November 9, 2023

On Sunday, Nov. 5, #TeamAAJA ran the TCS New York Marathon and raised nearly $20,000 for AAJA chapters and programs! Thank you to the supporters who helped them reach their fundraising goals. From left to right: Yu Chen for AAJA-Philadelphia, Will Schick for AAJA-Washington, D.C., Nicole Dungca for AAJA National and Helena Cheng for AAJA-New York, supported by AAJA-New York national representative Ron Nurwisah (center).
Watch CeFaan Kim’s clip featuring Nicole and Helena. (Photo courtesy of Naomi Tacuyan Underwood)



From AAJA-HQ: Apply to be an AAJA awards judge, 2024 chapter boards announced

Awards We are accepting volunteer judge applications for the 2024 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards! Sign up here.

2024 Chapter boards AAJA chapter board election results are in! Learn more about the incoming board of AAJA-Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for more announcements.

Affinity groups Applications for both new and renewing affinity groups are on hold while AAJA’s board reviews our bylaws. Affinity group applications will re-open in 2024. Please keep an eye out for a newsletter announcement when applications are open. 

Journalism diversity AAJA, IJA, JAWS, NABJ, NAHJ and NLGJA recently gathered in Chicago for leadership training, organizational development and to ensure stronger cooperation in the future, in order to better serve their communities and increase their collective impact in supporting multicultural democracy. Learn more here.


 🗓 AAJA Events

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David Ono’s "Defining Courage," which was featured at #AAJA22 in Los Angeles, will be playing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for a special Veteran’s Day Event on Saturday, Nov. 11. Learn more here.

Nov 15 | AAJA-Seattle’s 2023 Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Reception | Join AAJA-Seattle, the Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ) and Periodistas NW in celebrating the next generation of journalists in the Northwest on Wednesday, Nov. 15. | RSVP here

Nov 16 | AAJA-DC’s Media Diversity Happy Hour & Mixer | Join AAJA-DC, WABJ-DC, NAHJ-DC, SAJA, AMEJA, NLGJA and the Trans Journalists Association for their second annual happy hour and mixer on Thursday, Nov. 16. | Learn more here

This month 🍩 | AAJA-PDX’s Krispy Kreme Fundraiser | Join AAJA-PDX in supporting newsroom diversity by buying a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme this month. All proceeds will go towards the AAJA-SPJ Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship, which provides internships for underrepresented groups. Buy a donut and learn more here.

Dec 2 | AAJA+ Quarterly Meeting | On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET, AAJA+ will hold their quarterly meeting on Zoom. If you’re a member of AAJA+, check your inbox for the link from Yuri Nagano.

(L-R) On Friday, Oct. 27, AAJA-Arizona and Arizona State University’s AAJA student group met for an ice cream social.
On Sunday, Oct. 29, AAJA photojournalists met for a dim sum brunch in New York City. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, George Washington University's AAJA student group hosted their first panel with Kenichi Serino and Abigail Hauslohner, moderated by Nick Pasion.


📓 News & Resources

AAJA in the media A recent AAJA panel, organized by The Emory Wheel, brought together students and journalists to discuss the journalism field and build valuable connections. Panelists included CNN's Ritu Shukla, Jain Kim and Erika Wakabayashi, AAJA-Atlanta chapter president Mallika Kallingal and vice president Kelly Yamanouchi and Atlanta Journal-Constitution visual photojournalist Arvin Temka

initiative Press Forward, a $500 million initiative focused on supporting local news, is set to expand by creating local chapters in Alaska, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas and Philadelphia. Read AAJA’s joint statement with IJA, NABJ, NAHJ, ONA, Open News and the Maynard Institute about the initiative’s equitable distribution of resources to underrepresented communities.

member highlight Pooja Lodhia, a reporter at Houston's Channel 13, was featured in an interview with OutSmart. Lodhia talks about sharing stories from the LGBTQ+ community and why she believes personal stories can make the world more inclusive.


AAJA Community Awards Spotlight: Assunta Ng, Suzanne Ahn Civic Engagement & Social Justice Award Winner

"Assunta founded the non-profit Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation to award scholarships and teach leadership to high schoolers. She welcomed Asian American interns into her newsroom and hired Asian American journalists seeking or between reporting jobs. For 20 years, she spotlighted women of all ethnicities and recognized Asian American community leaders through community and awards events. When asked why she works so hard, Ng says simply, 'If we don’t make a big deal about what we do, nobody else will!' Assunta continues to run the Northwest Asian Weekly online."

Read about all the AAJA Community Award winners.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “Mental health in Mandarin Chinese: a starter kit for dialogue” by Helen Li, Phi Do and Ada Tseng, supported by Maneeza Iqbal, Vanessa Martínez, Frank Shyong, Jaimie Ding, Agnes Constante and Thomas Suh Lauder, The Los Angeles Times
  • “AAPI Judge nominated to Hawaiʻi Supreme Court” by Akemi Tamanaha, AsAmNews
  • “For the 1st time since Covid, anti-Asian hate dropped. What's behind the 33% decrease.” by Kimmy Yam and Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News
  • “Hawaii Bribery Scandal Casts a Shadow Over Lahaina’s Ruins” by Blaze Lovell, The New York Times
  • “In Jeff Yang’s illustrated history ‘The Golden Screen,’ breadth is freedom” by Meena Venkataramanan, The Boston Globe
  • “Curtis Chin’s memoir puts everything on the table” by Meena Venkataramanan, The Washington Post
  • “How S.F.'s Chinatown is trying to draw international tourists during APEC” by Aldo Toledo, The San Francisco Chronicle 
  • “Big Pharma Wants to Use AI to Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials” by Nacha Cattan and Kanoko Matsuyama, Bloomberg
  • “A runner finds a sense of belonging on an Alaskan retreat for people of color” by Allison Torres Burtka, The Seattle 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:

  • *Deadline approaching* 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: Wednesday, Nov. 15. | Fill out the survey here.
  • *Deadline approaching* AAJA-Chicago's 2024 David Ibata Scholarship | AAJA-Chicago offers a paid, full-time summer 2024 internship at the Chicago Tribune in honor of chapter co-founder and longtime Chicago Tribune journalist David Ibata for his dedication to empowering the voice of Asian Americans. | Deadline: Sunday, Nov. 19. | Apply here.
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Join here to share your professional expertise.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • AAJA Style Guide | Join us in reshaping AAPI coverage and news standards.
  • AAJA-Chicago | 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.

External and Partner Opportunities: 

  • *Deadline extended* 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: Sunday, Nov. 12. | Learn more here.
  • NBCU’s Summer Internship Program | On Monday, Nov. 13, NBCU will launch their summer internship program applications and host a virtual panel for students interested in applying. | Learn more here.
  • AAPI Data seeks Director of Policy | The Director of Policy leads the development and execution of strategies to engage public agencies and policymakers on data equity for AA and NHPI populations. | Learn more here.
  • AAPI Data seeks Director of Communications | The Director of Communications develops and implements strategies for disseminating research and data to inform public discourse and decision-making. | Learn more here.

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