AAJA Urges Newsrooms Not To Perpetuate Xenophobia in COVID-19 Coverage


AAJA’s response to Chicago Sun-Times tweet The Asian American Journalists Association urges newsrooms not to perpetuate xenophobia in coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic as anti-Asian violence increases. In a now-deleted tweet that was captured in this screenshot, the Chicago Sun-Times used an image depicting people on a street in Tokyo, Japan, as the preview for … Continue reading AAJA Urges Newsrooms Not To Perpetuate Xenophobia in COVID-19 Coverage

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Guidance for Journalists


Ahead of the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Asian American Journalists Association has compiled a series of guides, resources and organizational stances to help inform journalists and their coverage. AAJA advises journalists to:  Consult with native speakers on the proper pronunciation and romanization or spelling of Asian and Pacific Islander language names and … Continue reading 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Guidance for Journalists

Guidance on Coverage of Sept. 11, 20 Years Later


This September marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA), Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), all independent professional organizations, are issuing guidance to help journalists and newsrooms more accurately and critically cover the commemoration, impacted communities, and policies that resulted from 9/11.

AAJA advises media organizations to heed South Asian Journalists Association’s guidance regarding reporting on the new COVID-19 variant from India


On the start of AAPI Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, the Asian American Journalists Association is proud to announce the expansion of our mental wellness offerings to our membership with support from Panda Express and others.

SAJA-AAJA Media Advisory on Coverage of Indianapolis Fedex Facility Shooting


We are concerned about reports Tuesday that the Minnesota state police threatened to arrest journalists covering the protests if they did not leave. This growing nationwide trend among law enforcement agencies is unacceptable. The police should not be threatening journalists for doing their jobs. As journalism organizations, we stand together to defend reporters on the streets who are covering the news as the eyes and ears of the people.

We encourage and urge all police offices to respect our jobs and not threaten working journalists or peaceful protesters, both of whom are protected by the First Amendment, with arrest.

AAJA Guidance on Coverage of Anti-AAPI Violence


The shootings in Atlanta on March 16 killed eight people. Six of the victims were identified as Asian and seven were women. At least four of those killed were of Korean descent. The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) urges newsrooms to take caution with language in news coverage that could fuel the hypersexualization of Asian women, which has been linked to violence and discrimination.

Mental Wellness Resources


A non-comprehensive list of mental wellness resources for AAPI and journalists, including research, training programs, and culturally competent coverage. Updated as of February 25, 2021. Mental Wellness Resources for AAPI journalists GENERAL RESOURCES AAPI Mental Health Asian American Psychological Association – AAPA: AAPA advocates on behalf of Asian Americans with regards to Asian American psychology … Continue reading Mental Wellness Resources

Guide to Covering Asian Pacific America


Note: AAJA is in the process of updating this guidance. UPDATE DEC. 1, 2021: AAJA has removed the current version of the style guide which is under revision, and in the coming weeks will publish a condensed version with basic terminology that can be a resource while we undergo a full review.  We welcome all … Continue reading Guide to Covering Asian Pacific America