Join AAJA for Giving Tuesday 2017

   

Join AAJA on Tuesday, November 28 for #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to causes you support. To bring the journalism community together, AAJA is launching a November campaign highlighting AAJA's student programs AAJA's student programs, JCamp and VOICES.

Throughout the month of November, we've highlighted stories from JCamp & VOICES alumni and mentors that remind us of the power of AAJA and our mission. AAJA’s student programs exist thanks to your support and participation. Help us reach our goal of $15,000 by making a tax-deductible donation to #GivingTuesday.

 

How You Can Support AAJA on #GivingTuesday

  1. DONATE - Join AAJA’s growing family of supporters for #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible donation. You can also donate on our Facebook page.
  2. SHARE - 
    • Visit the AAJA Facebook page and use our custom #GivingTuesday photo frame to join the campaign. 
    • On Instagram, use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #WhyIGive and share why you give to AAJA. Remember to tag @aajaofficial. Then, tag three people to share their AAJA giving story. 
    • On Twitter, use #GivingTuesday, tag us at @aaja and share our donation page link: bit.ly/donate2AAJA
  3. BE INSPIRED - Read stories from JCamp and VOICES alumni and mentors posted to AAJA's social media each day and learn how donating to AAJA is helping cultivate tomorrow’s diverse newsrooms and leaders.

 

Support AAJA student programs and donate to AAJA on #GivingTuesday now!

   

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"I can't say enough good things about JCamp. It gave me a passion for journalism and the confidence to pursue it. It gave me role models, mentors and lifelong friends. I would not be where I am without JCamp."

— Aimee Cho, Reporter, NBC Washington

 

 

 

 

BenBartensteinGivingTuesday.png"Growing up in small town Wisconsin, JCamp was my first experience as the 'minority' in a classroom. It made me realize how much our surroundings shape our worldview. The best journalists challenge their own beliefs by seeking out diverse friends and experiences. JCamp is the first week I mark off each year because it was the most formative week of my life and there’s nothing more rewarding than giving the next group of students that same opportunity."

— Ben Bartenstein, Reporter, Bloomberg News, JCamp Mentor and JCamp Class of 2011

 

 

 

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"When it comes to diversity issues in newsrooms, a Next Generation Fellow summed it up succinctly: how do we help public media (and newsrooms in general) look and sound like America? I thought I found one way to help with a tweet from AAJA National, which called for mentors to join AAJA VOICES, a training fellowship for college and graduate students. As a VOICES faculty mentor, I had a blast training Rachel Ramirez, Nour Coudsi, Jasmine Espy and the rest of the VOICES team and helping them thrive before, during and after the convention in Philadelphia. I know AAJA has created a critical talent pipeline for journalists of color with VOICES and all newsrooms need to tap into it now."

— Kris Vera-Phillips, Senior News Producer, KPBS News

 

 

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#GivingTuesday 2017: "I did the AAJA VOICES student project two months after graduating from college. Walking into convention, I thought I had everything figured out— my career trajectory, my hopes and dreams. But this group of mentors and peers challenged me to expand my skills, experiment and think big about my life and journalism's future. I'm so thankful for the inspiration and support system I still use today."

— Beena Raghavendran, Minneapolis Schools Reporter, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

  

 

AneriPattaniGivingTuesday.png"VOICES was one of the most challenging and rewarding journalistic experiences I've had. My mentors and peers pushed me to develop new skills and taught me how to foster meaningful professional relationships. That experience helped me land several internships and my current job as assistant producer at WNYC."

— Aneri Pattani, Assistant Producer, WYNC Radio

 

 

 

 

LibertyZabalaGivingTuesday.png"AAJA VOICES gave me my first hands-on experience reporting in a different city. I had to dig for a story, research and set up an interview in a city I have never been to. I found a story about a Middle Eastern U.S. Army soldier in one of the nation's largest Arab American communities: Detroit. When I completed my story, I was so proud. I knew I wanted to keep finding and sharing stories for the rest of my life. I was recently awarded a national reporting fellowship for my coverage of the military here in San Diego. AAJA VOICES helped lay down the foundation for my career today."

