Happy New Year! Help me reach my dreams in 2014
As I look back on 2013, a quote from Walt Disney comes to mind: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
My dreams of moving AAJA forward and securing a better future for journalism began in 2013 and I’m fortunate to have had all the people who helped me:
My bosses, my team and my colleagues at The Associated Press who provided me time and expertise.
AAJA board, chapter leaders and program directors for driving successful local and national programs from conventions to regional conferences to workshops to trivia bowls and more.
ELP grads, JCamp and Voices students for inspiring us with their positive energy and optimism for the future of journalism.
The national office staff for executing programming and fundraising initiatives and strategies.
My friends and other Power of One donors for their financial contributions
As we usher in 2014, here are three simple things you can do to help me reach my dreams:
Your membership, convention registration and Power of One donation could help inspire a young person to fulfill their dream of becoming a journalist and also ensure fair and accurate news coverage of minorities in America.
Since 1981, AAJA has awarded over $2 million to aspiring young journalists in national and local scholarships and internships, and AAJA has laid the foundation for many who are working in the news industry. AAJA also provides media training for non-profit groups on how to deal with unfair news coverage and to learn how to get their message to the media.
In addition to our community outreach and education programs, we also address issues of unfair and inaccurate media coverage about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For example, the coverage of the Asiana crash would have been very different had it not been for AAJA’s MediaWatch program.
These are just some of the highlights of what AAJA does. Today, you can help to secure a better future for journalism.
President, Asian American Journalists Association