About San Francisco Bay Area

AAJA San Francisco Bay Area is dedicated to building a diverse community of journalists, media professionals and students in the San Francisco Bay Area. We support journalists throughout their careers with scholarships, professional development, community-building and mentorship.

Our chapter offers scholarships for students interested in pursuing journalism at school. We partner with local colleges to bridge the gap between students and the industry. And we partner with newsrooms to create pipelines for journalists seeking to continue advancing their skills and career.

We bring together like-minded individuals who believe in the power of diversity, inclusion and representation to fight for the change we want to see in our newsrooms and communities.

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Leadership Information

julia-b-chan_300x300.pngPresident Lauren Kawana

Lauren is an independent documentary film filmmaker. She is currently producing a feature documentary called Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads, directed by Rick Goldsmith, which tells the story of newspaper men and women fighting to preserve and reinvent local journalism. Lauren received her master’s degree in documentary film at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Before moving to California from her hometown of Honolulu, she was managing editor for Pacific Edge and Las Vegas Bound magazines and served as the AAJA Hawaii chapter president for one year. She has held the roles of at-large board member and treasurer on the AAJA-SF Bay Area chapter board, and is now honored to serve her fifth year as president.