“Disinformation is a pandemic. Sound journalism is a cure.”
- Willoughby Mariano ( @wmariano ), President AAJA-Atlanta
In this issue
  • Updates, Upcoming AAJA Virtual Events & Trainings, COVID-19 Resources
  • AAJA Kudos, Great Weekend Reads, and Member Bylines
  • Opportunities at FOX, NASA, and more.
  • Just for Fun! Animal Crossing swag and what are AAJA members up to?
National, Chapter, and Affinity Updates
“For those of us who have privilege, really dig deep. As Muslims we believe that we should give from what we love, and so the question that I always ask myself is, if I truly love something it's going to be uncomfortable to give it. And that's what I want people to lean into right now.” 
- Zahra Billoo, in the MATF x Muslim.co Storytelling Project , on acts of service in this time
  • Statement: AAJA stands with journalists, including Weijia Jiang, who are pressing for accountability in coronavirus response.
  • Statement: AAJA-Asia strongly condemns the Philippine government’s shutdown of ABS-CBN, the country’s largest broadcaster.
  • Google News Initiative Training Series: Join AAJA-NY President and journalism tools trainer Frank Bi for a series of hands-on workshops on free digital tools that you can use to make a difference in your newsroom right away. Register here.
  • Join the Mediawatch Committee to hold news organizations accountable to standards of accuracy and fairness of AAPI coverage. Details here.
  • Muslim American Task Force x Muslim.co Storytelling Project: The AAJA Muslim American Task Force is proud to announce a collaboration with Catalyst program alum Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh profiling 10 Muslim American stories on the newly launched Muslim.co platform. Read them here.
AAJA thanks the IWMF and The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership for their show of support for Asian and Asian American Journalists.
(May 11, 2020, page A7 of the print edition of The Washington Post )
Upcoming Virtual Events
  • May 16 A Story Like No Other: On the Frontlines with Asian Americans Covering the COVID-19 Pandemic (AAJA-LA)
  • May 23 Digital N3 Salons: Resiliency Training, Finding Jobs in a Tight Market, and Cultivating Sources Virtually. Register here. (AAJA-Asia)
  • May 28 Finding Work in Journalism Amid COVID-19 (AAJA, NAJA, & Mathison)
  • May 30 Town Hall on COVID-19 Hate Incidents/Crimes. Details TBA (AAJA-LA)
  • Did we miss your chapter/affinity group’s events? Please keep us updated!

COVID-19 Resources

Member Updates

#AAJAKudos to... 👏
  • 🎓The Class of 2020: Congratulations to all our graduating high school and college students! Congratulations on this major achievement. Tweet us at @aaja (with your website or portfolio if applicable) and we'll RT to celebrate you.
  • Congratulations to the AAJA members joining the Dow Jones News Fund Intern Class of 2020: Tiffany Bui, Jing Feng, Omar Rashad, Maria Monteros, Shafaq Patel, Kantaro Komiya, Heather Schlitz, and Slone Terranella
"[Y]ou can't invoke the name and the story of Vincent Chin when there are Ahmaud Arberys happening to black and brown people," said Tajima-Pena. "For Asian Americans, if we stand up for Vincent Chin, we have to stand up for the Michael Browns, the Eric Garners, and the Ahmaud Arberys. But we don't always do that."
On Our List, Member Bylines 
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For Students

In General
  • Yung AAJA’s *first ever* AAPI History Month Storytelling Contest: submit your entry by June 19.
  • Submit AAJA Speakers Bureau Nominations here.
  • Check out the AAJA Jobs Board and the #aaja-jobs Slack channel for career opportunities (openings at CoinDesk, WBUR, SF Weekly, and more).
Calling all AAJA members! FOX Recruitment is currently actively reaching out to applicants via the opportunities below. If interested, email Emily.Magielnicki@fox.com

*Featured Content from AAJA Sponsors & Partners
Fun Stuff 🥚
  • Show off your AAJA pride in Animal Crossing with these designs (1, 2, 3, 4) by Melissa Lewis. Image by Amanda Zhou.

  • What are your fellow AAJA members up to during the pandemic? Taking online ballet classes, rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 3D printing cosplay props, reading Lang Leav poetry, and more...Read their answers here.

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.

Don’t forget to let us know how we can support you in this moment.