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.
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 mentoring program is currently not accepting new applications. Please email email@example.com to remain updated on when the program will re-open.
The co-leads of the AAJA Mentorship Program Council are Ruth Liao, Hannah Bae and Archith Seshadri. With these three leaders, we address diversity in the industry, tap strong global networks and recognize passion for service as we revamp the mentorship program for a new era.
Ruth Liao (AAJA-Seattle), editor at trade publication ICIS, covers energy commodity markets. Ruth is also the former director of AAJA's VOICES program and past leader of the Portland and Texas chapters. She will take council lead in our mentorship program revamp.
Hannah Bae (AAJA-New York), writer and freelance journalist, brings the strength of her professional social media and networking skills from serving as CNNMoney's viral news editor, Newsday's social media coordinator and as a State Department public affairs assistant in Seoul. During the 2017 AAJA convention in Philadelphia, she served on the faculty of the VOICES student program. Also a graduate of AAJA's Executive Leadership Program (ELP), Hannah now serves as AAJA-New York's vice president, after serving as AAJA-Asia's Seoul vice president.
Archith Seshadri (AAJA-Asia), global news anchor at India's WION in New Delhi, brings his strong broadcast experiences and networks both from both Asia and Atlanta. He has worked in newsrooms across the U.S. as an anchor/reporter including Macon, GA, Augusta, GA, Charlotte, NC and CNN International. In a testament to his proven mentorship roles, Archith was named AAJA's Mentor of the Year in 2016. He also served as past president of AAJA-Atlanta, co-lead the Asian American Small Market Broadcast Journalists (AASMBJ) group and graduated from AAJA's Executive Leadership Program in 2014.
Many thanks to the founder and former director of AAJA's mentor program, Randall Yip (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area).