This year, AAJA is hosting the national convention virtually! Join us on August 9-15, 2020, for the first ever AAJA Fest! #AAJA2020

Registration for early-bird tickets is open now. We would love to see you there. AAJA Chicago sees this as an amazing opportunity to hear from and meet fellow AAPI journalists in the country – all without leaving your couch. The cost of AAJA Fest is much lower than previous conventions and therefore much more accessible.

Festival Only
Covers full access to AAJA Fest.

Early bird (until July 31):

  • Professional $175

  • Hardship $90

  • Students $50

Festival Bundle
Includes discounted AAJA membership.

Early bird (until July 31):

  • Professional $225

  • Hardship $150

  • Students $70

 

A short message from AAJA National:

AAJA’s mission is to diversify the news industry — especially at the highest leadership levels — and making sure that communities of color are being represented accurately and fairly in the media.

In short, our mission is to achieve VISIBILITY.

This summer, we wanted to create a space for our #AAJAFamily to process the immense pains from 2020, find comfort in our community, and find solutions for bringing more visibility to our communities and our journalism for the rest of the year and beyond.

And after being isolated at home for 100-plus days, we want to have fun, too!

So this year, #AAJA20 will be an AAJA Fest: A reckoning and a celebration of all that 2020 has brought our way. 

Our hopes for AAJA Fest:

    • A time to learn and hone your skills. To bring your best self to be even better. To learn new skills. To learn how you can evolve, adapt, and lead.

    • A space for sharing and convening. The hard conversations. Grieving and celebrating. The light-hearted conversations. The catch-up ones that you usually have in hallways at the hotel.

    • A time to participate with your family. We’ll be planning a series of fun contests, game nights, and of course, karaoke. While you’re joining us from your home, we want your family to embrace the spirit of AAJA as well.

Here is a selection of programming you can look forward to this year:

VERIFICATION ON A DEADLINE

The tactics and technology used by bad actors to misinform the public are rapidly evolving. The growing volume of deepfakes, misinformation and disinformation are challenging for journalists–and the public–to keep up accurate information they can use. This workshop will show attendees how to verify information quickly and accurately with actionable tips and tricks.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES (PRESENTED BY AAJA PACIFIC ISLANDER TASK FORCE)

Lack of data and awareness about Pacific Islander communities makes it hard to do good investigative reporting, but persistence pays off. Reporters explain how they have overcome data challenges and gained the trust of Pacific Islander communities to tell important stories that have sparked real change. Each reporter will explain how they conducted their investigations. We’ll talk about what data we are lacking and what’s being done to improve this deficit.

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO PODCASTING (PRESENTED BY AAJA RADIO AND PODCASTING)

This hands-on workshop will help you launch your podcast — from hosting and producing content to promoting and marketing your product.

COVERING U.S.-CHINA TENSIONS: THE OPPORTUNITIES AND PITFALLS

The souring of U.S.-China relations is one of the biggest international stories happening now, with huge implications for trade, business, economics, health, education and race relations. In this session, we discuss what to know, the potential mistakes to watch out for, and how to find new angles in this developing story.

COUNTERING RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA THROUGH STORYTELLING

From fiction to non-fiction, from journalism to comedy, storytellers are using powerful tools in a fight against racism and xenophobia at this crucial time. In this panel discussion, we’ll invite storytellers in different form

DOCUMENTING THE LEGACY OF WWII: FROM THE LAST FILIPINA COMFORT WOMEN TO HIBAKUSHA’S HOPE FOR PEACE (PRESENTED BY AAJA PHOTOJOURNALISTS)

The AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group presents two projects on the WWII legacy from its members Darrell Miho and Cheryl Diaz-Meyer. In addition, Miho and Diaz-Meyer will share their struggles to secure funding and publishing for these projects.

HOW TO PIVOT FROM JOURNALISM TO YOUR NEXT CAREER

While the economy is taking a hit during COVID-19, some of you might have thought about doing something other than journalism; or you may just want to switch to some other careers. How can you apply your current skills and make them appealing to your future employers? This workshop will help participants to brainstorm their next career and how to pitch themselves and leverage your talent beyond journalism.

COVERING SPORTS DURING THE COVID-19 ERA (PRESENTED BY AAJA SPORTS TASK FORCE)

On March 11, 2020, the NBA shut down, and soon every sport would follow suit. For the first time, sports media professionals had no live sports events to cover and many sports journalists lost their jobs. Sports are slowly starting to resume. A discussion on how to create content in an environment filled with new restrictions and concerns.