#AAJA22 Digital Program Book

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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President's Message & Co-Chair Message

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Programming: Wednesday, July 27

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Thursday, July 28

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Friday, July 29

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Saturday, July 30

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Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement Award

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AAJA Staff and Board

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Chapter Leadership & Affinity Groups

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Sponsors

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

DEAR AAJA FAMILY, This week, we gather in-person – finally! – after two years of virtual conventions. We’re thrilled to be back in our founding city of Los Angeles. The past two-plus pandemic years have been incredibly challenging, as we grappled with new variants that upended our lives. We turned into fulltime caretakers and virtual-school instructors on top of our actual jobs. We experienced undignified stretches of isolation and unending grief, depression and anxiety. We endured ongoing racism and violence toward the AAPI community, a national reckoning on racial inequalities, the erosion of democratic norms at home and abroad, rapidly declining news consumption and rising distrust in media, and attacks on press freedom globally. But the throughline that united and strengthened us was the AAJA community. In the past two years, we prioritized the mental wellness of our members through new programs and funding streams. We revamped our awards process to intentionally recognize journalism and journalists who reflect our mission. We launched a bold strategic plan with input from the membership. We saw our AAPI friends and colleagues elevated into top roles in newsroom leadership. For the first time since before the 2008 recession, AAJA is now almost 2,000 members strong. And we are financially growing. In 1981, a group of AAPI journalists felt invisible and marginalized, and wanted better representation of their community. They wanted to be seen. They wanted to see more of each other in the workplace and in news leadership. And they wanted the AAPI community to be heard. Forty-one years later, the sentiments of AAJA’s founders resonate strongly. We recommit to holding companies and managers accountable when their workplaces are unsafe and unfair for our journalists; to creating new spaces for the future generation of journalists who truly prioritize diversity and inclusion; and to speaking up for fair, accurate and thoughtful representation of all journalists and communities of color, especially AAPIs.

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As we face the next 40 years and beyond, AAJA is doubling down on our mission. And is unapologetically #VeryAsian. My thanks to AAJA’s HQ and the leadership of our inimitable Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood and Glenn and Karen Sugihara, the backbone of AAJA; our HQ staff; the Board of Directors; the Advisory Board; chapter and affinity group leaders; program directors; the Convention Programming Committee; Convention Co-Host Los Angeles Chapter; and all the volunteers, members, sponsors and partners who make AAJA possible. My thanks to The Washington Post and my editors for supporting AAJA and my volunteerism with the organization. I hope #AAJA22 is healing, educational and productive for all of you. We have created spaces to catch up with one another, learn from each other, and strategize for the inclusive coverage and industry we aspire to. Please say hello – let’s take a selfie that is not a Zoom screenshot! Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to serve AAJA as president for the past four years. AAJA helped this 18-year-old from Guam find her path into journalism, and has made me a better journalist, leader and person. This year will be my final year on the board after nine years. I look forward to supporting the next generation of AAJA leaders from afar. Michelle Ye Hee Lee AAJA National President, 2019-2022


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

DEAR AAJA FAMILY, This week, we gather in-person – finally! – after two years of virtual conventions. We’re thrilled to be back in our founding city of Los Angeles.

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The past two-plus pandemic years have been incredibly challenging, as we grappled with new variants that upended our lives. We turned into fulltime caretakers and virtual-school instructors on top of our actual jobs. We experienced undignified stretches of isolation and unending grief, depression and anxiety. We endured ongoing racism and violence toward the AAPI community, a national reckoning on racial inequalities, the erosion of democratic norms at home and abroad, rapidly declining news consumption and rising distrust in media, and attacks on press freedom globally.

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But the throughline that united and strengthened us was the AAJA community. In the past two years, we prioritized the mental wellness of our members through new programs and funding streams. We revamped our awards process to intentionally recognize journalism and journalists who reflect our mission. We launched a bold strategic plan with input from the membership. We saw our AAPI friends and colleagues elevated into top roles in newsroom leadership.

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For the first time since before the 2008 recession, AAJA is now almost 2,000 members strong. And we are financially growing.

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In 1981, a group of AAPI journalists felt invisible and marginalized, and wanted better representation of their community. They wanted to be seen. They wanted to see more of each other in the workplace and in news leadership. And they wanted the AAPI community to be heard. Forty-one years later, the sentiments of AAJA’s founders resonate strongly.

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We recommit to holding companies and managers accountable when their workplaces are unsafe and unfair for our journalists; to creating new spaces for the future generation of journalists who truly prioritize diversity and inclusion; and to speaking up for fair, accurate and thoughtful representation of all journalists and communities of color, especially AAPIs.