— Liberty Zabala, Reporter, NBC 7 San Diego

 

 

 

ClareRamirezGivingTuesday.png"When I was a college senior, being a part of VOICES made me less nervous about graduating the following spring. I went out of my comfort zone, thanks to my mentors, and I became friends with other students who might one day be my co-workers. But the best part about VOICES was relating to people on a level that went beyond just journalism. Issues of diversity and representation were just as important to them as they were to me, and it left me feeling inspired and eager to join the professional world."

— Clare Ramirez, VOICES Class of 2017 and JCamp Class of 2012

 

 

 

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"I got my first job in journalism through VOICES. I'd been working so hard on covering a breaking news piece that I'd forgotten to go to the job fair. Aric Johnson, the VOICES editor, insisted I stop working and go, and even introduced me to a few of the recruiters. One of them, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, gave me a language test on the spot. She hired me to the Hong Kong bureau a few months later. Not only was VOICES a fantastic opportunity to network with peers and meet hiring editors, it fed my spirit. I was so inspired to see people who looked like me, who shared my experiences, surviving and thriving as successful journalists. It was a model of who I might become one day. The support and encouragement I received through VOICES was invaluable, and it was the foundation of a decade-plus engagement with AAJA that serves me to this day."

— Iris Kuo, CEO and Co-Founder, LedBetter and VOICES Class of 2006

 

 

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“My experience at JCamp solidified my passion for journalism and commitment to the pursuit of dynamic storytelling. I met peers with similar passions driven by their personal narratives and the narratives of our communities, which are often overlooked. The networking, pitching, storytelling and interviewing skills I gained at JCamp gave me confidence entering college to develop them even more. The high intensity and intimate setting of the program laid the foundation for both a close-knit community and never-ending learning opportunities that follow its participants long after.”

— Thomas Mangloña, UC Berkeley Class of 2020, CalTV News Director and JCamp Class of 2015

 

 

 

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"JCamp opened my eyes to so many opportunities in journalism I didn't know were out there. I went into JCamp thinking I wanted to be a broadcast journalist, but coming out, I found there were so many other jobs I didn't think about that played to my strengths even better. JCamp also gave me the opportunity to meet other people who looked like me (and who didn't) who were also interested in becoming journalists. It was an incredible experience that led me on the path to where I am today."

— Jack Lee, JCamp Class of 2016

 

  

 

KellyGivingTuesday.png"VOICES has given me a lot. By the end of the program, I had newfound confidence and a sharper focus on my passion for journalism. Meeting so many inspiring, successful Asian American journalists really opened my eyes to new possibilities. The mentorship I received in the program both gave me new skills and taught me to run after the stories I care about. Without the guidance of fellow AAJA members, I wouldn't have flown across the world and started reporting from South Korea — a dream of mine since middle school days."

— Kelly Kasulis, Journalist, Science and the Koreas, Mic and VOICES Class of 2016

 

  

 

DoniGivingTuesday.png"My experience attending JCamp was incredibly impactful and invaluable. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to hone reporting skills and to develop industry connections with mentors who still help me today. I am excited about continuing to tell meaningful stories. My gratitude is immeasurable for the donors who afforded the opportunity."

— Doni Holloway, Emma L. Bowen Fellow, NBC News Washington and JCamp Class of 2014

 

 

 

  

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"I love teaching JCamp because I get to inspire young people with my passion for news!"

