Asian Media Initiative

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The Asian Media Initiative is dedicated to organizing and building sustainability for community media for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the U.S.

To support this critical media ecosystem, the Asian Media Initiative will:

  • Increase the visibility of this sector through mapping, research, and public events;
  • Build sustainability through needs assessment and targeted programming;
  • Create communities of support and practice across diverse AAPI media through peer-to-peer resource exchange networks and dedicated spaces.

More than 25 million strong, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are the fastest growing populations in the U.S., with Asian Americans projected to be the country’s largest immigrant population by 2055. And yet these communities remain largely invisible and underserved in traditional media. 

Community media for and by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have existed for over 150 years. For example, the first Chinese-language newspaper in the U.S., The Golden Hills’ News (金山日新錄), began publishing in San Francisco in 1854; and independent Hawaiian-language media for and by Native Hawaiians have published continuously since 1861. In the intervening years, media for and by AAPI have grown to serve communities across the U.S. in more than 50 languages, from Indigenous people to new arrivals and Asian Americans well into their third generation or longer in the U.S. Asian media have long organized with Black and Latino media to not only participate in the U.S. democratic experiment, but to build it. 

The Asian Media Initiative builds on CCM’s previous efforts to support and amplify Asian media, including public conversations, special reports and social media engagement, and community spaces for Asian media journalists. 

To learn more about the Asian Media Initiative or participate in the initiative, please contact AMI director Kavitha Rajagopalan at kavitha.rajagopalan@journalism.cuny.edu.

AAPI News Media: Origins and Futures

The Asian Media Initiative has published a sweeping report on the evolution of AAPI news media in the U.S. from the nineteenth century through the present day. Synthesizing more than 200 years of AAPI history into a cohesive community story, the report, AAPI News Media: Origins and Futures, opens a new window into a vast and often overlooked media sector for and by AAPI, who remain underserved in traditional media despite being the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. In three parts, the report offers a critical reframing of AAPI history as a shared story, documented in diverse and coexisting community news media; examines how AAPI media have serve as a defense against anti-Asian violence in the past and amid resurgent xenophobia today; and how they are navigating challenges and opportunities in the digital age to serve growing and interconnected local and diasporic communities. The report builds on AMI’s national map and directory of AAPI media, and together, these original research offerings bring critical insight and awareness of a powerful and deeply under-resourced news media ecosystem for an increasingly diverse U.S. news audience, whose news needs have been and remain largely unmet.

READ THE REPORT

Asian Media Map & Directory

The Asian Media Initiative has released the first national map and directory of in-language and community-based news media outlets for and by AAPI across the U.S., as well as its territories and freely associated states. This interactive resource features more than 650 outlets serving AAPI in 54 languages, ranging from hyperlocal newspapers and glossy magazines to innovative digital-first outlets and diasporic investigative reporting projects, and includes both in-map data analytics and accompanying data visualizations. AMI’s criteria for inclusion in the AAPI media map and directory are disclosed in the “About” section at the foot of the menu bar. Every entry in the directory has been independently reviewed and verified using open-source and public-record information. If you’d like to correct or directly verify an entry, or add your outlet to the directory, please complete the Directory Verification Form.

Visit the map and directory.

Needs Assessment and Sustainability Programming

We are currently undertaking a needs assessment with AAPI media publishers and newsroom leaders. The results of these in-depth interviews will be published in a landscape report of this news ecosystem and will inform our specialized training programs, workshops, cohorts, and other programming aimed at bringing resources and building sustainability for AAPI-serving media.

Asian media will continue to participate in CCM’s ongoing sustainability initiatives, including the Advertising Boost Initiative and the City Elections Initiative

Peer-to-Peer and Resource Exchange Networks

In Spring 2022, we convened the Asian Media Women’s Network, an invitation-only community space for women, female-identifying, and gender-diverse journalists working in AAPI community media. This space for sharing resources and mutual support meets monthly and includes a biweekly bulletin and a virtual communications platform, as well as specialized training opportunities and tools.

In Spring 2023, the AMI is launching a new series of workshops exclusively for members of the Asian Media Women’s Network, on such topics as desktop investigative tools, digital security, leadership and career development, and more. Women and gender-diverse journalists working in AAPI community media are welcome to join the network and participate in these and other opportunities.

Email Kavitha at kavitha.rajagopalan@journalism.cuny.edu for more information or to join the AMWN.

We will be announcing additional peer-to-peer resource exchange networks for publishers and journalists in Asian American and Pacific Islander media.

Research

CCM has published groundbreaking research and reporting on Asian media, prominently featuring Asian media outlets in our 2020 in-depth look at digital innovators serving immigrant communities, Digital First Responders, and in our special newsletter features on COVID-19’s impact on community media and on the loss of legacy outlets during pandemic lockdowns. 

In Spring 2021, CCM published an in-depth special report on how media for and by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were responding to the converging crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian violence, disinformation and polarization, and more. Read Asian Media on the Front Lines.

The Asian Media Initiative is preparing to publish forthcoming research on the Asian media ecosystem.

Public Events

CCM has previously hosted town hall gatherings and public conversations featuring Asian media leaders and journalists. We will continue to host events intended to elevate your expertise, both as journalism innovators and on the communities you serve. To receive invitations to CCM’s events, trainings, and other opportunities for community media journalists, join our mailing list.

Contact Us

Have any questions about CCM’s Asian Media Initiative? Please contact us.

Kavitha Rajagopalan
Asian Media Initiative Director
kavitha.rajagopalan@journalism.cuny.edu
(Twitter) @kxraja