AAJA’s National Mentoring Program is a year-long program, where broadcast (television/radio), print/online and photography students and professionals are paired up with more experienced journalists with several factors in mind, including geography, gender and career interests. Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to develop a professional relationship, keeping consistent contact throughout the year of the program through email, phone, Skype, social media or in-person meetings (if possible). Frequency of communication is mutually agreed upon at the beginning of the relationship. Mentors are available to provide career and professional advice to help mentees improve their craft and take the appropriate steps toward better professional experiences and improved employment.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or have questions please contact the AAJA National Office.
The Mentor and Mentee of the Year are annual awards recognizing excellence by participants in the AAJA Mentoring Program, highlighting the importance of building a mentoring relationship in developing the next generation of strong journalists.
The award recipients have demonstrated outstanding dedication in creating a strong professional relationship with their assigned partner, providing significant career advice as a mentor or displaying exceptional enthusiasm as a mentee in pursuing a career in journalism.
The 2013 Broadcast Mentoring Program Mentor of the Year is Priscilla Luong (AAJA-Texas).
About Mentoring Program Co-Directors
Randall Yip (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is founder and volunteer director of AAJA’s Broadcast and Multi-Media Mentor Program. He is currently Senior Producer at ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco, CA and has worked as an Executive Producer or Producer in San Francisco, Portland, Sacramento, Las Vegas & Monterey. He served two terms as AAJA’s Vice President of Broadcast from 2001-2004.
Yip launched the Broadcast Mentor Program to ensure that others will continue to follow in the footsteps of the pioneer Asian American journalists who preceded him.
Joe Grimm (AAJA- Michigan) is a visiting editor-in-residence at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. He previously worked at the Detroit Free Press for 25 years and was its newsroom recruiter from 1990 until 2008. In 1993 he established the annual “Spirit of Diversity” job fair in Detroit and in 1997 launched the JobsPage, a journalism careers site. Grimm also created “100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans” in 2000. He posted it Sept. 12, 2001. He is the author of the widely read column “Ask the Recruiter” for the Poynter Institute. He has been a member of AAJA since 1990 and helped create its Michigan Chapter.
Mentor Search Committee Members
Victoria Lim (AAJA – Florida) is an award-winning journalist for almost two decades. Nicknamed the “Queen of Convergence” by the Poynter Institute, Victoria has worked as a reporter/anchor for Bright House Sports Network and was a consumer investigative reporter for WFLA-TV and The Tampa Tribune. She has an Emmy and Associated Press honors. Victoria currently serves as a national board representative and previously held the president and vice president positions.
Candice Nguyen (AAJA – San Diego) is an award-winning journalist for NBC 7 San Diego. Her reporting has prompted local investigations and reunited lost family members. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, where her career in journalism began. During her senior year at New York University, Candice applied to be a mentee for the AAJA Mentoring Program. She was paired with NBC Bay Area reporter, now investigative reporter, Vicky Nguyen. Candice is a big advocate of the program and believes much of her success today is a result of the program and her mentor.
If you have any questions or are interested in being a mentor, email her at email@example.com.
Philip Yam (AAJA – New York) is the managing editor for Scientific American online, overseeing the editorial aspects of the magazine’s digital realm and special electronic publications. Before that, he was the magazine’s news editor who often commissioned front-of-the-book content and profiles. He is the author of the well-reviewed 2003 book The Pathological Protein (on prions and mad cow disease) and a contributor to the NASW’s 2006 Field Guide for Science Writers. He is also the current president of the New York chapter of AAJA. Follow him on Twitter: @philipyam.