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As we face the next 40 years and beyond, AAJA is doubling down on our mission. And are unapologetically #VeryAsian. My thanks to AAJA’s HQ and the leadership of our inimitable Executive Director Naomi Tacuyan Underwood and Glenn and Karen Sugihara, the backbone of AAJA; our HQ staff; the Board of Directors; the Advisory Board; chapter and affinity group leaders; program directors; the Convention Programming Committee; Convention Co-Host Los Angeles Chapter; and all the volunteers, members, sponsors and partners who make AAJA possible. My thanks to The Washington Post and my editors for supporting AAJA and my volunteerism with the organization. I hope #AAJA22 is healing, educational and productive for all of you. We have created spaces to catch up with one another, learn from each other, and strategize for the inclusive coverage and industry we aspire to. Please say hello – let’s take a selfie that is not a Zoom screenshot! Lastly, thank you for the opportunity to serve AAJA as president for the past four years. AAJA helped this 18-year-old from Guam find her path into journalism, and has made me a better journalist, leader and person. This year will be my final year on the board after nine years. I look forward to supporting the next generation of AAJA leaders from afar. Michelle Ye Hee Lee AAJA National President, 2019-2022



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DEAR AAJA FAMILY, Welcome to Los Angeles, the city of our founding in 1981! On behalf of the AAJA-L.A. chapter and board, we’re thrilled to be co-hosting the convention in L.A. County, home of the largest AAPI population in the country. Before thinking about our line up, let’s take a minute to reflect. Over the past two years, we have spent long stretches of time without seeing each other, our inspiring colleagues and even family. That is why this year’s convention will be as much a reunion as anything else. Sure, we’ll hear from insightful speakers, broaden our network with new people and level up our skills. We’re excited to offer dozens of sessions, workshops and events on topics from creative storytelling and freelancing to podcasting and data journalism. And more than ever, we hope to linger in hallways, take time for coffee breaks and reconnect with old friends and fellow journalists. We hope for quality time with as many of you, friends and change-makers, as possible and please reach out if we can be helpful. We so appreciate and applaud your participation. Anh Do, Julie Patel Liss & Teresa Watanabe 2022 L.A. chapter convention co-chairs

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

9:00 - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Terrace A

Terrace B

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Studio 1

Studio 2

10:30 - 11:30 AM Studio 4

12:00 - 1:00 PM Terrace C

NBCU Student Breakfast

*This is an invitation-only event.

Online Abuse SelfDefense: Protect Yourself from Hacking & Doxing (In Partnership with PEN America)

Learn to better protect yourself from impersonation, hacking, and doxing (the publishing of private info). With your devices in hand, join PEN America for an interactive workshop where we’ll teach you how to audit your social media accounts, tighten your privacy settings, and track your personal information online so you can maintain the public profile you need to do your job.

Introduction to Data Journalism (In Partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors)

Are you new to data journalism? Join this IRE hands-on training for an overview of the key analysis tools used to produce investigative stories, with examples of stories that were made possible with these tools. Bring your computer to the training. IRE's director of diversity and inclusion, Francisco Vara-Orta, will share tips and tools for data reporting and FOIA requests.

ABC News Storytellers Summit

The ABC News Storytellers Summit is a half-day development workshop, created by ABC News and the ABC Owned Television Stations, designed to bring producers, writers, reporters, and content creators together for cutting-edge conversations and training sessions to take their storytelling to the next level. This summit will be led by ABC News journalists and executives from across all of our platforms and shows. Participants will walk away with first-hand knowledge around the skills that make ABC News the No. 1 source for news and innovative ways to enhance their storytelling. *This is an invitation-only event.

ESPN Sports Media Summit

The ESPN Sports Media Summit is a dynamic learning experience that will give participants an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to be the world's No. 1 sports media company. During the sessions, participants will learn first-hand from award-winning writers, editors, producers, content creators, storytellers, and on-air talent at ESPN. These sessions will provide a strategic and practical understanding of new concepts and methods, industry trends, and challenges shaping the sports media industry. Join us for an experience you don't want to miss! *This is an invitation-only event.

Speakers: Jeje Mohamed (PEN America), Viktorya Vilk (PEN America)

Speaker: Francisco Vara-Orta (Investigative Reporters and Editors)

The Power of Inclusive and Nuanced Storytelling: A Fireside Chat with Executive Producers of “The Cleaning Lady” (Sponsored by Warner Bros. Discovery)

For decades the AAPI experience on screen has been represented as a monolith that fails to recognize the rich cultural heritages of individual API communities within the US, but things are changing for the better. Join the executive producers of WBTV’s “The Cleaning Lady” – Melissa Carter (Executive Producer and Showrunner) and Miranda Kwok (Executive Producer and Series Developer), for a candid conversation moderated by Warner Bros. Discovery’s Equity & Inclusion Senior Vice President, Samata Narra, about how embracing the detailed authenticity of Filipino and Cambodian cultures created an inclusive series that encourages audiences of all backgrounds to recognize universal challenges of immigration, classism, and motherhood.

