AAJA Selects 25 Community and Business Leaders for Media Institute Class of 2014

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is proud to announce the selection of 25 community and business leaders for its Media Institute inaugural class.

Led by a team of award-winning journalists, participants will learn how newsrooms operate, get tips on becoming camera-ready for television news and gain experience answering tough interview questions. By the end of the boot camp, they will leave with professional headshots and video clips demonstrating their expertise. The workshop will take place during AAJA’s national convention, allowing participants to network with hundreds of journalists from across the country, including the industry’s top media outlets.

Directors and Trainers who will lead the program:

  • Pamela Wu is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. She is responsible for the law school’s strategic communications in marketing, media relations, social media, and website development. Pamela joined UC Davis in 2009, after more than a decade as a television news anchor and reporter.
  • Ellen Lee is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. A former business and technology staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, she writes about how technology is shaping our lives. Her pieces have appeared in Family Circle, San Francisco magazine, CNBC.com and more.
  • Sharon Pian Chan is the associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times.  She edits, selects and recruits guest opinion columnists with an emphasis on diversifying topics, authors and readers. She also writes an opinion column and is a member of the editorial board.
  • Jeff Yang is a writer, journalist, businessman, and business/media consultant who writes the “Tao Jones” column for the Wall Street Journal Previously, he was the “Asian Pop” columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Jan Yanehiro hosted “Evening Magazine,” a pioneering nightly program on KPIX TV in San Francisco from 1975 to 1990. She also has served as Director for the School of MultiMedia Communications at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
  • Alexa Lee is a communications specialist with more than 15 years experience in public relations, journalism, marketing, and content creation.  Alexa worked at several startups including Twitter, Posterous (latrer acquired by Twitter), and Ooyala in marketing and communications roles. She began her career as a broadcast journalist in small towns across the country and eventually landed at CNN.
  • Chris Nguyen joined News10, Sacramento’s ABC affiliate, in the summer of 2012. He’s currently an anchor/reporter for News10 Mornings, and files general assignment reports throughout the week. Before moving to Northern California, Chris was the weekend evening anchor at KREM-TV (Spokane), the Inland Northwest’s CBS affiliate.
  • CeFaan Kim is a general assignment reporter with News 12 Westchester; a regional 24-hour cable news network covering the greater New York City area. Prior to joining News 12, Kim was a reporter for NY1 News covering the borough of Queens.
  • Victoria Lim is an award-winning journalist and expert in multimedia/multiplatform storytelling. Experienced in consumer affairs, personal finance issues, investigative, education, political, business, diversity and sports reporting, Victoria extends her reporting skills beyond newsrooms, by also creating content for companies and nonprofits.

AAJA’s Media Institute is made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Nielsen and Southwest Airlines, and will be held August 15 – 16 in Washington, D.C. AAJA welcomes the following Media Institute participates:

  • Lloyd Y. Asato, Asian Pacific Community in Action
  • Viengkeo (Kay) Bounkeua, New Mexico Asian Family Center
  • Marianne Chung, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  • Eduarad Huang, Zai Lai Chinese Grille
  • Mary Ho, China Millennium Council
  • Peter Kim, MOFAD
  • Greg Lam, Kneon Inc.
  • May Leong, Cameron House
  • Tram Le, Vietnamese Arts & Letters Association
  • Betty Lo, Nielsen
  • Cyndi Nguyen, Vietnamese Initiative in Economic Training
  • Candice Mack, Young Adult Library Services Association
  • Dawn Mahi, Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
  • Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Ryan Natividad, Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
  • Van Nguyen, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
  • Thaoi Nguyen, SEAMAAC
  • Jennifer Sanderson, CAPE USA
  • Vivenne Schiffer, Vivenne R. Schiffer LLC
  • Jasjit Singh, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Martha Thawnghmung, Burma Center USA
  • Linda Toyota, Asian Chamber of Commerce Houston
  • Theresa Tran, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote – Michigan
  • Priscilla Ouchida, Japanese American Citizen League
  • Jacqueline Wu, Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance