In True Color: A Panel Discussion of Race, Media and Responsible Coverage, Thursday, April 12

You can see the panel on facebook video.

We’re thrilled to announce “In True Color: A Panel Discussion of Race, Media, and Responsible Coverage,” to be held at WGBH Satellite Studio and Newsfeed Cafe in Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 website) on Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m.

The Asian American Journalists Association’s New England chapter and its partners, the Boston Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists New England, want to spark a deeper conversation about race in Boston media, and how we as an industry can proactively improve our coverage.

The panel will bring together esteemed guests: NBC Sports Boston Senior Vice President & General Manager Princell Hair; WBUR Executive Director of News Content Richard Chacón; Boston Globe Columnist Shirley Leung; and WEEI/Entercom Executive Mark Hannon. This event will be moderated by WGBH TV & radio host/commentator Callie Crossley.

Space is limited and RSVPs are encouraged. Please email Young-Jin Kim, AAJA NE Secretary at yj.magnet@gmail.com.

Statement of response regarding the recent WEEI segment

Link to AAJA National’s offiial website for the statement

The Asian American Journalists Association’s MediaWatch, New England chapter, and Sports Task Force condemn the recent segment on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” in which hosts perpetuated harmful, inaccurate and insensitive stereotypes about Asian Americans. We are heartened to learn Christian Fauria personally apologized to sports agent Don Yee for his racist portrayal of Yee. We commend WEEI for quickly responding to criticism, but we call for management to take steps to ensure that racial stereotyping will never be broadcast on its airwaves and that the station’s on-air personalities have a true understanding of why the segment was so offensive.

For background:

Grants for Investigative & Enterprise Business Reporting

Apply by 12/15

Applications are now open for the Winter 2018 McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, an initiative of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism designed to support ambitious coverage of critical issues related to U.S. economy and business. The McGraw Fellowships provide up to $15,000 and editorial support for experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a significant investigative or enterprise business story. No residency is required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices. Open to freelance journalists, as well as staff reporters and editors working at a news organization. Five years professional journalism experience is needed. The upcoming deadline for Winter 2018 Fellowship applications is December 15, 2017; Summer 2018 applications will be due June 30, 2018.

You’ll find more information on the Fellowships and the stories we’ve published at bit.ly/2iqvn63. You can also contact us at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu.

2018 AAJA Board Elections – Get Involved!

Step up and make a difference in the AAJA New England chapter! We’ll have AAJA New England chapter officer election in November. If you are interested in a seat on the board or would like to nominate someone else, please contact Chapter President Daigo Fujiwara and/or Chapter Secretary Young Jin Kim. Board members will have to be paid full AAJA members. For technical information, see Article X Section 2, Local Administration of AAJA By-Laws

We also have openings for student board members, who will have to be paid AAJA student members. Please e-mail a note of interest and tell us about yourself at above email addresses.

Join AAJA Mentorship Program!

From AAJA National Mentorship Program:

AAJA is looking for passionate, motivated mentors to join our revamped mentoring program, Mentor Match. We’re looking for folks in every field – print, broadcast, digital, management and more – to help earlier-career journalists navigate the changing news landscape.

Now, Mentor Match is a year-long commitment where mentors will be matched with mentees. The 2018 class will take part in leadership exercises, salons and mixers at #AAJA18 in Houston and be recognized for their achievements through awards.

Apply today. Mentor applications are due on Tuesday, October 31. We will start accepting applications for mentees in November.

Questions? Please email aajamentorship@gmail.com.

AAPI community event: Making It In The Media

At Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
465 School St, Lowell, MA 01851
Saturday, November 18, 12-2pm

This is a collaboration between Asian American Journalists Association, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, Cambodian American Student Association, and KhmerPost News. Lunch sponsored by Enterprise Bank

Thank you to all who participated.

Member News: Congratulations, Al Young!

Award was presented to Al Young by Vin Farricielli, a past president of the Walter Camp Football Foundation

Longtime AAJA member and retired journalist AL YOUNG was selected as an Honorary Member to the Walter Camp Football Foundation during its 50th anniversary All-America awards weekend (Jan.12-14, 2017)  at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

The WCFF perpetuates the name of the man recognized as “The Father of American Football” and oversees the annual selection of the oldest college football All-America team in the country that Camp — the first Yale football coach and team captain —  started in 1889.

In 2010, AAJA named Young to its inaugural honor roll as an “Asian American Pioneer in U.S. journalism.”  He is a past president of AAJA’s Washington, D.C. chapter and the namesake of the AAJA Sports Task Force Journalism Scholarship.

Tues. Feb. 28: AAJA New England Mixer: “Eat. Talk Journalism. Network.”

Tues. Feb. 28: AAJA New England Mixer

Journalists, college students and media industry professionals of all kinds are invited to AAJA New England’s mixer. Consider this a casual meetup in the WBUR building to enjoy good pizza and good conversation, plus learn about the Asian American Journalists Association and its student VOICES college program.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Where: WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (Enter on St Paul St. WBUR is on the 3rd Floor)

RSVP to Kelly: k.kasulis94@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/144338626075529/

About the VOICES Program: VOICES is a rare opportunity for college students to develop multimedia and reporting skills in the company of industry professionals from all over the world. Just as newsrooms across the country are adjusting to smaller staffing and new technology, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has redesigned its student convention program to simulate the convergence newsroom of tomorrow. This innovative opportunity, which will celebrate its 27th year in 2017, trains students and professionals before and during AAJA’s annual convention. Learn more about the program and opportunities to participate as a student or a mentor here.

Sat. Feb. 25: The Day of Remembrance Panel: National Security and Civil Liberties – 1942 and 2017


Japanese American Citizens League 2017 Day of Remembrance Program: February 25, 2017

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which made the WWII imprisonment of Japanese Americans possible. The Day of Remembrance program, titled, “National Security and Civil Liberties – 1942 and 2017,” will feature a panel discussion comparing the World War II incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them American citizens, to the current wave of Islamophobia and xenophobia.

It will be held on
Saturday, February 25, from 2 to 4 pm,
at the Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab,
20 Ames Street, Cambridge.

The program is free and open to the public.
PROGRAM INVOCATION:

  • Hoda Eisharkawi, MIT Muslin Chaplain

PANELISTS:

  • Shannon Al-Wakeel, Executive Director, Muslim Justice League & Board of Mass ACLU
  • Barbara J. Dougan, Civil Rights Director, Council on American Islamic Relations
  • Nadeem Nazem, Cambridge City Council
  • Paul Watanabe, Director, UMass Institute for Asian American Studies
  • Margie Yamamoto, co-president, New England Japanese American Citizens League

MODERATOR:

  • Kenneth Oye, Professor MIT Political Science and co-president New England JACL

SPONSORS:

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