The Asian American Journalists Association’s Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) members have elected two new student representatives who will sit on its Board in 2024 and lead the organization’s student programs and engagement throughout the year.
AAJA-Asia has been serving Asia’s news media community since 1996, supporting journalists to advance their skills and progress in their careers, advocating for a free press and for more diversity, equity and inclusion in Asia’s newsrooms and news coverage. The association also considers it one of its key missions to foster the next generation of news professionals. Throughout the year, it offers dedicated events, mentorship programs, fellowships, internships and networking opportunities for students with an interest in journalism. Learn more about AAJA-Asia’s student programs here.
AAJA-Asia’s new student representatives for 2024 are:
Eunice Sng, a graduating communications student from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. As an aspiring lifestyle journalist, she completed an internship with The Straits Times and travelled to Rwanda as part of an advanced reporting class to cover stories on migration and art. Eunice hopes to write more features about subcultures, dying trades and marginalised communities. During her free time, she likes to attend literary events and go to indoor cycling classes.
June Seong Lee, a sophomore majoring in International Studies at Hanyang University based in Seoul, South Korea. June aspires to become an international business journalist with his interest in the global economy, international trade, global marketing, and green growth. From April to August in 2023, he worked as a dispatch employee for the SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) News International Team, translating, monitoring, and recording in real-time breaking news from the foreign press (CNN, Reuters, CCTV, AP). In August 2023, he was selected to participate in the ‘Seeds for the Future 2023’ program from Huawei Korea. June joined AAJA as a student member in 2020 and served as a student representative for the first half of 2021. He recently organized and hosted AAJA-Asia’s ‘Convo Session’ student summer programs, and volunteered for the N3Con 2023 held in Singapore.
In addition, AAJA-Asia’s Hong Kong subchapter appointed its own local student representative:
Charlotte Kwan is a third-year journalism student double majoring in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. In 2023, she participated in the AAJA-Asia N3ConU Mentorship Program. She had also previously joined SCMP as a summer intern, where she gained experience in reporting, writing, and graphics design. As a journalism student, she is interested in topics related to society and culture. In her spare time, she likes walking around the city and listening to music.
As part of this year’s board elections, AAJA-asia’s President, K. Oanh Ha, has also been re elected as National Board Representative for 2024-2025. Meet the AAJA-Asia current board here.