Digital. Diversity. Detroit!
Dynamic. Distinctive. Diverse.
AAJA is very proud to bring our 22nd-annual convention to the cultural melting pot that is America’s Motor City. Detroit celebrates diversity and has a strong history of innovation and ambition. In many ways, Detroit’s story mirrors our own: In challenging times, we redefine and reinvent — and we emerge stronger than ever.
This is a momentous year for AAJA as we mark our 30th anniversary. An entire generation of journalists has grown up within a network of people who not only share each other’s cultural values but who share a passion for the profession of journalism.
There’s no better time than the annual convention to engage with your fellow AAJA members, learn new skills and gain insights into the industry that can help you move ahead with your career. More than ever, our workshops will equip you with essential tools for journalistic success as we offer training in industry trends and technology, guide our colleagues who find themselves at a career crossroads, and focus on how digital media can allow us to connect with our audiences in innovative ways. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network, starting with our opening reception at the Arab American National Museum.
While preparing for our future, we’ll also learn from our past. Some of AAJA’s veterans were pivotal in reporting the aftermath of Vincent Chin’s death, which galvanized the Asian American civil rights movement. That hate crime in 1982 was a turning point for Asian American journalists that continues to resonate. Helen Zia’s incisive writing and Corky Lee’s riveting photographs were on the front lines of explaining an injustice to the world. Lessons from our history can help shape how we approach own communities today, ensuring that they are covered with fairness and respect.
It’s time to engage — with our stories, with each other and with AAJA. I look forward to welcoming you August 10th to Detroit.