2010 Executive Summary

This year marked a period of change and rejuvenation for AAJA-Philadelphia. Julie Shaw, a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News, took charge of the presidency at the end of March. Michelle Lee, then a reporter at The Press of Atlantic City, took on the role of treasurer. Steve Bien-Aime, editor at FOXSports.com, stayed on as national board representative, providing the necessary link between the old board and the new, and continuing to provide his enthusiasm to our chapter. In August, the board added Michelle Shinseki, editorial director at KidsHealth.org, as our new social media director. With this new leadership, we have rebuilt AAJA-Philadelphia and look forward to having more events in 2011!

Major accomplishments in 2010
We are most proud of:
–> Our Dec. 11 “Lunch and Learn” event, which featured AAJA professionals in broadcast, print, radio and new media. Thirty-three people attended the event at the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News building, including students from Temple, Penn, Villanova and Atlantic Cape Community College.
— The speakers gave tips on how to achieve one’s dream job in journalism and shared their stories. On the panel were: Denise Nakano, news anchor/reporter, NBC10; Nydia Han, consumer reporter/anchor, 6ABC; Porus Cooper, assistant national/foreign editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Ann Marie Baldonado, producer, “Fresh Air,” WHYY; Murali Balaji, executive director, Voice of Philadelphia, and assistant professor, Lincoln University; Anupy Singla, author of the new cookbook, The Indian Slow Cooker; and Michelle Shinseki, editorial director, KidsHealth.org. The talk was moderated by Julie Shaw.
— Here are a couple of comments we received afterward from attendees:
“Thank you for yesterday, we really enjoyed it!  I was so impressed by the compassion of all the speakers and feel it was so great to have discussions like these for your members esp. since it seems a lot of them are in college or just about to start their careers.”
“The event was very informative. The speakers and the advice they all gave will be helpful in my future endeavors in the field of broadcast journalism.”

–> Our new web site: https://aajaphiladelphia.wordpress.com/
Thanks to Michelle Shinseki for creating this new site! We also want to feature members’ social-media pages, so please let us know about your blog, Twitter account, LinkedIn or Facebook page! E-mail us at: aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com.

–> We also built new friendships this year.
a) Our chapter met for two coffee-shop get-togethers, one in April and the other in August.
b) Six members (Esther Lee, Katarina Mayers, Moriah Balingit, Steve Bien-Aime, Michelle Lee and Julie Shaw) attended the national convention in August in Hollywood, CA. The highlight of the event was hearing Laura Ling, who was held captive in North Korea in 2009 with her colleague Euna Lee, speak about their harrowing time in North Korea and about her work trying to uncover and write about injustices in the world.
c) We also re-united with our colleagues at NAAAP (the National Association of Asian American Professionals) and had a mixer with them at Raw sushi bar and lounge in September.

–> Our members also had positive influences:
a) Many of us have been serving as mentors to other AAJA members, especially younger ones who are still in college or who recently graduated.
b) AAJA member Hai Do, assistant managing editor of multimedia at The Philadelphia Inquirer, spoke at a panel event on Asian Americans in the Workplace hosted by Temple University’s Vietnamese Student Association, in November.
c) AAJA member Nydia Han, reporter at 6 ABC, continues to be a frequent moderator at events across the city, including moderating a panel discussion at the 2010 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.

We especially want to thank the following people and organizations, who provided financial resources that helped us with our work:
— John Curley, recently retired professor of journalism at Penn State University and former president, chairman and CEO of Gannett Co. Inc., has been an invaluable supporter of our chapter. With his contribution this past year, we were able to send new AAJA member Esther Lee to the national convention in Los Angeles.
— The Philadelphia Daily News, in particular, editor Michael Days.
— FoxSports.com in Los Angeles.

On the membership front, we were happy to keep this chapter alive in 2010 when it seemed on the brink of dissolving in the early part of the year.
AAJA-Philadelphia had 21 official members in 2010, a decrease from 29 members in 2009.
We hope to increase membership in 2011, and already are on a good start. We have 20 members signed up so far!
Separately, our AAJA-Philly listserv has 106 people, so our news and notices are sent out to more people than just the membership.
Please sign up for membership and support our chapter!: https://www.aaja.org/membership/register/