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What happens at AAJA Convention in Las Vegas…

Below is a note from Chapter President Angie Lau.

What happens in Vegas, does NOT stay in Vegas…
Not when AAJA Asia Chapter wins Chapter of the Year!

A handful of us represented the Asia Chapter at the National Convention in Vegas.  We were reunited with former Chapter members like Ramy Inocencio, Elizabeth Yuan, Hannah Bae, Lauren Hardie, Steve Herman, and Annalisa Burgos … joined current members like Chapter President Angie Lau, Wendy Tang, Yuri Nagano, Xiaoming Jiao, Jake Adelstein and others at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas.

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*AAJA-Asia Awards ELP Stipend to Sean Lim*

The AAJA-Asia board is happy to announce member Sean Lim has been awarded a $1,200 tuition stipend to attend AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program at City University of New York (CUNY).

Sean is a freelance journalist in Seoul. He works at KBS, where he is an editor for the KBS World News TV division, on-air host for the KBS World Radio English division and editor for the KBS International Relations department. He has also served as AAJA-Asia Treasurer and Seoul VP.

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AAJA-Asia Digital Journalism Student Award 2016, supported by Google



Calling all undergraduate students!!!

AAJA-Asia Digital Journalism STUDENT Award  2016, supported by Google

What does the award honor?

AAJA-Asia Google Digital Journalism Student Award 2016 aims to provide a platform for prospective journalists to put “new ways of story-telling” into practice with a mixture of digital technology to tell stories that matter in the region.

Undergraduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to exercise their creativity and showcase their talent in using multiple media including but not limited to text, audio, videos and social media such as blog, Facebook, Instagram, Storify, SoundCloud, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube.

Supported by Google, AAJA is looking for the most creative work that tells continuing stories and issues of how our society evolves in the physical and digital world. Creativity should be demonstrated through the use of multiple media and content of stories.

Who is eligible?

  • Undergraduate students of all disciplines

Works must be:

  • In English
  • Properly attributed: Use of others’ work to support the story, including someone else’s twitter posts, must be indicated.
  • Compiled during the past 18 months, January 1 2015 to April 30 2016
  • Reported from the Asian region
  • Or Works from abroad will be considered if they address Asia-specific issues

Entry Procedures:

  • One entry per student
  • Group submissions are accepted but the prize (e.g. travel stipend) goes to only one representative
  • On-line submissions only
  • Please provide link to original sources and/or digital attachment of submission: print, video file, audio file, blog, etc…
  • Please attach a one-page summary of why the entrant feels the work deserves the award and provide open source outline of how story was executed and produced.  In the outline,  show and tell us how professional journalists can apply the strategies, apps, functions, etc… in their own reporting
  • Please fill out the submission form and send to
  • Mark in the subject line: “AAJA-Asia Google Digital Journalism Student Award ENTRY”
  • The deadline is April 30 2016 

Judging & Award:

Our three volunteer judging panel from the AAJA-Asia Chapter will review all submissions to recommend a winner.  AAJA-Asia Chapter board members will have final approval of winning candidate.

Prizes and Announcement of Winners

Winner will be announced ahead of the AAJA-Asia N3 Conference in Seoul, Korea on May 27, and the award will formally be handed out then.

Winner will receive $1000 USD, travel to attend GEN SUMMIT 2017 (in Vienna this year: , and invited to attend The Society of Publishers Awards (SOPA) 2016 on 15 June in Hong Kong AND one-year student membership of AAJA-Asia.

Winner and runners-up will receive one-year membership of AAJA-Asia, and top two runners-up will also get to attend SOPA awards in Hong Kong.

Past Winners’ Work

Students might refer to past winners’ work from the same award for professional journalists to make sense of what is required:

Inquiries could be sent to Billy Wong

Congrats to the winners of the 2015 Travel Stipend!

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the AAJA-Asia Professional Development Travel Stipend Program: Sean Lim and Yuri Nagano. Sean and Yuri will each receive a US$500 stipend to attend the AAJA National Convention in San FranciscoAugust 12-15.

Applicants were judged by their past and potential contributions to the AAJA chapter, financial need and professional development goals.

Sean and Yuri will share with fellow chapter members what they learn after their return.

AAJA-Asia chapter board

Apply for a Financial Reporting Award

The National Endowment for Financial Education, a nonprofit organization based in Denver, is teaming up with RTDNA to honor journalists who have done great personal finance reporting.

The application is now open. Winners will receive a $1,000 prize, a trip to Orlando, Florida and present his or her work on the Excellence in Journalism Convention.

We accept stories about personal finance aired through TV, radio or published online.

Registration for entries from TV, radio and online outlets in all market sizes has been extended through July 24, 2015.

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Apply for an AAJA-Asia travel stipend to the national convention in SF!

We are pleased to announce the AAJA-Asia Professional Development Travel Stipend Program, which will award US$500 to one chapter member to be used toward attending the AAJA National Convention in San Francisco. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 12, midnight Hong Kong time (GMT+8). All Asia chapter members including board members are welcome to apply.

Hundreds of journalists will gather in San Francisco for Convention 2015, which will feature four different programming tracks like reporting and editing, data and design, and more.

Applicants will be judged by their past and potential contributions to the AAJA chapter (40%), financial need (30%), and professional development goals (30%), and will have a chance to address each in three short essays. The winner will also be expected to host a small talk or presentation in their home city to present what they learned to fellow chapter members and renew their membership for 2016.

The application form is here.

Best of luck!

AAJA-Asia chapter board

Winner of AAJA-Asia Google Digital Journalism Award

AAJA-Asia Chapter is proud to announce the winner of the first AAJA-Asia Google Digital Journalism Award that honors and recognizes the best journalism that features “new ways of storytelling” using digital technology.

The award goes to: Patrick Boehler, SCMP: “Voices from Tiananmen”

Here is a link to the winning entry:

In this interactive SCMP feature on “Voices from Tiananmen,” Patrick Boehler and his team of about two dozen people at the SCMP, ChinaFile, and JMSC take the reader on a comprehensive visit through one of China’s uglier pages of its history, featuring compelling voices and issues that remain.

This submission was notable for its engaging use of digital media tools, but more important, the journalism and storytelling was enhanced by the creative use of words and pictures that was interactive and educational for all.   Congratulations to all involved!

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