AAJA Seeks MediaWatch Co-Chair

AAJA is seeking a Co-Chair to help lead the MediaWatch committee with the Vice President of Civic Engagement, Pia Sarkar. AAJA’s MediaWatch holds news organizations accountable to standards of accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

This leadership position is selected by AAJA’s governing board and is a two-year term starting February 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2018.

The MediaWatch Co-Chair leads the committee in discussion of and responses to news coverage about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in consultation with the Vice President of Civic Engagement and the AAJA President. MediaWatch regularly monitors and issues statements and/or thought leadership pieces to news media regarding accuracy and fairness in coverage of the AAPI community and AAPI issues. The committee also maintains a Slack channel where robust discussions about media coverage of the AAPI community are held.

Responsibilities

  • Maintaining an active committee that is quick and effective in responding to relevant coverage
  • Facilitating and guiding committee discussions and reporting about potential MediaWatch actions
  • Collaborating with the MediaWatch committee and the AAJA governing board to craft statements and thought leadership pieces

The duties demand attention to detail, timely responses and a commitment to champion and advance AAJA’s mission, including increasing the ranks of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in news media and ensuring accurate coverage of the AAPI community and other communities of color.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in becoming a Co-Chair for AAJA’s MediaWatch, please send your resume, a statement of interest as well as a brief description of how you would approach your role in today’s media environment to AAJA Vice President of Civic Engagement Pia Sarkar at piasarkar@gmail.com¬†and AAJA President Yvonne Leow at YvonneL@oldsite.aaja.org by Friday, January 27.