WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Asian American Journalists Association recognized general excellence in news coverage of Asian American issues, and the outstanding work of several of its members, during the UNITY 2004 Convention August 4-8 in Washington, D.C. AAJA received approximately 80 entries nominating print, broadcast, photo, graphics and new media journalists for the 2004 National Awards. The category of Unlimited Subject Matter recognizes Asian American professional journalists and AAJA members. The category of Asian American Issues recognizes professional journalists covering the Asian American community. These awards demonstrate the ability of journalists -- Asian American and otherwise -- to cover the news with authority, sensitivity, insight and an eye toward diversity. At its Gala Scholarship and Awards Banquet on August 6, AAJA honored the following journalists for their work during 2004: TELEVISION -- UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER: James D. Wang, producer, ABC News' "Primetime" "Full House" (Claire Weinraub, producer; Diane Sawyer, correspondent; Jessica Velmans, senior producer; David Doss, executive producer) TELEVISION -- ASIAN AMERICAN ISSUES: Marie E. Nelson, producer, ABC News' "Nightline" "Casualties of War" (George Griffin, co-producer; Judy Muller, correspondent; Eric Wray, editor; Bob Brant, Al Lopez and Ben McCoy, camera; Rene Greblo, Hg Ng, Steve Lederer, audio) PHOTO -- UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER: Michael Yamashita, photographer, National Geographic "DMZ -- Korea's Dangerous Divide" RADIO -- ASIAN AMERICAN ISSUES: Richard L. Paul, producer, Soundprint Productions "Trapped on the Wrong Side of History" (Moira Rankin, executive producer) RADIO -- UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER: Sydnie A. Kohara, "Pacific Time" reporter, KQED Public Radio "Larry Ching's Last Hurrah" PRINT -- ASIAN AMERICAN ISSUES: Teresa Watanabe, staff writer, Los Angeles Times "Deja vu" PRINT -- UNLIMITED SUBJECT MATTER: Mei-Ling Hopgood, Washington reporter, Dayton Daily News "Casualties of Peace" (series co-authored with Russell Carollo, reporter) Awards were also presented to honor outstanding AAJA members for their contributions to the organization this year. The Chapter of the Year award went to two chapters this year: San Diego, which hosted last year's AAJA national convention and the Washington, D.C. chapter, which helped launch the Washington Correspondents survey. Chapter President of the Year award went posthumously to Ted Shen of the Chicago chapter for his passionate guidance and commitment to both student and professional programming, and the Member of the Year Award went to Keith Kamisugi for generously volunteering his time and efforts to promote and coordinate AAJA events in the media. The ELP Outstanding Leadership Award was presented to Fred Katayama of the New York Chapter, whose career reflects outstanding achievements leadership and a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of Asian Americans in the newsroom. About AAJA The Asian American Journalists Association is a national, non-profit educational association based in San Francisco that has more than 2,100 members. It was founded to encourage young Asian Pacific Americans to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Pacific Americans, to increase the number of Asian Pacific Americans and news managers in the industry. For more information, visit www.aaja.org.
SOURCE Asian American Journalists Association