About this Award
This award honors journalism that illuminates the complexity and humanity of Indigenous Pacific Islander communities and experiences. Submissions to this category must center Pacific Islander stories. This award specifically recognizes PI journalism but it is not the only category that PI-centered stories can be submitted to; such stories can be submitted to any other category that it is eligible for. In the spirit of PI inclusion, NAJA members may also submit PI journalism for consideration.

AAJA recognizes excellence in journalism by journalists across a number of categories and platforms. Submissions of work that display outstanding storytelling, in-depth reporting that moves the industry and cultural understandings forward, and pieces that demonstrate impact* are highly encouraged. Special consideration is given to top-notch journalism about the AAPI community, in the U.S. or abroad.

*Impact can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including digital metrics (e.g. page views, subscription conversions, engaged time, etc., and how those compare to the norm), audience engagement or reach, policy change, attention from lawmakers or people in positions of power, or the publication itself if the topic or story has never been told publicly before.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2023 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2022 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: February 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category. Please use your discretion.
  • Ineligible entries, such as redundant submissions, incomplete applications, and those with incorrect/malfunctioning links, will be disqualified from all categories entered. Entrants will not be notified.
  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories). An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

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*This application allows for multiple collaborators. Please choose a primary submitter to fill out first, then invite the other collaborators.


2023 Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship Grant

This grant awards funds to current AAJA members in pursuit of professional development. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted into a professional development program. 

Eligibility and Rules

  • Current dues-paying AAJA member
  • Demonstrate leadership potential, or currently hold a management position
  • Must have a serious interest in continuing pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Candidates must commit to submitting a post for the AAJA website at the end of their training experience that highlights how the fellowship advanced them along their career path.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your acceptance into a professional development program
  • A brief statement describing your financial need
  • In 500 words or less, describe your career goals and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINES: 

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on April 1, 2023 and October 1, 2023.

Grants are distributed on a rolling basis. Complete the application at least 3 weeks before payment is due for the program or event you plan on attending. All required materials must be received by the deadline to be considered. 

Questions? Email support@aaja.org with Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship Grant in the subject line. 

2023 William Woo Print/Digital News Internship Grant

This grant supports AAPIs pursuing journalism careers in print or digital news students who have secured a summer internship. The $2,000 grant is to defray living costs during the internship.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Must be committed to AAJA’s mission
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing print or digital journalism as a career
  • Must have already secured a summer internship at a print or digital news outlet before applying
  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • This stipend must be used toward living and transportation expenses during the internship. The selected candidate will sign a memorandum of understanding acknowledging this.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your internship
  • A brief statement of financial need
  • Answer the following question: In 500 words or less, state why you want to pursue a career in print or digital journalism, what you hope to gain from your internship experience, and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE:

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on March 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 Stanford Chen Internship Grant

This internship grant awards $2,000 to college juniors, seniors and graduate students who have secured an internship at a news outlet. Students from the Pacific Northwest or who attend a Northwest college or university are especially encouraged to apply, though a Northwest connection alone does not determine who receives a grant. Applicants who will be interning at small to medium sized outlets will receive priority.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Currently enrolled full-time at an accredited community college, junior college, college or university
  • Must have secured a summer internship before applying for the internship grant. The stipend must be used for living expenses and/or transportation during your internship and may not be used for any college expenses. Grantees will be required to sign an agreement acknowledging this.
  • Must have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Must be an active AAJA member. 

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A letter verifying your summer internship
  • A brief statement describing your financial need
  • In 500 words or less, answer these questions: What kind of experience do you expect as an intern. Describe your career goals and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE:

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on March 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 Sam Chu Lin and Lloyd LaCuesta Broadcast Internship Grants

A) One internship grant in the amount of $500 will be awarded to a student broadcaster in honor of the late Sam Chu Lin. This grant is open to journalists working in local TV news.  B) One grant in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to an aspiring male television broadcaster from the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund. This internship grant of $1,000 will be awarded to an aspiring AAPI male television broadcaster who has secured a summer internship at a local TV news station. The funds are to help pay for expenses related to the internship.

