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JA Interview: Building a pipeline for minority journalist entrepreneurs

December 14, 2012 in Blog, Education

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Journalism Accelerator

Doug Mitchell brings ideas to angels. He is co-director of the UNITY New U Entrepreneur Fellowship program. Funded by the Ford Foundation, the program aims to help minority journalists get the business training, support and connections they need to launch businesses. The initiative offers $10,000 grants, training and mentorships.

Last year, New U launched a new partnership with the National Minority Angel Network to provide fellows further mentoring and pitch opportunities.

The JA’s Emily Harris talked with Doug about the business landscape minority journalists face, the particulars of this journalism business training program and how to get involved in 2013. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. Read the rest of this entry →

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)

November 2, 2011 in Community, Craft, Education, Policy, Resources

Founded in 1981, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a non-profit professional and educational organization with more than 1,400 members today. AAJA serves Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by encouraging young people to consider journalism as a career, developing managers in the media industry, and promoting fair and accurate news coverage.

AAJA uses the term “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” to embrace all Americans–both citizens and residents — who self-identify with one or more of the three dozen nationalities and ethnic groups in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. We use this term to refer to our communities at large, as well as to our membership which includes representatives from all these regions.

AAJA is committed to diversity in order to incorporate different viewpoints into newsrooms across the country. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists of Color, along with the Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and National Association of Black Journalists.” Source: AAJA