Congratulations to the AAJA-SF scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Siqi Lin, Stanford University: $2,000
  • Samantha Clark, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: $1,000
  • Celine Herrera, San Francisco State University: $1,000
  • Payaal Zaveri, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: $500
  • Jordan Earl Lalata, San Francisco State University: $500


We are pleased to assist these impressive candidates as they continue to learn, grow and pursue dynamic careers in journalism.

Thank you to fellow judges Carrie Ching and Leo Zou for their time.

Special thanks to all who support our annual fundraisers by attending events, donating, volunteering, and bidding on silent auction items. This scholarship program would not be possible without your support.

We’re excited to officially welcome our newest board member, Lauren Kawana! Lauren was the former president of AAJA Hawaii, and is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as well as a previous AAJA-SF scholarship awardee. We are delighted to have her on the team.

Here’s her candidate statement with more details on her background and why she wanted to serve:

I have served a term as a board member and a term as the president of the Hawaii AAJA chapter before moving here to the Bay Area in 2012. Previously the managing editor of a business & lifestyle magazine in Hawaii, I moved to the Bay to pursue documentary film and now work for two local documentary production companies. I love the AAJA community and its mission to celebrate fairness and diversity in journalism. I would be happy to further its reach and goals in 2016 as an at-large board member.

In addition to Lauren, we have three returning board members to celebrate: National Rep Kevin Lee, Secretary Christine Hsu, VP of Broadcast Anny Hong and Treasurer Quynh Tran. We’re so happy you will be serving on the board once again!

Here’s a recent board picture that almost has all of us in it (we missed you, Anny!):

From left to right: Ravi Kapur, Donna Tam, Ouynh Tran, Christine Hsu, Lauren Kawana and Kevin Lee.

From left to right: Ravi Kapur, Donna Tam, Quynh Tran, Christine Hsu, Lauren Kawana and Kevin Lee.

One last and very important thing: At-Large Board Member Ling Woo Liu and VP of Print Tomio Geron have stepped down this year. We are sad to see them go, but so grateful for their service. Thanks again for all your hard work!


AAJA-SF is excited to announce that we are hosting the 2015 National AAJA Convention! Although it’s a year away, plans are already underway to make sure the Bay Area gives our colleagues from the rest of the country (and Asia!) the best experience possible.

AAJA-SF will present a promotional video of next year’s convention this August at the national convention in Washington D.C., and we’ve decided to do a bit of crowd-sourcing for our video.

The idea, inspired by AAJA National President Paul Cheung, is a parody of the viral video “#SELFIE,” by The Chainsmokers (AKA “But first, let me take a selfie”).

For the next two weeks, AAJA-SF is gathering #AAJAselfie photos/video for our convention video. We’d really love to see members taking selfies at their favorite Bay Area landmarks or in their newsrooms/offices, but most of all, we want to include as many members as possible. So, please, got out there and take those selfies. Tag them #AAJAselfie and have fun! Put them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or just email them to us.

We’ll take whatever selfies are taken by July 28th and put them in our video. If you have any questions, contact 2015 Convention Co-chairs Donna Tam and Kevin Lee at and

Need some ideas? Here’s a few Bay Area “landmarks” we’d love to see photos of:

Golden Gate Bridge
Japan Town
Little Saigon
Union Square
Ferry Building
Angel Island
Embarcadero (in front of the Bay Bridge)
UC Berkeley
Jack London Square
Google campus (in front of the Androids)
Facebook campus (in front of the “like” thumb sign)
Twitter (in front of the Twitter sign)
foodie photos
newsroom photos!
Thanks in advance to participating in this project. We can’t wait to see your selfies!

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