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Mentorship Program Council

Message from one of the co-leads for AAJA’s new Mentorship Program Council, and I was hoping you’d be able to help me spread the word to Hawaii members that we’re taking applications for 2018 mentors.
Would you be able to send around or forward this message to Hawaii members, please? We’re hoping to get a lot of applicants, so we’ve made the form as simple as possible.
Thanks so much, and I hope you apply if you’re interested!
Hannah Bae
AAJA Mentorship Program Council
AAJA is looking for passionate, motivated mentors to join our revamped mentoring program, Mentor Match. We’re looking for folks in every field – print, broadcast, digital, management and more – to help earlier-career journalists navigate the changing news landscape.
Now, Mentor Match is a year-long commitment where mentors will be matched with mentees. The 2018 class will take part in leadership exercises, salons and mixers at #AAJA18 in Houston and be recognized for their achievements through awards.
Apply today. Mentor applications are due on Tuesday, October 31. We will start accepting applications for mentees in November.
Questions? Please email aajamentorship@gmail.com.

Kristen Wong
layout artist/photojournalist, Hawaii Army Weekly
2017 AAJA Hawaii Chapter Secretary


‘I Can, I Will, I Did’ Film Screening Sept. 11

Dear fellow AAJA Hawai’i Chapter Members,

Film director/producer/actor and friend of AAJA Brian Yang (Hawai’i Five-0, “Linsanity” documentary) is in town to host a screening of a movie he and his wife made, called “I Can I Will I Did.” The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Kahala Theaters.

All the info for the film and ticketing is here:


The trailer is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3kRPkrLuE

As a friend of AAJA, Brian is offering us group rate tickets at $10 per person. If you would like to attend the screening, please RSVP via email to AAJA-Hawai’i National Advisory Board Representative Wes Nakama at wesnakama@gmail.com

We hope you can attend!


Wes Nakama

AAJA National Advisory Board Representative

Hawai’i Chapter

Robin Lung’s ‘Finding Kukan’ at Pacific Aviation Museum

Aloha AAJA Hawaii Chapter Members!

Robin Lung’s “Finding Kukan” will be showing at Pacific Aviation Museum! Check it out! Link is below.

“Finding KUKAN” is an award-winning documentary that uncovers the forgotten story of Hawaii resident Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited female producer of “Kukan,” an Academy Award-winning color documentary about WWII China that has been lost for decades.
Kristen Wong

Grist looking for fall 2017 fellows

From: Andrew Simon <asimon@grist.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 9:42 AM
Subject: Grist looking for fall 2017 fellows

Hello, I’m the fellowship program director at Grist.org, a nonprofit green news site based in Seattle.

Grist is once again looking for paid journalism fellows. This time around we’re offering two fellowships: an environmental justice fellowship and a video fellowship. The video fellowship is based in Seattle, the justice fellow has the option to work remotely. The fellowship pays $2,600 per month.
Would you help spread the word to your local AAJA network? Here’s the link, the next deadline to apply is July 31:
Any additional mentions on Twitter or Facebook would be great, as well as inclusion in any email blasts, newsletters, etc. to your broader journalism networks.
Andrew Simon
Director, New Programs and Initiatives, Grist.org
About the Grist Fellowship Program
The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity for early-career journalists to hone their skills at a national news outlet and deepen their knowledge of environmental issues. The fellowship offers exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional scrumptious snacks.