Asian American Journalists Association is a professional community that provides support, training, and resources for Asian American journalists.

AAJA is creating a wide network of Asian American journalists for them to collaborate on new projects and learn from each other. The community also advises Asian American Pacific Islanders who aim to enter any journalism field.

To achieve its purposes, AAJA has created different programs focused on education and inclusion. There are five programs:

  • Executive Leadership Program (for senior-level journalists)
  • Voices (for college students)
  • Catalyst (for entrepreneurs of color)
  • JCamp (for high school students)
  • Mentor Match (for photography students and professionals)

There is also a set of initiatives such as AAJA Studio, which gathers speakers in the field. On the other hand, the Media Watch initiative holds news organizations accountable for representation standards for Asian Americans and Pacifics Islanders. There are other initiatives, such as Task Forces (which highlight journalists' underrepresented voices) and Awards (an event where the AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards are bestowed to members).

Furthermore, the community has a section of news, press releases, and statements. It helps members to stay up to date and informed. Besides, there is a space for resources. These include mainly posts with relevant advice and tips. Members can also search the newsletter archives.

AAJA accepts donations. With this money, the AAJA offers up to $20,000 every year for scholarships, internships, and other opportunities. This money also comes from memberships, which have different prices depending on your profile:

  • Students: $25
  • Professionals and allies: $65
  • Gold professionals and allies: $100
  • Platinum professionals and allies: $750
  • Lifetime: $5,000
  • Retired: $25
  • Media member: $1500
  • Non-profit media member: $1200
  • APPI community member: $1200

These memberships grant you access to the community's programs. The resources and news are for free. Lastly, AAJA has a career center. Once you join, you can check out the latest jobs and opportunities in journalism.


  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 1981
  • Founders:

    Bill Sing, Nancy Yoshihara, David Kishiyama, Frank Kwan, Tritia Toyota, and Dwight Chuman

  • Online Group: No
  • Job board: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Method: In Person, Virtual


Enroll in a program:
The community offers programs for all members and profiles. If you are a student, professional, senior, or entrepreneur, there is a unique program that will help you boost your skills.

Access useful resources:
AAJA brings guidance posts for members to learn more about journalism and boost their careers. Also, you can subscribe to the bi-monthly newsletter and enjoy the updates.

Find a job:
AAJA has its own career center. It's a space for members to look for their ideal job. There are lots of incredible opportunities there for Asian American journalists.


No requirements.


Learning Events

AAJA hosts an annual convention called "National AAJA Convention". It's a 3-day in-person event where different partners and exhibitors participate.

On the other hand, the community has a calendar to check upcoming events. They host webinars, workshops, training sessions, task forces, and affinity groups. All of these events are virtual.

Networking Events

Members of AAJA get to interact with each other in the diverse virtual and in-person events, but also with the participants within each program.

Content Library

The community has a section of resources. It focuses on sharing how-to posts with advice and insights related to journalism. Additionally, members can subscribe to the community's newsletter, which is updated every two months. You can also search for what you need in the newsletter archives.


AAJA offers different training and educational programs according to members' profiles and levels. If you are a high school student, you can join the JCamp program. You will receive guidance from expert journalists and decide if this is what you want for your professional life.

Being a college student, you can be part of the Voices program. You will be trained to develop reporting and leadership skills.

In case you are a senior-level journalist, the Executive Leadership Program is the best option. You will receive training to improve your leadership skills.

If you are an entrepreneur, you can join the Catalyst program. It aims to guide successful media founders to transform their ideas into final products.

Lastly, the Mentor Match program is ideal for photography students and professionals who are interested in broadcasting.


AAJA contributes up to $20,000 each year for supporting students who want to become journalists. The community offers scholarships and internship programs you can apply for.


"...the greatest takeaway for many of us was the chance to be introspective, explore our personal values and learn how they drive our professional direction." -Elaine Ramirez

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