February 1, 2024

The DC-Maryland-Virginia region received two days of snowfall for the first time in two years in late January 2024. (Photo courtesy of Kent Nishimura)



From AAJA-HQ: #AAJA24 registration is now open, statement on resources for journalism layoffs


Statement AAJA released a statement offering resources to journalists affected by recent layoffs. Some of our resources include consideration for waived membership fees and our career center that allows journalists to find job postings and connect with recruiters. Read the full statement here.


  • Attend our JCamp 2024 Q+A Session on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET! The session is headed by our co-leads who will cover the application process, the program and more. Register here by Wednesday, Feb. 7.
  • There’s still time to submit a mentor application for our 2024 Mentor Match cohort! We've received strong turnout in mentee applications, so we're looking for more mentors to help guide them. Apply to be a mentor here by Thursday, Feb. 15.
  • JCal, our California high school journalism program in partnership with CalMatters, is back for its second year! Learn more and apply by Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Yung AAJA leadership Rachel Ramirez and Megan Cattel are the 2024 co-leads of the Yung AAJA affinity group! Join their slack channel at #affinity-yung-aaja to get involved.


 🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

AAJA-Los Angeles held a Lunar New Year party on Sunday, January 28. 

Feb 2 | AAJA Radio + Podcasting Affinity Group | Join AAJA Radio and the Podcasting Affinity Group to discuss session topics to pitch for #AAJA24 at 4:15 p.m. ET. Join the Zoom meeting here.

Feb 5 | Yung AAJA presents: Beat reporting 101 | Join Yung AAJA for an online early career session at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. From picking a beat to building a network of sources, you’ll hear from AAJA members who have found their niche and excelled. Register here.

AAJA-Arizona and AAJA's Arizona State University's student group held a Boba Bash mixer on Saturday, January 20.

Feb 9 | AAJA-Chicago’s Trivia Bowl | Join AAJA-Chicago’s Trivia Bowl for dinner, trivia and raffle prizes at 5:30 p.m. at Northwestern University’s Medill campus downtown. Raffle prizes include signed baseballs from Cubs and Sox players and tickets to the Joffrey Ballet. RSVP here.

Feb 10 | Ten Times Better world premiere | Ten Times Better, a documentary about Asian American dance pioneer, George Lee, is premiering at the Lincoln Center in New York. The film was co-produced by Jon Funabiki. Learn more and buy tickets here.

AAJA's Syracuse University's student group held their first chapter meeting of the semester on Friday, January 26.


📓 News & Resources

media reference guide Define American published the third edition of their media reference guide, titled Telling Authentic Immigrant Stories. The guide is a comprehensive resource tool that includes definitions, historical timelines and data about specific underrepresented communities. Read the full media reference guide here.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Celina Gore, 2023 Convention Programming Committee Member


Celina Gore, Associate Producer @ CNN

CPC member 2023

"Convention programming is a great opportunity for anyone of any background to get involved with AAJA. I discovered that AAJA has an immense amount of talent and perspectives that should be shared with the rest of the community. Overall, it is satisfying to know that you helped build something memorable in a person's convention experience."

Thank you, Celina, for your leadership on the Convention Programming Committee! Apply to the CPC for #AAJA24 in Austin, Texas by Monday, Feb. 5. 


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

Remembering Monterey Park

  • “Asian elders return to the ballroom after the Monterey Park shooting: ‘Dancing takes me to joy’” by Claire Wang, The Guardian
  • “Monterey Park ballroom shooting hero says city’s ‘golden bubble’ has burst, calls for gun control” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “Year of grief and healing: Monterey Park shooting survivors, victims’ families reflect on trauma” by Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times
  • “From therapy to qigong: survivors of the Monterey Park mass shooting are still searching for healing” by Claire Wang, The Guardian

Journalism, Lunar New Year and AAPI communities 

  • “Let’s Retire the ‘Leaving Journalism’ Fallacy” by Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Neiman Reports
  • 📚“Corky Lee's Asian America” by Corky Lee
  • “AAPI communities are most concerned about inflation, immigration: poll” by Michelle De Pacina, NextShark
  • “The 28 best Lunar New Year’s gifts from AAPI-owned brands” by Sophie Shaw, CNN

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-Michigan 2024 Fellowship | This fellowship is aimed at college students who are in the print, broadcast or radio journalism field. The fellow will receive direct mentorship, resume critique from a legacy member and a $1,000 scholarship. | Deadline to apply: Thursday, Feb. 8 | Learn more and apply here.
  • *Deadlines approaching* AAJA’s Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Apply to our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships. Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship, Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship, ESPN/AAJA STF Internship, STF-Bleacher Report, Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee Grants, Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship Grant and the CBS Sports/AAJA Sports Task Force Internships have Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15 deadlines.
  • *Deadline extended* AAJA's 2024 Mentor Match Cohort | Sign up to be a mentor or a mentee by Thursday, Feb. 15.
  • JCal 2024 | Apply to our California high school journalism program in partnership with CalMatters by Wednesday, Feb. 28 
  • JCamp 2024 | Apply to our flagship high school summer training program by Friday, March 1. 
  • AAJA-Sacramento Convention Stipends | Apply for a stipend to help cover #AAJA24 convention costs by Friday, March 15.
  • AAJA-Sacramento Internship at The Sacramento Bee | Apply to this 10-week paid internship at The Sacramento Bee by Friday, March 15.
  • AAJA-Asia N3Con | Pitches are open for AAJA-Asia’s N3Con Conference, which will take place from May 23-25 in Singapore. Submit your ideas here.

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 Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships | Sign up here to join the judging committee for our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships.

Journalism Awards 

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • Lancaster Online seeks Breaking News Journalist | This breaking news position, based in Lancaster, PA, requires a journalist who can deliver high-quality, multimedia stories across various topics with a focus on depth, context and community engagement. | Learn more and apply here.
  • WABC-TV seeks Entertainment Reporter | This entertainment reporter position, based in New York City, requires on-camera skills and the ability to create specialized content for diverse platforms and community events. | Learn more and apply here.
  • Inside Climate News seeks Newsletter Writer | This fully remote position requires an experienced newsletter writer with a deep understanding of climate-related politics, and policy news events to produce the Today’s Climate newsletter. | Learn more and apply here.
  • NLGJA’s 2024 Student Conference | Join NLGJA: The Association for LGBTQ+ Journalists for a virtual student conference from Feb. 23-24. Students and early-career journalists can attend over 10 informational sessions and an Internship and Career fair. | Learn more and register here.
  • Solutions Journalism Network Climate Cohort | This Climate Solutions Cohort is for journalists with a demonstrated interest in covering climate or the environment. The fellowship is virtual and comes with a $3,000 stipend. | Deadline to apply: Monday, Feb. 5 | Learn more and apply here.

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