The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

Nominations open for 2014 AAJA-LA Board

It has been a joy for us to help lead the board of AAJA-Los Angeles this year — the rewards are terrific and so worthwhile.

That’s why we are writing in hopes that you will consider immersing yourself in this experience as we recruit for a dynamic 2014 chapter board. We seek thoughtful, creative thinkers, those bursting with ideas but, even more important, the passion and energy to implement them. As a chapter, we host the popular V3 Conference and Trivia Bowl, along with workshops on media access, networking, writing and more.

If you are ready to serve our membership of nearly 180 professionals and students, we are ready to partner with you. The deadline to submit your name for this year’s ballot is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday, Oct. 29. The election will begin on Oct. 30, with the distribution to current members of an electronic ballot, and end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Sunday, Nov. 3.

The following positions are open:

— President (one-year term)
— Vice president of broadcast (one-year term)
— Vice president of online media (one-year term)
— Vice president of print (one-year term)
— Secretary (two-year term)
— Board of Directors members (three one-year terms and two two-year terms)
— National Advisory Board representative (two-year term)
— Student representative (appointed, one-year term)

As an incentive, board members will receive complimentary gold membership in AAJA for the year 2014.

Please read below for details on the positions open, job duties and the election timetable, and to find a link to the self-nomination form.

We thank you for your attention. Here’s hoping we’ll be able to join together to build our chapter and our multimedia skills in the coming year.

Questions? Please email:


Anh B. Do
AAJA-LA Co-President
Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

Henry Fuhrmann
AAJA-LA co-president
Assistant Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times



PRESIDENT: The president shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the board, have general supervision, direction and control of the business and officers of the corporation. S/he shall preside at all meetings of the membership and at all meetings. S/he will be the chief spokesperson and advocate of the local chapter, recruit members, direct organization of chapter events, oversee fundraising activities, and speak at public engagements when asked.

VICE PRESIDENT OF BROADCAST, ONLINE MEDIA and PRINT: In the absence or disability of the president, the vice presidents in order of their rank, if any, as fixed by the board, shall perform all the duties of the president, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to, all the restrictions upon, the president. The vice presidents shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time to time may be prescribed for them respectively by the board under the AAJA bylaws. The vice presidents shall recruit and encourage journalists of their respective media to join AAJA, help lead the organization on planning of chapter events and act as top advocates for the chapter and their medium.

SECRETARY: The secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes at the principal office or such other place as the board of directors may order, of all meetings of the directors and membership. Minutes shall include time and place of the meeting; whether regular or special, and if special, how authorized; the type of notice given; the name of those present at the directors’ meetings; the number of members present; and the proceedings of the meeting. S/he will advocate for the chapter, help plan chapter events and help recruit members.

BOARD MEMBERS: A board member will be informed about AAJA’s mission, services, policies, and programs; serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments. S/he will advocate for the chapter, help plan chapter events, help recruit members, and participate in fundraising activities.

NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD REPRESENTATIVE: Advisory Board members shall represent the interests of AAJA chapters in the organization, the organization’s interests in the chapters and the interests of both in the community. The Advisory Board shall have no budgetary or principal office oversight. Meetings are held twice a year.

[Appointed] STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: The student representative is an appointed, voting board position that is open to student members of AAJA-LA. Although this is not an elected office, the Board of Directors requests nominations for consideration of this position. Outside of voting, the expectations and requirements for the student representative are the same as other board members.


Expectations and requirements for all officers and board members: The officers and board members will do their best to attend quarterly board and general membership meetings. All terms will begin Jan. 1, 2014. One-year terms will expire on Dec. 31, 2014; two-year terms will expire on Dec. 31, 2015. Additional expectations and requirements are to pay dues, be prompt and responsive to email correspondence, help plan and produce V3con, Trivia Bowl and other AAJA-LA events, lead or serve on at least one committee, lead or organize at least one chapter event per year and participate in fundraising activities.

For nominees: Please provide your contact information, a photo, a brief bio (50 words maximum) and a brief description (50 words maximum) of why you would like to run for office. You may submit your candidacy information using this form by no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Only current full, gold or platinum members of AAJA-Los Angeles are eligible to run or vote for the open positions; all nominations are subject to eligibility verification.

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by any other AAJA-LA member in good standing. Members who nominate others for an office should verify in their nomination that the nominee has confirmed his or her willingness to stand for election.

Those elected to new terms will serve with incumbent board members whose two-year terms will continue until the end of 2014:

Treasurer: Shawn N. Wong
Frank Buckley, KTLA
Denise Dador, KABC
Anh B. Do, Los Angeles Times
Suzanne Joe Kai, StudioLA.TV