February 11, 2021
  • HQ Updates
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities from AAJA PDX, AAJA Sacramento
AAJA-HQ Updates
AAJA Condemns Anti-Asian Racism and Challenges Newsrooms to Prioritize Coverage of Anti-Asian Violence  We applaud newsrooms (and AAJA members) who have already been covering the uptick in anti-Asian violence since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. We call on national and local media outlets to prioritize coverage of this ongoing violence against AAPIs, and to empower their journalists to report on these incidents immediately, accurately and comprehensively. Read in full here.
Our 40th Anniversary
Are you interested in documenting AAPI leadership in journalism and Asian American history? Do you want to learn more about the journalists who came before you and to preserve their legacies? Please join AAJA's 40th Anniversary Committee to lend your skills and talent towards archiving the rich history of our journalists in history. Initial committee formation is underway, but we are keeping this opportunity open, so that this is an inclusive, grassroots effort that involves the entire #AAJAFamily.
📅 Upcoming AAJA Events

📓 Resources
*Happy Lunar New Year*

Feb 18 | AAJA Sports Task Force
Job Searching in a Pandemic, featuring Amy Rily, Senior Talent Recruiter for ESPN, Eric Rubin Recruiter for Warner Media, Tina Sturdevant, Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Director at The Athletic. Join the Zoom here at 6:30pm ET.

Feb 25 | AAJA Seattle
Lunar New Year Annual Dinner Register here

March 6, April 17, May 15 | AAJA- HQ, Women and Nonbinary Voices Affinity Group, AAJA At-Large, AAJA Plus
Embrace Cultural Confidence, a series of three mental health workshops customized for AAPI journalists that focuses on mindfulness, identity, and resilience. Register here.
Vaccine Narratives & the Risk to Public Health A briefing for local newsrooms by The Knight Foundation and Aspen Digital. This event, hosted on Feb. 16, will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, disinformation, and ways local news can be most effective in covering the pandemic. Register here.

Why YOU need to join the Journalists of Color Slack Chat on Clubhouse on Feb 18.

Can you personal finance your way out of gender and pay gaps? A question posed by AAJA member Karen K. Ho Read Lizzie O’Leary’s response here.

Micro-Grant Program for Freelance Journalists from the Overseas Press Club of America Learn more and apply here.

On the changing nature of journalism Journalists are creators now, and that’s a good thing by Yvonne Leow, the Reynolds Journalism Institute

About AAJA Studio New source databases look to encourage journalists to diversify their sourcing by Angela Fu, Poynter
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
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On Our List📺📸📰 🎧
Member bylines emboldened.
  • Chronicles of a Bubble-Tea Addict by Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker
  • The gochujang gateway: How the Korean chili paste became so popular in the U.S. by Hanna Park, NBC News
  • The Limits of the Lunchbox Moment by Jaya Saxena, Eater
  • 12 places to find lucky Lunar New Year dishes in St. Louis by AAJA intern Alice Nguyen, stlmag.com

  • On AAPI Reality TV The Downside Of Bling Empire, House Of Ho, & The New Wave Of Asian Representation by Olivia Truffaut-Wong, Refinery29
  • Profile of Actor Steven Yuen The Many Lives of Steven Yuen by Jay Caspian Kang, New York Times
  • AAPI Costume Designers Why Aren’t More Asian-American Costume Designers Helping Tell Our Own Stories? by Fawnia Soo Hoo, Fashionista

  • Museum Exhibition Explores The History Of Surfing In Hawaii by Heidi Chang, NPR
  • Women Activists of the Hawaiian Renaissance Aloha ‘Āina’s Unwavering Wāhine by Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Flux

  • Oaklanders Combat Chinatown Attacks with Volunteering, Mutual Aid by Nastia Voynovskaya, KQED
  • Vaccine may be in short supply, but lip service to equity isn’t by Naomi Ishisaka, The Seattle Times
  • Filipino Residents Have Been Hit Hard by COVID – But No One Knows Just How Hard by Maya Srikrishnan, Voice of San Diego
  • Why Asian American women have had highest jobless rates during last 6 months of Covid by Katherine Kam, NBC News
  • Locals react to Biden's directive condemning anti-Asian bias by Erika Lee, Idaho News

In Remembrance
  • Corky Lee’s Photographs Helped Generations of Asian-Americans See Themselves by Hua Hsu, The New Yorker
  • 📺 CNN Replay video on the late Larry King's life and broadcasting career, written and produced by Julia M. Chan
AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter for up-to-date careers, internships, and more.

  • 2021 AAJA-SPJ Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship: AAJA-PDX is offering an internship for aspiring journalists to work with the news staff at KGW-TV. Apply by February 21. Find out more and apply here.
  • AAJA-Sacramento 2021 Internship with The Sacramento Bee: AAJA-Sacramento is sponsoring a paid 10-week internship program with The Sacramento Bee for aspiring journalists. Apply by March 15. Find more information and apply here.
Society of Environmental Journalists' Awards for Reporting on the Environment

AAJA members are invited to enter the Society of Environmental Journalists' 20th annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment! $17,500 in cash prizes! The #SEJAwards honor the best environmental journalism in 10 categories, bringing recognition to the stories that are among the most important on the planet. Prizes of $500 for first-place winners and $250 for second-place winners in all categories. Plus...

The Nina Mason Pulliam Award, sponsored by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, for the "best of the best" environmental reporting will award $10,000 to one entry selected from the first-place winners of the #SEJAwards. 

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Collectively, we can celebrate 40 years of impact,
and contribute towards 40 more years of AAJA's mission
of supporting and uplifting AAPI journalists.
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