— Cari Hernandez, Executive Producer, Investigations & Special Projects, CBS 4 Miami

 

 

 

  

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 “I co-founded JCamp 17 years ago with two other reporters, all of us members at the time of AAJA’s governing board. I consider this ongoing annual event to be one of the most important accomplishments of my career. But in spite of its success stories, which include JCamp graduates Arelis Hernandez of The Washington Post (the current JCamp director), Mike Majchrowicz of The Post and Courier in Charleston, national Emmy winner Terrell Brown of ABC 7 in Chicago, Lea Zhang of Goldman-Sachs, Timmy Huynh of The Wall Street Journal and Susie Reinecke of Google, this program will not last unless we commit our time and/or money to ensure its future. We found a way to attract the best and brightest young people in the U.S. and helped them make good career choices while exposing them to journalism. Many have chosen other careers, but I like to think that all have graduated from our program with a lifelong respect for the work journalists do. The program is run by journalists who volunteer their time and is free to all the students who are selected. We’d like that to continue. With your help, we can make sure that happens.”

— Mark Angeles, JCamp Co-Founder

  

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"VOICES made me a better journalist in ways I never expected. Beyond technical skill, of which I learned plenty, I was reminded over the course of my fellowship why I was inspired to get into the profession in the first place. My mentors reinforced the notion that if you love something, you need to be critical of it. After the fellowship, my mentors helped me with valuable career counseling and the confidence they instilled in me has made me a more confident journalist from the first interview through the first month on the job. My fellowship may be over, but the lessons will still stay with me for a long time."

— Peregrine Frissell, Reporter, Daily Inter Lake and VOICES Class of 2017

 

 

 

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"JCamp 2014 helped me find my fearlessness as a journalist. My wonderful mentor Arelis taught me a trick for interviewing: to listen, think and follow up. Even today, I repeat those words in my head every time I report."

— Sheila Raghavendran, JCamp Class of 2014 and VOICES Class of 2017 

 

 

 

 

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“My experience at JCamp solidified my passion for journalism and commitment to the pursuit of dynamic storytelling. I met peers with similar passions driven by their personal narratives and the narratives of our communities, which are often overlooked. The networking, pitching, storytelling and interviewing skills I gained at JCamp gave me confidence entering college to develop them even more. The high intensity and intimate setting of the program laid the foundation for both a close-knit community and never-ending learning opportunities that follow its participants long after.”

— Thomas Mangloña, UC Berkeley Class of 2020, CalTV News Director and JCamp Class of 2015 

 

 

 

ThomasOideGivingTuesday.png"Both JCamp and VOICES gave me a network of people who I can lean on and go to whenever I need help or advice. Knowing that there are people who are always looking out for you is a pretty incredible feeling. Participating in VOICES and JCamp really helped accelerate my growth as a storyteller. I hope that one day I'll be in a position to give back to JCamp, VOICES and the next generation of journalists."

— Thomas Oide, JCamp Class of 2014 and VOICES Class of 2016

 

 

 

 

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"Growing up in suburban America, I would have never imagined a career in journalism was possible for a poor Asian kid like me. Attending JCamp 12 years ago changed all that. It showed me the path towards that career and provided me mentors and opportunities for me to achieve that goal. As a photo editor at The Wall Street Journal, I’ve returned as faculty for the past four years because I want to show today’s youth that a career in journalism is still possible, no matter what you look like, where you come from and who you are."

— Timmy Huynh, Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal (Pictured center) 

 

 

 

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"Before VOICES, the idea of networking terrified me. But my mentors, both informal and formal, taught me that it's just about meeting talented, generous people who are eager to share their experiences. I'm so grateful for the confidence and connections the program helped me discover."

— Vivian Wang, Reporting Fellow, The New York Times 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our donors

Jennifer Abella

Sonia Cardenas

Paul Cheung

Agnes Constante

Hannah Bae

Ben Bartenstein

Sonia Cardenas

Anh Do

Daniel Hill

Steve Huang

Sandi Isozaki

Gabrielle Ivan

Kelly Kasulis

David Kono

Anna Lee

Ruth Liao

Patricia Martorana

Sara Matsui-Colby

Michael Miller

Jeong Park

Benjamin Pu

Keith Richardson

Ruth Tam

Michael Thompson

Scott Wong

Philip Yam

 

Questions about #GivingTuesday? Contact Daniel Garcia at DanielG@aaja.org.