November 5, 2020
Vote counting center in Detroit, Michigan. Shared by Moriah Balingit on Instagram, Washington Post reporter on the ground in Michigan for Election Day 2020.

  • HQ Update We're Improving Our Systems
  • Join AAJA Studio, our AAPI speakers' bureau for newsrooms
  • Recap AAJA-Sacramento Celebration for Lonnie Wong
  • Upcoming Events & Resources #AAJAFamily production Sky Blossom's World Premiere
  • Member Updates #AAJAKudos & On Our List
What You Need To Know About the Process

For the past few months, we have been working on transitioning our systems so that the AAJA membership experience is less confusing and more seamless. These systems improvements will expand the tools for AAJA HQ, chapter leaders, and affinity group leaders to more easily serve, support, and uplift the #AAJAFamily.

We hope that you can bear with us during this time of transition. We will send more details next week and keep you updated in real time about any downtime or actions we may need you to take. For those whose memberships expire in the month of December, we ask that you consider renewing before the end of the month. If you need assistance with the renewal process, please get in touch with Daniel (
November 11 World Premiere of Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation Join us on Veterans Day for the premiere of this #AAJAFamily documentary directed by Richard Lui. We'll be sending details on registration tomorrow for AAJA member exclusive livestream access. Learn more about the film here.
December 4 SAVE THE DATE for an AAJA Awards Celebration/Holiday Party 8-9:30pm ET πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰, as we breathe a collective sigh of relief at the close of 2020 -- and manifest better days ahead. Add to Google Calendar / Add to Calendar (.ics)
Resource "Online Harassment: Strategies for Journalists' Defense" MOOC by Knight Center in partnership with International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)

Report "AAPIs Rising to Fight Dual Pandemics, COVID-19 and Racism" edited by Helen Zia, One Nation Commission, October 2020.

Article "More Research and Resilient Journalists Are Needed to Combat the Misinformation Disorder" by Paul Cheung and John Sands, Knight Foundation

Report "Changing newsrooms 2020: addressing diversity and nurturing talent at a time of unprecedented change," Reuters Institute
RECORDING | AAJA Sacramento Celebration of Lonnie Wong
Thanks to everyone who joined AAJA Sacramento on Oct. 24 to celebrate Lonnie Wong's Silver Circle induction into the honor society of the San Francisco/ Northern California National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

We deeply appreciate AAJA Sacramento's presenting sponsor, Comcast. Watch the recording here.
πŸ‘ #AAJAKudos to...
ο»ΏCelebrate your achievements with us-- tag @aaja or let us know on Slack. 
Member bylines emboldened.
"They say bad things happen in threes. That held true for me when I wrapped up a busy and chaotic two days covering Hurricane Zeta....No, it wasn't the storm that dealt me a one-two-three punch. It was a series of racist encounters that knocked me off my feet." Amara Walker describes three racist attacks within in hour, including an incident with a police officer, and shares messages of solidarity and support received after she shared her experiences of racism publicly.
πŸ“ΊπŸ“Έ To witness
  • When I experienced racism, I didn't think others would care -- but I was wrong by Amara Walker, CNN
  • The world premiere of #AAJAFamily production Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation made by Richard Lui, Alex Lo, Hailey Lee, Vino Wong, and more

πŸ“° To read
  • *Member profile* CORKY LEE - In Pursuit of Photographic Justice by Raymond Douglas Chong, AsAmNews
  • *Member profile* Behind the Byline: Meet Naomi Ishisaka, assistant managing editor for diversity, inclusion and staff development by Natalie Wright Montanez, The Seattle Times
  • "Hi," a personal reflection on motherhood and loss by Chrissy Teigen, Medium
  • What Should the U.S. Learn from South Korea's Covid-19 Success? by Wudan Yan and Ann Babe, Undark
  • How 12 Asian Americans Are Voting in 1 Swing State by Shuran Huang and Eric Lee, The Atlantic
  • Young Vietnamese American progressives lead a generational split with conservative elders by Anh Do, LA Times
  • New Reginald F. Lewis Museum exhibit highlights 'Good Trouble' of recent racial justice protests in Maryland by Sameer Rao, The Baltimore Sun
  • How 'Tikim' Shaped Filipino Food Writing--and How It Was Resurrected by Bettina Makalintal, Vice
  • Will you get a coronavirus vaccine? Many don't trust it, and low vaccination levels could hinder pandemic recovery by Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Election briefings by The Yappie, an AAPI power, politics, and influence newsletter by Andrew Peng, Shawna Chen, Sunjay Lee, Andrew Huang, Elynna Chang, Cheyenne Cheng, Kristie-Valerie Hoang, and Giboom Park
🎧 To listen
  • Self-Evident's series on community responses to anti-Asian racism (Hate Goes Viral; Here Comes the Neighborhood; and We Hear You). These episodes were made by James Boo, Sonia Paul, Julia Shu, Cathy Erway, Rochelle Kwan, and Timothy Lou Ly.
  • Fresh Off the Vote, a "100% grassroots podcast for gen-zillennial politics" founded by Helen Li and produced by a team of all AAPI youth to host conversations about AAPI voter engagement strategies and key issues.
Images depict a #CountEveryVote rally (left) vs. a #StoptheVote rally (right). Shared by CeFaan Kim on Instagram, ABC7NY reporter on the ground in Philly for Election Day 2020.
Fund for Investigative Journalism Announces Diversity Grants for Stories by Freelance Reporters on Any Topic; Applications Due November 20

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to cover the expenses of investigative reporting, which can include travel, research or technical assistance, open-records fees, small stipends for freelance journalists’ time and other costs. In addition to grants, the Fund for Investigative Journalism will provide recipients with one-year memberships in Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the Ida B. Wells Society, two national investigative journalism organizations that provide training and networking. Learn more and apply here.
AAJA is proud to be a partner of the Multicultural Media & Correspondents Association

We are proud to support the Multicultural Media & Correspondents Association (MMCA), an organization leading a national call to action to increase media diversity. At this year's Annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner on November 11, 2020, MMCA will be honoring journalists Lisa Ling and Nikole Hannah-Jones, among other media industry legends and luminaries of color. Learn more about the MMCA's work here.
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.
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