How we can help you

AAJA Philly wants to be a resource not only for our members but also for our local media outlets, journalism-related organizations, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and the Philadelphia region at large.

Below are some of the ways we can help you. Please email your inquiries to us at philadelphia@aaja.org.

For our members

We offer a variety of social and professional events during the year. Our events are generally open to non-members as well, though of course we’d love for you to join! We hope our programs help you meet other local AAPI journalists and promote a sense of community — as well as a professional network.

For members, we also offer annual scholarships to AAJA’s national convention and other funding opportunities.

The best way to learn about our events is to join our chapter mailing list — just email us and we’ll add you to it. We also post events to our website and our Twitter account, @AAJAPhilly.

For local journalists and media outlets

We are available to provide guidance on coverage of AAPI communities and issues. If you’re working on a story and have questions about language, framing, sensitivity, etc., we can help you ensure that your coverage is accurate and not embarrassing or even harmful. We can also facilitate proactive training on covering AAPI issues and help you identify stories involving AAPI communities.

Nationally, AAJA also provides coverage guidance on current events and AAPI issues.

We strive to hold local media organizations accountable for harmful coverage of AAPIs, as well as for working conditions that negatively impact AAPI journalists. We welcome anyone to bring such concerns to our attention.

If you are a journalist or news outlet in the unfortunate position of needing to correct inaccurate or harmful coverage of AAPIs after it is published, we are more than happy to advise you on identifying and rectifying errors and will work with you to prevent them from recurring. We seek accountability, but we don’t seek to be adversaries. Our communities and journalists both benefit when we work together against racism.

We’re also happy to share job postings and award/grant opportunities with our members. The best way to send us this information is by email. We expect that all such listings are offered in good faith — not simply to fulfill diversity requirements — and that hiring organizations are committed to fostering anti-racist workplaces. Additionally, you can submit job openings to AAJA’s national job board (listing fees will apply).

For journalism-related organizations, schools and other groups

If you are a journalism-related organization, such as a union representing journalists or a journalism association, we’d love to find ways to partner with you to offer programming, events and other resources. Many of our members are already involved with such groups and we’re sure we can find opportunities to collaborate!

AAJA Philly members have a wide array of experience, from radio and podcasts to television and digital media to newspapers, magazines and books to photography, videography and design. Our members also report on a wide variety of topics, such as health and science, politics, business and much more. If you are a school or other local organization seeking a journalist to give a presentation, participate in a panel or emcee an event, please feel free to email us so we can connect you to someone who would be a good fit. Please note that some members may charge fees for speaking engagements.

If you are an AAPI small business, non-profit or community organization who has questions about how to bring issues and story ideas to news organizations, or how to prepare for an interview with a reporter, we may also be able to help you if you email us.