South Asian Journalists Association Records

Date Range: 19942010
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-02-09
Creator: South Asian Journalists Association

History: In the Spring of 1994, four South Asian journalists and friends met in a New York City restaurant and founded the South Asian Journalists Association—an organization committed to providing networking opportunities for journalists of South Asian descent and those with an interest in South Asia and its diaspora. Among them was Sreenath Sreenivasan, who at the time of this survey, served as Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Professional Practice in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and whose office SAJA’s records resided. By 1995, the organization had 200 New York City-based members and was hosting monthly meetings. Members included correspondents, reporters, and editors for South Asia-based publications (e.g. Associated Press of Pakistan, India Today), ethnic media outlets based in the United States (e.g. India Abroad, Minaret), and mainstream news sources (e.g. Time, Wall Street Journal). Read more

Saul Mills Papers

Date Range: 19331989
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2008-11-14
Creator: Mills, Saul, 1910-1988.

History: Born in New York City in 1910, Saul Mills was a union activist, PR representative and journalist who worked in varying capacities with a number of newspapers, including The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Brooklyn Standard Union and The City News Association. Mills’ newspaper experience and his association with the noted newspaper columnist Heywood Broun gave rise to Mills’ involvement in the labor movement. In 1934, he became a charter member of Broun’s Newspaper Guild which led to Mills’ dismissal from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Between 1936 and 1940, Mills worked as a public relations representative for CIO and AFL affiliated unions, including the Greater New York CIO Council

Cecily Brownstone Papers

Date Range: 19402002
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2009-10-06
Creator: Cecily Brownstone

 Cecily Brownstone was born in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, Canada, in 1909, and grew up in Winnipeg, the fourth of five sisters. She attended the University of Manitoba and came to New York City to pursue her studies and to work. She lived in Greenwich Village, appropriately enough in a brownstone house, in a duplex apartment that included a spectacular test kitchen, and that housed her large cookbook collection.

Cecily Brownstone was The Associated Press Food Editor from 1947 to 1986 — for thirty-nine years. During that time she was the most widely published of syndicated food writers. The five recipe columns and two food features she wrote for the A.P. each week appeared in papers all over the United States, in addition to a number of other countries.

Earlier in her career as a journalist, Brownstone was the Food Editor of Parent’s Magazine, and the Child Care Editor of Family Circle magazine. She also wrote a book for children, All Kinds of Mothers, illustrated by her niece, the artist Miriam Brofsky Kley.

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Asian American Journalists Association – New York Chapter Records

Date Range: 19872007
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-02-23
Creator: Asian American Journalists Association – New York Chapter

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), a non-profit educational and professional organization, provides networking opportunities and support for Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) journalists and students of journalism. AAJA additionally raises awareness within the A/PA community of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access to it, and monitors the media for accuracy and fairness in its coverage of Asian/Pacific Americans. Founded in 1981 by a small group of Los Angeles-based journalists that included Tritia Toyota and Frank Kwan of KNBC-TV News, Bill Sing, Nancy Yoshihara and David Kishiyama of the Los Angeles Times, and Dwight Chuman of Rafu Shimpo, a local Japanese American Newspaper, AAJA expanded in 1985 with the formation of additional chapters, growing to a current membership of more than 1,600 members in 20 chapters across the US and in Asia. Its New York chapter is the largest with more than 450 members concentrated in the New York metropolitan area. Its members have included Helen Zia, Sreenath Sreenivasan, Mohamad Bazzi, Pradnya Joshi, Qin Li, Corky Lee and Jeannie Park, its founding president. To fulfill its fundraising, networking, professional, and leadership development functions, AAJA New York hosts various events that include resume critiques, workshops and panels, board and leadership meetings, chapter elections, Scrabble tournaments, dinner fundraisers, new member mixers, annual holiday parties, and annual softball games in Central Park. AAJA New York has on occasion hosted the organization’s annual National Conference (1990, 2000) and East Coast Mini-Conference for its East Coast chapters. AAJA also funds scholarships and fellowships that help support members’ career advancement and education.

Asia Pacific Forum Records

Date Range: 19982011APF logo
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2011-01-28
Creator: Asia Pacific Forum

 Broadcasting on WBAI 99.5 FM and streaming live on the web every Monday from 9-10 pm, Asia Pacific Forum (APF) is “a progressive pan-Asian radio show” based in New York City focusing on culture and politics. APF’s broadcasts cover underreported stories from Asia and Asian America and explore topics including activism, civil and human rights, foreign policy, immigration, history, labor, literature, pop culture, and the performing arts. WBAI is part of the Pacifica Foundation, a non-commercial and listener-sponsored national radio network founded in 1946 with about 50 additional affiliates in Houston, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the United States.
APF has operated as a collective since its founding. Current core collective members are Zhaleh Afshar, Saara Azadi, Olivia Canlas, Mijounga Chan, Michelle Chen, Aniruddha Das, Naved Husain, Danny Kim, Aruna Krishnakumar, and Hyun Lee.