Helen, as many of you know, is a groundbreaking Asian-American author, journalist and activist. Her reporting on the Vincent Chin case helped galvanise the response to anti-Asian violence. (https://sites.ed.gov/aapi/helen_zia/)
Helen will discuss her latest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution with Connie Chan. The event is organised by the Boston Chinatown Neighbourhood Center and the Chinese Historical Society of New England.
The New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is holding its fall mixer for college students, recent graduates and young journalists on Friday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
We’re gathering in the newsroom of Boston University’s student newspaper, located at 708 Commonwealth Avenue (right underneath Insomnia Cookies).
This informal event is a chance to meet other young reporters and build some lasting connections as you start to navigate the industry. Chapter leaders will also be on hand to talk about some of the mentorship/scholarship programs AAJA has to offer.
Come chat one-on-one with professional broadcast, print and online journalists and get advice to make sure you stand out from the pack!
Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. Boston University’s College of Communication 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 209
We’ll have reporters from the Boston Globe, WBUR, NBC10, NBC Sports Boston and more on hand.
Please bring your RESUME, WORK SAMPLES AND REELS (on your own laptops) to be critiqued.
All students are invited to participate in this FREE EVENT and stay afterward to enjoy PIZZA AND REFRESHMENTS.
This event is co-sponsored by Boston University and the local chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or visit our Facebook event page.
Join the New England chapter of AAJA for an after-work social at The Boston Globe’s new downtown office on Thursday, June 21.
It’ll be a chance to reconnect ahead of August’s convention in Houston as well as an opportunity to meet current and former members of VOICES, AAJA’s summer training program for college journalists, which is hosting reunions in cities across the country this month.
For the 3rd consecutive year, the AAJA Sports Task Force is pleased to offer one scholarship to a current college student interested in sports journalism, and one scholarship to a recent college graduate (within 3 years) to help cover expenses related to travel, accommodations, and registration fees for the 2018 AAJA National Convention in Houston, August 8 – 11, 2018. The scholarships, $900 each, are made possible thanks to Don Yee (of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.).
Cover letter (explain journalism experience – if any – academic accomplishments, career goals, community involvement and financial need)
Essay (1,000-2000 words) –What do you hope to accomplish as a journalist and how has your ethnicity/cultural background helped to shape these professional goals?
BOSTON — Media organizations must increase workplace diversity and take other measures to prevent racism from compromising news coverage, media executives and journalists said during a panel at the downtown Boston Public Library earlier this month.
The April 12 event organized by the Asian American Journalists Association — in partnership with the Boston Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists New England — examined how Boston media could better represent minorities.
“The work to improve and make progress is really done day to day, hour by hour, hire by hire,” said Princell Hair, senior vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Boston.
The panel came after WEEI sports radio station host Christian Fauria used a racist Asian accent to mock high-profile sports agent Don Yee, who represents New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady,during a broadcast in February.
Fauria, who apologized, was suspended for five days following the incident and the radio station shut down its on-air programming so employees could participate in mandatory sensitivity training.
WEEI Boston Senior Vice President and Market Manager Mark Hannon, who participated in the panel, called Fauria’s behavior “ignorant” and “deplorable.”
“We’re an entertainment medium, we’re not a journalistic enterprise,” he said. “But that doesn’t suggest that we don’t have boundaries.”
Hannon added: “Ratings are important. Revenues follow ratings. We’re in the business of those two things. But we can’t do that at the cost of what is right.”
Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung said the WEEI incident showed the importance of holding the media accountable for its coverage of minorities.
The incident “sends this message that we are foreign. That Asian Americans, by the way we look — no matter if we were born here — will never be accepted,” she said.
Leung said diversity in the newsroom helps organizations deepen their coverage of minority communities.
“We only cover them when bad things happen. We only go to Mattapan when there’s a crime, and so the rest of the world — and Boston — thinks that Mattapan is crime-ridden. But Mattapan is more than just crime and homicides,” Leung said, referring to a Boston neighborhood with a vibrant Caribbean and African immigrant population.
