SOURCE: Asian American Journalists Association

Asian American Journalists Association

December 16, 2013 14:15 ET

AAJA Announces Emerson College as JCamp 2014 Partner School

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2013) - The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) today announced Emerson College's sponsorship of JCamp, a multi-cultural high school journalism workshop. Forty-two high school students from across the country will be selected to participate in the six-day program hosted by the university located in Boston, Massachusetts from July 29 to August 3, 2014.

"Boston has witnessed the country's changing history since the birth of our nation," said AAJA National President Paul Cheung. "I'm excited for this year's JCampers to have access to such a rich legacy and learn about the craft of journalism in the heart of the city from Emerson College."

More than 500 students have graduated from JCamp since the program was launched in 2001 to help develop future journalists. High school students from across the country are selected in a competitive application process in which academic achievement and journalistic talent are among the strongest considerations. Students can apply online at until March 16, 2014.

"As a member of AAJA for more than two decades, it will be an honor to welcome many of America's brightest high school journalists to Boston," Interim Chair of Journalism Paul Niwa said. "JCamp fits perfectly with Emerson College's commitment to both diversity and newsroom excellence."

Neal Justin, JCamp co-director and TV critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, also stated, "We're thrilled to be returning to Emerson, our home in 2009. Its facilities, location and staff offer the perfect scenario for the next generation of leaders and journalists."

Students from diverse backgrounds attend the program to sharpen their journalism skills and work together in a unique learning environment. The curriculum consists of hands-on training with leading professional journalists, lectures from some of the industry's best-known personalities, and reporting field trips. Past years' speaker panels have included Gwen Ifill of NPR and Arthur Sulzberger of the New York Times.

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a nonprofit professional and educational organization with more than 1,600 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA's mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists for Diversity. For more information about AAJA, visit

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