August 25, 2022

During #AAJA22, members of our #AAJAFamily celebrate David Ono at Far Bar after his performance of "Defining Courage" in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles on July 29, 2022. (Photo by Darrell Miho) 


  • Convention Photo Submissions
  • #AAJAAwardsAugust
  • Chapter Events
  • Kudos and On Our List

From AAJA-HQ: Highlighting AAPI Stories During #AAJAAwardsAugust

Call for Convention Photos Have photos from #AAJA22 or past AAJA conventions you want to share? Submit them to our Comms team and they may be selected for our Convention Archive project. Stay tuned for more and look out for it on our website!

#AAJAAwardsAugust All month, we’re celebrating our AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards and Community Awards winners! Learn more about excellence awards winners' work on our awards website, check out our social media for highlights on winners and uplift your fellow members using our #AAJAAwardsAugust hashtag. 

SciLine Workshop 🔍 Science is at the center of a lot of the news we're reporting, so AAJA is here to help improve your understanding of all that science. In this exclusive webinar, learn the dos and don'ts and practical tips for incorporating scientific experts and evidence into your stories. Get steeped with SciLine professionals Rick Weiss and Tori Fosheim in our Reporting the Facts with SciLine x AAJA” webinar on September 13 at 3 p.m. ET! Register now.


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events

Check out our revamped events calendar on AAJA’s website for more chapter events!

August 28 | AAJA-LA "Free Chol Soo Lee" Screening | AAJA-LA is giving away 20 free tickets to a screening of "Free Chol Soo Lee," this upcoming Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Laemmle Royal, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and journalists. Reserve yours now.

August 29 | AAJA-Seattle Chef Showcase | Mix and mingle with AAJA-Seattle members and friends as you taste and savor delicious food, beer and wine at El Centro de la Raza's Centilia Cultural Center on August 29 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets now.

August 31 | AAJA-Philly Workshop | Join AAJA-Philly for part 2 of their online workshops on Trauma + Journalism on August 31 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The topic is “Boundaries, Microaggressions, and Accountability in the Newsroom.” Register in advance.

September 1 | AAJA-Chicago Journalism Advocacy Picnic | On September 1 at 5:30 p.m., join AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ and NLGJA’s Chicago chapters for a picnic at Promontory Point. Learn more.


📰 AAJA In The Media

about the awardees AAJA Excellence in Investigative Reporting and Pacific Islander Reporting award winner Rob Perez spoke about his career highlights and growing up in Guam in “Manaotao Sanlagu: Rob Perez” for Pacific Daily News.

#StopAAPIHate NBCU Academy’s plenary at #AAJA22, “The Racism Virus: Next Steps in the Fight Against AAPI Hate,” is now available on their website. It was moderated by Vicky Nguyen and features Katie Phang, Kimmy Yam, Jamie Nguyen and Evan Low. Watch it here.

#AAJA22 in the news Kimberly Cheng from KTLA 5 News covered the Expo Hall at #AAJA22 and spoke to several AAJA members about their experiences, including Julia B. Chan, our outgoing VP of Civic Engagement.


📓 News & Resources

empowering API women Gold House’s SeeHer #WriteHerRight guide opens the conversation for writing authentic API female characters in media. Submit your thoughts.

behind the byline In “How a military veteran found his place in the world of journalism,Will Schick, editor-in-chief at Street Sense Media, reflects on his journey from active duty into the newsroom.

report A study by Times journalists at NewsGuild of New York found that Black, Hispanic/Latino and Asian employees at The New York Times have significantly lower performance ratings than white employees.

press freedom Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang’s nine-year jail sentence has been upheld by a Hanoi appeal court. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Vietnam’s commercial partners to push for her release.


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👏 AAJA Kudos to...

  • David Louie, who was awarded the 2022 Northwestern Alumni Medal.
  • Justin Lum, who is featured in the upcoming Netflix documentary “The Sins of Our Mother.” 
  • Current and former members of AAJA-Hawaii: Ryan Kawailani Ozawa, Anita Hofschneider, Brigette Namata, Noelle Fujii-Oride, Casey Harlow, Cassie Ordonio, Heidi Chang, Krista Rados, Mahealani Richardson, April Estrellon and Ku‘u Kauanoe, who received SPJ Hawaii Awards.
  • Pablo Torre, whose podcast “#ESPNDaily” won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting. 
  • Angel Mendoza, who is the new editor of Reddit at The Washington Post.
  • Shannon Osaka, who is now a climate reporter at The Washington Post.
  • Amna Subhan, who was nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy.
  • Stephanie M. Lee, who was awarded the 2022 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting and will be a new staff writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education in October.
  • Claire Hao, who joined The San Francisco Chronicle’s Climate Team through the Hearst Journalism Fellowship.
  • Dymanh Chhoun, who joined KARE 11 News as a photojournalist.

On Our List: Member Bylines 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • "Longtime partner of East Bay dentist shot, killed in Oakland shares heartbreaking story" by Dion Lim and Tim Johns, ABC 7 News
  • “Racist and sexist disinformation is sowing divisions among Asian Americans” by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • “Feeling inflation in the grocery store” by Wailin Wong and Adrian Ma, NPR
  • “Photo Essay: Nisei Week Celebrates Its 80th Year In-Person” by Jireh Deng, KCET
  • “Rushdie has faced a fatwa for decades. Here’s the history behind it.” by Meena Venkataramanan, The Washington Post
  • “‘Ours is part of the American story’: 5 South Asian tech leaders get real about pain, privilege and power” by Sameer Rao,
  • “As Gen Z Asian Americans come of age, the vast majority feel they don’t belong” by Victoria Namkung, The Guardian
  • “Why Wearing a Mask Makes Me Feel Powerful” by Frankie Huang, Catapult
  • “‘How an Apache pro skater and Tony Hawk's foundation are bringing a skate park to Arizona” by Shanti Lerner, AZ Central
  • “Jo Koy diverted 'Easter Sunday' from Netflix so Filipinos could see themselves on the big screen” by Agnes Constante, NBC News
  • “How to import a cat into Japan in 28 easy steps” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, The Washington Post

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

  • Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA)'s Awards | AMEJA's inaugural awards honor work by and about Arab, Middle Eastern and North African communities. | Extended deadline: Sunday, Aug. 28. | Submit work here.
  • Poynter Power of Diverse Voices | This FREE writing workshop trains journalists of color to bring their perspectives to their opinion writing. | Extended deadline: Monday, Aug. 29. | Apply here.
  • National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships (SHERF) | This fellowship for early-career science journalists includes training, networking and mentorship. | Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 1. | Apply here.
  • Center for Public Integrity’s Making News Coverage of Working Class Women More Community Centered | This free online event on Friday, Sept. 16 will focus on representing working class women in news coverage. | Register here.
  • The National Association of Science Writers’ #SciWr22 | AAJA members are invited to register at the NASW member rate. | Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 6. | Register here.

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