October 22, 2020
Diptych of two individuals, by Arvin Temkar (AAJA-Atlanta), from his photo series "POC: Punks of Color," which is now on display through June 2021 on the Atlanta BeltLine as part of the Photoville FENCE Georgia regional exhibit.

  • National Update: Submit for Member Awards
  • Join AAJA Studio, our AAPI speakers' bureau for newsrooms
  • Upcoming Events & Resources: AAJA-Sacramento Celebration for Lonnie Wong
  • Member Updates: #AAJAKudos & On Our List
  • Opportunities

Amidst a challenging year, we have seen how AAJA members have stepped up to support each other in local leadership and together have strengthened #AAJAFamily community across borders. Help us recognize and celebrate your work by nominating finalists for the following categories:

  • 2020 Chapter of the Year
  • 2020 Chapter President of the Year
  • 2020 Member of the Year
  • 2020 Leadership in Diversity

Nominations are also being accepted for the 2020 Executive Leadership Program Outstanding Leadership Award. The nomination should describe the leadership achievements of the candidate within their company and should outline how the nominee has helped the advancement of journalists in the industry.

Please submit your nominations by Friday, October 23, at 11:59pm ET. Contact Daniel Garcia with any questions.
Join AAJA Studio, Our Speakers' Bureau
We're giving newsrooms no excuse to leave us out. Nominate yourself or someone else to be part of the inaugural AAJA Studio, the first-ever AAPI focused listing of subject matter experts.

Launching Next Week. Stay Tuned.
Upcoming AAJA Events
October 22 AAJA-Atlanta Student Journalism Workshop: Race in America, featuring CNN correspondent Sara Sidner, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, and CNN supervising producer & Race Beat Lead Delano Massey. Register here.

October 23 AAJA Membership Awards Nomination Deadline. Submit nominations for 2020 Chapter of the Year, Chapter President of the Year, Member of the Year, and Leadership in Diversity by Friday (unofficially, you have thru Sunday...).

October 24 AAJA Sacramento Virtual Social Mixer Celebrating Lonnie Wong's Silver Circle induction into the honor society of the San Francisco/Northern California National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Lonnie, who marks 40 years at FOX40 this year, helped found AAJA Sacramento. In 2016, he received the AAJA Lifetime Achievement Award. More information about the event here.

October 24 AAJA Asia Digital N3 Salon: CV Workshop for Young Journalists Learn to prepare your journalist resume with Rebecca Isjwara, reporter with S&P Global Market Intelligence, host of AAJA-Asia podcast, and co-VP of the Hong Kong subchapter. Register here.

Next Week AAJA Studio is going LIVE Get ready to share AAJA Studio, a curated listing of 100+ AAPI subject matter experts and journalists with your newsrooms! Stay tuned to email & our social media channels.

December 8 SAVE THE DATE for an AAJA Awards Celebration 6-8pm ET 🎉🎉🎉, as we breathe a collective sigh of relief at the close of 2020 -- and manifest better days ahead.
Resource AAJA-Philly Google Folder with Sample Cover Letters & Resumes, Freelancing/Pitching Slides, and Panel Recording.

Twitter Thread Panel Recap "Navigating Objectivity in Journalism" by @AAJA_Chicago , described by one participant as "one of the most thought-provoking dialogues of the year."

Report "How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships" American Press Institute, from 2018.

Article "Prism, a news site led by women of color, centers the voices of marginalized people in its reporting." Nieman Lab

Resource The Tribal Nations Media Guide, for reporting on Indigenous communities by the Native American Journalists Association

Resource The Media Manipulation Casebook, "a digital research platform linking together theory, methods, and practice for mapping media manipulation and disinformation campaigns," by the Harvard Kennedy School.

Resource Election Safety Toolkits (PDF) compiled by AAJA incoming VP Finance Jin Ding

Twitter List of AAPI Political Journalists curated by AAJA President Michelle Lee.

Report The Journalism and the Pandemic Project from the International Center for Journalists and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University released its first 30 findings, based on 1406 responses from journalists, editors, CEOs, and other newsworkers. Top findings relate to safety, dis/misinformation, press freedom violations, and financial (un)viability.

