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Lia Chang Multimedia: 2009 Asian American Journalists Association Awards

Frances Rivera, anchor, 7News and CW56 in Boston and Arthur Chi’en reporter/host with WPIX-TV/New York, emcee’d the banquet. © Lia Chang

Frances Rivera, anchor, 7News and CW56 in Boston and Arthur Chi’en reporter/host with WPIX-TV/New York, emcee’d the banquet. © Lia Chang


The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) presented the awards for excellence in news coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander and other issues, on Saturday, August 15 at its Gala Scholarship and Awards Banquet at the Boston World Trade Center at AAJA’s National Convention. Arthur Chi’en reporter/host with WPIX-TV/New York, and Frances Rivera, anchor, 7News and CW56 in Boston, emcee’d the banquet. John Yang, NBC News correspondent, was the keynote speaker.
John Yang © Lia Chang

John Yang © Lia Chang


Freelance photographer Kelvin Ma received the first award of the night, the Dith Pran perpetual trophy and a cash award for his winning entry “Free Hug”, in the Annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut Competition. The theme of this year’s live photography competition was “The Freedom Trail.” All conventioneers were eligible to shoot between Wednesday through Friday during the convention. Over $2,000 in prizes were awarded.
Albert Lee, AAJA Professional Programs Coordinator, presents freelance photographer Kelvin Ma with the Dith Pran perpetual trophy and a cash award for his winning entry “Free Hug”, in the Annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut Competition. © Lia Chang

Albert Lee, AAJA Professional Programs Coordinator, presents freelance photographer Kelvin Ma with the Dith Pran perpetual trophy and a cash award for his winning entry “Free Hug”, in the Annual Dith Pran Photography and Multimedia ShootOut Competition. © Lia Chang


The competition is in honor of our beloved New York Times photographer Dith Pran, who survived the Cambodian “Killing Fields.”

Photography Winners:
First place: Kelvin Ma, freelancer, “Free Hug” wins a ThinkTankPhoto bag and $200 in cash from AAJA National Office and perpetual trophy and SanDisk. (value: $650)
Second place: An Rong Xu, School of Visual Arts, “Sailor Portrait,” wins a ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and SanDisk card. (value: $450)
Third place: Diana Diroy, San Jose State University, “Cemetery,” wins Olympus audio recorder and Sandisk card. (value: $450)
Fourth place: Karen Zhou, freelance, “Military Dog Tags,” wins ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and SanDisk card. (value $200)
Fifth place: Sihang Chang, students, “Bookstore,” wins ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and Sandisk card. (value $200)
Sixth place: Hannah Lao, students, “Frog Pond,” wins Sandisk card. (value $50)

Multimedia Winners:
First place: Derek Sijder, San Jose State University, “Boston Globe Pressman,” wins Thinktankphoto camera carrying cases and SanDisk card. (value $400)
Second place: Derek Liu, UCLA, “Midnight Bakery,” wins a ThinkTankPhoto camera bag, wins Sandisk card. (value: $300)
Third place: Greg Yamamoto, Honolulu Advertiser, “Bar Owner,” wins a ThinkTankphoto camera bag and SanDisk card (value $250)

2009 AAJA National Journalism Award winners (L-R) Brian Bull, Wisconsin Public Radio; Vino Wong, photojournalist, Altanta Journal-Constitution; Craig Gima, assistant city editor/reporter, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; Jinah Kim, correspondent, NBC News; Bryan Chu, sports reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Barry Petersen, CBS News correspondent with banquet co-emcees Arthur Chi'en reporter/host with WPIX-TV/New York, and Frances Rivera, anchor, 7News and CW56 in Boston. © Lia Chang

2009 AAJA National Journalism Award winners (l-r) Brian Bull, Wisconsin Public Radio; Vino Wong, photojournalist, Altanta Journal-Constitution; Craig Gima, assistant city editor/reporter, Honolulu Star-Bulletin; Jinah Kim, correspondent, NBC News; Bryan Chu, sports reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Barry Petersen, CBS News correspondent with banquet co-emcees Arthur Chi'en reporter/host with WPIX-TV/New York, and Frances Rivera, anchor, 7News and CW56 in Boston. © Lia Chang

