AAJA Sports Task Force’s #AAJA18 scholarship, Deadline: Mon. April 30

Hello, supporters of diversity:

In an effort to promote newsroom diversity and perspectives, the AAJA Sports Task Force is offering 2 free scholarships/stipends to attend the AAJA National Convention in Houston from Aug 8-11 for free! Please share with anyone who might benefit from this scholarship worth $900!


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.).


  • Resume
  • 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?
  • References (names and contact information)


There are 2 versions. One for students, one for grads. Details listed on AAJA’s website


Monday, April 30, 2018

In case you missed AAJA Sports Task Force’s Facebook Live mentorship session with Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee, here’s the link

Apply for 2018 Voices program today!

The 2018 Voices program will take place August 5-11, 2018 during the week of the 2018 AAJA National Convention in Houston, TX.


AAJA Voices is a summer-long journalism training fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students. Now in its 28th year, Voices provides aspiring journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually-evolving media landscape and mid-career journalists management opportunities. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, Voices also gives students the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and begin their own long-lasting relationships.



Registration for National Convention #AAJA18 (Houston, Aug. 8-11) Now Open


Join AAJA August 8-11, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, TX for the 2018 National Convention. Whether you are new to the field, still in school or a media industry veteran, the convention is a can’t miss event for media professionals and future journalists looking to network and grow their careers. The four-day convention includes plenary sessions, panel workshops, an expo hall featuring top media companies and other activities with interactive discussions.

Lock in the early bird registration rates by April 18, 2018 at 11:59pm PT: $275 for professional members and $150 for student members. Registration includes access to all public panels and workshops and a ticket to the Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet on Saturday, August 11.

Register Now

The Marriott Marquis Houston is the official host hotel for the 2018 AAJA National Convention taking place August 8-11, 2018. AAJA’s group rate is $159 per night (Wednesday, August 8 – Saturday, August 11) for single and double rooms. The deadline to book with the AAJA group rate is Monday, July 23.

More info on hotel


AAJA’s national convention is headed to Houston, Texas from August 8-11, 2018, and we want your ideas for programming!

Whether you’re a member or not, we want to hear your ideas on how we can make our conference well-rounded, inspiring and useful to our attendees.

  • What’s a topic that you think needs more discussion?
  • What’s the one skill you’ve been wanting to learn?
  • Is there something you want to show or share with your fellow conference attendees?
  • Who’s the speaker you’ve been itching to hear from?

Use the form below to share with us your ideas or if you just want to make a suggestion or comment to improve our conference. Feel free to reuse this form for multiple submissions or comments. We will be accepting proposals, ideas and comments until February 16, 2018 11:59pm ET.

Questions? Send an email to Frank Bi, programming committee co-chair, at bi.h.frank@gmail.com.

Plan on joining us in Houston? Stay tuned for information regarding early bird registration and hotel.


NE Chapter Ends Convention with “Sweet Caroline” Rendition

A huge thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, organized, and volunteered at the convention.  It would not have been possible without all of you.  And another set of thanks to all who donated to our chapter fundraiser at the District Lounge!  Every dollar of your contribution will go toward workshops and events for our members and students.

New England Chapter members toasted a great convention with a local favorite, “Sweet Caroline,” played by live band Nickel and Dime.

New England Chapter sings "Sweet Caroline." (L-R) Kim Tan, Phil Marcelo, Susan Choi, Frances Rivera, Tracy Jan, Hanah Fadrigalan, Shirley Goh, Sangita Chandra, Shirley Leung, and Daigo Fujiwara

John Yang of NBC News; Frances Rivera, anchor at WHDH; and Shirley Leung of The Boston Globe at the AAJA Convention Gala

 View more AAJA Convention ’09 photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/38342232@N02/sets/72157622025445572/

Convention Kicks Off!


