The Asian Media Initiative at the Center for Community Media is proud to present the first national directory and map of in-language and community-based news media for and by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across the U.S., and in U.S. territories and freely associated states.
Comprising 653 outlets in 35 states and Washington, D.C., four Pacific Islands, and three international locations, the AAPI Media Directory and accompanying map feature outlets serving AAPI communities locally, nationally, and even in global diasporas, in both traditional and digital media, and in 54 languages. The map and directory open a window into the sheer scope and range of a news media ecosystem that has long been overlooked, and whose audiences have been underserved elsewhere in media. And, at a time when communities across the U.S. are seeing a dramatic decline in local news sources, this directory showcases 482 news outlets that continue to serve their local and hyperlocal AAPI communities.
This map and directory represent a yearlong effort to define, locate, and verify community news media for and by the most diverse – and fastest growing – demographic group in the U.S. They serve as a powerful database and research tool for funders, advertisers, researchers, and journalists to better engage and understand AAPI communities. Entries range from legacy newspapers and in-language radio and television stations to special-interest and lifestyle magazines and innovative digital media for vulnerable communities and diasporic audiences. You’ll find magazines catering to Iranian American brides, Punjabi American truckers and Japanese American executives; as well as new fact-check sites and digital outlets combating disinformation; oral and community history archives; human rights documentation and investigative reporting projects; and community-centered and in-language literary and arts anthologies.
We have sought to be both expansive and intentional in our effort to bring visibility to Pacific Islander and Asian America through this directory and map, and to the many ways the AAPI media ecosystem serves, connects, informs, and defends its communities against discrimination and exclusion in the wider media landscape. Our goal is to build resources and strategies for sustaining this ecosystem, and enabling it to meet the needs of longstanding, new, and rapidly evolving AAPI communities as they grow and expand across the U.S.
Every entry in the directory has been independently reviewed and verified against open-source and public record information. If you’d like to directly verify details about your outlet, correct any information in the directory, or add your outlet, please fill out the AAPI Media Directory Verification Form.
We envision this directory as a living and growing record and invite anyone to ask questions or provide feedback by reaching out to AMI Director Kavitha Rajagopalan at email@example.com.
The directory is published in an Airtable, and can be filtered and sorted by an outlet’s name, location, language, community served, format, and other fields. When you hover over an outlet’s name, you can select the expanded view to see the outlet’s details listed in a popup window. In the interest of protecting community journalists’ safety, outlet addresses have not been published in the directory. If you would like to request an outlet’s address or obtain contact information for AAPI community media journalists, please contact Kavitha Rajagopalan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While every entry in the directory has been independently reviewed and verified using open-source and public record information, outlets that have been directly verified by their owners or managers have been listed as verified in the Direct Verification column. If you’d like to directly verify your outlet’s details, please fill out the AAPI Directory Verification Form.
The map shows the 646 of 653 outlets in the directory that are located within the U.S. and its territories. Outlets with international locations are not depicted on the map. When you visit the map, you will initially view the 48 mainland U.S. states. To view Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Palau, or Samoa, select their respective icon (national flags for each of the Pacific Island locations, a mountain for Alaska, and a wave for Hawaii) in the bottom right of the map . While the map gives the location of an outlet, its audience may extend beyond its immediate geographic vicinity. In the directory, you will find a column indicating the geographic scope of an outlet’s core audience as local, national, or diasporic.
On the map of the U.S. mainland, the shapes you see around the markers represent U.S. metropolitan areas. Only metro areas with at least one outlet in the directory are visible on the map. To hide the areas, select the “Hide metro areas” button in the top right corner. After panning and zooming, you can reset the map to its original view (i.e. the position when the map first loaded) by selecting the “Reset map” button, also in the top right corner.
1. Select one of the four filters to narrow down the entries
2. Search by an individual outlet
3. Click on the red markers (or points) to see information about an outlet
Search by Filter
When you choose a filter, you will see a dropdown menu. After selecting a value, you will see the filtered outlets on the sidebar via:
A list, viewable via popup when you click on the “List” button below the search field, that contains:
- Listings for each outlet that meets the initial search criterion, and, if an outlet has an active website available, a “Go to website” button you can click to visit the outlet itself
- A “Show on map” button to zoom in to the outlet’s location on the map.
NOTE: Where addresses were not listed on the outlet’s masthead or corporate records, or directly verified, locations are approximated; and, outlets with international locations are not depicted on the map.
Three tables, each one further narrowing down the outlets via each of the other filters.
- For example, if you select the “Community” filter, and choose “Hmong American” in the dropdown menu, you will see the three tables below the search field, presenting the number of Hmong American outlets in the map, broken down respectively by languages, formats and locations (eg, the number of Hmong American outlets published in Hmong, or as newsletters, and in which cities).
- You can click on a row in each of these three tables to see a list of the outlets resulting from the two levels of filtering (i.e. “Community” and then either “Language,” “Format,” or “Location”). Above this list of outlets, you will see a map representing the outlets that meet the original search criterion with the location markers of the filtered outlets in red (e.g., the total number of Hmong American outlets on the map, and those with newspapers marked in red). The map will initially show filtered outlets located within the 50 U.S. states, but you can click the navigation arrows at the bottom of this map to view any filtered outlets that are located on the Pacific Islands.
Search by Outlet
You can search for individual outlets by name in the “Search for an outlet” field, which you can find by scrolling to the bottom of the sidebar. Type an outlet’s name into the search field, or click on an outlet in the dropdown menu that appears. When you click on an outlet’s name, you will zoom into that outlet on the map, and its marker will pulse. You can click on the pulsing dot to see a popup with information about the outlet, including the website link, where available.
To return to the initial page of the sidebar, you can x out any popup windows and then click the selected filter button to clear it.
While only the outlets with an available location appear on the map, all outlets regardless of whether they have a location in the directory will appear within the lists.
- Visit the AAPI Media Directory by clicking on the “Directory” button on the left of the footer of the sidebar.
- Visit a fact sheet with data visualizations illuminating the history, diversity, and scope of the AAPI media ecosystem in graphics and bubble charts by clicking on the “Visuals” button in the center of the footer of the sidebar.
- Read about the map, and our methodology for determining whether to include an outlet in the map and directory, by clicking on the “About” button on the right of the footer of the sidebar.
- If desired, hide the sidebar by selecting the close button in the top right corner of the sidebar panel.
- Using the search field on the map, you can search by an address or more general location. The map will then zoom in to that location.
The AAPI Media Directory and Map was made possible with the generous support of the Democracy Fund and the Ford Foundation.