Meet Mary Jo

Mary Jo Pham is AAJA-NE’s new student board member.  She’s a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in international relations, with a concentration in East and Southeast Asia.  She’s a 2006 J Camp graduate, and is traveling to Cambodia this summer to intern in the Public Affairs/Media Section at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.  Mary Jo will work with us on building student membership and planning student events.  Welcome aboard!

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 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

Photos of Pre-UNITY Breakfast

They’ve been added to the Photo Album.  Click on the link at the right!


Dozens attended the Pre-UNITY Breakfast at the Globe for the discussion on race and politics in the presidential election.  Globe recruiting editor Paula Bouknight emceed the event, Globe Editor Marty Baron made welcoming remarks, and Deputy Editorial Page Editor Dante Ramos mediated the panel.  Thanks to Janet Wu, Joe Williams, and Elizabeth Mehren for participating in the discussion.  Boston City Councilor At-Large Sam Yoon also dropped by.

Pre-UNITY Breakfast at The Boston Globe

To celebrate UNITY, The Boston Globe will host a pre-UNITY breakfast on Wednesday, July 16, from 8-9:30 a.m. for all members of the Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Native American Journalists Association in New England.

It will be an opportunity to network and meet fellow minority journalists from around the region, as well as hear from a distinguished panel on race and the presidential campaign. Some issues that will be explored: Is America ready to elect a person of color as president? How has the media handled the coverage of a female candidate? A black candidate? How would the election of a person of color affect affirmative action?

Dante Ramos, deputy editorial page editor, The Boston Globe
Joe Williams, deputy Washington bureau chief, The Boston Globe
Janet Wu, political reporter, WCVB-Channel 5
Sara Suarez, news director, Univision New England

The event will be held at The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester. Parking is available. Closest T stop: Red Line JFK/Umass.

Please RSVP Shirley Goh at by Monday, July 14.

AAJA-NE offers grants to attend UNITY

THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER will be offering two $500 grants to AAJA-New England members to defray the cost of attending Unity. We know many media companies are cutting back, so we want to help. If you are interested in applying for the grant, please send a note to Include your name, contact info, and a 300-word essay on why the chapter should help underwrite your costs to attend Unity. DEADLINE: JUNE 15

In order to register for UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention in Chicago July 23-27, you’ll need to be an AAJA member and you’ll need your membership number, which is found in your 2008 membership letter. Go to to renew or join, and click on New England chapter. If you can’t find your number, please e-mail AAJA Administrative Assistant (Mr.) Epee Rafanan at Most AAJA events will be at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on 151 East Wacker Drive. Go to to register.

Job opening at ASPIRE

(The following is a part of the lengthy job opening announcement. For full details, please contact via the e-mail address at the end.)

ASPIRE is looking for a Boston-based full-time Executive Director (ED) who can start in summer 2008. The ED should be willing to make a long term-commitment (at least 2 years) to the organization. The ED is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of ASPIRE, specifically ASPIRE’s two largest programs: The annual Asian American Women in Leadership Conference (AAWIL) and Youth Leadership Program (YLP). The ED will also be responsible for leading and managing the ASPIRE Program Committee – a team of approximately 20 women volunteers in charge of creating and producing various ASPIRE programs for high school, college and professional women.

The ED oversees all program strategies and ensures the ASPIRE mission is upheld throughout all programs and communications. The ED also reports directly to the Board of Directors, working closely with the Board members, and plays a crucial role in overall growth and development strategies for ASPIRE. The ED should be a visionary and strategist that is committed to the growth and sustainability of ASPIRE and also experienced with execution to ensure ideas can be implemented.

o At least 1-2 years of previous leadership experience – managing programs and/or people and some knowledge of board structure and working with a board of directors.
o Passionate and committed to growing the mission of ASPIRE
o Interest in Asian American youth, women and leadership issues
o Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and quality
o Has visionary ideas but also able to execute ideas
o Proactive, flexible, energetic and self motivated
o Responsible, responsive, and has strong integrity
o Strong team player – has a passion for working with people of varying ages, ethnicities and backgrounds
o Comfortable with “service” mentality – essentially, underserved youth are “clients” we are “serving”
o Entrepreneurial mindset and likes to be involved with a start up atmosphere
o Bachelor’s Degree
o Competence in fiscal management and organization strategy/development
o Background and experience in event planning, fundraising & grant writing preferred
o Outstanding communication skills (writing, public speaking, group facilitation)
o Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), QuickBooks

Competitive Salary plus full Medical Benefits. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to

“Government and Politics: Making an Impact”

Asian Women’s Connection presents “Government and Politics: Making an Impact”

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008
At the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston in Cambridge, MA

Panel featuring: Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg; Grace H. Lee, first deputy treasurer and general counsel for Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill; and Alona Abalos, board member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and director of corporate programs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Asian Women’s Connection, Inc. (AWC) celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with “Government and Politics: Making an Impact.”

The population of Asian Americans in Massachusetts is growing rapidly. Many are realizing the financial and voting power they have and are recognizing they must become engaged in order to be heard. The government and political process are keys to ensuring that the unique concerns and needs among diverse Asian American communities are addressed. Many Asian professional women, who are successful in their businesses, industries and charitable interests, are looking for guidance and resources to do more or make a bigger impact. On May 22, Asian American women leaders will describe their personal journeys, provide information about different levels of engagement, and identify resources and opportunities for engagement and impact by Asian American professional women.

The event is sponsored by Burns & Levinson LLP. Cost for the event is $35 for non-members and $25 for members. To register for the event, please e-mail Registration is preferred in advance of the event.

About AWC
Asian Women’s Connection, Inc. (AWC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a preeminent network of professional Asian women who inspire one another to greater levels of professional and personal growth. AWC aims to provide Asian women with opportunities to strengthen their voice, exchange resources and explore new interests. AWC events are open to non-members. AWC members receive a discount on events and program fees. For more information about AWC, please visit

Renew your 2008 membership or Join Today

If you haven’t done so, please renew your AAJA membership. So far about 40 New England chapter members have renewed this year, but we know there are more than 40 Asian American journalists in New England. Your dues help fund AAJA’s numerous programs and services — and sign up for two years before dues go up.

To renew your membership:

With the membership, you’ll get those benefits:

  • Member savings on registration fee for AAJA National Conventions and Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc. conventions
  • Eligibility to apply for AAJA and Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc. scholarship, fellowship, internship and mentor programs
  • Free subscription to AAJA publication and newsletters
  • Free subscription to DateLine AAJA newsletter
  • Free subscription to AAJA Online, the email listserv which brings you job postings, media alerts and membership news. Available to members only. To join AAJAOnline, email
  • Regular mailing of news media-related surveys, publications and information on professional development opportunities
  • Free 30-minute consultation with AAJA’s legal counsel.

Renew your membership online at