February 15, 2024

Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic gold medalist and world champion, is interviewed at the inaugural Lunar New Year Night Market at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The event highlighted AAPI athletes and sports journalists. (Photo courtesy of Darrell Miho)



From AAJA-HQ: Read our #AAJA24 FAQ, apply to our VOICES cohort


JCal Our California high school journalism program in partnership with CalMatters is seeking mentors! Learn more and apply by Friday, March 8.

VOICES Our flagship multimedia journalism fellowship for college and graduate students is seeking fellows and editors! This year’s theme is focused on Asian Americans in the upcoming election cycle, broadly defined. Learn more and apply by Thursday, March 7.

Survey If you took part in our Newsroom Experiences Survey and opted in to be contacted about focus groups, please look out for an email with "[Time Sensitive] Focus Group Recruitment - The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)" in the subject line.

Chapter and student group boards Congratulations and welcome to the new boards of AAJA-New York and UT Austin and American University’s student groups! AAJA-Seoul is accepting applications for their board until Sunday, Feb. 18.


 🗓 AAJA Events

Contact us to list your event on our events calendar.

Feb 22 | AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area’s Lunar New Year Celebration | Join AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area for a Lunar New Year celebration and mixer at the Lion’s Den at 6 p.m. Learn more here.

Feb 23 | AAJA-Hawai'i’s Mixer and Fundraiser | Join AAJA-Hawai'i for their first social event of the year, a mixer and fundraiser, at Noi Thai Cuisine in Waikiki from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Learn more and RSVP here.

Feb 24 | AAJA-Atlanta’s Student and Early-Career Journalism Workshop | Join AAJA-Atlanta for their annual student and early-career journalism workshop at CNN from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Feb 24 | AAJA-Sacramento’s Lunar New Year Dim Sum Mixer | Join AAJA-Sacramento for a dim sum and networking Lunar New Year celebration at Ming Dynasty from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more and RSVP here.

Feb 26 | AAJA's University of Southern California student group event | Join AAJA's USC student group for "Voices unveiled, AAPI journalists illuminating the media landscape" at Wallis Annenberg Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn more and RSVP here.

March 9 | AAJA-Seattle’s Lunar New Year | Join AAJA-Seattle for a Lunar New Year celebration at the Washington Hall Ballroom from 6-8:30 p.m. RSVP here by Feb. 19.

AAJA-DC held a Lunar New Year potluck on Sunday, Feb. 4.

AAJA-Texas and AAJA's UT Austin student group held a Lunar New Year gathering on Sunday, Feb. 4.


📓 News & Resources

community reporting AAJA's San Diego State University’s student group went on a reporting trip to Lahaina to learn what the community needs. Lahaina wildfire survivors are advocating for long-term, dignified housing solutions, highlighting the challenges they face after being displaced. Read the full story by Hannah Ly and Brittany Cruz-Fejeran.

resource Subtext launched an SMS channel for independent journalists who were laid off in the last six months. They’ll be given free access to the platform to create a paid subscriber community and create a revenue stream that they’ll receive 100% of. Read the full announcement.

Presidential forum Save the date for AAJA-DC’s presidential forum on Thursday, Sept. 12, co-hosted by the Washington, D.C. chapters of NAHJ, NABJ, NLGJA and JAWS. Learn more here.


🌠 SPOTLIGHT: Philip Yam, AAJA Platinum Member

Philip Yam, freelance science journalist and media consultant, AAJA-NY President 2014–2017

"I discovered AAJA in 1994, when I read about the first Unity convention. Its mission to ensure accurate representation of the Asian American community didn’t hit home for me until the organization called out the infamous 'American Beats Kwan' headline. The skills I learned in the Executive Leadership Program and the connections I forged were crucial in helping me navigate the world of editorial management. I’m proud to be a platinum member; it’s my way of supporting the next generations of journalists, who I hope will benefit from AAJA as much as I have."

Thank you, Philip, for your support of AAJA! Join him and upgrade your membership today - as a reminder, platinum and lifetime members also get complimentary convention registration!


👏 AAJA Kudos to...


On Our List 🌟📺📸📰🎧

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

  • “More Asian Americans say they're taking off Lunar New Year, even though it’s not a company holiday” by Emi Tuyetnhi Tran ft. Ryan Doan Nguyen, VOICES 2023 fellows, NBC News
  • “From Ballet to Blackjack, a Dance Pioneer’s Amazing Odyssey” by Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
  • 📺 The 19th’s “Breaking the News,” premiering on Monday, Feb. 19
  • 📸 Shirley Ng’s photo display at the Chatham Square New York Public Library, on display through Thursday, Feb. 29
  • “‘Moana 2’ Set at Disney With Surprise 2024 Release Date” by Katcy Stephan, Variety
  • “With Shane Gillis’ return to SNL, Asians ask when they’ll stop being the punchline” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “For Gen Z-ers Celebrating Lunar New Year, Hot Pot Offers a Sense of Home” by Allison Jiang, The New York Times

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:

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 be a broadcast judge for our 2024 scholarships, internships and fellowships judging committee.

External and Partner Opportunities:

  • Student Press Law Center’s Student Press Freedom Day | On Thursday, Feb. 22, SPLC’s Student Press Freedom Day will highlight the reporting of student journalists and their fight to secure their free press rights. Learn more here.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group Diversity Scholarship | Sinclair’s diversity scholarship program aims to invest in the future of broadcasting and help students from diverse backgrounds enter the industry. The 2023 recipients included Ethan Huang, AAJA’s 2023 Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship recipient, and Juhi Doshi, AAJA’s 2023 White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship recipient. | Deadline to apply: Tuesday, April 30. | Learn more and apply here.
  • Cuesta College seeks Journalism and Communication Instructor | This journalism and communication tenure track position, based in San Luis Obispo, CA, requires an instructor who can lead program development, teach courses and advise The Cuestonian, the college newspaper. | Learn more and apply here.
  • Florida Public Radio Emergency Network seeks Chief Meteorologist | This chief meteorologist and FPREN director position, based in Gainesville, FL, requires an experienced meteorologist who can oversee weather content delivery, manage network operations and supervise forecast production. | Learn more and apply here.

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