Applicants may apply to both grants if they meet eligibility requirements for both grants.

Eligibility and Rules:

  • Must be a full-time college student or a recent graduate who has graduated within the last year.
  • Must have secured a summer internship before applying.
  • The stipend must be used for living expenses and/or transportation during your internship. Grantees will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging this.
  • Must be a current AAJA student member.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter verifying your internship
  • A brief statement explaining your financial need
  • Answer to this question: In 250 words or less, state why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism, what you hope to gain from your internship experience, and why AAJA's mission is important to you.

To learn more about Sam Chu Lin and Lloyd LaCuesta, and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE:

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on March 30, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be a graduating high school senior who will be attending community college, junior college, college or university in the fall. The student must plan on taking journalism courses or pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Must be committed to AAJA's mission
  • Must be a current AAJA member
  • Must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career, and a commitment to community involvement.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Work samples (optional)
  • Brief statement of financial need
  • In 500 words or less, answer this question: Describe any involvement or interest you have in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. If you were awarded an AAJA scholarship, propose how you would contribute to the field of journalism and media issues involving AAPI communities.

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website


DEADLINE:
The application deadline is 11:59 PT on February 15, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2023 AAJA Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship awards $1,500 to a student journalist for an insightful and articulate essay related to Vincent Chin’s life, death and legacy.


Eligibility and Rules

  • Must be a current AAJA student member
  • Demonstrate a commitment to AAJA’s mission in the answer to the essay question
  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories
  • Must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career
  • Applicants must demonstrate the following:    
    • journalistic excellence by submitting current works (digital, photography, video/audio), and
    • a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career
    • a commitment to community involvement.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Work samples
  • Brief statement outlining financial need
  • Answer one of the following essay questions:
  1. Could it happen again? The attack on Vincent Chin occurred during a time in which Asians, specifically Japanese, were blamed for U.S. unemployment. People literally bashed Japanese cars with sledgehammers. Video and photos of such acts were shown in the news media. Few people connected them to potential attacks on real people. Does symbolic violence make it more acceptable to attack people? Does this climate exist against other people today? What can be done?
  2. How are Asian Americans one people? Asian Americans overcame many differences in rallying together to seek justice after Vincent Chin’s killing. They came from different cultures and language backgrounds. They brought histories of being foes as often as being allies. In the Detroit area, though, they decided that an attack on a Chinese American man, assumed to be Japanese, was a danger and an injustice to all. They united in protest. Some call this the start of a pan-Asian consciousness in the United States. How does life in the United States make people from so many nationalities one group?
  3. Protest or conform? Some Asian Americans were reluctant to join the Vincent Chin cause. They had been pursuing success by getting along in the mainstream. Some had been acculturated to not make trouble or call attention to themselves. Yet a group of people began writing letters, visiting the media and protesting in the streets. This question about whether to protest or conform comes to every one of us. Although the stakes are not as high as justice over the death of a young man, we are all confronted at work or in other groups to decide: When and how do you make a stand?
  4. Who was Lily Chin? The Vincent Chin trials paint the portrait of a mother in anguish. We frequently ask who was Vincent Chin or who killed him. The emergence of his mother as a strong voice is a compelling story too. Describe her life and her legacy.


To find more information about the scholarship and about Vincent Chin, visit our website. Read some past examples of Vincent Chin essays on AAJA Defined.

DEADLINE:
The application deadline is 11:59 PT on February 15, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

About this Award
The AAJA International Reporting Award recognizes the finest international reporting by our members. Eligible entries must be published in English. We accept submissions in all media formats. They can be a single story or a series of stories in a reporting project in any media format.

