2023 AAJA Awards Judging Panel Application
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 aims to amplify journalists and nonfiction storytellers whose work exemplifies our mission for greater AAPI representation and meaningful inclusion in the media industry and in media coverage. AAJA seeks to highlight insightful stories of underrepresented communities and the journalists who work to bring their stories to light. 

You will:
  • Have opportunities to review the most outstanding journalism AAJA members and non-members produced in the past year.
  • Contribute to advocating for advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.
  • Must have an active AAJA membership.
  • 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. 
  • Comply with the Awards schedule and time commitment: Screeners’ time commitment will vary depending on the number of entries in their category while final judges will evaluate only the top 10 finalists. A few hours is a reasonable estimate. Screeners and final round judges will have one month each (screening round in March, final judging in April) to complete evaluations.
  • Must participate in a review call for each category you are appointed to judge.
  • 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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Full Name *
AAJA member email *
Phone Number *
Where are you based? (City/State, Country) *
What current or past leadership roles have you had in the AAJA community?  *
Your AAJA Chapter *
What Affinity Groups are you part of? 
Average Availability (Per Week) *
Why are you a good candidate for helping judge AAJA's awards? *
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