From left, KMGH Denver's Kim Nguyen and KUSA anchor Adele Arakawa listen to KCNC CBS4's Gloria Neal talk during the AAJA-Denver's Women of Color in Broadcast Journalism panel on March 20 at the 9News Community Room in Denver. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)
AAJA-Denver earns chapter status
Asian American Journalists Association board of directors adopt Denver as its 21st chapter
By AsiaXpress.com staff reports
Aug. 12, 2010
Founded July 2008
Earned chapter status August 2010
1. To encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism
2. To work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
3. To increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers in the industry.
• AAJA-Denver official website
• Colorado AAPI journalists form group April 2, 2009
LOS ANGELES – The Asian American Journalists Association board of directors voted unanimously to approve Denver as its 21st chapter on Aug. 8 during the organization’s annual convention at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.
The Denver chapter began working on its latest attempt to become a chapter in July 2008 when they were granted probation status during Unity, a national convention bringing together journalists of color.
“We just added another star to the flag,” AAJA National President Sharon Chan wrote on her Twitter feed.
This was the third attempt to form a chapter in Denver, according to the group's officers.
"Becoming certified as an AAJA chapter is a huge validation for Asian-American journalists working in Colorado," said Gil Asakawa, president of the Denver chapter. "For too long, we've been the outliers, with very little clout and representation, even though over the years we've increased our ranks both in print and on Colorado's TV stations."
According to the national website, AAJA’s goal is to encourage young people to consider journalism as a career, develop managers in the media industry, and promote fair and accurate news coverage. Asakawa said one of his chapter's main goals is to help continue the organization's missions.
"We can now gather proudly and be part of an organized local structure, and help nurture future generations of Asian American journalists by partnering with the state's journalism school programs and even the High School Press Association," he said.
Beyond the stated missions, Asakawa said he wants build stronger relationships with other journalism organizations in the area, particular other journalists of color. This past year, the group held a mixer during the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and co-sponsored events with the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.
"We'll reach out to local members of our sister organizations, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association and the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, and build stronger bridges to support the region's journalists of color," he said.