AAJA recognizes excellence in journalism by journalists across a number of categories and platforms. Submissions of work that display outstanding storytelling, in-depth reporting that moves the industry and cultural understandings forward, and pieces that demonstrate impact* are highly encouraged. Special consideration is given to top-notch journalism about the AAPI community, in the U.S. or abroad.

*Impact can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including digital metrics (e.g. page views, subscription conversions, engaged time, etc., and how those compare to the norm), audience engagement or reach, policy change, attention from lawmakers or people in positions of power, or the publication itself if the topic or story has never been told publicly before.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2023 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2022 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: February 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category. Please use your discretion.
  • Ineligible entries, such as redundant submissions, incomplete applications, and those with incorrect/malfunctioning links, will be disqualified from all categories entered. Entrants will not be notified.
  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories). An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

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*This application allows for multiple collaborators. Please choose a primary submitter to fill out first, then invite the other collaborators.

About this Award
This award recognizes outstanding achievements in opinions, editorials, essays, and writings with distinct points of view.

AAJA recognizes excellence in journalism by journalists across a number of categories and platforms. Submissions of work that display outstanding storytelling, in-depth reporting that moves the industry and cultural understandings forward, and pieces that demonstrate impact* are highly encouraged. Special consideration is given to top-notch journalism about the AAPI community, in the U.S. or abroad.

*Impact can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including digital metrics (e.g. page views, subscription conversions, engaged time, etc., and how those compare to the norm), audience engagement or reach, policy change, attention from lawmakers or people in positions of power, or the publication itself if the topic or story has never been told publicly before.

Timeline:

  • Entries that are eligible for the 2023 AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are published or aired between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the previous year, 2022 (with the exception of photo categories, which do not need to be previously published).
  • DEADLINE: February 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Each entry may only be submitted to one award category. Please use your discretion.
  • Ineligible entries, such as redundant submissions, incomplete applications, and those with incorrect/malfunctioning links, will be disqualified from all categories entered. Entrants will not be notified.
  • Journalism Excellence by Subject Awards do allow photo submissions (single photo or photo story), but we ask submitters to use their best judgment about whether to submit the entry to a photo category or to a by subject award. In a By Subject Award, photos would compete with multimedia entries, video entries, audio, and print entries.
  • Freelance journalists are welcome to submit their work. Contest entrants are limited to AAJA members only, however, journalists may join the organization prior to submitting their awards application. AAJA is open to all journalists, regardless of ethnic or racial identity.
  • Work must be created for an English-language audience.
  • It must fall in the listed respective categories for the Journalism Excellence Awards.
  • It must not be student work (except for Student Journalism Categories). An entry is a journalism project executed by a single journalist or a small team of journalists.
  • For joint or team submissions, name a Primary Contact as a Contributor. This person must have played a lead role in the submitted work and be an AAJA member.
  • If the work is part of a series, up to three items from that series may be submitted together as one entry. This is applicable to the Written Journalism, Online/Digital Journalism, and Topical categories.
  • There is no entry fee. Please consider donating to AAJA if you would like to support AAJA awards.

To learn more, visit our website.

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*This application allows for multiple collaborators. Please choose a primary submitter to fill out first, then invite the other collaborators.

2023 ABC News / Alexa Valiente Memorial Summer Internship

Eligibility and Rules

  • A junior or senior currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking at least one class or a graduate, in the last six months, from an accredited college or university
  • Active AAJA student member
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Previous internship experience, either print or broadcast
  • Some experience related to social media
  • Must be eligible to work in the US

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • A 150-200 word statement that explains why you want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism and what you hope to gain from an internship at ABC News
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Recent transcript
  • Work samples

To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.


DEADLINE: 

The application deadline is 11:59 PT on February 28, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

The Asian American Journalists Association's Sports Task Force is pleased to offer several scholarship and fellowship opportunities for enrolled college students and young professionals to support their pursuit of careers in sports journalism and media.


