AAJA Hawai‘i April 2022 Newsletter: A departing board member, job opening at the Star-Advertiser and more

April 2022 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

The board bid farewell to member Suevon Lee, who is joining WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, to be the assistant managing editor of the education team after serving as Honolulu Civil Beat’s education reporter. Thank you for all that you have done for AAJA Hawai‘i, Suevon! We wish you the best of luck in your new role.

Our next board meeting will be held in May. Email hawaii@aaja.org if you’d like to attend.

Member Bylines

Hawai‘i’s first tiny home project addressing homelessness welcomes first residents

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Ashley Mizuo reports on Kama‘oku Kauhale, a community for formerly homeless people that’s made up of 36 tiny homes. Residents can live there as long as they want, as it is permanent housing.

Nisei Impact: Honolulu Star-Advertiser youth storytelling project honors Hawai‘i’s Japanese American World War II veterans

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Jayna Omaye writes about the Nisei Impact youth storytelling project, which is part of her service with Report for America and aims to help share the stories of Hawai‘i’s nisei veterans.

Are Filipinos Underrepresented At The University Of Hawai‘i?

Cassie Ordonio of Civil Beat reports on a senate concurrent resolution that would ask the University of Hawai‘i and an advocacy group to study ways to improve the status of Filipino students and professors.

What Seaweed Can Tell Us About Our Environment In Hawai‘i

Civil Beat’s Ku‘u Kauanoe dives into native limu (seaweed), the challenges it faces with invasive algae and its impact on nearshore ecosystems.

Hawaiʻi is spending $417 less on services per child compared to 2005, report says

Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Casey Harlow looks into Hawai‘i’s spending on things like public education, housing and child care, children’s protection programs, and programs for at-risk youth and Medicaid health care.

Updates and Announcements from AAJA National, Chapters and Affinity Groups

AAJA and the Native American Journalists Association are offering a scholarship to help Indigenious people of the Pacific pursue careers in journalism. Up to two scholarships of $4,500 each will be awarded each year. The deadline is May 31, 2022. More information here.

Job Openings

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is seeking a general assignment reporter to join its City Desk. Recent reporting experience at a daily newspaper is essential, as is evidence of strong news writing and critical thinking, and a willingness to tackle any assignment — from breaking news to features to enterprise. This reporter must be able to recognize important developments, navigate government bureaucracy and embrace real people in storytelling. The successful candidate will be comfortable filing quickly for online, while regularly integrating video, photos, and social media as part of the overall reporting package. Data-based reporting experience is a big plus. College degree preferred. The Star-Advertiser, an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer, offers a generous wage and benefits package. If interested, send an email with a résumé and a few clips to Marsha McFadden, managing editor/news, at mmcfadden@staradvertiser.com.

Other Resources 

The Reynolds Journalism Institute has released a toolkit for newsrooms to better serve the disability community. The toolkit offers tips on how reporters can improve their coverage of disability and the accessibility of news products. View the guide here.

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