IE Editor in Chief Travis Quezon talks about interviewing skills at a citizen journalism workshop in 2016. • Courtesy Photo

Advocacy Journalism Fellowship Program (AJFP) is a joint collaboration between the International Examiner (IE) and the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF), funded in part by Seattle Foundation’s VDI-Engagement Pipeline grant.

The application period for the 2017-2018 program year has ended. Please check back during the summer for more information on the 2018-2019 program.

Each year beginning in 2017, four Fellows will receive seven months of training and be assigned to one of four community groups identified as being underrepresented within the larger Asian Pacific Islander American community. Fellows will learn about the communities’ histories, relationships, and evolving struggles with the purpose of empowering those communities to mobilize, and to provide them with an appropriate platform to make their voices heard. Each Fellow working with the underrepresented communities will have pages in the print edition of the International Examiner and web pages dedicated to community voices, issues, news coverage, and culture.

The four communities for 2017/2018 are as follows:





The Fellows in this position need to be able to work with many different kinds of people and be able to adapt to a multitude of situations. From writing opinion pieces, to engaging and interviewing a diverse array of community members to developing skills in mass communication, the Fellows will be responsible for making calls, developing strategies, and cultivating client relationships in a unique work environment with creative professionals in journalism.

Seasoned journalist Matt Chan led several citizen journalism workshops sponsored by the IE in 2016 and 2017. Fellows part of the Advocacy Journalism Fellowship program will take part in similar journalism training workshops. • Courtesy Photo


  • Highly motivated, organized, and highly skilled in communication
  • Strong analytical and quantitative abilities with excellent written and verbal communications
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel with a general understanding of writing techniques
  • Good ability to participate within a multi-disciplinary team and to act autonomously as appropriate


  • 10 hours per week (5 in office)
  • $250 per month


  • Understanding the intricacies of producing a bi-monthly publication
  • Real world knowledge of working with underrepresented communities
  • Hands on strategizing and planning
  • Participating in regular staff meetings and trainings


  • Researching needs, challenges and community members’ perspectives
  • Assisting in brainstorming and story planning
  • Developing Social Networks
  • Establishing bonds with underrepresented communities
  • Promoting a better understanding about and among our diverse Asian Pacific American communities

Our internships offer you the opportunity to:

  • Explore Career Opportunities – by working in the fast paced world of community journalism, you can receive an inside look at a potential career path
  • Network – meet a variety of people in your chosen profession through your Fellowship, allowing you to form relationships you can build on in the future
  • Find Mentors – certain individuals can help guide you through your Fellowship and expose you to opportunities to which you can aspire

Download the AJFP Fact Sheet


Bif Brigman
Fellowship Program Manager: 1-206-538-3098 or

Mitsue Cook
Outreach Coordinator: 1-206-890-3020 or