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.
Interested in being paired with a mentor or being a mentor? The AAJA mentoring program is temporarily suspended as of February, 2017. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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 the Mentoring Program Directors
Randall Yip (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is the 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.
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 currently the president of the AAJA-New York chapter. By day, he is the editor-in-chief of the website for the Simons Foundation, which funds research in the basic sciences and mathematics— think origin of life, string theory and neuroscience. Previously, he was managing editor, online, for Scientific American, responsible for the site’s overall digital content as well as other special editorial products.