#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 (, Bivouac Ciderworks ( and Boba drinks by ‘Snoice’ SD (

The also got their very own digital headshots snapped by talented photographer, Alex Nguyen (

Guests also won raffle prizes provided by sponsors:
Barona Resort & Casino (
Campland on the Bay (
Puesto (
Yoga Six (
JVC (‪‬)

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






Celebrate the 31st Anniversary of AAJA San Diego!

Our special speakers this year include MSNBC & NBC News producer Aarne Heikkila and KPBSphotojournalist 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

There will be RAFFLE PRIZES and FREE FOOD provided by:

‘Snoice’ SD (
Bekker’s Catering (
Bivouac Ciderworks (

$20– General admission

$15– Students/members


We hope to see you there!

media mixer

Join #AAJASD and other journalism organizations across San Diego at our joint Holiday Mixer!

The event is sponsored by AAJA San Diego,  NAHJSDTJ, ONA, NATASPSW, SDABJ, SD SPJ and the SD Press Club. 

That means YOUR admission and your food are FREE!

We can’t wait to see you Monday, December 12th from 6-8:30 PM at Athens Market Taverna!

109 W. F Street, San Diego, CA

Happy Holidays!




What: AAJA San Diego is celebrating 30 years!

When: Sat. September 24, 2016 | 3:45-7 p.m.

Where: NBC 7- 9680 Granite Ridge Road, San Diego, CA

Tickets: $20 general admission | $15 students/AAJA Members and journalism organization members | Reserve your ticket today via Eventbrite 

Who: Network and hear from ABC7 LA’s David Ono, NBC News’ Jinah Kim, San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate, and your favorite AAJA members

Why: Your donations suport AAJA’s non-profit programs and scholarships that help Asian American journalists advance their careers in TV, radio, print and digital news in and around San Diego.

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 API Mega Mixer


#AAJASD co-presenting this month’s API Mega Mixer on Thursday, May 19. That means AAJA members qualify for a discount attendance price ($15).

When buying tickets, make sure you select this option: “NAAAP Member or Co-Presenting Partner” and then list AAJA on the next page. Tickets:…

More details: In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month we invite you to join fellow San Diego API organizations for a special mixer dedicated to creating connections and strengthening collaboration in the local community. A special menu of delicious appetizers will be provided by Emerald Chinese Cuisine in addition to a fun-filled program throughout the night.

Give us a heads-up if you plan on attending! Would love to connect!

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Crafting The Story 

#AAJASD hosted its first annual fundraiser “Crafting The Story” event featuring ABC7 Los Angeles Eyewitness News Reporter Elex Michaelson and NBC News producer Jody Hammond.

More than 50 students, aspiring journalists and working professionals packed ABC 10 News KGTV Studios to pick the brains of the best journalists in the business on the art-of-storytelling!

Elex and Jody presented clips of their recent and award-winning work to the audience then answered questions from the crowd as well as the moderator NBC7 Reporter Liberty Zabala.

The event helped raise funds for #AAJASD programs and scholarships to help Asian American journalists advance their careers in TV, Radio, Print, Digital Media and more.

Special thanks to J&M Catering ( for providing delicious poke tacos for all the guest and Nestle Toll House Cafe in Chula Vista ( for providing guests with cookie treats.

If you’d like to be involved be sure to send us your contact information at

Be sure to look out for the next #AAJASD event coming this September/October 2016!

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