Call for Candidates: 2020 AAJA-Asia officers

It’s election season again! What makes AAJA-Asia so special is our unique community, bringing together journalists in one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Join us to build and serve this community of passionate and talented media professionals and students. The Asia chapter of AAJA is looking for leaders with ideas and passion to join our board for 2020. Now’s the time to step up and pay it forward to build a strong journalism community, inspire the next generation of journalists, and advocate for diversity in media and freedom of the press.

We have the following positions coming open, which will begin January 1, 2020 and last for a term of two years.

Please note that only AAJA members are eligible for candidacy.

In addition to helping lead professional and social events in your cities and countries, all AAJA board members are required to attend monthly board meetings via conference call to discuss programming, chapter updates, and help make important chapter decisions.

1) ONE Secretary, AAJA-Asia

The Secretary will keep a book of minutes of all board meetings and membership meetings. The minutes will be posted on the chapter website. The secretary also must monitor the chapter website, email account, and other public presences, like the Facebook page. They will handle correspondence with chapter members.

This position must be filled by a full member of AAJA (associate or student members are not eligible).

2) ONE National Advisory Board Representative, AAJA-Asia

This board member serves as one of the chapter’s representatives to the AAJA national advisory board, which serves to advise the national governing board. The National Advisory Board Representative is the chapter’s advocate and liaison to the national board and office. AAJA-Asia must be represented in person at the two advisory board meetings held every year in the United States. One of the meetings occur at the national convention. The board representative will keep the Asia chapter board apprised of national policies and procedures. They will write a summary report of the national board meetings that will be provided to the Asia board.

This member’s term will overlap with Yuri Nagano, our other National Advisory Board Representative, who was elected last year and will serve through 2020.

3) Vice President, Seoul

Regional vice presidents are the point persons for AAJA-Asia in their respective cities. They plan and coordinate local events and oversee membership recruitment in their city, as well as field questions about AAJA. They also work with the president and other officers to set overall direction for the chapter.

Co-candidacies, consisting of tickets of two candidates to serve as co-Vice Presidents, are allowed.

4) ONE Student Representative

The student representative serves as an advocate for students and their needs. They help organize activities and promote AAJA-Asia on campus. They field questions from academic staff and students, work to increase student membership and engage in membership outreach.

This position is open only to student members of AAJA.

Key Dates for Elections

October 31: Deadline to submit Candidate Letters

To apply, submit a letter of candidacy and photo to this email ( by 11:59 pm Hong Kong time. All letters will be posted on the AAJA-Asia chapter website. Letters should be no more than 150 words and should address why you are running for this role.

The subject of the email should be “Candidacy Letter 2019 – [Position]”

November 1 – November 5: Polls open

All AAJA-Asia members will receive an electronic ballot to vote and must do so using their unique membership ID. All votes must be cast by 11:59 pm Hong Kong time Tuesday, November 5.

November 6: Announcement of winners

Questions? E-mail Rebecca Isjwara, AAJA-Asia election chair, at