December 21, 2023

Tatsuo Mori, president of LaLaLa, a Japanese-language publication, holds up a recent front page reporting on Shohei Ohtani’s record contract with the LA Dodgers. (Josie Huang/LAist)


  • Make your voice heard in AAJA’s leadership of color survey! Fill out the five minute Baseline Media Survey by Friday, Dec. 29
  • Submit your work or a nomination for AAJA’s 2024 Journalism Excellence and Community Awards by Monday, Jan. 22, 2024
  • Current and aspiring newsroom leaders, apply to ELP by Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024
  • Students interested in journalism, apply to JCamp by Friday, March 1, 2024

Calling all journalism trailblazers! Apply now for the JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford and be part of our diverse global community striving for a more informed world. Enrich your personal and professional journey with leadership development, one-on-one coaching and more. Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 24.

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From AAJA-HQ: Apply to our 2024 JCamp and ELP cohorts, chapter election results announced

JCamp Applications for our flagship, high school summer training program are now open! This year’s program will be held in Austin, Texas from Aug. 3 to 9, 2024. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1, 2024. Learn more and apply here.

AAJA’s leadership of color survey There's still time to take AAJA's survey on the experiences of journalists of color in their newsrooms. We aim to expose the challenges journalist leaders of color continue to face in the workplaceThe research will consist of an original survey, focus groups and in-depth interviews, with preliminary findings projected for late spring 2024. Make your voice heard by Friday, Dec. 29.

ELP Applications for our Executive Leadership Program (ELP) are now open for the U.S. cohort. This year’s program will be hybrid, with a four-day in-person opening session in New York City, monthly virtual sessions and a final component in Austin, Texas at the #AAJA24 convention. The deadline is Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. Apply here.

Chapter election results Meet the 2024 chapter boards of AAJA-Chicago, AAJA-LA, AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area and AAJA-Texas.

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 open.

Happy Holidays The AAJA-HQ office will be closed from Monday, Dec. 25, 2023 to Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. Have a wonderful holiday season, AAJA Family!


 🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

AAJA-Texas co-hosted their annual Jingle Bells for Journalists holiday party with Houston SPJ, Houston ABJ and the Nepal American Journalists Association on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

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

resource In a project led by AAJA member Kavitha Rajagopalan, the Center for Community Media’s Asian Media Initiative has published an AAPI Media Map and Directory, highlighting 653 community media outlets for and by AAPI across the U.S. and in four Pacific Island territories and freely-associated states. Learn more here.

AAPI survey AP-NORC/AAPI Data’s poll shows that about 7 in 10 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and one in 10 believe democracy is working “extremely” or “very” well. The poll is part of a monthly series of surveys by APIAVote, AAJA and AP-NORC/AAPI Data. 

journalism predictions AAJA members and supporters shared their predictions for journalism in 2024 in a series by Neiman Lab. Read predictions from Paul Cheung, Gina Chua, Ryan Kellet, S. Mitra Kalita, Ernest Kung, Robin Kwong, Laxmi Parthasarathy, Nikita Roy, Kavya Sukumar, Snigdha Sur and Sisi Wei.

member highlight AAJA president Nicole Dungca spoke about her experience reporting for The Washington Post on the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's racial brain collection. In an interview with the Washingtonian, she explained how she began reporting on this project and why it is important for people to know this story.

report Stop AAPI Hate’s new report, Shades of Hate: A Deeper Understanding of Asian American & Pacific Islander Experiences, includes a newly updated data classification system used to process and categorize different types of reported hate. Learn more and read the full report here.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Rachel Ramirez, Convention Programming Committee Co-Lead

Rachel Ramirez, Climate Writer at CNN

CPC member 2021-2022 and co-chair 2023 

"Helping build and plan an entire convention — both virtual and in-person — has been one of the highlights of my time at AAJA. Not only do you get to exercise leadership, decision-making and teamwork, but you also get to meet and build relationships with subject matter experts, AAPI icons and media veterans along the way. As a reporter, I like to know how things are done — and getting to learn the ins and outs and behind the scenes of making the annual convention happen is simply such a thrill for me."

Thank you, Rachel, for your leadership on the Convention Programming Committee! Stay tuned for an announcement to apply to the CPC for #AAJA24 in Austin, Texas.


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “Shohei Ohtani: What it means that the new face of MLB is Asian” by David K. Li, NBC News
  • “Second-Generation Americans: What to Do When Loved Ones Are Sharing Misinformation” by Lam Thuy Vo with support from Sisi Wei, The Markup
  • “Hundreds of formerly homeless people get evicted after L.A. nonprofit fails to pay rent on time” by Byrhonda Lyons and Jeanne Kuang, CalMatters
  • “America Loves Chinese Restaurants, but Michelin Gave Just One a Star. It’s in San Francisco” by Han Li, The San Francisco Standard 
  • “A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is sacred to spiritual practitioners and treasured by astronomers” by Deepa Bharath and Audrey McAvoy, AP
  • “Smithsonian targeted D.C.’s vulnerable to build a brain collection” by Nicole Dungca and Claire Healy, Washington Post
  • “SDSU student journalists empower indigenous community in Maui through unique project” by Spencer Soicher, ABC10 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:

  • AAJA leadership of color survey | Help us shape our narratives.
  • AAJA Studio Submissions | Join here to share your professional expertise.
  • *Deadline approaching* AAJA's Inaugural Student Leadership Series | Enroll here for our inaugural series by Sunday, Dec. 31. 
  • *Deadline approaching* CBS Sports Summer Internships | Learn more and apply here for CBS Sports/AAJA Sports Task Force internships by Sunday, Dec. 31. 
  • AAJA’s Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Apply to our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships. Please check each individual opportunity for its deadline.
  • 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.

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