Apply for a Broadcast News Internship Grant for a chance to be awarded up to $1,000 toward your summer internship expenses. These two AAJA Broadcast News Grants support Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) pursuing journalism careers in broadcasting, an industry where AAPIs continue to be underrepresented.
One internship grant in the amount of $500 will be awarded to a student broadcaster in honor of the late Sam Chu Lin. This grant is open to women and men in television or radio.
Chu Lin was among the first Asian American male reporters on network television, and during his long journalism career he was on air with CBS News, KOOL-TV in Phoenix and KTTV-TV and KTLA-TV, both in Los Angeles. He also worked as a radio reporter and wrote articles on Asian American affairs. Chu Lin was the 2007 recipient of AAJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the principles of journalism and Asian American Pacific Islander issues. In addition to his AAJA award, he has also received awards from The Associated Press, United Press International, The Greater Los Angeles Press Club and the Radio and Television News Association.
Javaria Khan is the 2018 recipient of the Sam Chu Lin Broadcast News Grant. She is a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism studying long-form video. She recently completed an internship with CNN in Washington, D.C. "The AAJA grant was very helpful in easing in my move-in process over the summer before I started my internship at CNN. Finances tend to trouble graduate students immensely and move their attention away from the internship and the duties that come with it," Javaria says. After graduation, she hopes to expand on her role as a producer within broadcast or a digital video platform.
Linda Ha is the 2017 recipient of the Sam Chu Lin Broadcast News Grant. She is a senior at the University of California, Irvine pursuing a major in journalism. She recently completed an internship with CNBC where she wrote articles, produced videos and helped produce segments for multiple shows. "During my time at CNBC, I got to see the impact of how words in print and on-air can affect the market in real time which reminded me of the importance of speed with accuracy. Working at CNBC’s headquarters also taught me that the onus is on individual journalists to come up with story ideas, report, write, edit, publish and self-promote. This takes independence, drive, and attention to detail, which can’t be taught in a classroom but are skills I was able to practice and will carry into my journalism profession," Linda says. She is currently a contributor for NewUniversity, UC Irvine's student newspaper and aspires to be a TV news reporter in a small to medium market.
Lauren Day is the recipient of the 2016 Sam Chu Lin Broadcast News Grant. She is currently a student at the University of Southern California focusing on broadcast and digital journalism. Lauren has recently completed an internship as a college associate with Fox News Channel. “This scholarship made it possible for my stay in Los Angeles over the summer and intern with Fox News Channel. The scholarship helped pay for my summer housing while living in LA. I gained a hands-on experience pitching stories for a network, writing scripts, and doing extensive story research […] This internship propelled me into a better journalist and will help me with my job search after graduation,” Lauren says. She is currently an executive producer and reporter for USC Annenberg Media.
Jessica Cheung is the recipient of the 2015 Sam Chu Lin Broadcast News Grant. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where she worked as a features editor for The Middlebury Campus and as the producer and host of the Campus Voice news radio show. She now works as a news assistant for NPR’s All Things Considered. The Broadcast News Grant was able to help Jessica move to Washington, D.C. to pursue her dream. During the move, she was able to learn how to integrate her broad-ranging interests into the editorial process, which she believes has helped set her apart from others in school and in work.
Tara Gupta is currently dual-enrolled at Wellesley College and MIT and anticipates graduating in May 2016. Gupta used the grant while interning as a Summer Fellow at “All In” with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Tara says, “I really learned how to reach out and get help from people this summer […] The people I made friendships with this summer will definitely be helpful in advising me on anything from career goals to writing job applications.” The broadcast news grant helped Tara with her New York living expenses. “This grant allowed me to put in the extra effort that made the internship more valuable,” she says. She currently works as an executive producer for Wellesley College TV. After graduating, she hopes to work in digital strategy or web design at a large news company.
One internship grant in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to an aspiring Asian American male television broadcaster from the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund.
Lloyd LaCuesta recently retired after being the South Bay Bureau chief of KTVU. Prior to joining KTVU, he was the writer/editor for KNX/CBS Radio in Los Angeles and writer/producer for KABC-TV in Los Angeles and KGO-TV in San Francisco. Throughout his career, he has won Emmy Awards, received honors from the Peninsula Press Club, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Associated Press. A past president of AAJA, he received AAJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund Recipients
Alex Lo is a student at Boston University studying communications and economics. He used the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund to support his internship at NBC News, where he worked as a network desk intern. "The Lloyd LaCuesta Broadcast News Internship Grant helped make it possible for me to successfully pursue journalism by generously providing me with financial means to take an internship in New York City. The scholarship helped to defray the high costs of housing, travel, and relocating across the country to New York," Alex says. He hopes to work as a producer in broadcast news and currently works as a writer for BUTV10, Boston University's campus station.
Thomas Manglona is a student at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in media studies. As the 2017 recipient of the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund, he was able to work as a correspondent at the Pacific News Center in the Mariana Islands. "The grant helped me travel back home to report in the islands on issues that are pertinent to the local community. Being able to go back to the islands and do work for the regional news station not only gave me more experience in the field but also solidified my desire to return at the end of my academic journey and nurture the struggling media industry there," Thomas says. He currently works as the news director of CalTV, UC Berkeley's student-run television network. View his work with the Pacific News Center here and here.
Zaldy Doyungan is a graduate of Kansas State University. He completed an internship during the summer of 2014 at KCTV5 News in Kansas City, Missouri. “The biggest lesson I learned was that I have to learn everything. Whether that means reporting, shooting, writing or editing, the more I know, the more attractive I look as a possible candidate for a job,” Zaldy says. Zaldy hopes to use the connections he made at the station to land a job as a reporter or multimedia journalist at a TV station in Topeka or in the Midwest and ultimately wants to become an on-air reporter. The broadcast news internship grant he received helped him finance his summer internship in Kansas City. Zaldy has worked news anchor and reporter for Channel 8 News, Wildcat 91.9 KSDB-FM, as well as a host and production crew member for Wildcat Watch, Kansas State’s student broadcast stations.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants may apply to both grants if they meet eligibility requirements for both. The 2020 application for the Sam Chu Lin Broadcast Internship Grant and the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund can be found here – the deadline to apply is Sunday, April 21.
Eligibility and Rules
Applicants must be full-time college students or recent college graduates (within one year).
Applicants must have secured a 2020 summer internship before applying for the internship grant. The stipend is to be used towards living expenses and/or transportation during your internship. Accepted applicants will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging this.
AAJA student membership is strongly encouraged for all applicants, but not required to apply. Those selected to receive grants will be required to sign up for AAJA student membership.
The selected awardees will also be assigned a professional journalist mentor through the AAJA Broadcast Mentor Program.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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