for Leadership and Community

Guidance AAJA is reviewing newsrooms’ use of the Japanese word “kamikaze” to describe Russian drone attacks on Ukraine. We expect to provide further guidance as we look into the matter.

National Board Special Election AAJA is proud to announce that Frank Bi will be the incoming Senior Vice President for the remainder of the 2022-2023 term. After three years as AAJA-New York president, he returns to the national board. He previously served as the Vice President of Journalism Programs, Convention Programming Chair and Training Director. Learn more here.

Broadcast Snapshot Report AAJA is preparing to release its first broadcast snapshot report. The report uses data to dive into whether the on-air staff covering local news in the top 20 media markets includes a representative number of AAPIs. You can read a summary of the report here. The national team is looking for members who work in TV news to share their professional and personal experiences. These testimonials will be used as part of the rollout for the report. You can submit your testimonial here. The deadline is Oct. 31.

Membership Updates

  • Chapter Elections As chapters prepare for the year’s end, please remember to renew your membership to be included in AAJA’s chapter rosters and participate in chapter elections, which will be held before Nov. 1. For assistance, contact support@aaja.org
  • Affinity Group Renewal Affinity group renewal applications are due every year. Don't forget to renew your affinity group by Nov. 15 to be included in AAJA's rosters. Contact svp@aaja.org with any questions.

VeryAAJA We’re continuing to ship out our VeryAAJA shirts — reserve yours here! These shirts, a collaboration with AAJA and The Very Asian Foundation, founded by members Michelle Li and Gia Vang, come with any donation of $40 or more to AAJA.


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events

Visit our revamped events calendar for more chapter events!

Oct. 21 | AAJA-Tokyo’s Autumn Gathering | Join AAJA-Tokyo for a community gathering featuring a talk session with author Jake Adelstein in the Bloomberg Tokyo Office on Friday, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. JST. Learn more here.

Oct. 27 | AAJA-Los Angeles’ AAPI Health Disparities: A Hidden Crisis | Save the date for AAJA-L.A.’s discussion, featuring Stella Yi, Monika Lee and Richard Pan, moderated by Usha Lee McFarling, on Asian American-related health disparities on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. PT. RSVP here

Nov. 7 | AAJA News Nerds’ Virtual Mixer | AAJA News Nerds is back with a virtual mixer on Monday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET. Join in to meet others in the intersection of news and tech. Register here.


📓 News & Resources

diversity in journalism NBCU Academy's Equity Lab article discusses racist and ableist everyday language used in newsrooms to guide them towards better editorial practices.

guides The Texas Tribune translated its voter guides into multiple languages, including Vietnamese, Spanish and Tagalog

nonprofit news The Columbia Journalism Review found that nonprofit news employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness if they apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) by October 31. 

report Stop AAPI Hate released a new report on how political rhetoric fuels anti-Asian scapegoating and harms Asian American communities. 

obituary Percy Lapid, a long-time Filipino radio commentator and host of “Lapid Fire,” was killed on Oct. 3 and is the second journalist to be killed under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Read his obituary.

press freedom Maria Ressa spoke about her new book "How to Stand up to a Dictator" and the threat that disinformation campaigns pose to democracies at the Sixth Filipino American International Book Festival in a conversation moderated by Benjamin Pimentel.

event recap Last week, AAJA-Philly and NAHJ-Philly hosted an event with Anthony Ocampo, who spoke about the similarities of the Filipino and Latino experiences in the United States.

AAJA in the media Sera Tikotikoivatu-Sefeti, recipient of the NAJA-AAJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship, spoke about the importance of amplifying Pacific Islander voices in the climate fight for big nations to notice and be accountable for their actions.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


Free Chol Soo Lee 📺

If you’re an AAJA-N.Y., L.A. or S.F./Bay Area member, you may have seen screenings of the riveting true crime documentary “Free Chol Soo Lee,” now streaming exclusively on MUBI. 

This unmissable Sundance selection (from journalists Julie Ha & Eugene Yi) chronicles the story of Chol Soo Lee, a Korean-American whose wrongful murder conviction ignited an unprecedented social movement. Drawing on rich archival footage and personal accounts, the film forms an urgent testament to the power of collective action and the human cost of incarceration. 

Watch free for one month at mubi.com/aaja.

On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • “After Day Care Massacre, Thailand Is Roiled With Grief” by Sui-Lee Wee, Ryn Jirenuwat and Muktita Suhartono, The New York Times
  • “How L.A.'s Little Manila Disappeared Without a Trace” by Agnes Constante, KCET
  • “A personal reckoning, and the truth comes out of the closet” by Bobby Caina Calvan, The Associated Press
  • “He escaped North Korea, then risked everything to go back for his mom” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Min Joo Kim, The Washington Post
  • “Plight of WA’s Hmong farmers underscores disparities in US agriculture” by Omar Shaikh Rashad, The Seattle Times
  • “D.C. Chinatown residents warn Philly about impact of proposed Sixers arena” by Harry Guey-Lee, Eddie Moy and Jack Lee, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “What Indigenous Peoples’ Day means to Native Americans” by Harmeet Kaur, CNN
  • “I always avoided family duties. Then my dad had a fall and everything changed” by Megan Tan, NPR
  • “Invisibilia: Therapy Ghostbusters” by Stephanie Foo and Rachel Martin, NPR/Up First
  • “Stop the victim narrative, and other tips for covering working-class women” by Paul Cheung, Erika Owens and Ryan Pitts, Source/OpenNews

P.S. To read more pieces by Filipino journalists, check out Six Degrees of Lechon!


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-Chicago and The Chicago Tribune’s David Ibata Scholarship | AAJA-Chicago is seeking applicants for this scholarship in honor of chapter co-founder David Ibata, which includes a paid, full-time summer 2023 internship with The Chicago Tribune. | Deadline: Oct. 22, 2022 | Apply here.
  • AAJA-L.A. and The L.A. Times 2023 Henry Fuhrmann Multiplatform Editing Summer Internship | The Times and AAJA-L.A. honor Henry Fuhrmann’s memory by jointly funding this copy editing internship. | Deadline: Jan. 10, 2023 | Apply here
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | AAJA is seeking experts for AAJA Studio, an Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) speakers bureau. Learn more and join here.

Did you produce some great journalism recently, or see good work from others? Put work on our radar to feature in our next member highlights.

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