February 25, 2021
Snow falls on Chicago during the series of cold winter storms that moved through much of Central and Eastern US. Photo by Shafkat Anowar, a 2020 Getty scholarship finalist, who recently begun an internship with the AP. See more of Shafkat's work here. Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group.
  • HQ Updates join our convention planning committee
  • Upcoming Events & Resources learn to use TikTok for news, mental wellness resources
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities Apply for Voices 2021, check out AAJA's scholarships page!
  • In the spirit of Lunar New Year, gift an AAJA membership
AAJA-HQ Updates
AAJA Philly demands answers: Why didn’t SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Local remove board member who posted, defended racist image? The board member, John Mitchell, stepped down after his racist post began to draw wider attention — more than a week after SAG-AFTRA acknowledged the issue. Read in full here and read The Philadelphia Inquirer's coverage of this incident here.

#AAJA21 planning is underway!

  • Join the AAJA 2021 Convention Programming Committee. Planning is underway for #AAJA21 and applications are now open for the Convention Programming Committee, which oversees the experience of attendees. As such, we're seeking members who have big, bold ideas, are engaged and enthusiastic, and are goals-oriented. It's a great opportunity for members to gain skills in leadership, project management, strategic planning, and team management. Apply to be a part of the committee here.

Tracking coverage of anti-Asian hate
We're crowdsourcing a list of coverage. In response to ongoing incidences of racism and violence toward members of the AAPI community, especially the elderly, AAJA has put together an ongoing, non-exhaustive tracker to highlight and examine the work of our journalists. If there are any pieces that you've read or produced that need to be put on our radar, please add to the list here.
📅 Upcoming AAJA Events
Feb 25 | AAJA Seattle
Lunar New Year Annual Dinner Get a boxed dinner from a Seattle eatery and connect with fellow AAJA-ers. This online event will feature a raffle drawing, music and a speaker, more details to come. Register here

Feb 26 | AAJA-LA
Kitchen Conversation Kick-off Event
Join AAJA-LA in ushering in the Lunar New Year and kicking off their Kitchen Conversation Series with acclaimed Chef Tu David Phu, who will be leading a virtual cooking class on classic dishes and sharing the fascinating stories behind them. Register for the event here.

Feb 27 | AAJA-Asia
Start Your News Channel on TikTok
This event aims to help independent journalists find the right news style for TikTok that fits both with their brand and intended audience. Featuring Julia Munslow, a special projects editor at Yahoo News in New York; moderated by Chiew Farn Chung, CEO and Founder of Classdo. Register here.

March 1 | AAJA Pacific Islander Task Force
Pacific Islander Journalist Profiles: Reporting in the Continental U.S., will feature a panel of journalists discussing what it's like to be a Pacific Islander in the newsroom. Register here.

March 13 | AAJA-Seoul
The Guide to Korea's Justice System Connect with Korean law experts who will present tips and resources on how to process legal cases when reporting Register here.

March 15 | AAJA-HQ
AAJA Scholarship Information Session
If you're interested in any of AAJA's offered scholarship opportunities, save the date!

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.
👏 #AAJAKudos to...
Celebrate your achievements with us-- tag @aaja or let us know on Slack. 
  • Joie Chen, who is now the Senior Adviser and Faculty member at the Poynter Institute
  • AAJA's incoming recipients of the NBC Summer News Internship: Kenneth Tran (All In with Chris Hayes), Alice Nguyen (TODAY) and Kanika Mehra (Rachel Maddow Show)
  • Juju Chang, who is receiving the 2021 Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at their annual gala on March 4
  • Michelle Li, who is joining KSDK's 5 On Your Side beginning in April
  • Shafkat Anowar, a student member who began a photojournalism internship with the Associated Press in Chicago
  • Heather J. Chin, who has been named one of the Lenfest Institutes' Constellation News Leadership Initiative fellows
  • Swati Sharma, new editor-in-chief of Vox.com
📓 Resources
Breaking Into Journalism x Tech presented by the AAJA News Nerds. ICYMI, watch the Zoom recording here.

AAJA's Mental Wellness Resources
We've compiled a list of resources, research, and trainings to aid AAPI journalists in caring for their mental wellness. Check it out here.

Race in America: Where Is the Coverage of Anti-Asian Harassment and Violence? hosted by Poynter. Hear directly from AAJA members Joie Chen, Juju Chang, and Weijia Jiang about their experiences reporting on harassment and violence against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) people and why the subject has gone under-reported. Watch the recording here.

Tohoku Earthquake 10 Year Anniversary, presented by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, featuring AAJA-PAG's Darrell Miho. Register here.
On Our List📺📸📰 🎧
Note: Beginning this issue, we will only feature ten or fewer pieces per newsletter. Follow us on Twitter @aajaofficial for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.
  • Don Yee on AAJA's Sports Task Force: “I support STF because I see an army of warriors who’ll tell great stories” by Josh Tolentino, AAJA Sports Task Force
  • Profile of AAJA member Chenue Her, "the only male Hmong-American reporter in mainstream media," by Samantha Saldivar for Press Pass Media
  • AAJA-NY's memoriam for legendary photojournalist Corky Lee: Read their moving piece full of photos and heartfelt words on Medium.
  • Important coverage Attacks on Asian Americans during pandemic renew criticism that U.S. undercounts hate crimes by David Nakamura, The Washington Post
  • Moving feature piece: From Pakistan to India: Tracing my grandmother’s refugee journey by Tavleen Tarrant, Al Jazeera
  • ‘Words matter’ as Asian American leaders urge action against hate crimes by Vignesh Ramachandran, PBS NewsHour
  • Regarding the farmer protests in India, Is it possible to decolonize the media? by Akanksha Singh, Poynter
  • For Asian Americans, Sharing Our Grief Is an Act of Revolution by Bianca Mabute-Louie, Elle
  • Attacks on elderly Asian Americans in Bay Area cause fear, raise concerns of bias by Jada Chin, The Washington Post
  • AARP-AAJA COVID-19 Storytelling Grant How O.C. nonprofits have responded to the impact of COVID-19 on Asian American seniors and business owners by Agnes Constante, Los Angeles Times. Agnes is a recipient of our AARP AAJA Storytelling grant.
AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter for up-to-date careers, internships, and more.

  • Apply to be a VOICES fellow or support our student fellowship program by applying to be a VOICES editor. Voices serves as a multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, as well as a leadership program for young journalists. 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.
  • Various AAJA scholarships are now open to applicants. Learn more about available opportunities and access our general scholarship application form on our website.
Research Study: Chinese Identity and the Journalism Industry
If you identify as (ethnically) Chinese American and are a journalist who previously or currently works in the U.S., consider participating in a research project examining how Chinese journalists navigate the media industry, and how their ethnicity interacts with their personal decision making, career prospects, and treatment by superiors and colleagues. The interviews will be completely anonymous and conducted via Zoom. If you are interested, reach out to Rachel Zhang.

The Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund
The Center for Cooperative Media's Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund has award money available up to $1K per collaborator for journalists to work together on stories that center communities of color. Applicants of color or those who identify as part of a marginalized community are prioritized. More information here.
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