The AAJA Convention kicked off with a great lion dance from Gund Kwok at the opening reception.  Click to watch (my amateur videography)!  We were also graced by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Mayor Thomas Menino, Globe editor Marty Baron, and AAJA president Sharon Chan.  NE chapter member Al Young did a great job emceeing, and we even got an appearance by chef Ming Tsai!  All in all, a great start to our convention.  A big thanks to our convention co-chairs, Sangita Chandra and Shirley Leung!

I’ll be adding pics as the convention progresses, from me (your chapter co-prez Shirley Goh) and our pro photographers Kelvin Ma, Susan Choi, and Shi Ying.  Browse them here.

We want to see YOU at Friday’s NE Chapter Mixer & Fundraiser!  RSVP to get on the guest list!

Public Broadcasting: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


FRIDAY, AUG. 14 @ 1:15 TO 2:15 (PANEL/Q&A); 2:15 (WGBH TOUR)
Are you considering a career in public broadcasting? Not sure whether you should make the switch from commercial to non-profit journalism? Looking for freelance opportunities? In this session, you’ll hear an engaging discussion on the state of public broadcasting, which many consider the last bastion for quality and thoughtful journalism. Come hear about the latest “trends” in the industry across various platforms, the effort to bring more diversity into the system, ideas for finding funding, and the tools you’ll need to jumpstart your career. You’ll be inspired by our panel of experts, reporters and producers in the city that created journalism powerhouse WGBH. This forum is open to the public and AAJA convention attendees are invited to attend. This panel will be followed by a tour of WGBH following the discussion. NOTE: No shuttle service provided for this event.

Panelists scheduled to appear include:
Raney Aronson-Rath, Senior Producer, Frontline
Tom Ashbrook, Host, On Point
Jonathan Dyer, Managing Editor, The World
Stephen Gong, Executive Director, Center for Asian American Media
Arun Rath, Host, PBS Frontline Podcast and Correspondent, Sound Tracks
Sue Schardt, Executive Director, Association for Independents in Radio
Judith Vecchione, Executive Producer, WGBH Educational Foundation

This community forum is free and open to journalists and non-journalists. The audience will be encouraged to engage with our panel throughout the session. We have a great line-up—see the list below. (AIR’s Sue Schardt is on the panel!)

Visit the event’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134228040725&ref=ts

For more information, please contact forum organizer and moderator Thanh Tan from Idaho Public Television at thanh.tan@idahoptv.org or 208-841-8328. Please RSVP if you’re interested in taking the tour of WGBH.

More Red Sox tickets available!

Support the Asian American Journalists Association by buying tickets to a Red Sox game. AAJA is a nonprofit dedicated to helping raise awareness about Asian-American issues and diversity in the newsroom. The New England chapter of AAJA is proud to host this year’s national convention in Boston Aug. 12 – 15 at the Seaport Hotel.


As part of the convention, we are holding this Red Sox fund-raiser. Your support will help continue the work of AAJA locally and nationally. For more information about AAJA and our convention, go to aaja.org.


PRICE: $90 a ticket, including gift bag

TO BUY: Visit Link here


Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

Tues, Aug 11, 7:05 p.m.

Right field box 91



AAJA accepting proposals for workshops

AAJA is now accepting proposals for workshops and presenters. AAJA invites its members, media companies, journalism educational institutions and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to submit workshop proposals for the 2009 National Convention which will be held Aug. 12-15 in Boston.
Download the form at AAJA National site

December 15, 2008: Early deadline for proposals. Although workshop ideas previously submitted by the December 15 deadline are the first to be reviewed, the Programming Committee will review the next and final round of proposals received by March 2, 2009.
All proposals must be submitted to events@aaja.org using the Call for Workshops/Presenters document.
2009 AAJA Convention Programming Committee
AAJA Florida Chapter: Paul Cheung
AAJA New England Chapter: Tara Arden-Smith, Tracy Jan
AAJA Asia Chapter: Tomoko Hosaka
AAJA Michigan Chapter: Frank Witsil, Erin Chan-Ding

AAJA Boston Convention 2009 Logo
AAJA Boston Convention 2009 Logo