April 8, 2021
Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group (PAG). Cherry blossom trees along Washington D.C.'s tidal basin. Photo by Mihoko Owada, a new member of PAG whose work can be found here.
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  • Upcoming Events & Resources Watch the recap of AAJA-LA's Founders Forum
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities Scholarships close this month!
AAJA-HQ Updates

Statement | April 5, 2021
AAJA’s Sports Task Force responds to Buccaneers’ Carlton Davis’ offensive tweet Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Carlton Davis posted a tweet that included a derogatory term historically used to refer to Asians in the early 1900s. The Sports Task Force is disappointed by his sentiment, especially at a time when Asians in the United States are experiencing a sharp increase in anti-Asian hate which has resulted in harassment and attacks. Read the full statement here. Note: Davis had taken down the tweet by the time the statement was published.

Join AAJA as our Program & Membership Coordinator!
If you're excited by opportunities to create, innovate, and build structures, and you want to support signature AAJA journalism programs, our annual convention, and growing membership, consider a role as a Program and Membership Coordinator. Find more information and apply by April 16.

#AAJA21 Planning is underway!
Continue to send us your ideas on what you'd like to see at this year's convention. Deadline extended to mid-May! Submit pitches here.

📅 Upcoming AAJA Events
📓 Resources
Tonight, April 8 | AAJA & SacPressClub
Asian American Journalists On ‘Stop AAPI Hate’ + Newsroom Experiences Panelists will explore the intersection of journalism and conversations about how to end this violence and support AAPI communities. Join here. 

April 10 | AAJA-HQ
Embrace Cultural Confidence: Mental Health Workshop Series Our next Embrace Cultural Confidence session with therapist Jeanie Chang is this Saturday at 7-8pm ET, with the theme of mindfulness. Register here.

April 15, April 17 | AAJA-HQ
AAJA Presents The Space: Grief The loss and grief that has emerged over the past year has been unimaginable. Processing and recovering from grief can be a long journey, but The Space—a facilitated, off-the-record conversation with therapist Jeanie Chang—can help. Register for the Thursday session here and Sunday's here.

April 19 | AAJA-NY
AAJA-NY Book Club with Richard Lui, moderated by Euny Hong The interactive book club discussion will focus on the work, Enough About Me, both authors' experiences and then an audience Q&A — participants do not need to have read the book to attend. Register here.

April 21 | AAJA-LA
AAJA-LA Engaged Journalism Panel Join this discussion on how journalists can take their reporting to a deeper level through engaged journalism, a practice where journalists invite the communities they're covering to help guide, shape, and participate in the reporting process. Register here.
ICYMI: AAJA-LA's Founders Forum, a virtual panel with five of the six founders of AAJA, took place on Friday in honor of AAJA's 40th anniversary. It's never been more important for us to honor our community's shared history. You can watch the recording here.

The Atlanta Press Club x AAJA "Asian American Journalists Speak Out," featuring Natasha Chen, Chenue Her, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Janice Yu, and moderated by Rahul Bali, with special guest Bee Nguyen. Rewatch it here.

Asian Hate in America: A Conversation With Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, Jiayang Fan and Michelle Ye Hee Lee, an event hosted by the Foreign Correspondent Club, was held on March 24 and touched on topics including Asian American identity and the public’s response to the killings in Atlanta. Watch the recording here.

A "Combat Hate Crime" toolkit was put together by The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Find it here.

Knight-Wallace Fellowships: Offering both traditional and remote opportunities, the University of Michigan is seeking a range of journalists for its 2021 cohorts. Find more information and apply here.

Podcasting, Seriously created an awards fund to recognize podcasts by trans, queer and audio creators of color. You can donate or apply here.

Actor and activist Eugene Lee Yang wrote an opinion piece, "Why we need to talk about anti-Asian hate." Read it on YouTube's Official Blog
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Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group. A full moon above cherry blossom trees in Washington D.C. Photo by Mihoko Owada, a new member of PAG whose work can be found here.
On Our List📺📸📰 🎧
Follow us on Twitter @aajaofficial for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.
  • Swelling Anti-Asian Violence: Who Is Being Attacked Where by Weiyi Cai, Audra D. S. Burch and Jugal K. Patel, The New York Times
  • Asian American journalists on what it's like reporting on the pain in their community by Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News
  • Fueled by Volunteers, ‘Japantown Prepared’ Strives to Keep San Jose's Asian Seniors Safe by Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED
  • Hollywood Must Do More to Combat Asian Stereotypes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hollywood Reporter
  • Asian American activists are demanding equal civil rights, better education in schools after Asian hate attacks by Marc Ramirez, USA Today
  • “We Are Here Because You Are There”: Viet Thanh Nguyen on How U.S. Foreign Policy Creates Refugees, Democracy Now!
  • Poll: 1 out of 4 Asian Americans has experienced a hate incident by Niala Boodhoo, Axios
  • This is America: I’m still grieving the Atlanta-area spa shootings by Eve Chen, USA Today
  • Keeping Love Close, photographs of Asian Americans with an essay by Celeste Ng, The New York Times
  • 'You're Not Alone.' President Of Florida's Asian American Journalists Association Chapter Discusses Anti-Asian Racism by Wilkine Brutus ft. Valerie Boey, WLRN
AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter for up-to-date careers, internships, and more.

  • STF Amplifying Asian Voices video project: AAJA's Sports Task Force is creating a collaborative video project that aims to amplify the voices of the Asian American community in response to the recent wave of anti-Asian violence. If interested, sign up for more info here.
  • 2021 AAJA STF Bleacher Report Social Content Internship: This is an opportunity to work with the B/R Social Content team and receive mentorship on navigating the sports industry. In conjunction with the paid internship, the candidate will receive a $5000 scholarship. Deadline: April 16. Find more information and apply here.
  • Most of AAJA's scholarships close on April 21! 😱Don't wait to finish your application! Find more information here and apply here.
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