Who are we? What do we do?

With about 200 members, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is the second largest AAJA chapter, behind only the New York Chapter. Encompassing all of northern and central California, it also works closely with the smaller Sacramento Chapter.

This year, the Bay Area Chapter marks its 33rd anniversary. It was formed in April 1985 by 15 Bay Area journalists who decided it was time to form a chapter. By September of that year, the Northern California chapter of AAJA – as it was then called – numbered 47 dues-paying members.

Regionally and nationally, the Asian American Journalists Association is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that includes more than 2,000 professional and student members in 17 chapters from coast to coast.

The national AAJA organization was founded in 1981 with a mission to:

  • Assist young Asian American high school and college students pursuing journalism careers
  • Increase the number of Asian American journalists and news managers in the industry
  • Encourage fair, sensitive and accurate news coverage of Asian American issues
  • Provide support for Asian American journalists

The Bay Area Chapter organizes the following services and activities for its members:

Workshops — We hold workshops on various topics each year to help our members broaden their skills and learn something new in our evolving industry. Last year, our workshops focused on multimedia and blogging.

Media Access Workshop — Many community groups don’t know how to contact the media. This workshop is designed to demystify the media for community-based organizations that have a message, issue or concern.

Scholarships – We honor the best and the brightest journalists of tomorrow – and there are many of you out there – with scholarships to further your education.

Grants — We award grants to professionals to attend the national AAJA convention in August, the UNITY convention held every four years and the Executive Leadership Program.

Student Pizza Night — Pizza and journalism. What a combination. Twice a year, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter holds student pizza nights where high school, college and graduate students can meet with professionals in an informal setting.

Social Events — Our chapter encourages its members to get to know one another through any of its events including the Lunar New Year banquet, July picnic, baseball tailgate, holiday party and quarterly mixers.