November 22, 2023

AAJA-Washington, D.C. chapter president Annie Yu addresses the crowd at a joint diversity happy hour in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 16. Over 250 journalists and media professionals from AAJA-DC, WABJ, NAHJ-DC, SAJA, AMEJA, NLGJA-DC and TJA attended. 



From AAJA-HQ: Our Inaugural Student Leadership Development Series is open for enrollment!

Giving Thanks Happy Thanksgiving from the AAJA-HQ Team! We are grateful for our #AAJAFamily.

Student Series AAJA is proud to announce our Inaugural Student Leadership Development Series, powered by NBCU Academy, which will kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET. In this series, students will build up leadership skills, meet professionals in the industry and connect with other AAJA student leaders. Register here.

AAPI community data “Voices of AAPI Communities,” a new monthly series by APIAVote, AAJA and AAPI Data/AP-NORC, will provide insights on topics such as policy priorities, financial well-being, political views and civic engagement. The inaugural report addresses hate crimes and discrimination. Watch this month’s webinar here.

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.


 🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

This month 🍩 | AAJA-Portland’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.

*Date correction* Dec 1 | AAJA+’s Quarterly Task Force Meeting | Join AAJA+ for their quarterly task force meeting on Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET. Click here for the Zoom link.

Dec 3 | AAJA-D.C.’s Holiday Gathering | Join AAJA-DC for a holiday gathering at The Game Sports Pub in Adams Morgan at 4 p.m. Catch up with AAJA members, meet new friends and support an AAPI-owned establishment. RSVP here.

Dec 6 | AAJA-Texas’ Holiday Party | Join AAJA-Texas for their annual Jingle Bells for Journalists holiday party at 7 p.m. at Karbach Brewing Co. The event is also co-hosted by Houston SPJ and Houston ABJ. Learn more here.

Dec 7 | AAJA-New England’s Karaoke Night | Join AAJA-New England for karaoke night at their annual holiday mixer in Boston’s Chinatown at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Dec 7 | AAJA-Chicago’s Holiday Party | Join AAJA-Chicago for their holiday party from 6-8:30 p.m. at Pilot Project Brewing. RSVP here.

AAJA-DC supported David Ono’s show, “Defining Courage,” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Nov. 11. (Photo courtesy of Alex Wong


📓 News & Resources

Reporter toolkit The American Psychiatric Association released a reporter toolkit that identified key takeaways for reporting on the AAPI community, emphasizing community impact and the provision of mental health resources. 

Student group highlight San Diego State University’s AAJA student group launched the S.T.A.R.T.E.R.S. Initiative for Students Traveling Across Regions To Empower, Represent and Serve. The group will send members outside of San Diego to help and report on communities, beginning with The Lahaina Project, a humanitarian and journalistic mission to provide aid and support to families affected by the August Maui wildfires. Donate and support here.

Diversifying newsrooms In a recent article, Nieman Reports underscored the importance of creating a robust pipeline for underrepresented talent in order to diversify newsrooms. They highlight how existing initiatives and programs have fostered inclusivity.


🌠 AAJA Community Awards Spotlight: Amna Nawaz, President’s Award Winner

"When Amna Nawaz became the co-anchor of PBS NewsHour this year, she made history as the first Asian and Muslim American to sit in the flagship program’s anchor chair. Prior to joining PBS NewsHour in April 2018, Amna was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, and served as foreign correspondent and the Islamabad bureau chief at NBC News. After 9/11, she was the first foreign journalist to gain access to North Waziristan, which was then the hub of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. She is also the founder and former managing editor of NBC’s Asian America platform, which was launched in 2014 to elevate stories from America’s fastest-growing and most diverse population. In 2019, she moderated the Democratic presidential debate, a first for an Asian American.”

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.

  • “'Defining Courage' tells the story of WWII 'Nisei' soldiers” by Gabriel J. Sánchez, Kathryn Fox, Scott Detrow, NPR
  • “1 in 3 US Asians and Pacific Islanders faced racial abuse this year, AP-NORC/AAPI Data poll shows” by Terry Tang and Linley Sanders, AP
  • “Duty to Country education project shares untold history of Filipino WWII veterans” by Annalisa Burgos, Hawaii News Now
  • “How 'Quiz Lady' uses comedy to illustrate immigrant traumas” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “Tennessee guard Kaylan Makan believed to be one of three NCAA DI basketball players of Indian descent” by Karthik Venkataraman, WBIR
  • “This school tried to keep kids safe. Then graduation ended in gunfire.” by Sabby Robinson, Hannah Natanson and Moriah Balingit, The Washington Post
  • “1World Radio Episode 22,” by Andy Gladding ft. AAJA Director of Programs and Partnerships Will Schick and AAJA-New York Chapter President Cody Hmelar, WRHU
  • 📚 “Beyond the Bamboo Curtain: Understanding America’s Invisible Minority” by Dr. Michael Soon Lee
  • “The Protein Problem,” a series by a team including AAJA members Koko Nakajima, Pia Sarkar, Kyle Viterbo, Angie Wang, Maye-E Wong and Kathy Young, AP
  • “Encountering my activist great-grandfather — and his bones” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post
  • “How Buena Park Became A Burgeoning Hub For Korean Culture” by Yusra Farzan, LAist
  • “Thai garment workers honored 28 years after being freed from El Monte sweatshop” by Renee Eng, Spectrum News

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-Portland and SPJ’s Internship | The AAJA-SPJ Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship is aimed towards providing opportunities for underrepresented groups in Pacific Northwest newsrooms. This 10-week paid internship is open to college students in Oregon or southwest Washington. | Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 30. | Learn more 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 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.
  • AAJA Awards | Sign up here to help judge the 2024 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards.

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • NBCU’s Summer Internship Program | NBCU’s Summer Internship Program allows students to work on a variety of projects and contribute to the media, entertainment and technology world. | Deadline: Friday, Dec. 8. | Learn more and apply here.
  • CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship Program | The CBC-UNC fellowship program is an intensive, hands-on workshop between the University of North Carolina and WRAL-TV. This five day fellowship is open to college seniors or graduate students within six months of graduation and pursuing broadcast careers. | Deadline: Friday, Dec. 8. | Learn more and apply here.
  • Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program | The 2024-2025 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT offers an unparalleled opportunity to hone skills, deepen knowledge and connect with experts. The nine-month fellowship is open to science journalists. | Deadline: Monday, Jan. 15 | Learn more and apply here.
  • NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists’ 2024 National Convention | NLGJA wants to hear your ideas and suggestions for a workshop or session at their 2024 convention. The convention will be in Hollywood, CA from Sep. 5-8. | Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 31. | Fill out the proposal form here.

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