The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

National Student Programs


Convention Student Projects

Student Media projects at the Annual AAJA National Convention provide students with an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in news production and reporting in a professionally-guided atmosphere of convergence using the latest communications technology.

The 2008 intern(s) have been selected. Check back at the end of 2008 for next year’s deadlines.




AAJA is pleased to announce J Camp, a multicultural journalism program for talented high school students. The program will be held from July 18 to July 23, 2008 at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. If you have any questions regarding J Camp, please contact Nao Vang, AAJA Student Programs Coordinator at: (415) 346- 2051 x102 or The deadline to apply is April 11, 2008.

J Camp’s goal is to develop the next generation of journalists. This free six-day training camp will bring together a multicultural group of high school students from across the nation to sharpen their journalism skills and work together in a unique learning environment. The curriculum consists of interactive workshops, hands-on training, and field trips.

Since the first J Camp in 2001, 293 talented young people have graduated from J Camp. J Camp strives to help assure excellence in the profession for decades to come by confronting the lack of diversity in journalism, not just in race, but also in matters of religious background, political background and other factors. With a diverse team, readers and viewers get different views on city governments, human interest stories, entertainment and recreation, science and medicine, and national and international news.

Speakers from past camps include: Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter; Aaron Brown, CNN anchor; James Colton, Sports Illustrated photography editor; Leonard Downie Jr., Washington Post executive editor; Hoda Kotb, “Dateline NBC” correspondent; Atoosa Rubenstein, Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief; Carole Simpson, ABC News senior correspondent; Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., New York Times publisher; Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers Washington columnist; and Brian Williams, “NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor.

Applicants should have a keen interest in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism, or new media. This program is not limited to Asian American students and is open to all young journalists. Applicants must be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors for this current school year. There is no fee to apply and all costs are covered – including airfare, lodging, and meals. Students will stay in university housing during the camp week. AAJA will select approximately 42 participants.

J Camp 2008 is made possible through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation with media sponsorship from The McClatchy Company, Bloomberg and Scripps Howard Foundation. Support also comes from parents of J Camp alumni and from AAJA’s endowment. For more information about additional sponsorship opportunities, contact AAJA Executive Director Rene Astudillo.

J Camp 2008 directors are Neal Justin, chief TV Critic at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Clea Benson, senior writer at CQ Weekly. Directors, faculty and speakers – professional, working journalists – all volunteer their time to participate in J Camp. But in order to sustain J Camp as a top training opportunity for young people, the program requires financial support from media companies and individuals like you. To learn how you or your media company can sponsor the program or a student, please click on the link below.