Lunar New Year social

Please join AAJA Portland for our first social of the year. We are having dim sum on Feb. 9 to mark Lunar New Year. 

When: Noon Feb. 9

Where: Wong’s King, 8733 SE Division St. #101

Donation: $5 suggested

RSVP: Please let us know on Facebook if you can make it!

Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook and contact us anytime at

Hope to see everyone there.

Call for candidates to the AAJA Portland Board for 2013

Calling all members!

AAJA Portland is looking for candidates to its 2013 board, including a president, treasurer and secretary. Interested in helping grow our organization and promote diversity in the newsroom? If so, consider applying!

As part of the board, you would be responsible for the following duties:

1) President: Responsible for setting agenda and programming of chapter, being on quarterly conference calls with other presidents, representing chapter interests.

2) Secretary: Takes brief minutes of chapter board meetings; assists other officers in carrying out activities and agenda.

3) Treasurer: Responsible for keeping financial reports according to standards set by national, including documentation of transactions and an annual accounting for national. Also assists other officers carry out agenda and activities.

Each position is a one-year commitment and starts the term on Jan. 1, 2013.

***Bear in mind that the chapter president and treasurer are both expected to attend the yearly AAJA National Convention, which may incur some extra travel and registration expenses. In the past, the chapter has been able to subsidize the expenses with small stipends, and hopefully will try to do so again, but it’s not guaranteed.

If interested, please email to inform the current board by Oct. 18, and please prepare a candidate’s statement for why members should vote for you by Oct. 25. Elections will take place Nov. 1.

All full AAJA members will have the chance to vote for board members.

AAJA Happy Hour – May 17

We have a happy hour coming with some special guests: National President Doris Truong, who is a Multiplatform editor at The Washington Post, and past president Sharon Chan, who is a Senior Producer for Home Page and Mobile at the Seattle Times. We had a great turnout last time, so please come out again and show your support!

What: Happy Hour for AAJA Portland
Where: Davis Street Tavern, 500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR
When: May 17, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
RSVP on Facebook:!/events/355772317804992/

As usual, there is a $5 suggested donation, with proceeds going toward our events, including an internship scholarship/stipend for an Asian-American student working in the Pacific Northwest. Our organization aims to bring diversity to newsrooms and promote fair and accurate coverage of minority issues. For more information on the national organization, visit

UNITY Stipends

We’re offering three $200 stipends this year to assist with the costs of going to UNITY 2012 in Las Vegas. Conventions are also a great investment in your career, so we encourage members to check it out. 

Recipients should have a history of involvement with the chapter, as well as commit to helping lead one fundraiser in the coming year.

If you’d like to apply, please fill out the application form below and
 respond by March 15. The board will consider applications and
 notify recipients by Friday, March 16, so members can catch the early bird rate. Email applications to



1. What do you hope to achieve by attending this year’s convention,
and why do you need a stipend? 

2. What do you plan to take away from the convention to benefit,
 inform or help the chapter and fellow members? We would like members who attend the convention to share highlights of the trip with our chapter.

3. If you receive a stipend, are you willing to lead one fundraiser
 for the chapter in the next year? 

4. Have you been a previous beneficiary of chapter/national financial assistance? How would a stipend fit into your budget for the convention?

For more information on the early bird rate, which is $325 for AAJA members, and $150 for student members, check out the registration page:
Any questions about the stipend or anything AAJA-related? Just get in touch with the board at, or e-mail me at

Happy Hour – March 9

What: Happy Hour for AAJA Portland
Where: Davis Street Tavern, 500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR
When: March 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
There is a $5 suggested donation for our organization.
RSVP on Facebook

FYI: Street parking can get tough in Northwest Portland on Friday nights, but there should be some spots available in that area. The MAX is a few blocks away. Questions? Shoot an e-mail!

Résumé workshop

Applying for journalism internships and jobs?

The Portland chapter of AAJA wants to help you make your résumés, cover letters, clips, or reels stand out from the rest. Come sign up for one-on-one résumé critiques with editors and broadcast professionals on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Daily Emerald newsroom, 1222 E. 13th Ave., #300 in Eugene.

The event is aimed at both journalism students and professionals — print, broadcast, and online journalists are all welcome.

