Category Archives: Scholarships

A Successful Summer

It’s been a great summer for our scholarship winners, Junru Huang and J.C. Lee, who completed internships at the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ – 91.5 FM.

Check out Junru’s video piece on the 2013 Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival. She also shot this portrait of British drummer Martin Atkins for the Tribune’s Business section and captured scenes from the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Over at WBEZ, J.C. did pieces on an arts festival in Bridgeport, a motorcycle and scooter rally, a new personal chef service launching in Chicago, and a record number of major studio productions being filmed in the city.

Congratulations to Junru and J.C. on the fantastic work they produced this summer!


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!

New York Convention Registration Giveaway

AAJA-Chicago is giving away four registrations to this year’s New York convention (Aug. 21 – 24), two for students and two for full members. Please note that only Chicago members in good standing are eligible for the stipends, and winners will be required to volunteer at a future chapter event.

To apply, please complete this form by 5 p.m. on April 8.

As a reminder, early bird registration for the convention ends on April 12. More information can be found here.



2013 Summer Internship Applications

AAJA-Chicago is seeking college students to apply for summer internships at the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ – 91.5 FM. We are pleased that WBEZ has partnered with AAJA-Chicago for the first time to offer one of our student members the opportunity to work in public radio.

The internships are part of the Chicago chapter’s mission to encourage people to enter the profession of journalism and increase diversity in Chicago area newsrooms. They were established more than a decade ago in honor of the chapter’s co-founders, Linda Yu of ABC-7 and David Ibata, formerly of the Chicago Tribune. In addition to great work experience, the winners of our internships receive $2,500 stipends from the chapter.

For more details, we have attached PDFs for each internship. You can apply for either or both internships. The deadline is Feb. 15. It is a competitive process, so please get your applications in as soon as possible.

Edited to add: Applicants do not need to be students at Chicago-area colleges or AAJA Chicago members to qualify for the internships; they are open to students across the country.

2013 David Ibata Scholarship (Chicago Tribune)
2013 Linda Yu Scholarship (WBEZ)

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.


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.


2010 Trivia Bowl

Sharpen up those trivia skills!


Our annual event, which raises money for our scholarships will be held this year at:

2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Izakaya Hapa, 58 E. Ontario St.

There will be food, drink, great prizes and mind-numbing trivia.

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Get your team together today! Click here for details. And here to register your team!

Click here to pay in advance.

($200 for corporate teams, $150 for non-profits, $100 for student teams.)

Congratulations 2009 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the 2009 AAJA-Chicago scholarship winners!

JingTing Zhao of Indiana University has been selected for the Linda Yu Broadcast Scholarship. She will spend her summer at WMAQ-NBC.

Sallie Ho of the University of Colorado is the recipient of the AAJA/SPJ Online Scholarship. She will spend her summer at

Caroline Smith of Northwestern University is the winner of the David Ibata Print Scholarship. She will spend her summer at the Chicago Tribune.