The mission of the AAJA Sports Task Force is to elevate the voices of Asian Americans in sports and support aspiring Asian American sports journalists across multiple media platforms through mentorship and financial opportunities.

AAJA membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipient. For membership, please apply online at aaja.org/join.

This form can be used to apply to any or all of the following AAJA STF opportunities.

Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship


The awardee will receive $2,000 in honor of Al Young, a longtime member and ardent supporter of AAJA who is an Asian American pioneer in sports media and is dedicated to empowering the voices of Asian American journalists. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Al Young.
The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.


About Al Young
Al Young is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily newspaper. He is also the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. While with the Register, he also wrote a weekly column that was the first in the country focusing on national and local personalities and trends in women’s sports. Young’s career spans more than four decades. He was a writer and editor at the Boston Globe, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the New Haven (CT) Register and Bridgeport (CT) Post-Telegram. In 2010, AAJA named Young to its inaugural honor roll as an “Asian American Pioneer in U.S. journalism.” He is a past president of AAJA’s Washington, D.C. chapter. Retiring in 2013 from the Boston Globe, Young is currently the advisor to the student newspaper at Quincy College in Massachusetts.


Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants should be a member of AAJA. If not, the selected scholarship recipient will be required to submit a membership application at the Student rate before scholarship funds will be disbursed.
  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester at a junior college or university located in the United States
  • Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • The selected scholarship recipient must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force
  • The winner must use the scholarship funds to directly support or advance their education. Potential expenses include tuition, room and board, textbooks or other course equipment or materials. The recipient must follow up with the Sports Task Force within 60 days of receipt of the scholarship to identify how they spent the funds

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Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Fellowship

Two awardees — a current college student and a young professional — pursuing sports journalism and media as a career will receive $750 each to pitch and produce a print, digital, audio or visual story about Asian Americans in sports, plus free registration for the annual AAJA National Convention. The Sports Task Force will work with recipients to get the stories published at an outlet. The grants are made possible thanks to an annual donation by Don Yee of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.


The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of their unique and compelling story pitch, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.


About Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee
Like many Chinese immigrants, Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee immigrated to the U.S. once China fell under Communist rule. They settled in Sacramento and worked hard to create a new life for themselves and their young family. They endured many hardships, but they envisioned and achieved a better future for themselves and their children. They were proud of their heritage as Chinese. One of the important values they taught their children was to be sympathetic to the plight, journey, and struggle of others. Just as the Yees received help from others, it was their wish to return their good fortune by helping other Asians striving to achieve their dreams.
About Don Yee
Donald H. Yee is a partner and founder of Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC., a sports management consulting firm that represents some of the nation’s leading professional athletes, coaches and broadcasters. Yee, a graduate of UCLA and the University of Virginia School of Law, also is a frequent speaker and writer on sports-related issues. He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California law school and a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law.


Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants must pitch a story they can realistically produce with their resources and time
  • Unique stories that humanize Asian Americans in sports are highly preferred
  • Pitches can include stories that are local, regional or national

For currently enrolled students:

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester at a junior college or university located in the United States
  • Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

For young professionals:

  • Applicants must have graduated from a community college or university, including graduate school, located in the United States within the past five (5) years.
  • Applicants must be currently and actively pursuing sports journalism as a career

The selected fellowship winners must follow through with their story pitches as well as commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.

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Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship


A sports broadcast journalist who has less than three years of professional experience will receive $2,000 to support career pursuits in honor of Michael Kim, the godfather of AAJA's Sports Task Force and a pioneer for Asian Americans in sports broadcast journalism. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Michael Kim.


The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.


