The Asian American Journalists Association will get $230,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation toward redeveloping AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program. Knight announced the funding on Monday.
According to the press release, “For the first time, the Asian American Journalists Association will open the program to journalists outside of its membership to create an inclusive environment for journalists of all backgrounds.”
The training previously focused on helping Asian Americans work through cultural barriers at media organizations. The new program will include a two-day leadership conference and a program for a smaller group focusing on entrepreneurial skills.
“In order to foster talent in digital journalism and address wide community information needs, we need to make sure that newsrooms include more minority leaders and decision-makers with knowledge of diversity issues,” said Shazna Nessa, Knight Foundation director for journalism. “Redesigning the Executive Leadership Program will help provide the next generation of leaders with the skills they need to succeed and create journalism that is representative of our diverse communities.”
The first event will be held in Miami next month.