December 7, 2023

A Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center resident holds a tambourine after her final performance in Sound Impact's three-day residency. (Shuran Huang/NPR) This photo is featured in an exhibit in Washington, D.C. Learn more below.



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From AAJA-HQ: Apply to our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships and join Mentor Match!

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 16, 2024 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.

Scholarship judging opportunity Join us in shaping the future of journalism! AAJA is seeking judges for our 2024 scholarships committee. Whether you're a seasoned journalist or just starting out, help contribute to selecting and supporting outstanding AAPI journalists. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 29. Learn more and apply to be a judge here.

Awards judging opportunity Contribute to helping AAJA uplift excellence by signing up to be a judge for our 2024 Journalism Excellence Awards! We are recruiting judges who have a background in journalism and editing to help review entries and select the finalists and winners. Learn more and apply to be a judge here

Mentor Match Applications to be part of the 2024 Mentor Match cohort are now open! Apply by Jan. 15, 2024 to be a mentor, and Feb. 15, 2024 to be a mentee. Find out more in our press release on our website.

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

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(L-R): AAJA’s Photoaffinity Affinity Group (PAG) showed their support for the WPOW exhibit in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. AAJA’s student group at Columbia University toured the Wall Street Journal, led by Xavier Wang, and hosted a dumpling crawl on Sunday, Dec. 3 to celebrate the end of the semester. AAJA-DC hosted a chapter holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C.

*Postponed* | AAJA-New England’s Karaoke Night | AAJA-New England’s karaoke night in Boston’s Chinatown has been postponed. Check back here.

Dec 8 | AAJA-Arizona’s Book Reading: “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant” | Join AAJA-Arizona and Curtis Chin for a book reading of Curtis’ memoir at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands in Tempe. Learn more here

Dec 15 | Voices of AAPI Communities briefing | Join AAJA, AAPI Data, AP-NORC and APIAVote for the next Voices of AAPI Communities briefing on Friday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. ET. The briefing will dive into the latest AAPI Data and AP-NORC survey findings focusing on AAPI perspectives on party preferences and trust in political institutions. Learn more and register here.

Dec 26 | AAJA-Tokyo’s Winter Meetup with Hanako Montgomery | Join AAJA-Tokyo and Hanako Montgomery for a Q&A with Hanako on her Emmy Award-winning documentary on Tuesday, Dec. 26. RSVP here


📓 News & Resources

research Kris Vera-Phillips, longtime AAJA member and doctoral candidate at the Cronkite School of Journalism, is conducting a research study to understand broadcast journalists' definitions of fairness. $25 gift cards are available. To participate, please contact Kris here

member highlight Boyoung Lim chronicles her trajectory from police officer to investigative reporter to head of the Pulitzer Center’s AI Accountability Network in a Q&A with the Global Investigative Journalism Network. She speaks about overcoming imposter syndrome and burn-out in her career.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Sam Ro, AAJA Platinum Member

Sam Ro, CFA, founder and editor of

"When I began my career, it was inspiring to see people who looked like me succeed in this field. AAJA has always played an important role in putting a spotlight on so many talented people in the industry. They remind me to take pride in my heritage as I pursue excellence, not just for myself but for anyone else who is paying attention to what I do. AAJA's support during both good times and difficult times has been invaluable. Their mission is absolutely critical."

Thank you, Sam, for supporting AAJA’s mission! Join him  in uplifting #AAJAExcellence and become a platinum member today.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “Anti-Asian is also an institutional, societal problem, new research finds” by Akemi Tamanaha, AsAmNews
  • “Chinatown History Timeline Development Arena,” by Jasen Lo and Massarah Mikati, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “Caregivers can feel alone. It doesn’t have to be that way” by Dhanika Pineda, AAJA VOICES 2023 fellow, AsAmNews
  • “South Korea’s City of Books” by Jin Yu Young with photographs and videography by Chang W. Lee, The New York Times
  • “Bringing Filipino Cuisine to New York for Nearly 30 Years,” Michelin Guide
  • “Vikings QB Joshua Dobbs boosts NASA profile with NFL success” by Xuan Thai, ESPN
  • “Suehiro Cafe, Little Tokyo Mainstay For Half Century, To Be Evicted Next Month” by Josie Huang, LAist

(L-R) AAJA members and supporters Elizabeth Frantz, Valerie Plesch, Anna Rose Layden and Haiyun Jiang’s photos are on display at WPOW’s 17th Annual Photography and Multimedia Exhibition in Washington, D.C.
The photo selections were curated by Christine Nguyen.


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:

  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Join here to share your professional expertise.
  • AAJA's Inaugural Student Leadership Series | Enroll here for our inaugural series.
  • AAJA's 2024 Mentor Match Cohort | Sign up to be a mentor or mentee.

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 Excellence Awards | Sign up here to help judge the 2024 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • AAJA Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Sign up here to join the judging committee for our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships.

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • NABJ’s 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships | The National Association of Black Journalists’ 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships are now open for students who are interested in journalism and media. | Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 29. | Learn more here.
  • IJA’s 2024 Convention | The Indigenous Journalists’ Association is accepting program proposals for their 2024 convention. The convention will be in Oklahoma City, OK from Jul. 25-27 | Deadline: Friday, Feb. 2. | Learn more here
  • George R.R. Martin Summer Intensive Writing Workshop | This seven-day summer intensive writing workshop is for mid-career journalists who want to write a novel or fictional prose. This fully funded program is hosted by the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. | Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 16. | Learn more and apply here.

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