#AAJASD Celebrates 31 Years in San Diego


#AAJASD Celebrates 31 Years in San Diego

Asian American Journalists Association San Diego Chapter hosted another sold out crowd for its annual 31st Anniversary Fundraiser at NBC7 San Diego studios on September 30, 2017.

This year, the chapter featured special guest speakers including MSNBC/NBC News Field Producer Aarne Heikkila & local KPBS Video Journalist Kris Arciaga.

The speakers presented videos and shared their techniques and tips about storytelling for television news.

More than 70 guests enjoyed a day of networking, fun and food catering provided by sponsors, Bekker’s Catering (http://www.bekkerscatering.com/), Bivouac Ciderworks (http://www.bivouaccider.com/) and Boba drinks by ‘Snoice’ SD (http://snoicesd.com/).

The also got their very own digital headshots snapped by talented photographer, Alex Nguyen (https://t.co/syINtlqXgf).

Guests also won raffle prizes provided by sponsors:
Barona Resort & Casino (www.facebook.com/baronacasino)
Campland on the Bay (https://www.facebook.com/campland/)
Puesto (www.facebook.com/puestoheadquarters)
Yoga Six (https://www.facebook.com/YogaSix)
JVC (‪http://pro.jvc.com/prof/main.jsp‬)

Thank you to our sponsors and guest for joining #AAJASD and making our 31st Anniversary Fundraiser such a huge success!



JOIN US for our #AAJASD 31st Anniversary Fundraiser!

GET TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aajasd-31st-anniversary-fundraiser-tickets-37219786383

Celebrate the 31st Anniversary of AAJA San Diego!

Our special speakers this year include MSNBC & NBC News producer Aarne Heikkila and KPBS photojournalist Kris Arciaga.

Network and learn about storytelling from top Asian American talent who work on-air and behind-the-scenes.

Get an exclusive tour inside NBC 7’s state-of-the-art studio and leave with YOUR own digital headshot.

Your donations support AAJA’s non-profit programs and scholarships that help Asian American & minority journalists advance their careers in TV, radio, print and digital news in San Diego and across the country.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 30 @ 3-5PM

WHERE: NBC 7 Studios (9680 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego, CA 92123)

There will be RAFFLE PRIZES and FREE FOOD provided by:

‘Snoice’ SD (http://snoicesd.com)
Bekker’s Catering (http://www.bekkerscatering.com)
Bivouac Ciderworks (http://www.bivouaccider.com/)

$20– General admission

$15– Students/members


We hope to see you there!

#AAJASD Kicks Off 1st Mixer of 2017!

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New faces and familiar ones meet up at Pappalecco in Hillcrest to kick off #AAJASD’s 1st Mixer of 2017!

Members of the 2017 Board of Directors introduced themselves to other journalists and shared their ideas for events in the coming year.

We were happy to meet everyone and catch up.

The board is designing and organizing its next annual fundraiser.

We’re excited to unveil what we have in store for the year.

Details to come. Stay tuned!


AAJASD Turns 30!


AAJA San Diego Turns 30!

By: Irene Byon

AAJA San Diego marked its 30th Anniversary on September 24, 2016 at the brand new, state-of-the-art NBC7 studios.

The Board of Directors greeted more than 70 guests at the fundraiser on Saturday night with delicious cuisine sponsored by vendors, Lolita’s Mexican Food (http://lolitasmexicanfood.com/)and Zarlito’s Filiipino Restaurant (http://www.zarlitos.com/).

Chapter President and NBC 7 San Diego reporter Liberty Zabala moderated the panel.

Speakers David Ono and Jinah Kim took the stage and shared their wisdom, experiences and career advice.

Ono is an evening anchor at ABC7 Eye Witness News in Los Angeles. He showed video clips of stories he’s covered throughout his career. The audience watched in awe of his coverage of the tsunami in Japan. Ono’s fun but spooky piece on a haunted home entertained the audience and filled the room with laughter.

Kim got up close and personal with the guests. She brought her infectious personality by interacting and interviewing the audience. Kim’s presentation reached a broad audience by speaking directly to students who are just starting their careers, to young professionals who asked Kim about her experiences in local and network news, then to non-journalists who came to the event to hear about how Kim became and entrepreneur and started her own company.

AAJASD’s 30th Anniversary fundraiser appealed to not only those in the journalism industry, but also to professionals who work in fields in which they can benefit by hearing from insiders in the industry.

Councilman Chris Cate honored the San Diego chapter with a proclamation from the city, official declaring September 24th as Asian American Journalism Association San Diego Day.

With that recognition in mind, this chapter, though small, will humbly carry the responsibility to encourage diversity in newsrooms and help journalists of color succeed in this industry.

Congratulations to AAJASD for this honor!

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