The Asian American Journalists Association will allow student members to vote in local and national board elections starting this year.
Recognizing the growing importance of its student members, AAJA’s governing board voted unanimously to expand student voting rights during the national spring board meeting in New York City in March. It will mark the first time students will have the right to vote in AAJA’s 32-year history. Students may not run for elected office.
Sonali Kohli, a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles and an aspiring reporter, said she is eager to engage more in AAJA activities. “Students should learn to be involved with AAJA early on,” Kohli said. “Giving voting rights is a large part of being involved. It’s a real positive step.”
“Students are AAJA’s next generation of chapter presidents, national officers and industry leaders. The board is excited to see more engagement from our student members,” Paul Cheung, AAJA National President, said.
AAJA currently has 430 student members across the country, and offers several scholarships and signature programs like J-Camp and Voices for aspiring journalists. By expanding the ability to vote to its student members, the board welcomes a new generation of journalists that represent AAJA’s future.