July 10, 2020
"I go to the bathroom during class instead of between because there is less of a chance of running into someone," Dani says. "I still tend to use the bathroom of my assigned gender because it's still the safest option." Photo by Salgu Wissmath , whose portrait project documenting gender dysphoria was featured on NPR.

In this issue:  
  • Updates & Upcoming Events: #AAJA20 Fest, JCamp Alum Summit
  • Kudos & On Our List
  • Opportunities: AAJA-SF Storytelling Project, Bootcamps, Investigative Reporting Fund
August 9-15 #AAJA20 Visibility Fest

PROGRAM PREVIEW Preview the amazing workshops and sessions   we've got lined up   -- ranging from the modern day impact of Bruce Lee to how to look great on video calls, and much more.

GOT QUESTIONS? Check out the FAQ that explains how we're solving virtual challenges like time zones, relationship-building, and a full career development and recruitment experience.
National Updates

 Board Elections Nomination Period for 2021-2022 AAJA Board President, Vice President of Civic Engagement, and Vice President of Finance is now open and ends July 20, 2020. Active AAJA members are eligible to nominate a candidate .

#EndRacistsMascots Coalition AAJA joins the Native American Journalists Association and others in demanding the end to racialized mascots in media

Voices Directors Welcome to Brian Nguyen and Maya Srikrishnan, the 2021-2022 Voices co-directors . They succeed Jessie Tseng and Maya Sugarman, who have served as Voices co-directors for the last three years and who went above and beyond in raising up student journalists and mentors.

Speakers Bureau Nominate yourself or someone else by July 17 to be part of the inaugural launch of the AAJA Speakers Bureau on July 28, the first-ever AAPI focused listing of subject matter experts.

AAJA-LA stands in solidarity with the L.A. Times Guild’s Black Caucus . Read their statement .
Did you know #AAJA20 has a hardship rate? If your recent un(der)employment has created financial hardship and you are committed to AAJA's mission, you may be eligible for a reduced rate. Learn more and apply here by July 24.

For NJ-based journalists of color
The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University can fund your registration. Apply here .

Can you or your news organization get struggling journalists to #AAJA20? Please let us know about funding opportunities at convention@aaja.org so we can amplify widely.
📅 Upcoming Virtual Events
Make sure to find your local chapter or affinity group on social media to stay connected.

July 11 & 18 JCamp Alumni Summit Please join the Class of 2020 and your fellow JCamp alum for two evenings (7-9 pm) of thoughtful conversation and panels on career pivots, freelancing, new media jobs, and more. Email jcamp@aaja.org for details and to RSVP.

July 14 AAJA NY How to Navigate a Remote Internship: An All-WSJ Panel featuring WSJ’s summer interns and senior editors on how they’re making it work.

July 24 AAJA-NY Book Club , featuring guest poet Eric Tran, who will be discussing his The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer . Open to all members. 

August 28-30 AAJA-Asia New. Now. Next. (N3) Media Conference
"Prize thoughtfulness over salaciousness, depth over volume, light over heat."

And other pieces of advice from Ed Yong, staff writer at The Atlantic, to the next generation of journalists. Read it here .
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us -- tag @aaja or let us know on Slack. 

  • Haiyun Jiang, recipient of the AAJA-Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship. Based in Ohio, Haiyun will be pursuing an MFA at Scripps College and School of Visual Communication, Ohio University.

  • Grace Moon, for her new role as copy editor at Korea JoongAng Daily

  • Yowei Shaw, the “creative and editorial force” behind NPR’s Invisibilia podcast is now its new co-host, season beginning winter 2021.

📺  To watch

🎧 To listen 

  • Maya Punjwani’s Uncharted 20s, co-hosted with college roommate Maya.

Check out the AAJA Jobs Board and the #aaja-jobs Slack channel for career opportunities. Find fellowship, internship, and scholarship opportunities on our website.
AAJA-SF Storytelling Project: Rising with the Tides , sponsored by Comcast California. Call story pitches about the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area that reflect the themes of “Resilience” and “Solidarity.” Up to 10 journalists will be awarded $500-$1,000 each to produce their journalistic piece. Apply by July 24 .

San Diego Social Justice Reporting Project The San Diego Union-Tribune, AAJA-San Diego, and local NABJ, NAHJ, and SPJ chapters are seeking emerging journalists to participate in a 3-5 month journalism and civic engagement program. Up to 6 journalists will be awarded a stipend of $5,000 and have the opportunity to have their work published online and in print. Apply by 11pm PST TONIGHT .

Fund for Investigative Journalism Emergency Grant for Coverage of Police Misconduct in the US is available for projects that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in public or private sectors related to police misconduct. Up to $10,000. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here .

The Daily Free Press (Boston University) Summer Journalism Bootcamp : a free, two-week remote program for high school and college students to gain journalism experience through workshops and panels -- RSVP by August 1 .

Google News Initiative Startups Lab Journalism Entrepreneurship Bootcamp : learn to build a viable business based on delivering reported news or information in this free eight-week, fully remote bootcamp including live online classes, one-on-one coaching and peer learning. Apply by August 17 .

Submit a nomination to the AAJA Speakers Bureau here by July 17 to be part of the inaugural launch of the new platform on July 28. 
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.