Richard Chacón, executive director of news content at WBUR, believes reporters can prevent incidents of racism in their coverage by getting out of their comfort zones.
“I think we just need to be more mindful that we get out of that bubble more often,” he said. “It’s only in doing that that we’re really going to expose ourselves to the things that we don’t know.”
He added that media organizations have a responsibility to contribute to the dialogue on race issues, because “all of us are part of the public conversation.”
For journalists of color, contributing to the public conversation on race also sometimes means working two jobs at once, said WBUR host Callie Crossley, who moderated the panel that evening.
“You’re going to work the job where you’re reporting whatever you’re reporting, and then you’re going to work the one where you got to be watching about these kinds of things because everybody doesn’t see it,” she said, referring to the WEEI incident.
Organizations like the Asian American Journalists Association play an important role in this regard, added Hair, of NBC.
“I think those organizations are where the conversation keeps going,” he said.”They’re the ones charged with coming up with solutions once these people are held accountable.”
A livestream recording of the one-hour panel at WGBH’s satellite station at the Boston Public Library can be found on the WGBH News Facebook page.
Callie Crossley to Host Panel on Race, Media at Boston Public Library
By Claire Tran
Earlier in her journalism career, Callie Crossley made what she thought was a commonsense decision while covering a story about nutrition: to interview a black family.
But she was stunned by the reactions of her colleagues, who were white. One expressed surprise that her interviewees were black. Another asked Crossley if she was related to the family.
For Crossley, now host of WGBH’s “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley,” this underscored the need for news organizations to accurately reflect the diversity of their communities.
“When I’m doing a story, I am not going to the same group of folks as often my colleagues are,” she said. “Why would every one of those voices be white? That makes no sense to me.”
Such issues will be highlighted on April 12 when Crossley hosts “In True Color: A Panel Discussion of Race, Media and Responsible Coverage” organized by the Asian American Journalists Association New England Chapter in partnership with the Boston Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists New England.
The event comes in the wake of an incident at WEEI, in which radio host Christian Fauria used a racist Asian accent to imitate high-profile sports agent Don Yee. Multiple companies, such as Citizens Bank, pulled advertisements from the station. Fauria, who apologized, was suspended for five days and employees participated in mandatory sensitivity training.
Hosted at Boston Public Library, the panel will feature Princell Hair, NBC Sports Boston Senior Vice President and General Manager; Richard Chacón, WBUR Executive Director of News Content; Shirley Leung, Boston Globe Columnist; and Mark Hannon, WEEI/Entercom Boston Senior Vice President and Market Manager.
Crossley says she will foster a discussion about fair representation and how to prevent racially insensitive incidents in media.
“If we’re about truth and we’re about making sure people get correct information, then all the voices should be at the table,” she said. “There’s one truth, but there are many perspectives on the truth.”
For Crossley, who produced the award-winning 1987 documentary series “Eyes on the Prize,” the pursuit of diversity has long been an uphill battle.
Early in her career, she often felt pigeonholed into covering certain stories. She was frequently tapped as the main reporter on race issues, yet too often she wasn’t assigned to stories that she felt needed the perspective of a journalist of color.
Although she has had success in the industry, she’s well aware of the impact of race on her career.
“Had I not been a black person, I would have gone faster and farther,” said Crossley. “I’ve done pretty well, but I can look back at various turns and know if I had the exact same opportunities as some folks that I work with, it would have been a different thing.”
She recalls a time when a co-worker complained that because he was not a person of color, he was not getting certain job offers. Crossley responded by noting that she was the only reporter of color at the company.
“Let’s look around the newsroom. There were 14 reporters at this particular station. There’s only one of me,” said Crossley. “You had 13 chances and I had one. Case closed.”
Crossley, who often guest lectures at colleges, advises young reporters to call out their own news organizations for using racial stereotypes or lacking diversity in coverage. She says the onus of journalists is to prioritize facts.
“It’s not about how many clicks you get or even about how many awards you get,” said Crossley. “It’s really about telling the stories of your communities correctly and accurately.”