AAJA Hawai‘i July 2021 Newsletter: Chapter launches scholarship to help early career and student journalists attend #AAJA21

July 2021 Newsletter


Welcome to AAJA Hawai‘i’s monthly newsletter! Here, you’ll find chapter updates, upcoming events, member bylines and more.If you have a story or career update you want to share with our AAJA family, let us know at hawaii@aaja.org!

Chapter Updates and Announcements

AAJA Hawai‘i’s board met on July 7th via Zoom to discuss a new chapter logo and #AAJA21 convention matters.

Board members generally like the current surfboard icons and are open to other imagery that represents Hawai‘i, such as a wave or rainbow. The idea is to update the logo with a fresher, more modern look.

Our pitch for #AAJA21 was accepted. Hawai‘i treasurer Jason Ubay wll moderate the following panel:

How to Improve Media Coverage of NHPI Communities
Presented by AAJA Pacifc Islanders Task Force and AAJA Hawai’i Chapter
This session will discuss best practices for covering these communities, which are often stereotyped, marginalized and erased; terminologies to be mindful of in our writing/reporting; ways to address our blind spots as reporters; how to not perpetuate stereotypes; and ways to be less extractive in our interactions with sources.

AAJA Hawai‘i will be offering scholarships for student and early career journalists to attend #AAJA21. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration. Students enrolled in a Hawai‘i high school, community college or university are eligible to apply, as are professional Hawai‘i-based journalists who have less than five years of experience. Applicants must be AAJA Hawai‘i members or commit to becoming a Hawai‘i member if receiving a scholarship. AAJA Hawai‘i will also cover one year’s membership fee for awardees who are not already members. Deadline to apply is July 30th. Please apply here.

Hawai‘i members: Please make sure your membership is up to date! More information about membership benefits can be found here, and you can renew by logging into your AAJA account.

Member Bylines

“Renowned Merrie Monarch Festival Returns to the Stage this July in Hilo”
Jayna Omaye looks at the changes to this year’s Merrie Monarch Festival, which will feature smaller groups of dancers who are required to undergo daily Covid-19 screening. “While the new rules are sweeping and unprecedented, and groups have had only a few months to adjust to them, organizers, kumu hula and hālau are working it all out, doing whatever it takes to ensure the Merrie Monarch, and hula itself, lives on.”

“Why Oahu Neighborhoods Have Such Sharp Differences In Vaccination Rates”
Honolulu Civil Beat’s Anita Hofschneider digs into the reasons why vaccination rates vary between neighborhoods on O‘ahu. “The challenge is reaching people who aren’t opposed to the vaccine but might not take it unless it is easy to get.”

“How Hawai‘i Schools Are Weaving Connections With Pacific Islander Students”
Honolulu Civil Beat’s Suevon Lee looks at how a new arts program is promoting inclusivity for Micronesian students at Washington and Stevenson middle schools. “The idea for the arts program came about in a grassroots way, with several community groups joining forces to brainstorm new ways to better engage Micronesian students, who have long suffered from inequities and discrimination at school.”

“How does San Francisco’s drug overdose crisis compare with the rest of the U.S.?”
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Yoohyun Jung looks into the increase in accidental drug overdoses in the city. “Recently released data shows that deaths in San Francisco have now surpassed the rates of many East Coast and Midwest communities that encountered the deadly fentanyl epidemic years before it came to San Francisco.”

“Where We Stand: Affordable Housing Inventory”
Hawaii Public Radio’s Casey Harlow looks at Hawai‘i’s affordable housing inventory amid the pandemic and a hot housing market. “I actually worry a lot about the loss of rental housing,” said Philip Garboden, professor of affordable housing at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s department of urban and regional planning.“Learn the Hawaiian Strategy Game Kōnane on Kauaʻi”
Noelle Fujii-Oride writes about the game of kōnane (sometimes called “Hawaiian checkers”) for Hawai‘i Magazine. “In between walls lined with various kinds of rubber slippers, sandals and Hydro Flasks sits a wooden table with a burlap papamū, or a Hawaiian checkerboard. It’s basically an invitation to come learn and talk story with one of the shop’s owners, John Kaohelaulii, a cultural practitioner who has been playing the ancient Hawaiian strategy game of kōnane since he was eight years old.”“How Local Opposition Is Derailing Efforts To Develop Homeless And Housing Facilities”
Honolulu Civil Beat’s Cassie Ordonio reports on community opposition to projects that aim to provide affordable housing and services to low-income residents. “NIMBYism is not only subject to homeowners who fear a decrease in their property values but also raises questions of racism and classism, according to Laurel Mei-Singh, assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Hawai‘i.”

Updates and Announcements from AAJA National, Chapters and Affinity Groups

Early bird registration is now open for #AAJA21. The rate for professional members is $175. For student members, it’s $50. Early bird registration ends July 31.

The Pacific Islander Task Force is seeking AAJA members interested in being members of its affinity group. The task force needs at least 50 AAJA members to sign on to officially transition to becoming an affinity group. More information here.

Other Announcements

The “Self Evident” podcast is seeking pitches/stories for its platform. It wants “true stories about community connections, incredibly hard choices, under-explored comforts, and the moments (cathartic, routine, or totally bizarre) that clarify a need for systemic change.” The podcast, which aims to improve Asian American representation in public radio, also wants to present stories from Pacific Islander and indigenous communities.
In addition to guidance, they are offering:

  • A flat fee of $3,000 is meant to cover 50-75 hours of reporting, producing, and reviewing 4-6 drafts of the edited story — spread across however many weeks it takes to do that.
  • And are open to re-publishing work you’ve already published with another show non-exclusively, and we can pay an honorarium of $200-$300 for that.

Learn more: https://selfevidentshow.com/pitch

Job Openings

Hawai‘i Public Radio is looking for a news editor to join its team. “This position also involves working with the hosts of our main daily news magazine programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered—updating and turning around content as the news day develops. That includes helping to coordinate online coverage as news and events warrant. You’ll back up other news editors and cross train to oversee other areas of the newsroom as needed, and help guide news series and other special projects.” More information here.

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