Upcoming Events

First Thursdays Virtual Happy Hour – December 3, 2020, at 7-8 pm CT

We are hosting monthly virtual happy hours this fall and winter, each with a unique theme. This is a great opportunity to connect with some of your peers who you might not have had a chance to meet yet.

Trivia Bowl Fundraiser – December 18, 2020, at 8-10 pm CT

12.11.20 AAJA Trivia Bowl - Facebook event

REGISTER: bit.ly/aajachicagotrivia

After a multi-year hiatus, the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is thrilled to mark the return of its world-famous annual Trivia Bowl — and this year, for no particular reason whatsoever, we’re going virtual!

Hosted by ESPN reporter and trivia expert Michele Steele, teams of six to eight people will compete in six rounds of trivia, focusing on topics like famous figures in journalism, current events and obscure Chicago history. Whether you’re a group of gumshoes or die-hard fans of razor-sharp trivia questions, put your brains to the test while contributing to a great cause.

If you have a gang of trivia geeks who want to try their hand in this battle royale, you can register as a team with a team name and logo. If you’re a solo rider and are looking to join a group, we’ll set you up.

We know this year has been challenging for so many, and we appreciate that there are only so many dollars to go around. Instead of selling fundraiser tickets like in the past, we’re making this event free with a suggested donation of $20. We hope this will make it easier for more people to participate while still helping our chapter become financially strong and continue our internship program.

For years, the Trivia Bowl served as the chapter’s primary fundraising source for our summer scholarships that support Chicago-area internships at some of our city’s top newsrooms. Over the years, we’ve had college interns pursuing their dreams at the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Block Club Chicago, Modern Luxury magazines, Telemundo Chicago and several other local TV stations. These vital experiences make it possible for students to build their portfolios, hone their craft and forge connections that will help them launch their careers — all of which are central to AAJA’s mission.

If you have any questions about the event or registration, email us at chicagoaaja@gmail.com.

Past Events

Navigating Objectivity in Journalism – October 21, 6-8 pm CT

Reporters examine how our world view shapes our reporting and how to craft balanced coverage while still telling it like it really is.

The news media should be looked to as truth-tellers, devoted to telling it like it is. But as the industry takes a deeper look at just what it means to be objective, each journalist must examine and acknowledge how their background and world view shapes their reporting. They must work out how to craft fair coverage without reducing a narrative to a “both sides” mindset, and how to navigate a job that finds them in gray areas more often than not. During this panel presented by the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, respected journalists from legacy newsrooms and innovative outlets will discuss their takes on the issue.

Moderator Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times

Panelists Alex Arriaga, City Bureau; Kim Bellware, Washington Post; Elvia Malagón, Chicago Sun-Times; Charles Preston, Injustice Watch; Dakarai Turner, television news journalist

First Thursdays Virtual Happy Hour – October 1, 2020, at 7-8 pm CT

We are hosting monthly virtual happy hours this fall and winter, each with a unique theme. This is a great opportunity to connect with some of your peers who you might not have had a chance to meet yet.

Data Driven: Using Public Information and Google Tools for Storytelling – September 17, 2020, at 6-8:30 pm CT

6-7:15 pm: Learn how to build interactive graphics and maps with Google Flourish and scrape data with Google Sheets with Mike Reilley.

7:15-8:30 pm: Learn how to explore data and craft pitches based on your beat in this hands-on data journalism workshop with Jasmine Mithani.

AAJA Fest – August 9-15, 2020

This year, AAJA is hosting the national convention virtually! Join us on August 9-15, 2020, for the first ever AAJA Fest! #AAJA2020

Announcement: https://aajachicago.org/2020/07/01/meet-us-virtually-at-aaja-fest-august-9-15-2020/

Official site: https://www.aaja20.org/

The Summer of Extremes: Racism, Health Inequity and Heat – June 23-25, 2020

COVID-19 Collides With Climate Crisis on 25th Anniversary of Chicago Heat Waves

Journalists are invited to dissect lessons on racism and health inequity learned from Chicago’s 1995 heatwave replayed during the pandemic. Hosted in partnership with Chicago Journalists Association, NABJ-Chicago, NAHJ-Chicago, The Headline Club, Kartemquin Films, the Macarthur Foundation, and others.

Announcement: https://aajachicago.org/2020/06/13/the-summer-of-extremes-racism-health-inequity-and-heat-june-23-25-2020/

Reporting on Race Virtual Panel – April 9, 2020

How can we better cover communities of color? Please join the Chicago chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association for a virtual panel on Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring:  Katie Kim, NBC 5 Chicago (moderator), Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times, Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, Esther Yoon Ji-Kang, WBEZ

Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjU7YQsEyOo

Lunar New Year Mixer – January 30, 2020

AAJA Chicago is teaming up with AMEJA (Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association) for a Lunar New Year Mixer! Come by the downtown Lao Sze Chuan for free bites and a chance to get to know some fellow Chicago journalists.