January 28, 2021
A photo depicting legendary Asian American photographer Corky Lee, who documented and made AAPI history. He passed away on Wednesday due to COVID-19 complications. Read AAJA's in memoriam here.

  • HQ Updates: AAJA Careers, new staff, statement on CBS workplace
  • Upcoming Events & Resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities from AAJA PDX, AAJA Sacramento
AAJA-HQ Updates
Introducing AAJA Careers!
AAJA is thrilled to launch our new Career Center that makes it even easier for employers to share opportunities and for career-seekers to find them. Visit AAJA Careers to create a profile and upload you resume or follow AAJA Careers on Twitter to stay updated as positions are shared.

AAJA Statement Urging Action to Correct Toxic Work Environment Experienced by Employees of Color at CBS-Owned and Operated Local Stations
AAJA is concerned by the toxic work environment that journalists and staff of color have experienced at CBS Television Stations and stands with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) in demanding immediate change, especially with the most recent allegations around CBS3 in Philadelphia. Read the full statement here, and read AAJA Philadelphia's statement here.
Welcome Waliya, AAJA's new Director of Programs and Partnerships! Waliya Lari is an award winning news producer who spent the last two decades as a leader in newsrooms of all sizes in various parts of the country. She has a keen interest in developing strong journalists, improving newsroom norms and evolving news coverage to be more contextual, inclusive and accessible. All this is rooted in Waliya's core belief that engaging journalism is the best way to empower and educate the public. She presents at conferences about how newsrooms and communities can work together to improve news coverage of marginalized people and issues.
Waliya graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is an alumna of numerous journalism programs including RIAS German/American Fellowship, Loyola's Journalism Law School, AAJA's Executive Leadership Program and the Poynter Institute. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and twin daughters and documents her love of exploring, cooking, dining and enjoying life in general on Instagram @_WallysWorld.
AAJA Family mourns the loss of David Ibata and Corky Lee
AAJA is saddened this week by the death of two longstanding members, David Ibata and Corky Lee, whose contributions to our community and to journalism are immeasurable. Read our in memoriams of David and Corky.

Collecting Memories AAJA New York is collecting memories of Corky. To contribute, use this DropBox or email aajanychapter@gmail.com. AAJA Atlanta and AAJA Chicago are helping to collect memories of David. To submit, please email kellyyamanouchi@gmail.com.
Photo of David Ibata by Vino Wong
📅 Upcoming AAJA Events
📓 Resources
Feb 3
AAJA's News Nerds affinity group hosts its first event, Breaking into Newsroom x Tech, featuring a panel of professionals sharing their experiences working with journalism, graphics, data and more. Register here.

March 6, April 17, May 15
Embrace Cultural Confidence, a series of three mental health workshops customized for AAPI journalists that focuses on mindfulness, identity, and resilience. Hosted by AAJA-HQ, Women and Nonbinary Voices Affinity Group, the At-Large Chapter, and the AAJA Plus Task Force. Register here.
Think Piece on Media Coverage, AAPI Identity & Tokenism: What do AAJA members think? How the Press Demoted a Labour Secretary by Julia Figueira-McDonough, LA Progressive

"Vaccine Education for Broadcasters," A Podcast from the National Association of Broadcasters: Andrew Finlayson, executive vice president of Digital and Social Media Strategies, and Dan Reines, Senior Vice President of Research, both from SmithGeiger, discuss the data behind the NAB's COVID Vaccine Toolkit. The podcast was recorded on Jan. 19, 2021; listen here.
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us-- tag @aaja or let us know on Slack. 
Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United States as her husband Doug Emhoff looks on, in Washington on Jan. 20, 2021. Alex Wong for Getty Images.
On Our List📺📸📰 🎧
Member bylines emboldened.
News since the inauguration:
  • Kamala Harris embodies many identities. Inauguration Day news alerts reflected that. By Doris Truong, Poynter
  • Why Koreans pointed out two ‘Joes’ at inauguration by Hanna Park, NBC News
  • 'Motivated, Grateful And Terrified': Wisconsin's First Asian American State Legislator, WUWM
  • The Unlikely Connection Between Wellness Influencers and the Pro-Trump Rioters by Clio Chang, Cosmopolitan
  • Pulitzer-Winning Photographer Attacked in DC Day After Accepting Award at White House by Darcy Spencer, NBC News (Our wishes for a speedy recovery to Nick Ut!)
  • Texas cop charged in Capitol riot initially told FBI he was in DC on business, feds say by Chacour Koop, The Sacramento Bee
  • How Stacey Abrams has been mobilizing Asian Americans for years by Kimmy Yam, NBC News
  • Biden to address racism toward Asian Americans during pandemic with executive action by Weijia Jiang, CBS News

Noteworthy opinion pieces:
  • Why aren’t more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Biden’s Cabinet? By former Rep. Michael Honda, D-CA, The Hill
  • ‘Sometimes to Tell the Truth, You Have to Take a Stand’ by Ti-Hua Chang, Moyers on Democracy
  • What If We Saved Ourselves? by Brian Lim, the Los Angeles Review of Books

Stories from the AAPI community:
  • Robert F. Liu, Emmy-Nominated Cinematographer on 'Lou Grant' and 'Family Ties,' Dies at 94 by Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter
  • 'Our hearts are hurting': Elderly Chinese isolated as SF dim sum restaurants shutter in pandemic by Megan Zhang, SF Gate
  • Filipino Health Care Workers and Their Battle Against COVID-19 by Ronnie Estoque, the South Seattle Emerald
  • Netflix adventure comedy ‘Finding ‘Ohana’ takes a deep dive into Hawaii by Steven Mark, the Star Advertiser
  • How Can I Explain: An Incomplete Oral History of Asian Americans and Our Ineffable Love of New Wave by Esther Wang, Jezebel
AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter for 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. 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. Find more information and apply here.
  • Sports Task Force: Applications for the 2021 STF Scholarships and Fellowships are now open! The STF is currently accepting submissions for three opportunities.
Survey: Muck Rack's The State of Journalism 2021 The State of Journalism 2021 survey covers the state of the industry, social media, and preferences for being communicated with, and is anonymous unless you select otherwise. The survey closes on February 5.
#AAJAKudos on this important new initiative: NBCU Academy

ICYMI, the NBCUniversal News Group launched NBCU Academy on Jan. 14, a journalism training program for four-year university and community college students. The program is investing $6.5 million in journalism education at 17 HBCUs, HSIs, and colleges with diverse student bodies, including Cal State Fullerton, a designated AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution). Find out more here.

Thank you to NBCU for your continued championship of student journalists of color!
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