About AAJA- AAJA History + Mission

The Asian American Journalists Association was founded in Los Angeles in 1981 to support and encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in journalism at a time when there were few AAPI faces in the U.S. media. Since then, AAJA has grown into a full-fledged professional organization with more than 1,600 members in 21 chapters across the United States and in Asia.


Our goals include making newsrooms more ethnically and racially diverse and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of the AAPI community. To that end, our work supports both AAPI journalists and AAPI students who have an interest in journalism careers. We also monitor media coverage of the community, and work with AAPI groups to help them understand how the news media works.


AAJA holds an annual national convention that offers training and networking opportunities, and includes a career fair with representatives from America’s major news media companies. The 2018 convention will be held in August in Houston, Texas. We also offer scholarships for students and hold boot camps and other programs for students and professional journalists at both the chapter and national level.