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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.”

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

AAJA20 Convention & COVID-19

We hope this finds you as well as can be. AAJA firmly believes in our collective strength as a community, and as such, the health and safety and well-being of our members come first. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, in order to determine an ethically, organizationally, and financially responsible decision for our AAJA community.
AAJA is committed to the goals and the spirit of what brings us together at convention every year — building community, networking, professional development and leadership programming, and career opportunities. We will be exploring all possible alternatives that fulfill the abovementioned goals, while we face many uncertainties due to the trajectory of this global pandemic and the decision-making processes of government officials.
We understand the great uncertainty and anxiety that you face, both in your personal and professional lives.
In that vein, we encourage you to be flexible and responsible in making arrangements in this time of uncertainty. We will be extending early bird registration to May 31 to give some flexibility.
We hope that you take the time to respond to our member needs survey here, so we may best identify how we can support you in the months to come.
We look forward to being in touch in the weeks to come with further updates on resources and programming.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Getty Images Inclusion Scholarship

Hello everyone.
College students! We have a big announcement!
(Drum roll…)
AAJA and Getty Images are pleased to announce a new collaboration to award a $10,000 scholarship to a student focused on photojournalism. The scholarship recipient will also receive a $1,000 stipend to support attendance at the AAJA National Convention, July 29 – August 1, 2020 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC.

AAJA and Getty Images (my employer) have teamed up to offer this great opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion within the editorial photography industry and journalism more broadly. Candidates will be judged on the strength of their photographic portfolios, academic performance and a demonstrated commitment to the field of visual journalism.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2020
Click on the link for more details and the link to the application and please share this with other students.
If you have any questions, please send me an email. Thank you.
Alex Wong

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