Guest Writers: Asian American Journalism Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
In a world where the news moves at lightning speed, it’s easy to miss stories that matter. Our job as journalists is to cover issues that are important to our community. That means including the diverse voices and perspectives that exist within them.
Media diversity has been a core mission of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a nonprofit educational and professional organization, since its inception. In 1981, a small group of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists felt a need to support one another and to encourage more AAPIs to pursue journalism at a time when there were few represented in the media. Today, AAJA spans more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia.
AAJA Board Members, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
AAJA is committed to advancing diversity in newsrooms, and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. This year, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter is excited to receive support from Comcast for a fundraiser that will enable us to continue our mission. We will be hosting a very special event this month to support diversity in storytelling. We’re calling it HELLA ASIAN—a night of food, drinks, and live performances by Bay Area storytellers:
Melissa Hung, Writer; Co-founding editor, Hyphen
RJ Lozada, Filmmaker
Michelle Le, Photography Director, Anxy Magazine
Sinduja Rangarajan, Data Journalist, Reveal
Robert Handa, Reporter, NBC Bay Area
Leo Jung, Creative Director, California Sunday Magazine
The Ho’omalu Family from the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, hula dancers
Throughout the evening, each of these creative storytellers will present a deep dive into the story behind a specific project they have worked on.
When: Friday July 13, 2018, 7-10pm
Where: Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA (see map)
Tickets are on sale here. All proceeds from the event will support AAJA-SF’s annual scholarships, which subsidize expenses for Bay Area students pursuing journalism, as well as panels, workshops, and other community events that support working Bay Area journalists. We welcome you to join us for an entertaining night to celebrate diverse perspectives and the power of storytelling!