Meet the Candidates for 2015-2016

Paul Cheung, Niala Boodhoo and Shawn Nicole Wong have been nominated for the positions of AAJA President, AAJA Vice President for Broadcast and AAJA Treasurer, respectively. AAJA is holding its national election to fill the two-year terms (2015-2016) on its governing board.

Duties of Each Office

The president shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall oversee the Governing Board, have general supervision, direction and control of the business and officers or of the corporation. S/he shall preside at all meetings of the membership and at all meetings of the Governing Board and Advisory Board. The president shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees, including the executive committee, if any. S/he shall have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of president of a corporation and shall be vested with such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors or the By-laws. The holder of this office shall be a member of the corporation’s Governing Board.

In the absence or disability of the president, the vice presidents in order of their rank, if any, as fixed by the Governing Board, shall perform all the duties of the president, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, all the restrictions upon, the president. The vice presidents shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for them respectively by the Governing Board under the bylaws. The holder of this office shall be a member of the corporation’s Governing Board.

The Vice President for Broadcast shall represent the interests of the general members employed within the television and radio industries.

The treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the corporation, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital and earnings. The books of accounts shall be at all times open to inspection by any Governing Board member.

The officer shall deposit all moneys and other valuables in the name of, and to the credit of, the corporation with such depositories as may be designated by the Governing Board. The treasurer and/or the president shall have signatory powers over such depositories and shall disburse the funds of the corporation as may be ordered by the Governing Board shall render to the president and the Governing Board whenever they request it, an account of transactions and of the financial condition of the corporation, and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Governing Board or the By-laws. This officer must be a member of the board’s Finance Committee. The holder of this office shall be a member of the corporation’s Governing Board.



National President Candidate: Paul Cheung




About Paul Cheung

Paul Cheung is Director of Interactive & Digital News Production at The Associated Press in New York, where he oversees AP’s portfolio of digital innovations and revenue-generating products, including interactives, print and broadcast graphics, and news sites. Before the AP, he held various editorial positions at The Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal. Paul is currently serving as AAJA’s National President for the 2013-2014 term.





An excerpt from Paul’s candidate statement:

Two years ago, you put your faith in me by electing me as your AAJA National President. We came together to reinvent AAJA and build a new foundation for growth. Here is what we’ve done together:

  • AAJA held news organizations accountable for making offensive jokes during the Asiana plane crash coverage and for rewriting civil rights history on Vincent Chin.
  • AAJA actively diversified the news by producing original content about immigrants in the heartland of America, as well as training the Asian American community to tell its own stories at media access workshops in eight cities.
  • We returned funds back into our national endowment for the first time in six years.
  • Our membership increased to 1,700 last year and our national convention attracted more than 1,300.

These achievements are a testament to the dedication, selflessness and hard work of chapter leaders and members across our great organization. But it was just the beginning.

Read Paul’s full statement here.


National Vice President for Broadcast Candidate: Niala Boodhoo




About Niala Boodhoo

Niala Boodhoo is the host of The Afternoon Shift at Chicago Public Media and an adjunct lecturer for Medill Graduate School of Journalism. A journalist since 2000, she has worked for Reuters, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and is the recipient of various honors and awards including the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in Audio News Series for the series “Changing Gears” in 2012. Niala is currently serving as AAJA’s National Vice President for Broadcast for the 2013-2014 term.




An excerpt from Niala’s candidate statement:

Two years ago, you elected me as your AAJA National Vice President for Broadcast. Today, I’m asking you to continue that support for two more years.

As AAJA evolves, we have the unenviable task of working to maintain existing relationships with our large media organizations and making sure we’re reaching out to form new relationships with other organizations. …

To ensure that diversity exists within our newsrooms, among our membership, we’ve done a great job working with our younger, small-market and student broadcast journalists, but we need to be able to connect all of our broadcast members and be help our members who are ready to make that jump to networks or large markets.

Read Niala’s full candidate statement here.


National Treasurer Candidate: Shawn Nicole Wong





About Shawn Nicole Wong

Shawn Nicole Wong is Project Manager for JWA Urban Consultants, Inc. + JWA Roam in Los Angeles. She also holds an Advisory Board position at the online distribution network, Lingo Academy TV. In the past, she has worked as Associate Producer for Relativity Media, Line Producer at Monterey Media + Unbound Feed Productions, and as an independent producer for the short film “Edita Felix” and the web series “The Potstickers.”



An excerpt from Shawn’s candidate statement:

In today’s fast-changing media landscape, the importance of the AAJA mission is as relevant now as it was when our organization was founded almost 35 years ago.  For over three decades, AAJA has provided a means of association and support among AAPI journalists.

A testament to the strong roots of our organization is the continuing impact of AAJA’s signature programs such as ELP, VOICES, and JCamp.  Over the decades, participants of these programs have risen to become leaders in newsrooms across the world.  None of these programs would be possible without a strong financial foundation to sustain the continuation and growth of these programs, not to mention the inception of new initiatives.  

Read Shawn’s full candidate statement here.



ELIGIBILITY. Only current full and student AAJA members are eligible to vote in AAJA elections. If you have questions regarding your membership, please contact the AAJA National Office:

INSTRUCTIONS. Eligible voters will receive an email notice with secure credentials to cast their electronic ballot. Ballots will be accepted from 5:00 p.m. PST, July 23, 2014, to 12 p.m. PST, August 15, 2014.

ELECTION RESULTS: Election results will be announced during the AAJA Gala & Scholarship Awards Banquet on August 16, 2014, at the 2014 AAJA National Convention in Washington, DC.


  • June 4. Nomination period starts, 5 p.m.
  • June 18. Nomination period ends, 5 p.m.
  • June 23. Announcement of candidates
  • July 23. Voting starts, 5 p.m.
  • Aug 15. Voter eligibility deadline, 12 p.m.
  • Aug 15. Voting ends, 12 p.m.
  • Aug 16. Announcement of officers elect at Gala Banquet.

Questions or concerns? Please contact 2014 election chair, AAJA’s National Secretary Michelle Lee at

All deadlines are set at Pacific Standard Time unless otherwise noted.