About Michael Kim
Michael Kim is a groundbreaking anchor who opened doors for the Asian community at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Kim was an anchor at SportsCenter for 17 years and was one of the original anchors who launched the innovate ESPNNews.
Kim now works as the anchor of The Stadium on Marquee Sports Network. Prior to ESPN, Kim won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Show - Daily. Kim is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Kim has been a proud member of AAJA for years and is a Sports Task Force legend who has supported the group from its inception.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must work in the broadcast sports industry in some form, either as on-camera talent or behind-the-scenes producer
  • Applicants must be within three years of college graduation and/or in their first television market
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • The selected scholarship winner must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force


FOR ALL APPLICATIONS

Winners will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PT

Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.

Application Information:

High school students with a strong interest in all forms of journalism are encouraged to apply. All costs to attend this program, including airfare, campus housing and meals, are covered by AAJA.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PT

Application Materials:

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Introduction Video (60-90 secs target, 2 mins maximum)
  • Short answer questions (100 words or less):
  • A) Please discuss something you’ve struggled with and how you’ve grown from the challenge.
  • B) Where do you get your news from? Please identify through which platform(s) and what are some recent pieces/stories that caught your attention?
  • Student Essays:
  • A) Why do you want to attend JCamp? (150 words or less)
  • B) If you were able to spend your summer reporting on any single issue (locally, nationally or internationally), what would it be and why? What would be your goal for this piece? Who are some people you would speak with, and how do you envision your final product? (250 words or less)
  • C) OPTIONAL - Feel free to include anything else you would like us to consider with your application. (150 words or less)
  • Various other short answer questions on interests, involvement and extracurriculars
  • Work Samples (optional, three maximum)

About JCamp:

AAJA’s JCamp is a national multicultural journalism program for high school students. The six-day training camp brings together culturally diverse students from across the nation to learn from veteran journalists and leading media executives. JCamp participants will receive hands-on training and produce multiplatform news packages for the program’s news site, JCamp Live. Since 2001, over 700 high school students have graduated from JCamp. Every year, AAJA receives hundreds of applications from all regions of the country. To learn more about JCamp, visit our website.


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Application Information:
High school students in California with a strong interest in all aspects of journalism are encouraged to apply. High school aged students in California with a strong interest in journalism are encouraged to apply. Proof of vaccination is required to attend the program. Students selected for the program have all their costs, including travel,  housing and meals, covered by AAJA and CalMatters.

Learn more about JCal on our website.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 1.

Application Materials:

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Required Essays: 

              - What stories and/or audiences are the journalists in your area missing? (250 words or less)

              - If you were in charge of a news organization, what would its mission statement be? (250 words or less)

                - Tell us about your upbringing and lived experience in California. Which communities are you a part of and how has that shaped you and how you experience the world? (400 words or less)

  • Reporting Pitch: Each JCal student will work on a journalism project during their time in the program. The goal is for this piece of journalism to be published at the end of the JCal program. This year, the reporting theme is the environment. Applicants must lay out, in detail, the reporting they want to do on this topic: what is the story, who would to interview, what format this piece would take, etc.
  • Work Samples (optional)
  • Introduction Video (optional)

About JCal:
JCal is an all-inclusive, free journalism program that immerses California high school students into the state's news ecosystem. Students build connections with the journalists covering their communities, learn about the inner workings of newsrooms and gain many of the skills needed to succeed in professional and academic realms. Each cohort is carefully selected to reflect the diversity of California residents. This innovative program is produced through a unique partnership between the Asian American Journalists Association and CalMatters. 


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The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is for any professional journalists interested in advancing their careers and developing the skills to achieve their professional and personal goals. ELP is a challenging, practical and life-changing experience.


This is not a business-as-usual program about how to become a better manager. It is a transformational experience program aimed at developing the next generation of diverse journalism leaders who can lead in uncertain times and build a sustainable future for journalism.


The program explores the responsibilities and challenges of a media workplace, how to lead in the changing landscape and how cultural values come into play. Experienced career coaches and senior news executives lead participants as they explore a variety of topics in a small, nurturing environment.

