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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.
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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.

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

AAJA launches task force to aid journalists covering Pacific Islander communities

AAJA Asian American Journalists Association
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has created the Pacific Islander Task Force in an effort to increase engagement, understanding, and awareness of Pacific Islander membership within AAJA. This is to ensure the organization fulfills its mission to serve all AAPI journalists by recognizing and uplifting Pacific Islanders. The task force aims to represent the indigenous peoples of Oceania, comprised of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. In addition, the task force will develop tools to help journalists covering Pacific Islanders/Pacific island communities to ensure fair and accurate coverage.
The task force will seek to answer the following questions:
  • How can we as an organization be more inclusive of Pacific Islander members?
  • How can AAJA better ensure fair and accurate coverage of Pacific Islander issues? What are the weaknesses, strengths, and areas of opportunities in current coverage?
  • How can AAJA help journalists who are covering Pacific Islander communities, to provide resources, context and expertise?
If you are a member, journalist, viewer or community leader who would like to assist us in this process, please reach out to pitaskforce.aaja@gmail.com. This project involves members and non-members and seeks other partner organizations who are working on similar projects to build a cohesive support system.
If you are Pacific Islander and would like to be considered as a source/resource, we ask you to please submit your information so we can contact you at a later date for opportunities and keep you posted about PITF activities and initiatives. Our goal is to ensure that today’s working journalists have access to a diverse group of sources.
Anita Hofschneider
Lauren Kawana
Thomas Mangloña
Rachel Ramirez

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