Mentor Match: AAJA’s Yearlong Mentoring Program pairs broadcast (television/radio), print/online and photography students and professionals with more experienced journalists with several factors in mind, including geography, gender and career interests.
Mentors and mentees are encouraged to develop a professional relationship, keeping consistent contact throughout the year of the program through email, phone, Skype, social media or in-person meetings (if possible). Frequency of communication is mutually agreed upon at the beginning of the relationship. Mentors are available to provide career and professional advice to help mentees improve their craft and take the appropriate steps toward better professional experiences and improved employment.
The AAJA Mentor Match program is a yearlong, dedicated mentoring program. Selected participants were matched with AAJA members based on experience and skill sets.
The Class of 2020 for the Mentor Match: AAJA’s Mentoring Program will take part in leadership exercises, salons and mixers at the AAJA convention and be recognized for their achievements through awards.
NOTE: Selected mentors and mentees must have a paid, active AAJA membership to participate in the program. Sign up for membership or renew your membership today.
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The co-leads of the AAJA Mentorship Program Council are Ruth Liao, Hannah Bae and Zela Chin. With these three leaders, we address diversity in the industry, tap strong global networks and recognize passion for service as we revamp the mentorship program for a new era.
Ruth Liao (AAJA-Seattle), editor at trade publication ICIS, covers energy commodity markets. Ruth is also the former director of AAJA's VOICES program and past leader of the Portland and Texas chapters. She will take council lead in our mentorship program revamp.
Hannah Bae (AAJA-New York), writer and freelance journalist, brings the strength of her professional social media and networking skills from serving as CNNMoney's viral news editor, Newsday's social media coordinator and as a State Department public affairs assistant in Seoul. During the 2017 AAJA convention, she served on the faculty of the VOICES student program. Also a graduate of AAJA's Executive Leadership Program (ELP), Hannah now serves as AAJA-New York's president, after serving as AAJA-Asia's Seoul vice president.
Zela Chin (AAJA-Asia) is the Executive Vice President for AAJA’s Asia chapter after serving four years as an at-large board member. She got her first job with CNN by meeting a recruiter at an AAJA convention in San Diego. Now she is a features reporter for a weekly, prime-time program on TVB, the largest broadcaster in Hong Kong, which reaches 300 million households worldwide.
Many thanks to the founder and former director of AAJA's mentor program, Randall Yip (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area).