The trainings are highly-interactive and have participants engaged in timely discussions, such as: 

  • How do leadership styles across various cultures affect our work?
  • Deconstructing corporate culture to inform paths to success and overcoming barriers.
  • In what ways do my background and passion impact my work?
  • How does digital media impact the industry and what is my role in it?
  • How can I meaningfully contribute to the industry and my community?
  • What lessons can be learned from established and emerging media markets? 


Participants will also explore perspectives on and gain concrete approaches to:

  • Diversity and culture in the workplace
  • Leadership skills, styles, and opportunities 
  • Power, politics, and influence
  • Professional and career goal setting
  • Personal branding and confidence
  • Negotiation tactics and applications


QUALIFICATIONS

Individuals with at least four to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply. Space is limited and applications are reviewed on a rotating basis until filled.


LOGISTICS

The 2023 ELP sessions will be held both in-person and virtually. Participants are required to attend all live and virtual sessions. They are also responsible for having all the technology needed to attend the virtual trainings, including a computer, webcam and a strong internet connection.
2023 Sessions (all times are for the eastern time zone)

In-person Opening Session: Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, in Washington, D.C.
Virtual Sessions: May-July approximately half to one day every other week  5-8 hours. Times and dates TBD.  
In-person Closing Session: Saturday, July 22, during AAJA's National Convention in Washington, D.C. 


TUITION AND PAYMENT

Tuition for ELP is $1,500 for AAJA members and $2,000 for non-members. It includes the costs of training materials, meals during in-person sessions and basic registration for the 2023 AAJA National Convention.

Applicants accepted to ELP must pay for the program by April 24. For those needing it, there will be an option to pay the tuition in two payments. Applicants who cancel their registration after April 24 will not receive a refund.
Those in need of financial assistance may reach out to their employers or local AAJA chapter leadership (AAJA members only).


HOW TO APPLY

You must be a professional journalist to apply for the program.
Fill out the application below for the U.S. ELP Cohort.

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 1 at 11:59 PM PT. Please note that space is very limited.

Attach the following documents to the form:

• A résumé or link to your LinkedIn profile
• A professional, color, high-resolution photo
• A letter of recommendation from a supervisor (OPTIONAL)
• A short 40-word biography

Contact AAJA HQ at https://www.aaja.org/about/contact/ with any questions.

This scholarship awards $5,000 to an Asian American graduate student pursuing journalism as a career from the CIC/Anna Chennault Fund. The selected student will also receive travel, lodging, registration to attend AAJA’s 2023 national convention in Washington, D.C., and a mentor for the duration of the convention.

Candidates will be judged on academic and journalistic achievement, commitment to the field of journalism, and sensitivity to AAPI issues. Applicants must produce a piece of concise and comprehensive journalism that provides unique context on a current geopolitical issue based on a prompt provided by CIC or AAJA.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Must have a current AAJA membership
  • Must be a graduate student currently enrolled full time at a college or university in the United States or one of its territories
  • Must identify as Asian American
  • Must be committed to AAJA’s mission

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • An official college/university transcript
  • A statement justifying financial need
  • A letter of recommendation from a professional  who is familiar with your academic and/or journalism work
  • Work samples
  • An answer to this question:    
    • Describe any involvement or interest you have in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. If you were awarded an AAJA scholarship, how would you contribute to the field of journalism and media issues involving the AAPI community?
  • An original piece of journalism that addresses a prompt in the application. 


To learn more about this scholarship and AAJA, visit our website.

DEADLINE TO APPLY
The application deadline is 11:59 PST on February 15, 2023. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

VOICES is a student fellowship program that provides aspiring journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually-evolving media landscape. The program’s mission is to help a diverse group of aspiring journalists understand how audiences engage with them, how communities view the work they produce, and how they can understand the impact of their work. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, VOICES also gives students the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and begin their own.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in journalism. We are looking for students who are interested in producing a long-form, in-depth news project over the course of the summer. We want students who are excellent storytellers and who are interested in new technologies and story forms. Reporters, social media strategists, designers, developers, data engineers, podcasters, broadcasters, bloggers are all welcome to apply.
The program this year will consist of summer-long training and project work that begins in mid-April and culminates at the AAJA National Convention, which this year will be in Washington DC from Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 23.

