Category Archives: Announcements

Nominate Candidates for the 2014-2015 Board

It’s time to elect chapter officers for the 2014-2015 term. We are collecting nominations for the following positions: co-presidents, national board representative, secretary and treasurer. Candidates must be full members of AAJA in 2013 (candidates for treasurer may be associate members) and, if elected, remain in good standing during their time in office. Student members can vote but cannot run for office. Members may nominate themselves.

Those elected will take office Jan. 1, 2014 and serve for two years.

Those wishing to nominate candidates can do so by completing this form. Detailed descriptions of each position can also be found there. We will accept nominations from Sept. 23 – Oct. 4.

If you’re interested in getting more involved with AAJA and the local chapter, please consider running!


Congratulations to our Summer Interns!

We’d like to extend a warm Chicago welcome to our summer interns, Junru Huang and Lee Jian Chung, who will be working at the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ – 91.5 FM.


Junru Huang is the winner of the 2013 David Ibata Scholarship. She just received her M.A. in Visual Communication (photojournalism and documentary photography) graduated from Ohio University, where she was an Enlight Fellow.  Junru will be working with the Tribune’s online news operations and photo desk. 

Junru has a B.A. in journalism from the Renmin University of China in Beijing and previously completed a six-month photojournalism internship with The Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kansas. She was also the managing editor of Mei, a self-published magazine with stories about Chinese-American women in New York City. Check out more of Junru’s work here.

LeeJianChungJ.C. Lee is the winner of the 2013 Linda Yu Scholarship. He just graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in journalism and will be completing an internship at WBEZ.

J.C. was a reporter and producer for KBIA – 91.3 FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. In 2012, he was a reporter at The Business Station, an independent radio station covering business news and current affairs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Check out more of his multimedia journalism work here.

We look forward to seeing the great work that Junru and J.C. will do at their internships this summer!

2013 Executive Leadership Program

AAJA has extended its application deadline for the 2013 Executive Leadership Program to Tuesday, Jan. 22. ELP is exclusively for AAJA members and helps mid-career journalists develop leadership skills to advance in newsroom management.

This year’s ELP introductory session runs from April 16 – 19 in New York. Applicants must have at least five years of journalism experience and must already be a newsroom manager or demonstrate leadership qualities.

For more information and/or to apply, click here.

Summer Internships at the Chicago Tribune & WBEZ

AAJA-Chicago is pleased to announce that the Chicago Tribune Foundation has awarded the chapter $2,500 to support our internship program. Every year the chapter partners with two media organizations in Chicago to hire summer interns from local universities. AAJA-Chicago provides the interns with a $2,500 stipend. The programs help further one of AAJA’s missions: to foster the next generation of journalists and increase the diversity of our newsrooms.


This year, AAJA-Chicago will work with the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ. Stay tuned for more details on how to apply for the internships.


Summer Cocktail Party

It’s summer! Join the chapter for food, drinks and conversation with special guest Mei-Ling Hopgood, author of Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. WBEZ is generously hosting and providing treats, and we’ll also have beer courtesy of Goose Island.

Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: WBEZ’s Navy Pier terrace (848 E. Grand Ave., next to Riva restaurant)
Cost: Free for AAJA members/$11 for non-members

Please click here to RSVP.

 Mei-Ling Hopgood is the author of Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. She’s also a freelance journalist who has written for various publications, ranging from National Geographic Traveler and Marie Claire to the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe. She has worked as a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and in the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau. A recipient of the National Headliner Best in Show, she has received several national and international journalism awards. She is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Visit her website here.

2012 Linda Yu Broadcast Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Natalie Cheng, this year’s recipient of the Linda Yu Broadcast Scholarship!

Natalie will be entering her junior year at the University of Missouri. She is double majoring in business and journalism, focusing on entrepreneurial, emerging and converged media. In addition to taking classes, she has been a producer and reporter at mid-Missouri’s NBC affiliate, KOMU-TV, the multimedia editor for the university’s student paper, a reporter for NPR affiliate KBIA and a producer and marketing team member for the Mandarin branch of media startup Newsy. Natalie is from Lisle, Ill., but went to high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

Natalie will spend this summer interning at WBBM-CBS 2 in Chicago. The scholarship is given in honor of AAJA-Chicago Chapter co-founder and WLS ABC 7 anchor Linda Yu.


Unity 2012 Stipends

There’s no excuse not to go to Unity 2012 because we are giving away registrations! (Unity 2012 will run in Las Vegas from August 1 through August 4.) The AAJA Chicago chapter board has decided to cover registration costs for two members and two students to attend Unity.

The deadline to apply for a stipend is 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 21. You must be a current member of the Chicago chapter to apply.

We want to help student and full members defray their costs of attending a great conference that will feature training workshops, a job fair, networking and lots of opportunities to meet our brothers and sisters from NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA. You don’t want to miss out!

Please answer the following short questions and e-mail the form to Erin Chan Ding, AAJA Chicago Chapter Treasurer. Stipend selections will be based on a timely response and financial need. If you have already registered for Unity, you are still eligible for a chapter stipend.

Thanks very much and hope to see you at Unity this summer! Stay tuned for upcoming chapter events.

Phone number:
E-mail address:

Will you be attending Unity as a student or a full member?

Are you currently employed? If so, who is your employer?

Why are you interested in a stipend to attend Unity 2012?

What are you hoping to gain from attending Unity?

In exchange for a stipend for Unity, would you be willing to commit to volunteering at a future AAJA Chicago chapter event?

Thanks so much for your interest! Please feel free to contact the board if you have any questions.

Reminder: ELP Introductory Session

For those of you interested in AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program 2012 Introductory Session (June 28 – July 1 in New York, NY), the deadline to apply has been extended to March 9.

For more information, click here or contact Marcia Santillan, AAJA’s professional programs coordinator, at x107.


Reminder: Early Bird Unity Registration Deadline

The deadline for Unity early bird registration is coming up fast. If you sign up by Friday, March 16, the rate is $325 for professionals and $150 for students. After March 16, the cost will be$400 for professionals and $225 for students.

For more information on Unity, which will be held August 1-4, 2012 in Las Vegas, click here.

2012 Executive Leadership Program Introductory Session

A message from Marcia Santillan, AAJA’s professional programs coordinator:

Calling all leaders of tomorrow! Want to continue to develop and hone your leadership and management skills? Then AAJA’s ELP 2012 Introductory Session is for you. In this four-day program in New York, NY (June 28-July 1), learn the techniques to help you gain clarity on your career goals and arm you with the skills to help bring those goals to life. For more information or to apply, click here.

The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 5 pm PST.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or at 415.346.2051 x107.