Reporting on an International Crisis: Japan earthquake, tsunami remembered

BY ALEXA PARMISANO, UCLA sophomore/ FOX11 Fall 2011 intern Everywhere Frank Buckley looked he saw acres and acres of debris and flattened land. The KTLA anchor was sitting in a truck on his way to Sendai, ripped to rubble by earthquake and tsunami, days after a 9.0 earthquake had hit

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AAJA-LA Member Takes Charge of Voices

By Phil Ige, 2011 AAJA LA Board Member/KTLA 5 Photojournalist AAJA-LA Chapter member and KTLA photojournalist Brian Choo has been put in charge of the AAJA National Convention student-operated project AAJA Voices, a program that provides hands-on news training to college students. Choo, who works on both special projects and

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ON THE RED CARPET: Covering a Hollywood Premiere

Above is the work of Stepfanie Aguilar (UCLA, Editor-in-Chief PacificTies.org), Evonne Liew (freelance), and Liberty Zabala (CSUN, KCSN news anchor, RTDNA chapter president) at the Hollywood premiere of Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 22. AAJA-LA board member Suzanne Joe Kai, provided equipment from her company StudioLA.TV, secured press credentials

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Patching up the Journalism Industry

BY NATASHA ZOUVES/ AAJA-LA (2010-2011 Sam Chu Lin Memorial Scholarship recipient, USC junior) Like many Filipina aunts and cousins before her, Hazel Lodevico To’o was supposed to be a nurse. So she had to explain exactly what she was doing as she sat at her local coffee shop, quickly typing

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BANANA 2: The bloggers cometh’

5/20/2012 UPDATE by Joz Wang: AAJA-LA is pleased to announce the evolution of the Banana Conference… V3con, the V3 Digital Media Conference! Please visit V3con.com for the latest conference information! The bloggers came out from San Francisco, New York, Canada – one blogger postponing a return trip to Japan from

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A Century on, re-envisioning a 21st century Rafu Shimpo

BY SAMANTHA MASUNAGA/ 2010-2011 Peter Imamura Memorial Scholarship recipient, UCLA junior Walk into the Little Tokyo office of the Rafu Shimpo and it is clear that this community newspaper is unlike many other news outlets. For nearly 110 years, the Rafu has maintained a presence in the Japanese-American community, covering everything

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New year brings new AAJA opportunities — REGISTER TODAY!!

AAJA’ers!  It’s time to…. Join or Renew for 2012 AAJA’s mission is four-fold: To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists. To provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to Asian American and Pacific Islander students who aspire to professional journalism careers. To

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Hard work pays off for 2010-2011 Chapter scholarship winners

Four Los Angeles-area college students received scholarship checks ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to assist them in their pursuit of a career in journalism during a banquet hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter of AAJA on January 21. UCLA Daily Bruin editors Samantha Masunga (Peter Imamura Memorial Scholarship, $1,500) and

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A RETURN TO HAITI: KABC-TV’s David Ono search for hope in despair

Ono reported from Haiti in January in the immediate aftermath of the 7.2 earthquake.  He returned on the six-months anniversary to report on a dire situation across the country. KABC-TV anchor David Ono, who serves as vice president of broadcast for the LA Chapter, visited Haiti for six days in

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