As a VOICES fellow, students will:

  • Create meaningful editorial work by working in student groups to pitch and produce a long-form story.
  • Attend virtual trainings throughout the summer led by industry leaders.
  • Build lasting relationships with their editors and other AAJA professionals
  • Be a part of the AAJA National Convention as attendees and presenters. 
  • Meet and interview with recruiters from major news companies 



Past fellows have gone onto internships and jobs at news companies such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Frontline, and more.  Former VOICES students and editors are now Pulitzer Prize-winners, documentarians, public relations professionals, broadcast anchors and newsroom editors. Above all, VOICES is a community that lasts far beyond this one summer, a community that students will be a part of for a lifetime. To view past work by fellows, visit the VOICES website.


Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I also intern or work somewhere else while I participate in VOICES over the summer?
Yes! Most of our students intern for another organization over the summer. The workload is meant to complement your internship, not supersede it. However, every student must be able to attend the national convention. If you are accepted into the program, we are happy to reach out to your internship supervisor if needed.

How much experience do I need to have to be accepted?
Minimal experience. We expect all participants to have certain baseline reporting abilities and experience in order to be accepted into the program. However, students do not need to have prior experience in audio to do an audio project; one of our goals is to push students outside their comfort zone and to learn new things. 


What is covered as a VOICES participant?
AAJA will pay for fellows' travel, accommodations, meals and registration fees to attend the in-person portion of VOICES at #AAJA23. 


I am a recent graduate. Can I still apply?
Yes, if you graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no earlier than Spring 2023, you are eligible to apply. If you will be graduating from high school in Spring 2023, you are eligible to apply.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 3, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT

Now in its 33nd year, VOICES is a student fellowship program that provides aspiring journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually-evolving media landscape. At its core, the program’s mission is to help a diverse group of aspiring journalists understand how audiences engage with them, how communities view the work they produce, and how they can understand the impact their work has. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, VOICES also gives students the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and begin their own.

We are looking for journalism professionals who are interested in mentoring our students in their news project over the course of the summer, and who are interested in growing as managers, training students, editing, and helping students network. Editors will be expected to work with their student groups at least one to two hours every other weekend between late May and July.

The program this year will consist of remote summer-long training and project work that begins in May and culminates with the AAJA National Convention from July 24 to Saturday, July 30.

As a VOICES editor, you will have the opportunity to:  

  • To guide student groups to pitch and produce a long-form story in one of five concentrations. 
  • To learn mentorship, people management, and project management skills 
  • To build lasting relationships not only with your students but other AAJA professionals
  • To attend the AAJA National Convention


The story concentrations this year will be:

  1. Investigative reporting
  2. Features
  3. Audio
  4. Short documentary
  5. Other. (This is an open-ended category for students to pitch ideas.) 


Our fellows from last year’s class have gone onto internships and jobs at news companies such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Frontline, and more. Former VOICES students and editors have become Pulitzer Prize-winners, documentarians, public relations professionals, broadcast anchors and newsroom editors. Above all, Voices is a community that lasts far beyond this one summer, a community that students will be a part of for a lifetime. To view past work by fellows, visit the VOICES website.

If you can’t be an editor this summer, but would still like to be involved, we are looking for lecturers and for meal sponsors this summer. If you are interested, please fill out this form.

Frequently Asked Questions:
What is covered as a VOICES editor?
AAJA will cover program and convention related fees.

I have other convention obligations. Can I still be an editor?
Yes. Many of our former editors have been programming committee members, speakers, and more. We love that the AAJA membership is involved in so many things. We just ask that you keep us in the loop on any obligations you have so we can plan accordingly.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 3, 11:59 p.m. PT

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