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Hawai‘i AAJA Journalists to Poynter Leadership Academy for Diversity

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Two journalists close to home were chosen for the Poynter Institute’s fifth Leadership Academy for Diversity.

Congratulations to current Hawaii Chapter member Diane Lee, of the Honolulu Star Advertiser, and former Hawaii Chapter member Kimberly Yuen, currently Newsday’s digital editor.

Members of the 2020-21 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

Members of the 2020-21 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

Poynter and The Washington Post announce members of the 2020-21 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2020) – In partnership with The Washington Post, the Poynter Institute is proud to announce the journalists selected for its fifth Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media.

The 32 journalists who emerged from over 130 applicants are pioneers in digital media who have demonstrated an aptitude for leadership through current projects and references. They were selected by a committee including graduates of the program, with an emphasis on ensuring diversity across race and ethnicity, geography, technology platforms, organization size and skill sets.


AAJA National Board’s Message on Allyship for our Black Colleagues

AAJA Asian American Journalists Association
The Asian American Journalists Association stands in solidarity with our black colleagues during this challenging time. Just as we stand up to racism against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, we stand up to racism against the black community, including the targeted and violent actions toward journalists of color during the protests of the last week.
We recognize the trauma our black colleagues are experiencing while reporting current events. All too often, black journalists are denigrated while doing their job and providing the public service of bearing witness and telling the story. And that is unacceptable.
Recent events– and the missed opportunities we have witnessed in both local and national coverage– underscore the need for greater equity and inclusion in newsrooms. News leaders must realize that their editorial decisions have real-life impact on the safety and well-being of their black journalists and other journalists of color. Newsrooms must diversify, and so must its leadership and decision-makers at every level.
These moments have shown us that we must confront how to be better allies to our black colleagues. For too long, anti-black sentiments have been pervasive in the Asian immigrant community in America. We recognize and fully support AAJA members’ growing efforts to confront our community’s history through our work, on social media and through personal conversations to better educate ourselves and others about the necessary work to support the black community.
As an organization, AAJA is committed to becoming even stronger allies of journalists of all backgrounds. AAJA will work to share resources for our members and create spaces for meaningful conversations around allyship, with the goal of growing together as an AAJA Family.
-AAJA Board of Directors

AAJA joins press freedom groups in calling for journalists’ rights and safety

AAJA Asian American Journalists AssociationThe Asian American Journalists Association joins press freedom groups calling for journalists’ rights and safety in light of incidents related to nationwide protests. Over the past two days, AAJA signed on to letters led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Press Club calling for full protection of journalists as they work to cover and report on the nationwide protests.
AAJA’s mission is to diversify news organizations and news coverage, particularly in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists. Fundamentally, we support all journalists in their right to do their jobs and call for their protection.
AAJA upholds the key tenet of the journalist’s creed, which states that “suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.”
To read the full Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press letter, click here.
To read the National Press Club Open Letter to Law Enforcement, click here.
AAJA Board of Directors

For AAJA Members: CNN Virtual Networking May 27, 6:00 – 7:00 pm ET

This AAPI Heritage Month, AAJA is partnering with CNN to offer a Virtual Networking Session, May 27 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET, for select AAJA members with CNN’s talent team. If you have the experience, apply to be considered to join CNN at an intimate virtual networking session.
This is an invitation-only event. Due to limited capacity, only candidates who apply, meet the criteria below, and receive confirmation they’ve been selected to participate will be accommodated.
Applicant Criteria
  • Active AAJA members who are mid-to-senior level professionals in TV, Digital Editorial, Digital Product, Production (specifically editors and other craft positions) in news, Sports, and Entertainment are invited to apply in this form.
  • As part of the application process in the form, all applicants will be asked to submit background information, a link to their website/resume, links to clips, and any awards/commendations.
  • This event is available to current AAJA members with active membership status. To renew or don’t know if your membership has lapsed, you may check your membership status at www.aaja.org/Join.

The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 23 at 9:00 pm ET. 

Please note: Applicants who are selected to participate will be contacted by email and/or phone with invitation details 1-2 days prior to the event.


If you have any questions or concerns, email support@aaja.org with subject line: “CNN / May 27.”

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