December 15, 2022

"Two brown guys who didn't go to med school. Two brown guys who called an NFL game in adjacent booths today. Dear uncles and aunties - let your kids chase their own dreams." -Anish Shroff
Adam Amin, left, and Anish Shroff, right, reported at a National Football League game in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 11.
Courtesy of Anish Shroff.


  • Apply for AAJA and CalMatters’ pilot high school program, JCal
  • Refer to our tips to navigate our new membership management system
  • Read Nieman Lab's features of AAJA members Leezel Tanglao, Ryan Kellett and Snigdha Sur
  • Explore opportunities to level up your skills in the new year

From AAJA-HQ: Get Ready for 2023 with AAJA; Happy Holidays!

Announcing JCal We’re proud to announce our new program JCal, a partnership between AAJA and CalMatters. JCal is an all-inclusive, free journalism program that immerses California high school students into the state's news ecosystem. Learn more and apply today.

Camp AAJA Calling all Chapter/AG leaders: Save the date for Camp AAJA on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 from 7 to 10 p.m. ET / Sunday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. HKT.  RSVP here to attend this virtual leadership summit.

Recent Statements 

  • AAJA’s final report of our snapshot of AAPI on-air talent in the top 20 local TV markets is now available. The report was highlighted by Poynter, The Hill, AsAm News and Adweek.
  • AAJA has compiled resources for those affected by ongoing layoffs. Our thoughts go out to those who have lost their jobs during this difficult time. 

#BestofAAJA22 What pieces, updates and moments resonated with you this year? For our AAJA 2022 Wrapped, we're asking you to share impactful memories or works that commemorate and celebrate AAJA members. Tag @aaja with #BestofAAJA22 to uplift #AAJAExcellence

Chapter Elections AAJA-New York has announced their chapter election results. Stay tuned for more announcements.

Happy Holidays The AAJA-HQ office will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022 to Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Have a wonderful holiday season, AAJA Family!

Membership System Tips

We recently transitioned to a new database, MemberSuite, to help serve you better. Here are some tips for navigating it:


🗓 AAJA Events

Visit our events calendar for more events!

❄️ Dec. 17 | AAJA-Washington, D.C.’s Holiday Lunch | Join AAJA-Washington, D.C. for a holiday lunch at Chang Chang in Dupont on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. | RSVP here.

❄️ Dec. 18 | AAJA-Columbia’s Christmas Party | Join AAJA-Columbia for a white elephant gift exchange on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. | Learn more here.

Jan. 12 | AAJA-Chicago’s Trivia Bowl | Save the date for AAJA-Chicago’s annual Trivia Bowl fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 12 at The Medill School’s downtown campus. | Learn more here


📓 News & Resources

diversity in journalism Citing a “culture of survival,” women journalists of color spoke out about the BBC’s lack of racial diversity in their hiring and promotional practices. 

guide IWMF released their mental health guide for journalists facing online violence, which includes a mental health self-evaluation chart and downloadable exercises. 

report Read about the risks of being a multimedia journalist and how many are protecting themselves in an article by Claire Wang for NBCU ft. Ben Pu

2023 predictions Nieman Lab asked journalists about their predictions for the upcoming year. Read responses from Leezel Tanglao, Ryan Kellett and Snigdha Sur

AAPI in the media Sandra Douglass Morgan, the first Black female team president in NFL history, shared her experiences being Black and Korean and expressed the importance of diversity in the field.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • “Even as China Eases Covid Rules, Some Youths Still Fear a Grim Future” by Daisuke Wakabayashi, Claire Fu, Isabelle Qian and Amy Chang Chien, The New York Times
  • "Opinion: As an American, I want the right to celebrate without fear" by Curtis Chin, CNN
  • "Chinatown residents clash with Philadelphia 76ers" by Randall Yip, AsAmNews
  • “Lacking accessible mental health care, Southeast Asian Americans forge their own path” by Katrina Pham, The Yappie
  • “A Chronicler of Hate: CeFaan Kim on Anti-Asian Violence” by CeFaan Kim, Asia Society
  • “Chinese in Southern California are sympathetic, worried for protesters back home” by Andrew J. Campa, Anh Do and Helen Li, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Before Me, Part 1: Firstborn” by Lisa Phu, Self Evident: Asian America's Stories
  • “7 Questions to Ask After Layoffs” by S. Mitra Kalita, TIME
  • “Pistachio and Cardamom Cookies” by Palak Patel ft. Nandita Godbole, Food Network: The Diwali Menu

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. 

For Students:

  • AAJA-L.A. and ACES: The Society for Editing’s Journalism Mentor Prize in memory of Henry Fuhrmann | Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022. | Nominate a mentor here.  
  • AAJA Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Deadlines: Jan. 15, Jan. 30, Feb. 28, March 30, April 1 and Oct. 1, 2023. | Apply here
  • AAJA-L.A. and The L.A. Times 2023 Henry Fuhrmann Multiplatform Editing Summer Internship | Deadline: Jan. 10, 2023. | Apply here
  • JCal 2023 | Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023. | Apply here

For Professionals:

  • AAJA-Asia and the Google News Initiative (GNI)’s Training Network | AAJA-Asia offers an opportunity to become a certified digital tools trainer and help elevate the skills of journalists across the region. | Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022. Apply here
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Become an expert and join here.
  • Judge AAJA Awards and Scholarships | Deadlines: Jan. 15 and March 15, 2023. | Apply to judge awards here and judge scholarships 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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