National Journalism Award Winners
The category of Unlimited Subject Matter recognizes professional journalists and AAJA members. The category of Asian American and Pacific Islander Issues recognizes professional journalists covering the AAPI community. These awards demonstrate the ability of journalists – AAPI and otherwise – to cover the news with authority, sensitivity, insight and an eye towards diversity. AAJA honored the following journalists for their work published or broadcast last year:
TELEVISION-AAPI ISSUES
Jinah Kim, correspondent, NBC News, “More Than Just A Rice Shortage”
PHOTOGRAPHY-AAPI ISSUES
Vino Wong, photojournalist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Amazing Feet”
RADIO-UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER
K. Oanh Ha, Reporter, KQED Public Radio, “Melamine Contamination”
PRINT-AAPI ISSUES
Bryan Chu, sports reporter, San Francisco Chronicle, “Counted Out”
PRINT-UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER
Moni Basu, staff reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,”Chaplain Turner’s War”
TELEVISION-UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER
Barry Petersen, correspondent; Marsha Cooke, producer; and Randy Schmidt, producer, CBS News Sunday Morning “Barry Petersen: Body of Work”
PHOTOGRAPHY-UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER
Chiaki Kawajiri, photojournalist, The Baltimore Sun, “Final Stage”
ONLINE-UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER
Michael Zhao, managing editor/producer, China Green, Asia Society, “Clearing the Air: China’s Environmental Challenge”
ONLINE-AAPI ISSUES
Craig Gima, assistant city editor/reporter, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, “Sithan’s Journey”
RADIO-AAPI ISSUES
Brian Bull, Wisconsin Public Radio, “Bridging the Shores: The Hmong-American Experience”
AAJA Special Award recipients Dinah Eng, Steve Paulus, Jeannie Park and Corky Lee © Lia Chang

AAJA Special Award recipients Dinah Eng, Steve Paulus, Jeannie Park and Corky Lee © Lia Chang


Special Awards
The four individuals who were honored with the 2009 AAJA Special Awards have been instrumental in the successful careers of countless Asian American journalists, mentoring, promoting diversity and personally guiding and nurturing leadership development among the ranks of AAJA.

Dinah Eng, columnist for Scripps Howard News Service was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award; New York based photojournalist Corky Lee received AAJA’s Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Jeannie Park, former editor, Time Inc. received the AAJA Leadership in Diversity Award; and this year’s Special Recognition Award was presented to Steve Paulus, senior vice president/general manager of NY1 News. For more about Dinah, Corky, Jeannie and Steve, click https://liachang.wordpress.com/2009/08/16/dinah-eng-corky-lee-jeannie-park-and-steve-paulus-honored-by-asian-american-journalists-association-by-lia-chang/

Cynthia Wang, assistant editor of People magazine © Lia Chang

Cynthia Wang, assistant editor of People magazine © Lia Chang


Chapter & Member Awards
Kudos to Cynthia Wang, assistant editor of People magazine who received AAJA’s Member of the Year Award and Vino Wong, photojournalist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Chapter, who received the President of the Year Award. Kim Moy, who was promoted to Director of the Yahoo! U.S. Front Page Editorial Programming Group this year, received the Executive Leadership Program Outstanding Leadership Award. Our host chapter for this year’s convention, the New England Chapter (pictured below at karaoke night), received the Chapter of the Year Award.
New England Chapter sings "Sweet Caroline," at the AAJA karaoke night, accompanied by live band Nickel and Dime on August 15, 2009. (L-R) Kim Tan, Phil Marcelo, Susan Choi, Tracy Jan, Hanah Fadrigalan, Shirley Goh, Sangita Chandra, Shirley Leung, and Daigo Fujiwara.© Lia Chang
New England Chapter sings “Sweet Caroline,” at the AAJA karaoke night, accompanied by live band Nickel and Dime on August 15, 2009. (L-R) Kim Tan, Phil Marcelo, Susan Choi, Tracy Jan, Hanah Fadrigalan, Shirley Goh, Sangita Chandra, Shirley Leung, and Daigo Fujiwara. © Lia Chang

Watch excerpts of speeches by John Yang, Jeannie Park and Steve Paulus on video

Photos from the Gala Scholarship and Awards Banquet

Highlights of my time at the AAJA convention in Boston, including photos from karaoke night.

Congrats to all of the winners. See you in Hollywood in 2010.
AAJA Website

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist. Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog. As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

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