September 23, 2020
Screen capture from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 story on CNN
Written and produced by Julia M. Chan
National Updates

Our New Communications & Engagement Associate

Jessica, JCamp alum 2009, joins us to lead the planning and coordination of AAJA communications and member engagement. She has been a consultant with AAJA since February. She is a DC-based writer with experience in program and event management, digital communications and narrative strategy, writing and editing, and social media from her work at the Climate Justice Alliance, Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, Everyday Feminism, and American Humanist Association.

Jessica is a 2020 National Urban Fellow with a Masters in Policy Management (MPM) from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and a B.A. & Sc. in Economics and Psychology from McGill University.

She is interested in tech and social entrepreneurship, the changing nature of information production and consumption, and the influence of arts and creators on policy and cultural change (which means she watches Netflix). She's also a productivity, leadership, and organizational development junkie (who is always open to book recommendations!) and social dancer. She looks forward to deepening AAPI leadership in journalism and media at AAJA-- and getting to know the #AAJAFamily.

We stand in support of fellow Asian American journalist & AAJA member Josie Huang.

On Saturday night, Sept. 12, AAJA-LA member and KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies for allegedly “obstructing justice.” Read the AAJA-LA and AAJA National statement here.
Upcoming AAJA Events
October 3 The Yung AAJA Town Hall The Yung AAJA affinity group has surpassed 600 members on Facebook and is celebrating with a town hall to talk through member needs & future planning. Open to all AAJA members. RSVP here.

October 16 AAJA-LA Virtual Trivia Bowl Assemble your 10-member team to compete in this year's Trivia Bowl with Quizmasters Lynn Yu and Chris O'Brien, and Emcee David Ono. Usually AAJA-LA's signature "fun-raiser," registration this year is free. If you'd like to put in a team, shoot an email to Henry.
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.
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us-- tag @aaja or let us know on Slack. 

  • Hannah Bae, recipient of the 2020 Rona Jaff Foundation Writers Award for Nonfiction.
  • Sudeep Reddy, who is the new managing editor of policy at Politico.
  • Elite Truong, who has been promoted to director of strategic initiatives at the Washington Post.
  • Benjamin Pu, long time campaign embed, who is now a producer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at NBC News.
  • Stella Sun, who is moving from ABC Fox Montana to join the KOAT news team (an ABC affiliate and Hearst station) in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Frank Shyong, whose 2017 LA Times's article "A Dying Mother's Plan" inspired Rosemead, an Amazon Studio drama starring Lucy Liu.
  • Mark Zastrow, AAJA 2019 ELP Asia graduate, who has joined Astronomy Magazine as a senior editor.
  • George Johnston, who placed 3rd in Entertainment News and first place in News Feature in the Los Angeles Press Club's 62nd SoCal Journalism Awards.
  • Heather Chin, a 2020 Lenfest Institute Constellation News Initiative Fellow.
  • Anika Exum, recent j-school graduate and new Video Fellow with Time Magazine.
  • Arvin Ahmadi, JCamp alum, whose third YA novel How It All Blew Up was released yesterday.
  • Grace S. Deng, who is joining the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (@StopSpyingNY) at the Urban Justice Center as a media and communications intern.
  • Nicole C. Yang, who joins the Boston Globe as the New England Patriots beat reporter.
“WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING THERE,” he said, referencing the part of my resume that indicated I was attending a community college.

It left me gutted. From his elitist point of view, my community college lowered my value as an applicant. That conversation eroded any self-confidence I had in pursuing journalism following my freshman year.

At first, I was genuinely thankful that he decided to take the time to talk with me: an eager and motivated California community college student interested in pursuing journalism.

But I cried later that day.

by AAJA JCamp and Voices program alumnus Omar S. Rashad
On Our List
Member bylines emboldened.

📺📸 To witness

📰 To read

📱To scroll
  • The New Journalism Collective (@TNJCollective), an Instagram-based student news collective and "experimental, democratic platform for reporting unexamined perspectives across the country" created by Joshua Yang and fellow JCamp alum.
🎧 To listen 
  • The Heist, a new podcast from the Center for Public Integrity by Mei Fong that asks, how did massive amounts of government money end up in the pockets of corporations and rich Americans during Trump's presidency?

An investigation done by a team of reporters as part of the Asian American Journalist Association’s Voices program in 2019 found, “65% of summer interns from a group of publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and Los Angeles Times, came from among very selective universities in the nation.”

by AAJA JCamp and Voices program alumnus Omar S. Rashad

Jobs & Scholarships

Check out the AAJA Career Center and the #aaja-jobs Slack channel for career opportunities.

Recent Career Center postings include Assistant Managing Editor for Education Week; Arts, Music & Culture Reporter for WPLN News; Reporter/Anchor for WBAL Newsradio 1090 and FM 101.5 (Baltimore); Communications Associate for the Malala Fund; Health Equity Research Reporter at Harvard University; Environment Investigations Editor at Pulitzer Center; Fellowships at the Texas Tribune; and more.

The Woodrow Wilson Higher Education Media Fellowship.

The WW Higher Education Media Fellowship award gives Fellows $10,000—$5,000 as a stipend and $5,000 towards the reporting project. The six-month, non-residential program begins with an expense-paid post-secondary career and technical education (CTE) symposium. Following the symposium, Fellows must complete a reporting project, such as a special report or series. Learn more and apply here.
ONA20 Everywhere: October 1-16, 2020

Join the digital journalism community at ONA20 Everywhere, happening online Oct. 1–16.

The Online News Association will host its 21st annual conference as a two-week global journalism innovation festival. The schedule features dozens of learning sessions offering insights to better engage and grow journalism audiences, networking alongside journalism's best and brightest, and inspiring conversations with leaders such as María Elena Salinas, Katie Couric, Darius Walker, and Jessica Yellin. Register now.
Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival: October 14-18, 2020

Double Exposure, the United States' first and only festival dedicated to investigative reporting on film goes virtual! 17 new documentaries and must-watch conversations with award-winning filmmakers delivered to your home. Fresh off the heels of its world premiere at Toronto, DX Opening Night is 76 DAYS by Hao Wu. Closing Night features the US premiere of ENEMIES OF THE STATE, directed by Sonia Kennebeck. Also featured are FINDING YING YING, directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi, and A THOUSAND CUTS, directed by Ramona Diaz.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project will open the sixth edition of the festival. Robert Chang, Ramona S. Diaz, Soo-Jeong Kang, Melissa Lewis, Dan Mayeda, and Maria Ressa are among over 75 speakers participating in 30 panels, workshops, master classes, pitch sessions, and 1:1 networking opportunities for investigative journalists and filmmakers.

Film Pass and tickets are now on sale here. Get 10% off using code JOURNALISM
What did you think of #AAJA20: Let us know [5-10 minute survey]

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.