Introducing the 2015-2016 Board Members!

Here are 2015-2016 board members of Asian American Journalist Association at Columbia Journalism School:

President: Debbie Wong
Vice President: Suzie Xie
Secretary: Aria Hangyu Chen
Treasurer: Sirui Shao
Event Coordinators: Jamie Martines and Vicky Ge Huang
Webmasters: Joy Jeong and Samantha McDonald

Click on the picture to get to know our members and connect with us on social media!

We are excited to be on this year’s board and work with AAJA members and other student groups to bring networking and learning opportunities to Columbia Journalism School. Our general meetings will be held on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. once a month, along with regular social events and informal gatherings.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

We look forward to a fantastic year!


A Conversation with former Managing Editor of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome Project, Mandy Jenkins

Tomorrow, Mandy Jenkins, former managing editor of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome Project, will come to talk to us about what the future looks like for digital-first news. The Thunderdome Project recently made headlines after DFM announced that they would be shutting down the New York-based newsroom. Thunderdome used to provide digital news content for local newspapers like the Denver Post and the New Haven RegisterPolitico reported that Thunderdome’s shutdown was “another example of the incredibly difficult landscape of local news.” Jenkins will discuss the lessons she learned about maintaining a digital news company in the ever-changing world of journalism, and where the future lies for digital news companies.

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Stabile Student Center

Sponsored by: The Asian American Journalists Association

Refreshments will be served (provided from the Sevellon Brown Fund).


Mandy Jenkins is on the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and co-teaches a course on social media for journalists at Georgetown University. Before that, Jenkins ran the Huffington Post’s Politics’ branded social accounts and helped bring digital content to the Cincinnati Inquirer.

‘Deep South’ Film Screening and Q&A with Professor Duy Linh Tu

Join us on Monday, February 10 at 6 P.M. at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Lecture Hall for a screening of Deep South, an award-winning documentary about the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, povertyand now soaring HIV infectionsfour Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. The screening will be followed by a Q+A with Professor Duy Linh Tu, the Director of Photography of the film. Food will be served.



This event is sponsored by the Sevellon Brown Fund, and is hosted by Columbia University’s AAJA chapter, CULGJA, SPJ, Columbia Women in Media, SAJA, and CUNAHJ.

Questions? Contact CUAAJA’s Rosa Kim at rdk2125 (at) or Yumi Araki at ya2305 (at) We look forward to seeing you at the screening!

Join AAJA-Columbia for Dim Sum Nov. 10

Charming Sunset Park is the site of Brooklyn Chinatown. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and curious aromas of a veritable mini-Hong Kong in the heart of New York City. Also, eat the dim sum. It’s the city’s best. East Harbor Seafood Palace is the favorite dim sum joint of those in the know. So come one, come all to East Harbor on Nov. 10 at noon for Sunday brunch Canton style.

Columbia AAJA and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute present: Former CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy’s documentary on the history of American correspondents in China


Please join us on Monday, October 21 for a screening of former Senior CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy’s documentary, Assignment: China.

LOCATION: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs | Hamilton Hall, Room 703

TIME: 6 – 8 p.m.


opening-up-medwebOpening Up is one episode of Assignment China, a multi-part documentary film series on the history of American correspondents in China being produced by the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. Opening Up is based on extensive interviews with virtually all the reporters who opened the first U.S. news bureaus in the Peoples Republic, including Jay Mathews of the Washington Post, Richard Bernstein of Time Magazine, Fox Butterfield of the New York Times, Frank Ching of the Wall St. Journal,  Melinda Liu of Newsweek, John Roderick of the Associated Press, Jim Laurie of ABC, Bruce Dunning of CBS, Sandy Gilmour of NBC, and many others. MLin80swithChineseman

This documentary also contains interviews with Chinese officials who sought to manage the western media, with some of the people the reporters covered, as well rare archival footage, still photos, and previously unseen home videos. As the first resident US correspondents in Beijing in 30 years, the small American press corps struggled to break through the barriers of politics, language, and culture, while confronting the technological challenges of operating in a developing country long cut off from the West, seeking to convey to American audiences a sense of China at a moment of dramatic change.

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The lead reporter is Mike Chinoy, a senior fellow at the Institute and former CNN Beijing bureau chief and senior Asia correspondent. Former U.S. ambassador to China Winston Lord described the series as an “essential and invaluable” resource for understanding the role the U.S. media has played in shaping American and international perceptions of the country.

Follow Mike Chinoy on Twitter.


AAJA and AMEJA Present War Zone Photographer Nicole Tung


Award-winning photojournalist Nicole Tung will be presenting her work and talking about her experience in Libya and Syria, with a focus on the civilian plight.

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She will be addressing the dangers and difficulties of covering Syria as a freelancer, and how she has managed to do it until now.

Nicole Tung studied journalism and history (NYU ‘09) and freelances for the New York Times and other international newspapers and magazines.

Since 2011, she is covering the Arab revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East.

Thursday, September 12. 6 PM. Stabile Student Center (2nd floor). Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

With the support of the Arab and Middle East Journalists Association, and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. Sponsored by the Sevellon Brown Fund.

Diversity Writer’s Workshop at The Guardian

From Kelly Quinn, Events Assistant at Guardian News & Media:

The British newspaper, The Guardian is hosting a Diversity Writer’s Workshop in New York City and is currently looking for aspiring journalists from a minority background to apply!

The Diversity Writers Workshop is a series of seminars taking place throughout the year (usually in London but this time we are expanding across the Atlantic!) where aspiring writers can present their work and interact with Guardian journalists.

From past workshops, 73 articles have been published worldwide in the Guardian newspaper by past attendees.

The next workshop takes place on Thursday, February 7 at the Guardian offices in NYC. Twenty shortlisted writers will be invited to join us for an afternoon of tea & coffee with the opportunity to approach commissioning editors and pitch your ideas and create a link between new writers and Guardian journalists.

If you belong to a minority group through your ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, we invite you to apply for a place on the Guardian’s Diversity Writer’s Workshop with editors from the Guardian’s Comment, Business and Features sections.

For more information and to submit your entry, please visit the website:

The deadline for entries is Midnight EST this Sunday January 20, 2013.