2024 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 March 21, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2024 Stanford Chen Internship Grant

This internship grant awards $1,500 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 ET on March 21, 2024. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2024 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 ET on March 21, 2024. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.

2024 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 ET on March 21, 2024. Questions? Email support@aaja.org.


 

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 diverse generation of 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 engage participants in discussions, such as: 

  • How do leadership styles across various cultures affect our work?
  • Deconstructing organizational culture to identify barriers and paths to success.
  • In what ways does my background and values impact my work?
  • How can I meaningfully contribute to the industry and my community?

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. 

LOGISTICS

The 2024 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.

 2024 Sessions (all times are for the Eastern time zone)

  • In-person Opening Session in New York City: Wednesday through Saturday, March 20-23, 2024
  •  Virtual Sessions: Monthly from April to July, times and dates TBD.  
  •  In-person Closing Session: Wednesday, Aug. 7, during AAJA's National Convention in Austin, Texas. 

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 2024 AAJA National Convention in Austin, Texas August 7-11, 2024

Applicants accepted to ELP must pay for the program by March 8. For those needing it, there will be an option to pay the tuition in two payments. Applicants who cancel their registration after March 1 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 Saturday, January 20 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 support@aaja.org with any questions.


 


 

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 interested in new technologies and story forms. Reporters, social media strategists, designers, developers, data engineers, podcasters, broadcasters and bloggers are all welcome to apply.

The program this year will consist of summer-long training and project work that culminates at the AAJA National Convention, which will be in Austin, Texas from August 7 to 11, 2024.

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 AAJA's 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 one summer – it's 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 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 #AAJA24.

I am a recent graduate. Can I still apply?
Yes, if you graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no earlier than Spring 2024, you are eligible to apply. If you will be graduating from high school in Spring 2024, you are eligible to apply.


What is the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy? 

As an AAJA program, VOICES follows the AAJA convention Covid-19 policy. If you have any questions or need an exemption, please reach out to support@aaja.org. 


DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 7, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PT


 


 

Now in its 34th 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 August 7 to 11 in Austin.

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

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


 The mediums represented this year will be:
 

  1. Text article
  2. Audio
  3. Broadcast TV news package / short documentary
  4. Photo essay


 Our fellows from last year’s class have gone onto internships and jobs at news companies such as NBC News, The Washington Post, Southern California Public Radio 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 – it's 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 meal sponsors. 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 our 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.

What is the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy? 

As an AAJA program, VOICES follows the AAJA convention Covid-19 policy. If you have any questions or need an exemption, please reach out to support@aaja.org.
 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 7, 11:59 p.m. PT

Asian American Journalists Association