Student Leaders Selected for JCamp 2014


The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) selected 42 diverse high school students out of a record pool of 320 submissions from across the nation to participate in its 14th annual JCamp this summer. Emerson College will host JCamp from July 29 to August 3, 2014. JCamp is a six-day multicultural journalism training program for high school students made possible largely by the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Led by top professionals in the journalism industry, students will get hands-on training in writing, photography, television broadcasting, online media and reporting.

The importance of diversity in the newsroom and in media coverage, the core of JCamp’s values, is key to the camp’s curriculum where students will explore and lead discussions. “JCamp gives students confidence as they engage with peers, working journalists and future mentors,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “I can’t think of a better program that allows teens to learn from the top writers and broadcast producers. The Casey Foundation believes strongly in giving young people a voice, increasing their opportunities for future leadership and making a strong connection to the community.”

JCamp has graduated more than 500 students since its first year in 2001. “Many of our JCamp alums have gone on to be industry rockstars,” said Paul Cheung, president of AAJA. Jeff Orlowski (2001) became a documentary film-maker whose “Chasing Ice” project received a 2013 Academy Award nomination. Arelis Hernandez (2004) received ASNE’s 2013 Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity. Sandhya Kambhampati (2008) was named Outstanding Overall Senior in 2013 by E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Hailey Lee (2008) was one of four NBC Production Fellows selected nationwide in 2012 and is currently serving as a USA Today’s collegiate correspondent.

With the success of JCamp 2013, directors and faculty all return to lead this year’s program:

  • Clea Benson, reporter for Bloomberg News,
  • Neal Justin, TV critic for Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Lorene Yue, reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business

Other returning JCamp staff include:

  • Bobby Caina Calvan, freelance reporter
  • Paul Cheung, director of interactive & digital news production for Associated Press and president of AAJA
  • Kyndell Harkness, photographer for Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Arelis Hernandez (2004), political reporter for Washington Post
  • Caridad Hernandez, executive producer for investigations and special projects of CBS4 in Miami
  • Richard Lui, anchor for NBC News/MSNBC
  • Timmy Huynh (2005), photo editor for Wall Street Journal–joins the JCamp 2014 faculty for the first time

JCamp is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, Dow Jones Foundation, Dow Jones News Fund, General Motors and NBC. Speakers will include industry leaders from Washington Post, Boston Globe, CBS, CNN and Bloomberg.

AAJA welcomes the following students to JCamp 2014:

Amee Apedo (Brooklyn High School of the Arts - Brooklyn, NY)

Gilman Bagga (St. Francis School - Louisville, KY)

Fidelity Ballmer (Foothill Technology High School - Ventura, CA)

Olivia Berry (Grant High School - Portland, OR)

Frank Boudon (Troy High School - Troy, MI)

Sania Chandrani (Parkview High School- Liburn, GA)

Joyce Chen (Elkins High School - Missouri City, TX)

Max Cho (Harvard Westlake School - Studio City, CA)

Emily Choi (Ardsley High School - Ardsley, NY)

Bradley Credit (Bishop McNamara High School - Forestville, MD)

Lauryn Duncan (Rufus King International High School - Milwaukee, WI)

Shayna Engdahl (East High School - Cheyenne, WY)

Raul Espana (Lane Tecnical College Preparaty High School - Chicago, IL)

BrieAnna Frank - (Maryvale High School - Phoenix, AZ)

Ivana Giang (Lakota East High School - Liberty Township, OH)

Jacob Han (Troy High School - Fullerton, CA)

Doni Holloway (Scotland Early College High School - Laurinburg, NC)

Amina Ibrahim (Franklin High School - Seattle, WA)

Alexander Jen (Torrey Pines High School - San Diego, CA)

Nia Johnson (KIPP King Collegiate - San Lorenzo, CA)

Janie Kim (Princeton High School - Princeton, NJ)

Aidan Langston (Saint Ann's School - Brooklyn, NY)

Alex Lo (Cupertino High Schoo - Cupertino, CA)

Amir McCormick (McLean High School - McLean, VA)

Alexanna Nathan (Punahou School - Honolulu, HI)

Devin Newby (Black River Fallls High School - Black River Falls, WI)

Daniel Nguye (Central High School - Springfield, MO)

Thomas Oide (Davis Senior High School - Davis, CA)

Ramses A. Ovalles (Reading Senior High Schoo - Reading, PA)

Ana Perez (Daniel Pearl Magnet High School - Van Nuys, CA)

Kyle Phox (Hayfield Secondary School - Alexandria, VA)

Julia Poe (Shawnee Mission East High School - Prairie Village, KS)

Andrea Ramirez Angulo (La Paz Community School - Piaya Flamingo, Costa Rica)

Andrew Rhee (American International School of Vienna - Vienna, Austria)

Ricardo Sanchez (Osceola County School for the Arts - Kissimmee, FL)

Mona Sharaf (Duke Ellington School of the Arts - Washington, D.C.)

Sheila Raghavendran (William Mason High School - Mason, OH)

Leah Yared (Rockville High School - Rockville, MD)

Jason Youngblood (Marquette University High School - Milwaukee, WI)

Amira Warren-Yearby (St. Louis Park Sr. High School - St. Louis Park, MN)

Claudia Zamora (A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts - West Palm Beach, FL)

Jason Zhang (The Lawrenceville School - Lawrenceville, NJ)





Dow Jones News Fund

The Annie E. Casey Foundation



CBS News

Comcast NBCUniversal

The Boston Globe



Sponsoring Chapters


AAJA Minnesota

AAJA Chicago

AAJA Washington, D.C.

AAJA Hawaii 

AAJA Sacramento


Sponsoring Members


Lorene Yue

Joe Grimm