Leadership changes at AAJA New England

Our chapter president, Swati Sharma, recently left The Boston Globe for a job at The Washington Post.  We wish her the best, and thank her for her work at AAJA-NE.
Susan Choi, a long-time AAJA member, has been appointed to serve as president and graciously accepted.  Susan is a freelance photographer who has helped me with numerous AAJA events in the past.  She photographed the 2009 AAJA convention in Boston and our Ming Tsai fund-raiser, helped me plan student events, secured silent auction items for AAJA National, and most recently represented New England at the presidents’ meeting at the AAJA convention in New York.  She brings energy and enthusiasm, and I am confident she will lead our chapter well.
Please welcome Susan and contact her at newengland.aaja@gmail.com with any ideas or offers of help — let her know if you’re willing to pitch in at a chapter event, mentor a student, etc.
–Shirley Goh
Former AAJA-NE president
Boston Globe copy editor & staff writer

UNITY Holiday Party

Celebrate the end of the year and enjoy the holiday spirit with fellow AAJA journalists and members! NAHJ and NABJ will also be joining us at The Banshee in Dorchester.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
Where: 934 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02125
The Banshee in Dorchester 
**Street parking available.
For public transportation, the location is about a five minute walk from the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line.
RSVP: Shirley Goh at goh.shirley@yahoo.com
This year, we decided not to have a cover charge, so food and drinks will not be provided.Please join us and let us know if you have any questions.

Send any questions to swatigsharma@gmail.com.

We are very excited to see you all!

Happy Holidays,

– Shirley, Shirley, and Swati

Innovative Initiatives in Journalism event

AAJA is hosting an event focusing on different innovative initiatives in journalism and digital media. We will discuss start ups and efforts at various media labs to see anything new that is happening in the field of journalism.

The panelists: 

RadioBDC: This radio station, for Boston.com, was launched earlier this year and has been extremely popular. Chris Ratty, a driving force behind the project, will speak to the creative efforts behind the scenes. 

MuckRock: Looking to file a Freedom of Information request? MuckRock provides a service for journalists to easily acquire documents. 

Mashery: RSS feeds are old news. Learn how this company is helping digital media companies share their content across multiple platforms using APIs. Here’s a video that explains more: http://vimeo.com/49392667
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Location: The Media Lab at The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd.
Food will be provided.
Please RSVP to get on the building’s security list:  Shirley Goh at goh.shirley@yahoo.com
If you have any questions, please contact Swati Sharma at swatisharma@boston.com.

NHAB Job Fair

Are you on the hunt for a job?

Have you ever dreamed about being behind the mic and talking to thousands over the radio? Or maybe you’d be perfect for producing the commercials that local advertisers rely on to bring in new customers.

From on-air and production to promotions, traffic and sales, come to the NHAB 2012 Job Fair on April 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Anselm College in Manchester.

You can talk with hiring personnel from many New Hampshire television and radio stations about all the internship and job opportunities available! Be sure to bring your resume!  WTSN-AM and WBYY-FM will be on hand to answer your questions on job opportunities.

Contact Info:

Panel on Race and Extreme Violence at MIT

AAJA member Paul Niwa of Emerson College will be a panelist at this discussion at MIT.

Race and Extreme Violence in American Society Today
April 19, 2012

MIT will hold a panel discussion of violence against racial minorities in the US. Panelists will compare the Trayvon Martin incident and the death of Jicun Wu, owner of a Chinese takeout in Philadelphia, as instances of extreme violence against the black and Asian American communities. Martin was killed in Florida in February 2012, Wu died in Pennsylvania in March 2012: what does this say about the state of race relations in US society today?

Thursday, April 19, 2012
4:00 – 5:30 PM in 4-237
Refreshments will be served!

2012 National Journalism Awards

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA is now accepting entries for 2012 National Journalism Awards.
AAJA’s National Journalism Awards, established in 1989, recognize and encourage excellence among journalists and outstanding coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.  These awards demonstrate the ability of journalists–AAPI and otherwise–to cover the news with authority, sensitivity, insight and an eye towards diversity.

You do not need to be an AAJA member to submit an entry.  Entries may be subject to fees.

Entries are being accepted in the following categories for either “Unlimited Subject Matter” or“Asian American Pacific Islander Issues:”  
*    Online
*    Photography
*    Print
*    Radio
*    Television

To download the entry form, click here.

Deadline: Friday, April 20 at 5:00pm PSTAward recipients will be presented at AAJA’s Gala Scholarship and Awards Banquet at the UNITY Conference in Las Vegas


AAJA Taking Nominations for National Office

Asian American Journalists Association


AAJA is accepting nominations for National PresidentNational Vice President for Broadcast and National Treasurerbeginning March 15, and ending April 30. These positions are for 2-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

Here is a nomination form and a link to the 2012 Elections page.

These documents contain the qualifications, responsibilities of office and campaigning rules, which will be enforced by the elections supervisor (in this case, the National Secretary).

Voting will be by paper ballots or electronically. Ballots will be accepted June 1-July 16, and during the UNITY 2012 conventionAug. 1-3.

AsianBoston Awards

Asian|Boston Media Group (ABMG) is proud to announce the 5th Asian|Boston Networking Event, the ABNE-V. At this event, we will also be unveiling the first annual ‘ABMG Awards. This program was established to recognize Asian Americans, who reside and contribute to New England and New York, via excellence in their respective fields of media, high-technology, medicine, education, etc.

ABMG’s inaugural award will be in the media division, and will be presented during the event. It’s an honor to announce that the recipient of the first annual ABMG’s ‘Distinguished Asian-American in Media’ award is…

WHDH-TV’s 7News Reporter, Susan Tran.

The ABNE-V and ABMG Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 26th, at Hei La Moon Restaurant in Chinatown. Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm. Interested in being a Presenter at the ABNE-V? ‘Presenters’ are individuals or businesses that do short 3-minute promotions for their particular cause, ideas, new business ventures, etc. (Please see below for guest ticket info and how to become a ‘Presenter’)


Hei La Moon Restaurant
88 Beach St
Chinatown, Boston (617) 338-8813
For convenience, there is a parking garage adjacent to the restaurant.

Event Details:

1: *Please RSVP by Monday, April 23rd, to info@asianboston.com
2: $20 per person at door. Includes buffet dinner.

3: Cash Bar.

4: For group or student discounts, please contact Ted at woo77@comcast.net