July 7, 2022

AAJA VP of Finance/#AAJA22 convention co-chair Jin Ding and AAJA Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood spoke on behalf of AAJA at APIAVote's Unity March in Washington, D.C. on June 25. (Courtesy of Naomi Tacuyan Underwood.)


  • Submit Nominations for AAJA’s 2023-2024 National Governing Board
  • #AAJA22 Reminders
  • Announcing AAJA x Muck Rack’s Partnership
  • Virtual "Advancing News Diversity in Asia" event with AAJA-Tokyo
  • Kudos and On Our List

From AAJA-HQ: Creating Space for New Voices

Board Elections AAJA is seeking new officers on our National Governing Board for 2023-2024! Nominations are due this Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET and electronic voting starts Tuesday, July 12, with the final results announced at #AAJA22. Submit nominations here.

Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships 2022 We’re proud to announce our inaugural AAJA x Yahoo Multimedia Journalism Fellow: Rebecca Chen, who recently began working with Yahoo Finance. Congratulations, Rebecca! 

AAJA Defined As Pride Month concluded, AAJA Defined featured some of our rising members who focus on LGBTQ+ topics in their reporting, including Jireh Deng, Salgu Wissmath and Jenny Kwon. We talked to them about their intersecting AAPI and queer identities and how they influence, inspire and impact their work.

AAJA x Muck Rack AAJA is partnering with Muck Rack as an official media partner! We’ll collaborate on events, programming and content. Muck Rack will also offer its members free tools to help journalists measure the impact of their stories. 

#AAJA22 Updates | aaja22.org


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events

July 11 | Advancing News Diversity in Asia Panel with AAJA-Tokyo and Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan FCCJ | AAJA-Tokyo will host a panel discussion on diversity in Japanese newsrooms, AAJA-Asia’s Advancing News Diversity in Asia report and news coverage at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, with AAJA President Michelle Ye Hee Lee and other Tokyo-based guests. YouTube streaming/archive is available with no registration required. See details here.

July 17 | AAJA New England Summer Mixer | Join AAJA New England for a summer mixer! They will provide light food/snacks. Email yj.magnet@gmail.com for details. Reconnect and network with folks planning to attend #AAJA22!

July 27-30 | N3Con | The 12th annual New.Now.Next Conference (N3Con 2022), taking place in Singapore, aims to serve the professional needs of journalists throughout Asia, nurture a diverse community and create a safe, communal space for crucial conversations about covering a disrupted world.

July 27-30 | #AAJA22 | AAJA’s in-person convention will be in Los Angeles from July 27-30, 2022 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. We look forward to welcoming our #AAJAFamily for an illuminating week of conversations, community and skills-building. Learn more at aaja22.org and share what you're excited about on social media with the hashtag #AAJA22!


Journalists' Views on "Objectivity" Sought: From AAJA VP of Programs Kris Vera-Phillips

Researchers at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are gathering journalists' perceptions of the concept of "objectivity" and how it is viewed in today's newsrooms. Journalists' thoughts and experiences will aid in the development of resources for news organizations, including a report and workshops. More information and the questionnaire are available here.


📓 News & Resources

AAPI issues in journalism The Austin Chronicle, an alternative weekly newspaper in Texas, issued a moratorium on all sponsored content amid a slew of criticism over a since-removed ad promoting Asian mail-order brides, as well as an apology.

statement The International Women's Media Foundation issued a statement denouncing the Philippine Security and Exchange Commission (PSEC)'s order to shut down news outlet Rappler, calling on PSEC to reverse this decision and allow Rappler and founder Maria Ressa to continue their work freely. 

gearing up for #AAJA22 Need new dresses to wear on-air or in the office? Frances Wang is coordinating a clothing drop off/pick up between new members and seasoned members at #AAJA22!

news about news Read the Columbia Journalism Review’s analysis of news coverage surrounding the bleak outlook on press freedom in Hong Kong after 25 years of Chinese rule.

initiative The American Press Institute started its new Inclusion Index initiative to assess and improve how multiple news organizations in a single area cover communities of color.


👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us—tag @aaja on Twitter or let us know on Slack.

  • Aimee Cho and the team behind NBC Washington’s “Stop Asian Hate” special, who won a Capital Emmy Award for their work.
  • Curtiss Kim, who was nominated for The Bay Radio Hall of Fame's class of 2022.
  • Aki Soga, who was named the new executive editor of Burlington Free Press.
  • Renee Eng, who was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club at its 64th SoCal Journalism Awards for "Best Pandemic Reporting" and "Best Crime Reporting." Read her work here
  • Quratulain Tejani, who was selected as a Diversity Fellow for the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference and will be an intern with Barron’s Advisor through the Dow Jones News Fund.
  • Arvin Temkar, who became a staff photojournalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
  • Ravi Chandra, whose debut documentary "The Bandaged Place: From AIDS to COVID to Racial Justice" received Best Film at the 2021 Cannes Independent Film Festival.

On Our List: Member Bylines 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • “Amid a Weekend of Demonstrations, Asian Americans Will Have Their First National Rally” by Amy Yee, Bloomberg
  • “AAPI-led march calls for 'unity' amongst communities of color” by Jessica Xiao, AsAmNews
  • "L.A.’s last Japanese boardinghouse is safe, for now. Elderly tenants still worry" by Chris Kuo, Teresa Watanabe and Jeong Park, The Los Angeles Times
  • “Lessons from Vincent Chin 40th commemoration” by Ti-Hua Chang, AsAmNews
  • “Find Your Place in the Revolution: Grace Lee Boggs’ Final Message to Asian Americans” by Scott Kurashige, Reappropriate 
  • “Arresting Unhoused People Doesn’t Fix Homelessness. Police Do It Anyway” by Melissa Lewis, Truthout
  • “Freida Pinto brings Jane Austen-style film of her dreams to life in 'Mr. Malcolm’s List'” by Lakshmi Gandhi, NBC Asian America
  • “Queer Mvmnt Fest aims to give LGBTQ dancers a place where they belong” by Michael James Rocha, Pacific 
  • “Anti-Black, gay, Asian bias fuel California hate crime surge” by The Associated Press, NBC Asian America

Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our career, internship and other opportunities. Check in with your AAJA chapters for more opportunities.

AAJA Opportunities

External and Partner Opportunities

  • The Society of Professional Journalists is now accepting applications for their Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program. Apply by July 15.
  • Poynter's Power of Diverse Voices: Writing Workshop for Journalists of Color, directed by Tom Huang, is accepting applications. Apply by August 22.

Did you produce (or consume) some great journalism recently? Put your work on our radar, so we can feature you in the 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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