2024 AAJA Awards Judging Interest Form
The Asian American Journalists Association is recruiting judges for the AAJA Journalism Excellence Awards. A diverse set of experienced journalists and editors will be appointed to review the entries and select the finalists and winners.

What are the AAJA Awards?

The Asian American Journalists Association has honored excellence in journalism since 1987. Through our awards,  AAJA celebrates members who have produced the best journalism and non-fiction storytelling of the previous year, including stories that would have gone untold without their cultural competence. The Awards advance our mission for greater AAPI representation in news and deeper, more accurate coverage of AAPIs and other underrepresented communities. 

You will:
  • Have opportunities to review the most outstanding journalism produced byAAJA members in the past year.
  • Help advance diversity in newsrooms and ensure fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.
  • You don’t need to be a full-time journalist or editor, but you must have a passion for and professional experience in journalism.
  • Attend a judging training. 
  • Complying with the Awards schedule and time commitment; a few hours is a reasonable estimate. 
  • Screeners’ time commitment will vary depending on the number of entries in their category while final judges will evaluate only the top 10 finalists. 
  • Screeners and final round judges will have a few weeks each (screening round in February, final judging in February/March) to complete evaluations.
  • Judges must participate in a review call for each category they are judging.
  • Agree to the Awards Conflict of Interest Policy and abide by the AAJA Code of Conduct
If you are interested in judging for AAJA Awards, please fill out the required information in the form. 

Questions? Contact April Siruno at aprils@aaja.org or @aprils on Slack. 

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First Name *
Last Name *
Email (AAJA members, please use your member email)  *
Phone Number *
Where are you based? (City/State, Country) *
Current Organization/News Outlet (write freelance if n/a)
Title/Role (write freelance if n/a) *
Your AAJA Chapter
Years Experience
Which Affinity Group(s) are you part of? Please check all that apply.
Check the judging role(s) you're interested in. *
Please select all the awards categories you would potentially be interested in judging. (We will not assign you all of the categories you select; this will help us understand preferences/areas of expertise when we finalize judging assignments.)
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