September 8, 2022

Paul Louis Harreko removes his Iron Man suit in his small apartment after spending a night on Hollywood Boulevard posing with tourists for change on July 28, 2022, in Hollywood. Harreko said he can collect about $100 a day but his unfound dream is to become an actor. Paul Kuroda/Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout


  • NAHJ, AAJA and NABJ Statement
  • Inaugural NAJA-AAJA Pacific Islander Scholarship
  • Photojournalists Affinity Group Names Contest Winner
  • SciLine Workshop: Register Before Next Week!
  • Pew Research Center's “What It Means to be Asian in America"
  • Chapter Events | Kudos | On Our List

From AAJA-HQ: Stay Tuned for September’s AAJA Defined

Statement NAHJ, AAJA and NABJ are deeply troubled by the findings of a recent analysis revealing racial disparities in a New York Times performance evaluation system, which has given “significantly lower ratings” to employees of color. The analysis was conducted by Times journalists with the NewsGuild of New York, the union that represents New York Times employees. Read the joint statement here.

Scholarships and Fellowships Announcements We’re proud to announce our final scholarships and fellowships recipients for 2022.

Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout Winner AAJA and the Photojournalists Affinity Group would like to congratulate our winning entries for the 2022 Dith Pran Instagram Photo Shootout:

  • First Place: Paul Kuroda
  • Second Place: Lea Konczal
  • Third Place: Nandita Godbole

We want to thank everyone who participated this year. Paul will receive complimentary registration for next year’s convention and all three winners will also receive additional prizes donated by Michael Yamashita. We’d like to thank our judges Robert Hanashiro, Alex Wong and Darrell Miho for taking the time to review all the entries. We look forward to hosting this again next year in Washington, D.C., and keep an eye out for the second and third place photos in our upcoming newsletters!

SciLine Workshop 🔍 Calling all AAJA members looking to include science in more of their stories! On Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. ET, SciLine professionals Rick Weiss and Tori Fosheim will share practical essentials of handling science in your stories in our Reporting the Facts with SciLine x AAJA” webinar. Register now.

Support AAPI-Led Civic Journalism We’re thrilled to share that The Yappie, an AAJA-supported newsroom, is a finalist in the 2022 Gold Futures Challenge and could win $100,000 through a public vote! Please support The Yappie at by September 27 and help bolster its coverage of AAPI civic journalism. Learn more about The Yappie's nomination and hopes for the grant here.


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events

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

September 9 | Putting Communities First in Oregon’s News & Civics Information Ecosystem | Join AAJA-Portland, Agora Journalism Center, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Oregon Values and Beliefs Center on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. to discuss the community's information needs and re-imagine truly engaging, informative and inclusive local news. Register here

September 10 | Back to School Picnic with AAJA-New York | Join AAJA Students and Yung Professionals at Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. RSVP here.

September 10 | AAJA-SF Bay Area Free Chol Soo Lee Screening | AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area will present a screening of "Free Chol Soo Lee," on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2:15 p.m. at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater, followed by a Q&A. Learn more here.


📓 News & Resources

panel Rappler CEO and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa delivered the keynote speech at the Freedom of Expression Conference at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.

analysis Pew Research Center’s recent analysis follows dozens of focus groups in which Asian participants describe “What It Means to be Asian in America.”

#AAJA22 reflections

  • Doris Truong, director of teaching and diversity strategies at Poynter and past AAJA national president, reflected on lessons learned from returning to in-person conventions.
  • NBCU Academy Embed at NBC Asian America Brahmjot Kaur wrote about her experience at #AAJA attending panels, networking and making new friends.
  • Jordan Pagkalinawan, incoming freshman at Emerson College, shared important takeaways from his first in-person AAJA convention.

Learn About Investigative Journalism

Accountability. Solutions. Impact. Nonpartisan media. These tenets drive the reporting at nonprofit newsrooms ProPublica, The Trace, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. To learn more about local and national investigative reporting internships and job opportunities, visit their websites.

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Flooding in Gyeongju, South Korea, on Tuesday in the wake of Typhoon Hinnamnor, one of the most powerful storms of the year. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

On Our List: Member Bylines 🌟 📺 📸 📰 🎧

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

  • “Biden administration takes action to codify DACA protections for ‘Dreamers’” by Camilo Montoya-Galvez, Lana Zak and Elaine Quijano, CBS News
  • "Scenes From the Aftermath of Typhoon Hinnamnor" by Victoria Kim with photos by Chang W. Lee, The New York Times
  • “‘We lived through this and survived’” by Megan Tagami, The Daily Bruin
  • “Asian American History Requirement Starts in Illinois Public Schools” by Eunice Alpasan, WTTW News
  • “4 Disability Advocates Talk About Their DC Restaurant Experiences” by Grace Deng, Washingtonian
  • “News anchor's stroke on live TV raises awareness of women's risk at any age” by Haley Yamada, ABC News
  • “What a Seattle newcomer learned from WA-centric movies” by Qina Liu, Seattle Times
  • “A Vibrant Korean Community is Thriving in North O.C.” by Jessica Choi and Richard Chang, Voice of OC
  • “Do you have what it takes to be a U.S. Open ball person?” by Kelyn Soong and Luis Velarde, The Washington Post
  • “How college football helped this ‘parachute kid’ understand America” by Jeong Park, The Los Angeles Times

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

  • Photo Submissions for AAJA’s Convention Archive | Submit here.
  • Photo Submissions for AAJA's 40th Anniversary | Submit here.

External and Partner Opportunities

  • EWA Fellowships | The Education Writers Association’s Reporting Fellowships, open to all journalists, pay up to $5,000 for education-related stories. You do not need to be full time on the education beat to qualify. Deadline is Thursday, Sept. 15. | 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.
  • Online News Association’s ONA22 | ONA22 will take place in Los Angeles and online from Sept. 21-24. | Register today.
  • The National Association of Science Writers’ #SciWr22 | AAJA members are invited to register at the NASW member rate. Deadline is Thursday, Oct. 6. | Register here.
  • Society of Professional Journalists’ MediaFest22 | This event will take place in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 27-30. | Register for early bird rates by Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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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