The National Association of Asian American Journalists

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AAJA Mission

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,600 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry.

Our mission is four-fold:

To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.

  • To provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.
  • To provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access.
  • To research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.
  • What We Do

    AAJA offers a variety of educational, skills training and professional development programs for its student and professional members, as well as guidance on coverage of AAPI issues for the journalism industry and resources on working with the media for AAPI communities.

    At AAJA’s annual national convention, journalists converge to discuss new trends and challenges in the industry, hone their journalism skills and learn ones, expand their understanding of AAPI issues, plus network with colleagues. The convention also features the AAJA Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet, a career fair and the Voices student news project.

    Professional development programs include the Executive Leadership Program, where AAPI journalists develop skills and strategies to become newsroom leaders and executives. AAJA also offers fellowships and mentor programs matching those just entering the profession with accomplished journalists.

    Student programs include JCamp, a national multicultural journalism program featuring a week-long training camp. College students can get hands-on training at Voices, the multiplatform student news project . AAJA also offers college scholarships, internships and internship grants.

    AAJA provides guidance for accurate and fair coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders along with AAPI issues through its MediaWatch program and the AAJA Handbook to Covering Asian America. Media advisories have included guidance on coverage of NBA player Jeremy Lin and the August 2012 shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.