AAJA is hosting Catalyst, a three-day boot camp for founders of color who want to learn how to fund and launch their own media products. The program is scheduled to take place January 29-31, 2020 at Northwestern University in San Francisco. 

We’re looking for people who are passionate about media and journalism, and are committed to elevating under-represented voices. Full-time and freelance journalists living in the US or abroad are encouraged to apply. If you're interested in being a part of the Catalyst class of 2020, please submit your application by 11:59pm PT on Friday, December 13.

While it costs nothing to apply, once you’re accepted into the program, there is a $450 program fee for AAJA members and $700 for non-AAJA members. If you’re not yet an AAJA member, you can register for an annual membership here. The Catalyst program fee covers program training plus breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Daniel Garcia at DanielG@aaja.org.

The AAJA Sports Task Force is pleased to offer a scholarship of up to $2,000 to current college students interested in pursuing sports journalism/media as a career.

 

About the AAJA Sports Task Force

The mission of the AAJA Sports Task Force is to elevate the voice of Asian Americans in sports and encourage future Asian American sports journalists across multiple media platforms through mentorship and scholarship opportunities.

Sports are increasingly becoming part of everyday lives. Beyond the entertainment value, sports issues have – at times – led newscasts and made headlines across traditional news outlets. What has been lacking is the perspective of Asian American voices in sports media. The AAJA Sports Task Force scholarship is one way to turn the tide. The scholarship is designed to specifically help Asian American/Pacific Islander students interested in sports reporting or other sports media-related professions.

 

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. 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 (MA).

 

Eligibility and Rules

  • AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients. For membership, please apply online at www.aaja.org/join.
  • Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing sports journalism as a career. Selected scholarship recipients must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.
  • 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 also be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursing sports journalism as a career.

 

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, and commitment to the field of sports journalism.

 

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (explain journalism experience – if any – academic accomplishments, career goals, community involvement and financial need. 500-800 words)
  • Essay (1,000-2000 words)
  • GPA requirement: Minimum 3.0
  • References (names and contact information)

 

The application deadline is Monday December 31 at 11:59pm PT. Questions? Email Daniel Garcia, AAJA Program Coordinator at danielg@aaja.org. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit http://sportstaskforce.com/.

 

The AAJA Sports Task Force offers one scholarship to a current college student interested in sports journalism, and one scholarship to a recent college graduate (within three years) to help cover expenses related to travel and accommodations for the annual AAJA National Convention.

The scholarships are made possible thanks to a $2,000* donation made by Don Yee (of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.).

Deadline for application: January 10, 2020

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 

For currently enrolled college students

  1. AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing sports journalism as a career. Selected scholarship recipients must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for AAJA.
  3. Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester (spring 2019 and fall 2019) at a community college or university located in the United States. Applicants must also be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or planning to pursue sports journalism as a career.

For recent graduates

  1. AAJA full membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing sports journalism as a career. Selected scholarship recipients must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for AAJA.
  3. Applicants must have graduated from a community college or university (including graduate school) located in the United States within the last 3 years. Applicants must also be currently and actively pursuing sports journalism as a career.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, and commitment to the field of journalism.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (explain journalism experience – if any – academic accomplishments, career goals, community involvement and financial need)
  • Essay (1,000-2000 words) –What do you hope to accomplish as a journalist and how has your ethnicity/cultural background helped to shape these professional goals?
  • GPA requirement: Minimum 3.0
  • References (names and contact information)
  • Work samples are encouraged, but not required

Find out more about the AAJA Sports Task Force at www.sportstaskforce.com.

*The scholarship amounts available to the selected recipients will be $900 each (a 10% administrative fee is taken from the total).

 

ESPN and the AAJA Sports Task Force offers a joint internship for sports journalism college students at ESPN (Bristol, CT) that will begin in the summer of 2020. The internship includes pay for qualified candidates. Applications will be submitted to ESPN from the AAJA Sports Task Force. ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. The company is based in Bristol, Conn., with approximately 4,000 employees (approximately 8,000 worldwide).

ESPN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Approximately June 8 - August 14, 2020 in Bristol, CT.
  • This is a paid internship – 10 weeks, 40 hours per week – Pay rates are discussed during the interview process.
  • Programming events hosted throughout the summer including: Intern Symposium, Speaker Events with ESPN leaders & networking with Recruiters for full-time positions and attendance at AAJA’s annual conference (2020 will be in Washington, D.C. July 29-Aug. 1, 2020). 
  • The ideal candidate will fill a Social Media internship at ESPN, but the awardee may also be considered for a Production internship.
  • ESPN offers subsidized housing for non-local interns in Bristol, CT. Cost will be discussed during the interview.
  • $3,500 stipend which can be used towards housing and travel.

Internship DESCRIPTION

The Social Media team provides social media coverage across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The ideal candidate will be an incredibly avid social media user who is able to thrive in a fast-paced, team environment with an unquenchable thirst for learning. The intern may craft posts that are optimized to engage on these social platforms, clip and edit video and create Photoshop images for posting across various platforms. The intern will work with social media colleagues to understand the strategy behind posting on ESPN social platforms and will learn how to apply news judgment and journalistic standards to the most important sports stories of the day.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must major in journalism, communications or a related field with an interest in pursuing a career in sports journalism.
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student within one year of graduation. Target graduation dates are May 2020, December 2020 or May 2021.

GENERAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript
  • References
  • Work samples
  • AAJA membership is not required but is strongly encouraged.  Student membership will be required for the selected candidate.

The deadline is January 10, 2020.

 The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Introductory Session is for any professional journalist who is interested in moving ahead in the workplace and developing the skills to achieve goals small and large, professional and personal. ELP has designed a program that is challenging, practical and life changing and is recommended for anyone with four or more years of experience in a media organization.

This is not a business-as-usual program about how to become a better manager. It is a transformational 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 the media workplace, how to lead in the changing landscape and how cultural values come into play. Led by experienced career coaches and senior news executives, participants will 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? 

 

Specifically, participants explore perspectives and gain concrete approaches on:
 

  • 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 2020 ELP Session will be held at the ABC News in New York City from April 6-10, 2020. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from ABC, as well as for their hotel accommodations.


TUITION AND PAYMENT
Tuition for ELP is $1,250 for AAJA members and $1,500 for non-members. It includes the costs of instructional materials, breakfast, lunch, and some evening group dinners.
Applicants accepted to ELP must provide a $300 deposit by March 8, 2020, and full payment must be received by March 29, 2020. Applicants who cancel their registration after March 5 will not receive a refund.
Those in need of financial assistance may reach out their employers or local AAJA chapter leadership (AAJA members only).


HOW TO APPLY
You must be a professional journalist to apply for the program.
Click here for the application and fill it out completely.
Applications are due by February 16, 2020 at 11:59 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
• A 250-word statement explaining what you hope to learn from this program and how it will help your career


Contact Daniel Garcia at the AAJA national office with any questions.

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