Lighting a candle in the journalism darkness

I guess we all know now why they call them Depressions — the enervating feeling of dread, pessimism, etc. Local journalists are right there with the rest of the world.

But sometimes, you just have to say “screw it” and hold a party. That’s what the local chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is doing.

Their annual fundraiser is next Tuesday, Dec. 9, and I have to say, it sounds like a steal. For $20 ($15 if you’re a student), you get a “Taste of Twin Cities” with food from local Asian restaurants. Organizers also promise entertainers, dancers and martial artists.

In the feel-good-about-the-world department, your sawbuck will support scholarships from high school and college students who want to tackle the uncertain but thrilling world of journalism. Big picture, we need more diversity in newsrooms and this is one way to help.

The event will be at St. Paul’s Minnesota Children’s Museum, 6-8:30 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance (they’re $25 at the door) or make a donation, surf to: http://tasteofaaja08.googlepages.com. You can also call 651-208-2535.

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