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04-17-07, 02:45 PM
Media Advisory: Coverage on Virginia Tech Shooting Incident

Contact: Janice Lee, 415-346-2051, JaniceL@aaja.org

SAN FRANCISCO (April 16, 2007) -- Like the rest of the nation, we at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) are stunned at the news of today's shooting at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends as they cope with this horrific incident.

As coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting continues to unfold, AAJA urges all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason. There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.

The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.

We further remind members of the media that the standards of news reporting should be universal and applied equally no matter the platform or medium, including blogs.

We at AAJA, representing approximately 2,000 reporters, editors, photographers and executives in the industry, encourage journalists to refer to style and reference books, both within their own shop as well as AAJA's at http://www.aaja.org/resources/apa_handbook/.

We also invite those with concerns or questions to contact AAJA as a resource for issues of fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. AAJA's national office is at (415) 346-2051, National@aaja.org, www.aaja.org.

About AAJA

The Asian American Journalists Association is a non-profit professional and educational organization with approximately 2,000 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA's mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists of Color, along with the Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and National Association of Black Journalists. For more information, visit www.aaja.org.

Just when you thought things couldn't get any more pathetic...

Here we go with the again with the “PC” at a really bad time.;)


04-17-07, 02:52 PM
yea wanna know a compeling reason??? if i went to china and they said the round eye white man commited a crime...

Well id probably be easily caught since theres not too many white people in bejiing...

and i know in japan i felt like a giant walking around a an occasional hot chick but for the most part they all bolegged with flat chests and half the time i coudlnt tell the difference between the men and women anyways...

PC and what really ****es me off is if i dont mind being identified as a white person or having my race used to identify me im not going to give a god damn about some other persons belief while they continue to call me by what i am....

04-17-07, 03:51 PM
I am sick to death od PC crap. My D.I.s never worried about pc crap and they wereable to get the message acoss to a lot of people and do it very clear and the lessons stayed with us for many years.

04-17-07, 06:07 PM
It is probably more telling that he was a senior still living in the dorms. He must have been frustrated. I wonder if he was due to graduate or not.