A quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to mind as I look back at 2014: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
As we continued our drive to expand media diversity and ensure fair and accurate coverage of our communities, I believe our shared passion for AAJA’s mission is now stronger than ever. I’m grateful to those have so generously given their time and resources to support AAJA. I would especially like to thank:
- The Associated Press, for its ongoing support of my work as your AAJA president.
- The AAJA board, chapter leaders and program directors, for driving successful local and national programs from conventions and regional conferences to media access and MediaWatch.
- ELP alumni, JCamp students and VOICES participants for inspiring us with their enthusiasm for the future of journalism.
- The national office staff, for skillfully executing our programs, fundraising initiatives and strategies.
- Power of One donors, for their financial contributions to sustain and strengthen our programs.
Next year, we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of ELP, the 15th anniversary of JCamp and the 25th anniversary of VOICES. As we usher in 2015, here are three simple ways to help AAJA continue its important work:
- Sign up or renew your AAJA membership so that we can speak louder when there is unfair and unbalanced coverage of our communities.
- Register for the AAJA 2015 convention so that we are ready for the next steps in our careers.
- Donate to Power of One to help secure our key training programs and bolster the endowment.
Since 1981, AAJA has awarded more than $2 million to aspiring young journalists in national and local scholarships and internships, and AAJA has laid the foundation for many who are working in the news industry. AAJA also provides media training for non-profit groups on how to deal with unfair news coverage and to learn how to get their message to the media.
In addition to our community outreach and education programs, we also address issues of unfair and inaccurate media coverage about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders via AAJA’s MediaWatch.
These are just some of the highlights of AAJA’s work. Today, you can help to secure a better future for journalism.