The Asian American Journalists Association is proud to announce the five recipients of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship: Angelique Chen, Sriharsha Devulapalli, Minju Kim, Mingson Lau and Siqi “Karen” Wang. All recipients will receive $10,000 each to use toward their college tuition.
Minju Kim is also our Center for International Cooperation/Anna Chennault Scholarship recipient. In addition to $5,000 towards her graduate school education, she will receive travel, lodging and compensated registration for the #AAJA22 Convention in Los Angeles this summer.
“We’re thankful for the Facebook Journalism Project and Center for International Cooperation’s continued support of young AAPI journalists seeking higher level education in journalism,” said Waliya Lari, AAJA director of programs and partnerships. “These scholarships will foster the future of these incoming and current graduate students to hone their craft further. Not all journalists have the ability to pursue graduate school education, and AAJA is proud to provide financial assistance where we can, so we can continue to build the pipeline for talented new AAPI journalists.”
Congratulations again! Read more about the winners and AAJA’s scholarships program below. Applications for the Broadcast Internship Grants are still open through May 31; apply here.
ABOUT THE RECIPIENTS
Angelique Chen is a master’s student majoring in business and economic reporting at New York University. She is one of the 17 winners of the 2022 Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award, and will be working on Reuters’ M&A team in the summer of 2022 as an OPC fellow. She graduated from National Taiwan University in 2021 with a B.B.A. in International Business and a minor in English Literature. After an internship covering finance and technology at Awakening News Networks, a Taiwanese daily news publication, she realized her passion lies in telling business stories instead of doing business herself. Her works on the Taida (NTU) Student Journal covered Hong Kong journalists relocating to Taiwan, Taiwanese non-profits, and more. Realizing the essential role of data in modern journalism, she dived into data analysis through machine learning projects like one predicting data scientists’ salary. Over the past few months, Angelique has been a part-time market reporter at CoinDesk, one of the most prominent cryptocurrency publications. She covered one SEC crypto lawsuit that can set precedent for thousands of others, a feature story on the leading web3 NFT artist Pplpleasr, and market momentum stories about rate hikes, gold-backed cryptocurrencies, gold price’s impact on the bitcoin market and more.
Sriharsha Devulapalli is currently studying Data Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. Prior to this, he was working as a Product Manager for Blue Sky Analytics where he was helping build a mapping platform for environmental data. Previously, he was a software developer with Mint, where he was responsible for data visualizations for the newspaper’s daily data journalism page – Plain Facts. During his time there, Harsha wrote and produced data visualizations focusing on politics, development, and economic issues in India. He also brings with him experience outside of journalism. He had worked with the Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and the Hyderabad Urban Lab. He enjoys cities, maps, long walks and making people curious.
Minju Kim is a graduate student of Data Journalism at Columbia University, where she focuses on data-driven reporting on climate and the environment. Previously, she has produced broadcast and digital content at various media organizations in the United States and South Korea, covering topics ranging from immigration to music to Covid-19. She created a short documentary series for Twin Cities PBS featuring Somali artists in Minnesota, and covered local music for Minnesota Public Radio. In 2020, she covered the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea for Arirang TV. More recently, she worked as a media editor at Solutions for Our Climate, where she focused on raising public awareness of renewable energy regulations and fossil fuel finance.
Mingson Lau is a multimedia reporter and graduate student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Through visuals and writing, Lau aims to tell impactful stories that can inform, elucidate, and engage. Lau found his passion for storytelling in his high school’s award-winning broadcast journalism program, where he contributed to the morning news show and projects for Vegas PBS’ Inside Education.
At Arizona State University, Lau continued to develop his skills by working/interning at The State Press, Arizona PBS, Arizona Schools Board Association, and Cronkite News. Currently, Lau works as a research aide for the Voices Listening Project to study the media needs of local communities and will be interning with The Arizona Republic as a visual journalist in the upcoming semester. When Lau is not working on a story or preparing for his classes, you can find him making sushi at Japanese restaurants across Tempe.
Siqi “Karen” Wang is interested in the intersection of machine learning and journalism, and she will soon join Columbia University School of Journalism’s graduate dual degree program in Computer Science and Journalism. Born in Nanjing, China, she is a bilingual journalist interested in using data to tell and visualize stories. She had previously helped BuzzFeed News on the award-winning FinCEN Files investigation and uncovered the insufficient COVID-19 testing at meatpacking plants nationwide. She was also a data fellow on the investigations team at McClatchy Washington Bureau, working with journalists from newsrooms such as Miami Herald to provide data analysis and visualizations for investigative projects. She is also interning at KPCC/LAist to improve its source tracking efforts and work on data-driven projects such as the California medical parole investigation and local election guide. Graduating from the University of Southern California with a journalism degree, she was also a managing editor, WeChat editor and reporter at USC Annenberg Media.
ABOUT AAJA’S SCHOLARSHIPS
AAJA annually offers up to $20,000 in scholarships and grants to journalism students to help offset the costs of education, internships, living expenses and other opportunities. These scholarships are made possible by supporters such as AAJA members, allies and generous donors. Thank you to our scholarship judging team for the CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship (Raymund Flandez, Lloyd Alaban and Amanda Chan) and the Facebook Journalism Project scholarship, made up of our graduate team (Raymund Flandez, Allen Peng and Amanda Chan) and undergraduate team (Meghan Coyle, Lloyd Alaban and Lisa Herrick), for devoting so much time to judging these scholarships. To learn more about AAJA scholarships or donate, visit https://www.aaja.org/news-and-resources/scholarships-internships/.