June 23, 2022

Justice for Vincent Chin demonstration in Downtown Detroit, April 1983, organized by American Citizens for Justice.
Photo from PBS NewsHour. Courtesy of Helen Zia


  • Submit Nominations for AAJA’s 2022 Community Awards
  • In Remembrance of Vincent Chin: AAJA Defined, scholarships and bylines
  • #AAJA22 Volunteer Applications closing TOMORROW!
  • In-person events with AAJA-NY, AAJA-SF

From AAJA-HQ: Honoring Changemakers in our #AAJAFamily

Community Awards AAJA is excited to launch our 2022 Community Awards! The Community Awards seek to honor the best of AAJA and recognize those in our community – members, chapters, affinity groups and changemakers – who have gone above and beyond to leave a meaningful impact on AAJA over the past two years. Submit nominations by June 30. Read award descriptions here.

Honoring Vincent Chin: AAJA Defined, Scholarship Winner As AAJA reflects on the 40th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin, we are proud to announce Abigail Lee of Emerson College as the winner of this year’s AAJA Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship. We’ve shared Lee’s winning essay and an essay by Aneri Pattani, 2015 recipient of the Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship, on AAJA Defined in his remembrance.

To commemorate this tragic but important milestone in American history, we are also fundraising for the scholarship fund from June 19 to June 30. Help us keep the legacy of Vincent Chin alive and consider supporting the AAJA Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship.

#AAJA22 Updates | aaja22.org


🗓 Upcoming AAJA Events

June 29 | The Road to 2024: Tips for Campaign Reporting | AAJA-NY will host a free, in-person panel discussion and Q&A for all AAJA-NY members moderated by NBC News’ Ben Pu on what it takes to cover a presidential election, featuring former presidential campaign reporters Matt Stevens, Emily Ngo and Joyce Koh. Register here.

June 30 | Hella Asian: "The Comeback" | AAJA-SF/Bay Area and KQED Live present an evening of live storytelling and performances, reflecting the experiences and creative voices of local AAPI journalists and communities. Writers, podcasters and other storytellers will celebrate the resilience of the AAPI community after two years of increased anti-Asian racism. Register here.


📓 News & Resources

behind the story Texas Tribune editor in chief Sewell Chan takes us behind the scenes of the heart-wrenching story on Uvalde in his newsroom in this Twitter thread.

report Explore how and why journalists and civil society organizations around the world work together in a new report about cross-field collaboration by Sarah Stonbely for The Center of Cooperative Media. 

entrances and exits Gia Vang, one of the country's most high-profile Hmong-American journalists and co-anchor of "KARE 11 News Sunrise,” announced her departure from her beloved station. She made national news in January by helping launch the #VeryAsian campaign to fight racism and raise awareness. We can't wait to see what's next for Gia!

diversity in broadcast Former FOX-affiliate WDAF-TV news anchor Megan Murphy has filed a lawsuit accusing news director Sean McNamara of denying her a promotion based on her race

member profile KSDK anchor and founder of #VeryAsian, Michelle Li was profiled by fellow AAJA member Aisha Sultan in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on her life and career up until she received the racist voicemail that went viral.


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

  • “Proposed legislation aims to curb anti-Asian violence, harassment through public education campaign” by Renee Eng, Spectrum News 1
  • “Biden signs Asian American Pacific Islander museum commission into law” by Brahmjot Kaur, NBC News Asian America
  • “In Japan, abortion is legal — but most women need their husband’s consent” by Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Julia Mio Inuma, The Washington Post
  • “Filmmaker Alika Tengan Is Giving Native Hawaiians A Bigger Spotlight” by Marina Fang, The Huffington Post

Remembering Vincent Chin 

  • “During The Remembrance Of Vincent Chin, Asian American Filmmakers Gather In Detroit To Support The M” by Nisa Khan, Interlochen Public Radio
  • “What Vincent Chin means to us, 40 years later” by Emil Guillermo, Inquirer.Net
  • “40 years after Vincent Chin’s death, activists work to keep legacy from fading” by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, PBS NewsHour
  • “Vincent Chin's death 40 years ago sparked an Asian American activist movement” by Megan Schellong, NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday

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

  • Fifty AAPI nonprofit Asian American and multicultural organizations have planned a Unity March in Washington, D.C. on June 25. If you're interested in covering this, contact Paul Cheung.
  • LAist Studios is producing a slate of podcasts centering AAPI voices and AAPI creators. Submit a pitch by June 26.
  • 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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