  • 30% of respondents said news organizations had not supplied any PPE.
  • Politicians and elected officials were identified as top source of disinformation (46% of respondents).
  • 48% of respondents said their sources had expressed fear of retaliation for speaking to journalists about COVID-19.
  • 89% reported their news org had enacted at least one COVID-19 related austerity measure (inc. job losses, salary cuts, outlet closures.)
RECAP | AAJA-LA Trivia Bowl
Above: AAJA-LA Trivia Bowl Spirit Award Winner: Team "October Surprise" feat. your favorite journalists including "Minnie Mouse," "Pence's Fly," "Bob Ross," "Pandamonium, and more. Source: @BobbyCalvan. Below left: The immortal David Ono, Trivia Bowl host extraordinaire. Source: @abc7davidono.
WARNING: Serious FOMO Ahead The word on the street is that last Friday night marked the largest AAJA-LA virtual* trivia bowl in history -- with over 350 participants making up 40 teams from AAJA chapters (including the "AAJA New Yawkers") and friends across the U.S.

Congratulations to trivia winner Team Successful Squad, college team winner Cal State Long Beach Team #2, and Spirit Award winner October Surprise.

Shout out to LA Times, IW Group, KPCC, KTLA, NBC-LA, Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA, Artists at Play, Cold Tofu Improv, Grateful Crane Ensemble, NABJ LA, LA Press Club, and more for joining in the fun.

Congratulations to AAJA-LA on another year of successfully stumping folks who make the news!

*It is also the first time, in Trivia Bowl's 26 years (est. 1994), that it has gone virtual!
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us-- tag @aaja or let us know on Slack. 
Lonnie Wong, accepting the AAJA 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Lonnie Wong on his Silver Circle Induction to the San Francisco/Northern California National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (celebrate with AAJA-Sacramento!)
  • Shirley Qiu (AAJA VP Comms), who is now the Newsroom Success Manager at American Press Institute. She will be focused on helping Metrics for News' newsroom partners understand analytics, and use the data to inform strategies for growing audiences, building loyalty, and driving subscriptions.
On Our List
Member bylines emboldened.

We commend CBS News for producing this timely documentary "Asian Americans: Battling Bias" on COVID-19 related anti-Asian discrimination. #AAJAKudos to Elaine Quijano, Weijia Jiang, Mike George, Nancy Chen, Sharaf Mowjood, Jessica Ma, Anne Hsu, Tara Ruff, and all of the on-air reporters, story producers, and the behind-the-scene leaders who made this possible.
📺📸 To witness
  • In Japan, young people rush to document Hiroshima survivors' memories (from August) by Grace Lee, PBS News Hour
  • 'Go back to China': Fremont woman goes on racist rant, targeting neighbor and 10-year-old girl by Dion Lim, ABC 7 News
  • "Come here ch*nky, Let me give you a little corona" by CeFaan Kim, who was called the racial slur while reporting, Twitter / ABC 7 News.
  • Behind the Story with Labor Reporter Juliana Feliciano Reyes, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

📰 To read
  • Twenty-five, a personal retrospective by Lian Parsons-Thomason ("When I was 21, I attended an Asian American Journalists Association convention for the first time...")
  • In the Green Room: Los Angeles Time Editor of the Editorial Pages Sewell Chan, a profile by Zocalo Public Square.
  • As Harris prepares to take the debate stage, Asian-Americans flood Twitter with stories of their "sheroes." by Priya Arora, New York Times.
  • Not enough or double the prejudice: On being Black and Asian American in 2020 by Sakshi Venkatraman and P.R. Lockhart, NBC News
  • Chinatown Will Recover from the Coronavirus, but It Won't Be the Same by Alan Chin and Magnum Foundation, The Nation
  • 'Poisoning the Pacific': New book details US military contamination of islands and ocean, by Rachel Ramirez, The Guardian
  • New Running Industry Diversity Coalition Pushes for Equity and Inclusion by Allison Torres Burtka, Women's Running
  • In a city that's forgetting itself, Seattle's Ron Chew remembers by Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times

Career Center

Check out the AAJA Career Center and the #aaja-jobs Slack channel for career opportunities. Recent Career Center postings include Editor-in-Chief of High Country News; VP, News Director at Altice USA NYC; Assistant Professor - Media Production, University of Houston; Public Information Director at the City of Los Angeles; Health Tech Reporter at STAT; and more.

We are so proud of the passionate journalism leaders who run our chapters and affinity groups, investing their energy and resources into building local community and professional development networks for AAJA members and friends. Please consider donating to your local chapter or affinity group if you can. Need to find (or get connected to) your local chapter/AG group? Check out the chapters list and the affinity group list.
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