November 17, 2022

Congratulations to #TeamAAJA for making it across the finish line at the New York Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 6! From left to right: Kimberly Yuen for AAJA-Hawai'i and AAJA-N.Y., Jin K. Ding for AAJA-D.C., Ron Nurwisah for AAJA-N.Y., Frank Bi for AAJA-Minnesota and AAJA-N.Y., Adrienne Luis for AAJA-L.A., Sophia Cai for AAJA-D.C. and Kelyn Soong for AAJA-D.C.



From AAJA-HQ: Looking Towards the Future with the #AAJAFamily

Database Transition Our CRM continues to undergo maintenance as we transition to MemberSuite. You will not be able to renew, register or make other changes to your membership for the time being. We will keep you updated. Thank you for your patience.

Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships We’re excited to announce that applications for AAJA’s scholarships, internships and fellowships are now open! Most applications in this round are due by January 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT, but please check each individual opportunity for its exact deadline. To view all opportunities for internships, scholarships and fellowships, please visit our scholarships and internships page.

AAJA Defined We talked to our 2022 Dinah Eng Leadership Fellows Jill Kunishima, Analisa Puod and Bernice Sibucao about their takeaways on newsroom leadership from their training programs.

Chapter Elections AAJA-New England, AAJA-Washington, D.C. and AAJA-Hawai'i have announced their chapter election results. Stay tuned for more announcements.


Xyza Bacani, left, and Fan Chen, right, inaugural Corky Lee fellows, present their work at AAJA-New York's Photojournalism Exhibit Opening Reception in New York on Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo by Alex Wong

🗓 AAJA Events

Visit our events calendar for more events!

Event Recap | AAJA-Washington, D.C. president Annie Z. Yu spoke at the D.C. Media Diversity Happy Hour and Mixer that brought together members from various journalism associations on Friday, Nov. 11.

Nov. 28 | AAJA-USC Annenberg's "Let's Talk! A Conversation with Natasha Chen" | Join AAJA-USC Annenberg and CNN correspondent and USC alum Natasha Chen on Monday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. PT to discuss her career as an Asian American woman in the newsroom. | RSVP here.

Dec. 2 | AAJA-Arizona’s Mahjong Night | Join AAJA-Arizona for a mahjong game night on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. PT at The Casual Pint in Phoenix. Learn more.


📓 News & Resources

resource Military Veterans in Journalism launched their new Military & Veteran Affairs Reporting Guide, an online portal that provides a range of resources for reporters covering military and veteran issues. They include guidance on the usage of the term "kamikaze," which was highlighted in a statement from AAJA and MVJ

member feature Rong-Gong Lin II was featured by The Daily Californian at his alma mater, UC Berkeley. He reflected on his journey and the importance of having your own voice after 18 years of reporting for The Los Angeles Times.

#MoreAAPINewsLeaders Diep Tran shared her thoughts on becoming Playbill's next editor-in-chief with American Theatre and reflected on the importance of reporting on diversity in theater as well as her journalistic beginnings reporting on "Miss Saigon" and cultural appropriation.

AAJA in the media Rotten Tomatoes Lab: Critics Edition shared a recap of "Kicking Off Your Career in Film and Television Criticism," a panel at #AAJA22 ft. Angie Han, Inkoo KangTherese Lacson and Cate Young.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


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

🗳️ Elections 

  • “This organization is tapping into a largely unseen voting bloc: the South Asian community” by Massarah Mikati, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “Meet the 23-year-old Indian American who flipped a Republican Illinois district” by Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC Asian America
  • “How two corgis and a Pikachu suit helped Kenneth Mejia make history in L.A. controller race” by Jeong Park, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Democrat Aruna Miller clinches victory in Maryland’s historic race for lieutenant governor” by Mary Yang, The Yappie
  • “Liz Lee wins Minnesota House seat representing her home turf—St. Paul’s East Side.” by Noor Adwan, ft. Liz Lee, Sahan Journal

🍎 History and Education

  • “Asian Americans: Resist racist rhetoric about affirmative action” by Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times
  • “World War II Is Still Killing People In The Solomon Islands” by Thomas Heaton, Honolulu Civil Beat
  • “A Japanese American Family, a Native American Tribe and a Bountiful Friendship” by Amy Qin, The New York Times

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 Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Deadlines: Jan. 15, Jan. 30, Feb. 28 and March 30, 2023. | Apply here
  • AAJA-L.A. and The L.A. Times 2023 Henry Fuhrmann Multiplatform Editing Summer Internship | Deadline: Jan. 10, 2023. | Apply here
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.

External and Partner Opportunities

  • The National Press Foundation’s McAllen Fellowship | The fellowship takes a solutions journalism approach to examine what communities around the country are doing to improve the well-being of children. | Deadline: Nov. 28, 2022. | Apply here
  • The National Press Club’s Scholarships | The National Press Club and NPC Journalism Institute provide four scholarships for promising journalists who serve their communities. | Deadlines: Feb. 15 and April 15, 2023. | Apply here.
  • PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs' 2022 Student Journalism Challenge | Students aged 13 to 18 years old are invited to contribute written, video and audio pieces on issues in education. | Deadline: Dec. 2, 2022. | Submit works 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.

Collectively, we can celebrate 40 years of impact and contribute towards 40 more years of AAJA's mission of supporting and uplifting AAPI journalists. Donate today.

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