AAJA-Asia Launches Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reporting Fellowships

The Asian American Journalists Association’s Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) is accepting applications for its first-ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reporting Fellowships as part of the Advancing News Diversity in Asia (ANDA) project. 

WHAT: AAJA-Asia is offering a number of reporting fellowships to enable journalists to write stories on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) affecting Asia Pacific communities. Preferred formats are written articles (800-1200 words). Photo essays, podcasts, video and multimedia projects will also be considered. Team projects are welcome. Successful applicants will receive a stipend for producing their story or will be assigned a story of interest already identified by the project. All stories will be published in AAJA-Asia’s N3Con Magazine and will selectively appear in the ANDA Project’s Report  – to be published in February 2022.

Preference will be given to stories highlighting issues in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, S. Korea, The Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.

DEI Reporting Fellows are encouraged to report on diversity in all forms: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic class, age or any experience affecting marginalized communities. AAJA-Asia welcomes projects that explore the experiences of marginalized communities and individuals and the struggle for representation in any Asian country. These could be stories about politics, education, sports or media/entertainment. We also encourage stories about how news media outlets are giving voice to marginalized communities and how underrepresented communities are striving for fair media access or representation of any kind.

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WHY: AAJA-Asia’s ANDA project, supported by the Meta Journalism Project and media partners across Asia-Pacific, aims to raise awareness and improve diversity and representation in newsrooms and coverage throughout Asia. The project launched this spring with a series of focus group discussions involving journalists from 38 news organizations. These initial discussions lead to the release of a survey (open to journalists working in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, S. Korea, The Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan) which aims to build an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) from an Asia perspective.

WHO & WHEN: Students in journalism, freelancers and/or staff journalists interested in writing on diversity issues are invited to apply for the fellowships by November 25.

Curious or got diversity story ideas? Join us Saturday, 20 November at 4 pm HKT/SGT at a special AAJA-Asia Digital Salon dedicated to Diversity Stories in Asia We will discuss the DEI Reporting Fellowships, answer any questions about the application process and brainstorm story ideas.

For more information or questions about AAJA-Asia’s DEI Reporting Fellowships, contact asia@aaja.org

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About AAJA-Asia

The Asia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-Asia) represents members across the Asia-Pacific region. It is a diverse, multi-ethnic community of local and international journalists and media professionals committed to supporting a vibrant press in the Asia-Pacific region. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in media organizations, providing training opportunities to members, supporting students interested in journalism and advocating for fair media access. AAJA is a nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,500 members across the U.S. and Asia.

About the Meta Journalism Project

The Meta Journalism Project works with publishers around the world to strengthen the connection between journalists and the communities they serve. It also helps address the news industry’s core business challenges. Our trainings, programs, and partnerships work in three ways: 1. Building community through news by working with and investing in organizations that fund quality journalism; 2. Training newsrooms globally; and 3. Partnering with news publishers and nonprofits to combat misinformation, promote news literacy, fund new initiatives, share best practices, and improve journalism on our platforms. For more information, please visit facebook.com/journalismproject.