EVENT: Chai Chats

Chai Chats: A Conversation about the Growing South Asian Diaspora in the Philadelphia Region
Sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) 

What: Join AAJA and our featured speakers as they discuss the kaleidoscope of cultures and faiths that make up the growing South Asian diaspora in the region. Journalists: Come get story ideas. Community members: Come discuss issues that are important to you.

When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Temple University, in Annenberg Hall, basement room 3 (on 13th Street, between Norris and Diamond, Philadelphia)

* Pervez Rafique, chairman, All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, and president of the Pakistan Christian Fellowship

* Zehra Wamiq, founder of the Delaware Valley Speakers Bureau, an affiliate of Islamic Networks Group
* Samip Mallick, executive director, South Asian American Digital Archive
* Suhag Shukla, executive director, Hindu American Foundation
* Rukhsana Hasib, former Commissioner of Asian American Affairs in Philadelphia and former president of the Delaware Valley Bangladesh American Association

RSVP is now closed.

There is no cost to attend this event. We will have South Asian snacks, desserts, tea and other drinks on hand!

Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship

The Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is pleased to announce the Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship, which will award $500 to a student who intends to pursue a journalism career and who is of modest financial means.

Requirements are as follows:
1) Applicants must be a college freshman, sophomore, or junior in the 2014-15 school year.
2) Applicants must provide a copy of his/her most recently submitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before receiving the scholarship money to show proof of financial need.
3) The winner needs to volunteer some time in 2014 or 2015 to helping the Philadelphia chapter by recruiting other student journalists to the chapter or by assisting in organizing an event.

To apply, send:
1) A one-page essay describing your background, what you have done in journalism so far and what you plan to do in journalism as a career. Include your name, phone number, e-mail and address.
2) Names of two references, with phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
3) A transcript of your grades for college courses taken, or high-school grades if you are a freshman.

Questions may be sent to aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com.

E-mail your materials to aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com or mail them postmarked by Oct. 17, 2014, to:
c/o Julie Shaw
Daily News
801 Market Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Please note: Special consideration for this scholarship will be given to a student who is the first person in his or her family to go to college. The scholarship is to be used for college fees or books.
AAJA membership is not required to apply for the scholarship.

Selection process:
The AAJA-Philadelphia chapter board, former president Murali Balaji, and one non-AAJA individual who is a leader in the Asian American community will make up the selection committee.
Applicants will be asked to attend an in-person interview with the selection committee.
The winner will be announced by Dec. 8, 2014, and a check for $500 will be mailed by Dec. 31, 2014.

The scholarship is in honor of Mrs. Vijaya L. Balaji, the late mother of former AAJA-Philadelphia president Murali Balaji. Mrs. Balaji was a committed supporter to the chapter, who believed in the education of minority journalists.

AAJA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and helping them enter and succeed in the news industry.

Philadelphia Public Record Apologizes for Asian Slurs

Our chapter was involved in organizing a statement from AAJA in regards to a photo caption in the Philadelphia Public Record that used Asian slurs.


The Public Record junior employee responsible for the slurs has been fired, and the newspaper has issued an apology on its website.

Board member Stephen Jiwanmall has since joined AAJA’s MediaWatch committee to represent the chapter and to monitor further local coverage of Asian-American communities.

MIXER: Thursday, August 21

Come join AAJA-Philadelphia for our annual mixer with our colleagues at NAAAP and APABA-PA!
What: Super Networking Mixer with members of NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and APABA-PA (Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania)

When: Thursday, Aug. 21st, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Where: Tavern 17, 220 S 17th St. (between Locust and Walnut), Philadelphia, (view map)

Cost: Free for members of AAJA, NAAAP and APABA-PA. $15 for non-members.  
Exchange business cards and make some meaningful connections. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and bring cash for great drink specials.
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Ready for the AAJA Convention?

This year’s national AAJA convention is just a few days away! From August 13 to 16, hundreds of journalists will come together in our nation’s capital to learn from and network with the best in the industry.

Our chapter has several members registered for the convention and will be arranging a special chapter dinner on Thursday, August 14 a few blocks away from the convention hotel at Teaism (400 8th St. NW) at 8:30 PM.

If you’re going to the convention and would like to attend, please RSVP (with your cell phone number) to aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com by Saturday, August 9.

In addition to the dinner, our chapter will be sitting together for the convention gala on Saturday, August 16. If you’d like a seat reserved for you at the table, please RSVP (with your cell phone number) to the same email address by the same deadline.

You can STILL apply for the convention itself! To learn more, check out the official site: http://www.aaja.org/dc2014/

MIXER: Thursday, June 19

Join AAJA-Philadelphia in a mixer with members of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ)!

WHEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 19

WHERE: Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer Street, Philadelphia. We will be on the second floor (which is non-smoking).

RSVP: By 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, to aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com



AAJA Philadelphia will meet as a chapter on Sunday, May 4 at 5 PM at Banana Leaf (1009 Arch Street).
We’ll talk about these topics:
- the national convention in Washington, D.C. this summer
- our South Asian-themed event this fall on culture, religion and the community
- our chapter’s mentorship program
- reaching out through social media
- social/networking activities
If you are planning on coming, you must RSVP by Friday, May 2 to aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com.