AAJA Member News
April 20, 2020
In this issue (it's a longer one!)
  • National Updates: AAJA@ThisTime show, JCamp 2020 Update
  • Chapter & Affinity Updates: Yung AAJA & News Nerds Office Hours for Young Professionals, AAJA Chicago’s Reporting on Race Webinar
  • Member Updates: #AAJAKudos, On Our Reading List (Member Bylines)
  • Scholarships & Opportunities
National Updates
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the time of COVID-19

Diversity, equity, and inclusion may not be first and foremost on the minds of newsroom leaders dealing with the upheaval of the coronavirus on journalism. AAJA member Sisi Wei , in her role as director of programs at OpenNews, shares insight on how newsroom leaders can still prioritize DEI values in a volatile environment: How newsroom execs and managers can uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion values during COVID-19.
Take Your M-W-F Coffee Breaks with AAJA at 2pm ET on IGTV

We’ve launched an IGTV show for, by, and about our members and the AAPI community, hosted by Niala Boodhoo

So far, Niala has chatted with Dion Lim about her experience covering the coronavirus in the Bay Area, Winn Periyasamy about the #DumplingsAgainstHate campaign, and with Sahaj Kohli of Brown Girl Therapy about how to take a mental health break from the news when you’re the one creating it.

Check out previous episodes at @aajaofficial.
In other news...

After much deliberation, JCamp 2020 has been cancelled . Top applicants this year will have the chance to reserve their spot in the JCamp Class of 2021. A JCamp 20th Anniversary Virtual Summit is being planned for this summer, centered around our 800 alums around the world. Stay tuned.
Chapter & Affinity Group Updates
Come to Office Hours Join Yung AAJA and AAJA News Nerds for a panel on navigating this moment of uncertainty as a student or early-career journalist on Wednesday, April 22. Panel includes Michelle Ye Hee Lee (reporter, Washington Post and AAJA president), Sisi Wei (director of programs, Open News), Bobby Calvan (reporter, Associated Press), and moderator Alex Lim (Northeastern University class of 2020). RSVP here.
"You're going to be told in J-school that journalists should be completely objective in their reporting. From the beginning, out the gate, I can say you are not objective. You are a conglomerate of all the experiences you've had."

 - Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times,
April 9, Reporting on Race Webinar AAJA Chicago
AAJA Chicago's Reporting on Race Webinar  

 On April 9, AAJA Chicago hosted Katie Kim (NBC 5 Chicago), Maudlyne Ihejirika (Chicago Sun-Times), Laura Rodríguez Presa (Chicago Tribune) and Esther Yoon Ji-Kang (WBEZ) in virtual conversation on how we can better cover communities of color. Watch the webinar recording here or get the highlights on Twitter
A Journalist's Guide to Staying Sane in Coronavirus

Long-time member William Wan , national health reporter at The Washington Post, compiled a tipsheet to help journalists coping with stress, anxiety, and trauma during this pandemic.

Virtual Happy Hours & Resources

Stay tuned to local chapters , affinity groups , and the AAJA Slack community for more region- or expertise-specific resources (like AIR’s new Freelance Audio Fund ), as well as regularly scheduled virtual networking and community-building events. For example, yesterday, AAJA Arizona held a virtual HH with the student chapter at Arizona State University on work-life balance.

Additional Journalism Resources

Member Updates
#AAJAKudos to...

  • AAJA-SF, in coordination with three Bay Area AAPI youth, helped distribute a generous private donation of 7,400 surgical and N95 masks to hospitals and health organizations in the Bay Area and the Northern Marianas Islands.
  • Mariko Lochridge, for her work counseling LA’s Little Tokyo businesses through setting up their virtual storefronts to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Moni Basu, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Michael and Linda Connelly Lecturer for Narrative Nonfiction, has been named the 2019-2020 UF Undergraduate Teacher of the Year. The award encourages and rewards excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in undergraduate studies. Moni is a former AAJA advisory board member.
  • David Song and Andy Yamashita, who have been accepted in the Sports Journalism Institute class of 2020. David Song is a graduate student of Indiana University – Purdue University and works at USA Today. Andy Yamashita is a Junior at the University of Washington, working at the Denver Post
  • Naomi Ishisaka of the Seattle Times for placing first in Best of the West’s Special Topic Column Writing for her social justice columns that “cut to the heart of her city’s most intersectional issues” and “weave together her perspective and the experiences of the people in her city, to create a symphonic blending of voices and stories.”
  • Karen Ho, who is joining Quartz as a global finance and economics reporter.
  • Kimi Yoshino (second managing director) and Sewell Chan (editor of Editorial, OpEd and Sunday Opinion) of the LA Times for their promotions.
  • Elise Hu, formerly of NPR, on her new role as the inaugural host of TED Talks Daily, TED’s most-downloaded show (at one million times per day)
  • Walbert Castillo, formerly of USA Today, on his new role as a video producer for Amazon.

On Our Reading List, Member Bylines 

On April 9, we joined fellow press associations in recognizing #PRESSential workers through the #ThankaJourno campaign on Twitter . We are proud of our members’ contributions to journalism every day. Thank you.

For Students


  • Submit your work (or a colleague’s) for a 2020 AAJA National Journalism Award by April 22.
  • Submit AAJA Speakers Bureau Nominations here.
  • Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) Special Issue Call for Papers: This special issue of JAAS seeks submissions from multiple academic disciplines, community activists/organizations, and creative arts in an effort to address holistically the multiple dimensions of this pandemic through interdisciplinary and community engaged perspectives. Full submission details here.
  • Check out the AAJA Jobs Board and the #aaja-jobs Slack channel for career opportunities.
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.

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