Bring application packets (résumés, cover letters, clips, a DVD or link to your reel) and talk for 15 minutes with a professional who will give you great tips on making the best impression on recruiters.

Many thanks to our gracious volunteers:
Bill Church, Executive Editor, The Statesman-Journal
George Rede, Community News Web Editor, The Oregonian
Anne Hsu, News Producer, KATU

Go to to find available time slots, and e-mail with your preferences.

Drop-ins are also welcome — you can wait for an open slot or get help from reporters from The Oregonian and The Statesman-Journal.

For more information, contact AAJA-Portland at Hope to see you there!

Fall Internship Stipend

The AAJA Portland chapter is offering a $1,000 stipend to fund an academic intern working at an Oregon media outlet this fall semester.

The stipend is designed to offset costs of required college credit or housing and transportation needs. Any student must first secure an internship with an Oregon media outlet before applying for this stipend. Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs are eligible; recent college graduates may be considered.
The intern must meet AAJA’s goal of increasing diversity in newsrooms. AAJA Portland strongly encourages any student interested in applying for the stipend to become an AAJA member.

Applicants must submit name, resume, internship supervisor at media outlet and an essay (500 words) on the importance of diversity in the media.

The deadline to apply is October 20. E-mail

Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction

Please join us for a holiday mixer co-sponsored by several great Portland-area Asian American organizations —

When: 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Couture Ultra Lounge at NW 4th and Couch (28 NW 4th Ave.)
Why: To promote diversity and representation of Asian Americans in the media, and strengthen collaborations and resources among Asian American journalists, business people, lawyers, professionals and community members.

Appetizers will be provided + no host bar with full happy hour menu including yummy Asian food and drink selections, such as chicken yakitori, tom ka soup, and duck confit egg rolls.
+  AAJA will also host a silent auction to fulfill your holiday shopping needs. We’ll be auctioning off items such as Artist Repertory Theater tickets, lunch with The Oregonian’s Editor Peter Bhatia, a First Thursday tour with The Oregonian’s art critic D.K. Row, and an autographed copy of Michele Norris’ new memoir, Grace of Silence. Bring your cash, check and cards!

+ Auction proceeds will fund an annual AAJA-Portland internship for an Asian American student at a news organization in Oregon or Southwest Washington. Interns demonstrate a commitment to covering Asian American issues.

The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon, the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Central Thymos, and ORIENTED Portland – the local arm of a global organization of international professionals interested in Asian business and partnerships.

We hope to see you there!

Portland AAJA’s Bill Church named McGruder diversity leadership winner

Portland AAJA gold member Bill Church, executive editor of the Statesman Journal, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership.
The leadership awards were given at the recent Associated Press Managing Editors conference Oct. 20-22 at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Both Bill and Arizona Republic editor and vice president Randy Lovely were award recipients.
Congratulations to Bill and his commitment to AAJA and diversity! Portland AAJA is so proud.

Ruth Liao

More information from the APME news release:

The awards are given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, a graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.


Church’s nominating letter said, “It is understood that newspapers in general have struggled to reset themselves in this unsettled climate. The economy and changing digital audience have forced newsrooms to downsize and rethink their operations.Yet, despite these challenges, Bill has maintained a Braveheart-like pursuit of ensuring our staff is diverse, developing our talented journalists of colors and being vigilant in growing the Statesman Journal’s relevance for readers of all backgrounds.”

Church became executive editor of the Statesman Journal in June 2006 after serving in the same role at the Star-Gazette at Elmira, N.Y. Prior to working in Elmira, he was managing editor of the Palladium-Item at Richmond, Ind.

Church started his career in 1981 as sports editor and managing editor of Review News Co., in Oklahoma City. He joined Gannett in 1990 as local news coordinator of the Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald. He was named managing editor of the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer in 1992 and managing editor at Richmond in 1998.

Location change for Sept. 21 membership meeting

The next Portland AAJA membership meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Asian Reporter Newspaper, 922 N Killingsworth Street, Suite 1A (Thanks, Jason Lim, for stepping in to host!)

What we’ll discuss: LA convention recap and our next holiday fundraiser on Dec. 2, a joint effort with the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. Also joining us will be guest Bill Lascher with Oregon News Incubator.