MAY EVENT: Media Access Workshop for Nonprofits

How can your nonprofit or community-focused organization promote your work, draw media attention and highlight your mission?

The Asian American Journalists Association presents Media Access, a FREE half-day workshop for nonprofit and community organizations to learn about the most effective ways to build partnerships with local media organizations and get coverage.

This event is free and open to nonprofits and community-based organizations. The sessions cover media literacy, media access and op-ed writing featuring a moderator and a panel of local journalists.

WHEN: Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: WGBH’s Hawley Theatre, One Guest Street, Boston, MA


Bowling! College Hoops! Springfield!

Spring is here, so join the Asian American Journalists Association as we venture to SPRINGFIELD in scenic western Massachusetts!

The New England chapter is hosting a networking social at MGM Springfield, the state’s new (and so far only) resort casino.

We’re gathering at the TAP Arcade and Bowling Lounge on MARCH 23starting at NOON.

We’ll eat, bowl and catch some of the NCAA tournament action. We’re just asking for a (modest) $20 contribution to help cover the lanes and food.

Also, please RSVP here:

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to AAJA-New England President Young-Jin Kim at

Hope to see you there!

Helen Zia: Book Talk and Signing – Feb 12, 6pm

Author Event: Helen Zia

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. (

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.

RSVP and pre-sale books:

PANEL DISCUSSION: Real Journalists. Real Talk.

Join the New England chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association for a timely discussion about the news industry.

“Demystifying the Media: Real Talk with Real Journalists about Real News”

WHO: Top reporters and editors from The Boston Globe, NBC Boston, WHDH-TV, Sampan Newspaper and the New England Sports Network.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:15 p.m.

WHERE: Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston

This event is being hosted in partnership with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and Bunker Hill Community College.

More details on the AAJA-NE Facebook page.

APPLY NOW: Sports Journalism Scholarship

Attention aspiring sports journalists:

The Asian American Journalists Association has a terrific scholarship opportunity named in honor of New England’s own trailblazing sports journalist Al Young. 

The scholarship provides up to $2,000 to Asian American/Pacific Islander students interested in sports reporting or other sports media-related professions.

If you’re interested, DON’T DELAY! Deadline is December 9.


CALLING ALL YOUNG JOURNOS: Join us for our fall mixer Nov. 9 at BU!

It’s that time of the year…..

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.


More details on our Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!

FREE EVENT: Resume workshop at Boston University

Applying for internships or jobs soon?

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 with any questions, or visit our Facebook event page.

See you there!

EVENT: New England chapter mixer at The Boston Globe on June 21

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.

Also: newsroom tours and pizzas!

Full details HERE:

Note: SPACE IS LIMITED so please RSVP to by June 14.

Hope to see you there!

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

Journalists, Executives Discuss #RaceInMedia at BPL Panel

From left, Princell Hair, NBC Sports Boston senior vice president and general manager; Shirley Leung, Boston Globe columnist; Richard Chacón, WBUR executive director of news content; Mark Hannon WEEI/Entercom Boston senior vice president/ market manager; and Callie Crossley, WGBH TV & radio host/commentator, participate in the “In True Color” panel discussion at the downtown Boston Public Library on April 12.


By Natasha Ishak

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