AAJA-Asia Releases Journalists Survey for Snapshot of Diversity in Asia

Friday, 24 September – The Asian American Journalists Association’s Asia Chapter released today a first-of-its-kind survey to get a snapshot of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues in Asia’s newsrooms, as part of its Advancing News Diversity in Asia (ANDA) project. Journalists currently working in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan are warmly invited to participate in the survey.

Recently launched with the support of the Facebook Journalism Project, the ANDA Project is structured as a three-tier initiative focused on research, advocacy and solutions. The Anda Project aims to raise awareness and support efforts to improve diversity and representation in newsrooms and coverage throughout Asia.

ANDA’s research project began in May with the organization of nine focus group discussions involving 44 journalists from 38 news outlets in English and five Asian languages. These conversations have shown the need to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in a context that’s relevant to Asia.

The survey released today aims to understand the experience of journalists in Asia and their perception of diversity, equity and inclusion in their newsrooms and in news reporting. Contributions will be fully anonymized. It is available in Chinese, English, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean and requires approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

AAJA-Asia welcomes all journalists working in the seven Asian markets currently included in the project to participate in the survey. Their contributions are key to helping build awareness and global understanding of DEI from the perspective of journalists working in Asia. The survey results will be published later this year in an Asia News Diversity report. They will also help to guide the design of concrete solutions for improving DEI in Asia’s newsrooms.

The ANDA Project’s DEI survey is open until 18 October 2021. Take the survey here

Unsure if the survey is for you? Or just curious to learn more about the ANDA project? Please email asia@aaja.org with any questions.

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 Facebook Journalism Project

The Facebook 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.