Vote Paul Cheung for AAJA’s 2015-2016 president
Two years ago, you put your faith in me by electing me as your AAJA National President. We came together to reinvent AAJA and build a new foundation for growth. Here is what we’ve done together:
- AAJA held news organizations accountable for making offensive jokes during the Asiana plane crash coverage and for rewriting civil rights history on Vincent Chin.
- AAJA actively diversified the news by producing original content about immigrants in the heartland of America, as well as training the Asian American community to tell its own stories at media access workshops in eight cities.
- We returned funds back into our national endowment for the first time in six years.
- Our membership increased to 1,700 last year and our national convention attracted more than 1,300.
These achievements are a testament to the dedication, selflessness and hard work of chapter leaders and members across our great organization. But it was just the beginning.
There is so much more to be done. Newsroom diversity has fallen behind the audience our industry serves. The number of minority journalists is still declining. Few Asian American journalists are landing key leadership roles. Meanwhile, unfair coverage of Asian Americans persists.
We can either settle for this reality, or we can work hand in hand to create a different future for our industry. A future where newsroom staff is as diverse as our nation. A future where news coverage reflects the full diversity of our community. Here’s how we can build that future:
- Create targeted training and mentoring programs to help you get ahead in your career.
- Attract a new generation of members by connecting journalists with business experts, community leaders, technologists, educators and more.
- Serve as our community’s watchdog for unfair and inaccurate coverage of Asians and Asian Americans.
Together, we will find new, bold solutions for AAJA to lead our industry. I am asking for your vote to serve as AAJA’s 2015-2016 president. Let’s continue this journey together.
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