THE AAJA 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.
The Asia chapter is a networking group for AAJA members in Asia and the Pacific and a bridge for AAJA members who come to the region or want to work here. We have grown in recent years into one of AAJA’s largest chapters with about 200 members, from India and Nepal, across Southeast Asia to China, Japan and South Korea. In major cities, vibrant sub-chapters organize rewarding and fun talks and networking and career-development events.
The high point of the year is an annual conference that draws journalists, students and speakers from around the region, and even the U.S. The New.Now.Next Media Conference, known as N3Con, features lively discussion of the latest issues in Asia, and hands-on workshops explaining what’s new in storytelling for the digital era – and how you can master it. The 2018 N3Con will be held in Hong Kong in May.
The Asia chapter was founded in 1996 by two AAJA members working in the region, Allen Cheng in Hong Kong and Alan Ota in Tokyo. An early highlight was an ambitious series of programs for the many journalists who came to Hong Kong to cover the handover of the territory to China in 1997. Today’s members work for The Associated Press, AFP, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, CNN, TVB, WION, the Korea JoongAng Daily and many other news media.
AAJA-Asia is committed to supporting a diverse community of local and international multimedia journalists, media professionals and advocates for 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.
Mentoring and Fellowships
With nearly one-third of membership worldwide comprised of students, AAJA makes continued efforts to provide a holistic, sustainable cycle of career development and mentoring. In partnership with Google, AAJA-Asia awards an annual digital journalism fellowship for innovative projects that fuse tech with journalism.
At the annual N3Con media conference, members have the opportunity to connect with mentors one-on-one for career counseling or resume advice, as well as participate in intensive leadership workshops to develop the soft skills needed to accelerate in the workplace. AAJA-Asia will launch the localized version of AAJA Mentoring at N3Con 2018, pairing ambitious young journalists with veterans across the region.
For more information, to become a mentor or to propose a partnership, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.