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.
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.