I first was involved with AAJA as a high school student, aspiring to become a journalist and admiring those established in their journalism careers. It has been such a special experience to be a part of our chapter here in Asia, to meet incredible friends and mentors, and to be a part of others’ journeys in their journalism careers. As one of the two National Board Representatives for the past year, I have seen just how wonderful and unique our chapter is, and I want to continue to be a part of the leadership that continues to represents our members’ interests, as well as to help any future members.
As one of the National Board Representatives, I would like to continue working together with the rest of the AAJA-Asia chapter as we continue to evolve and transform what it means to be a part of AAJA in this region of the world. We are on the cusp of a new phase, and I would like to continue to be a part of the planning for the years to come.
Currently, I am working with a core team to establish our first ever Trivia Bowl in Asia, as well as projects aligned with National’s goals of educating the next generation of journalists through programming such as J Camp.
Some other goals include: working towards more involvement from members in all of our cities, so we can soon become the largest AAJA chapter globally; as well as continued fundraising for scholarships to aid students interested in going abroad to learn the trade.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to working together with all of you!
Blessing Waung, Hong Kong – candidate for National Board Representative