Owning the Narrative Online: Getting Asian American journalists their due on Wikipedia (In Partnership with Women Do News)

The first time AAJA partnered with Women Do News in 2020, we worked to get AAJA founders biographies on one of the most popular websites in the world: Wikipedia. Lori Matsukawa now has a complete article, among others who have been added since. This is a session to keep that momentum going. Co-founder and Women Do News founders Angilee Shah and Katherine Rowlands will lead us in learning how to make the platform better by helping journalists be better represented, while talking about what a difference representation makes with longtime media reporter Ada Tseng.

Speakers: Melissa Carter (Showrunner and Executive Producer of The Cleaning Lady), Miranda Kwok (Executive Producer, Writer and Developer of The Cleaning Lady), Samata Narra (Warner Bros. Discovery’s Equity & Inclusion Senior Vice President)

Speakers: Angilee Shah (Charlottesville Tomorrow), Katherine Rowlands (Bay City News), Ada Tseng (The Los Angeles Times)

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12:00 - 1:00 PM Studio 4

Caring for Others in Uncaring Times (Sponsored by AARP)

Caregivers in the U.S. now number 53 million Americans, according to The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP. It’s a reality many have to face, and especially for members of the Asian community, caregiving comes with a lot of nuances, which can mean additional family responsibilities and even guilt to shoulder. This is on top of the increase in anti-Asian attacks against elders and the stress of travel during a pandemic. Richard Lui, MSNBC anchor and author of the new book “Enough About Me,” will lead a conversation about caregiving from his experience taking care of his father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He will be in discussion with Marian Liu of The Washington Post, whose father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dementia, and Sandy Louey of the California Energy Commission, who co-leads a caregivers support group organized by AAJA+ and AAJA Sacramento. Speakers: Richard Lui (Anchor and Journalist, NBC News/MSNBC), Marian Liu (Project Editor of Strategic Initiatives at The Washington Post), Sandy Louey (Media Relations Manager for the California Energy Commission and chapter president of AAJA Sacramento)

1:00 - 3:00 PM Terrace A

Let There Be Light: A Lighting Workshop with AAJA Photo Affinity Group

Lighting is everything. It can enhance and completely change the mood of a photograph. In this workshop, we’ll cover everything from the physics of light to one-light wonders to multiple light setups to lighting on a budget. After the presentation, attendees will split into teams and experiment with their own lighting setups under the guidance of instructors. Speakers: Robert Hanashiro (USA Today), Darrell Miho (AAJA Photo Affinity Group)


WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

1:00 - 3:00 PM Terrace B

Journalism Power Tools Training (Sponsored by Google News Initiative)

Tools are at the heart of every reporting workflow, and utilizing them effectively and strategically is instrumental in some of the best journalism produced today. In this hands-on session, you will learn about new tools that are being developed to support journalists. From Google tools to Pinpoint to Tabula and more, you will not only learn how to use the tools, but also gain an understanding of the strategies that lead to the best results. Speaker: Frank Bi (Star Tribune)

1:30 - 2:30 PM Studio 4

Free Legal Resources for AAJA Journalists: Meet the Reporters Committee (In Partnership with RCFP)

Are you curious to know what free legal resources and tools are available to AAJA journalists? Come join the Reporters Commitee for Freedom of the Press' (RCFP) introductory training, highlighting RCFP’s legal resources, hotline for journalists, and Local Legal Initiative. Get free access to RCFP's guides covering legal rights and tips involving numerous topics such as pre-publication review, court access, state public records and open meetings laws, FOIA, reporter's privilege laws, recording laws, and other First Amendment and media law issues. You don't want to miss this! Speakers: Kamesha Laurry (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press), Katie Townsend (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press)

Terrace C

2022 Pro Tips for Networking and Finding a Mentor (Presented by AAJA Mentor Match)

Networking and finding a compatible mentor are not easy – and they may feel daunting after two years of remote work and Zoom meetings. This discussion will help journalists from all stages of their career dust off their networking skills and ask the right questions and enter the right rooms to cultivate professional relationships that help move our careers forward. Speakers: Jesse Sanchez (MLB), Karen Mahabir (Associated Press), Dr. Bey-Ling Sha (CSU Fullerton), Benet Wilson (The Points Guy), Josh duLac (CNN)

3:00 - 4:00 PM Terrace C

First Timer Orientation (Presented by Yung AAJA)

Is this your first in-person AAJA convention? Join this orientation with Yung AAJA, our young professionals network, to meet your peers and learn hacks to make the most out of this convention. Speakers: Gwendolyn Wu (San Francisco Chronicle), Rachel Ramirez (CNN)

Studio 4

Crypto Coverage 101 (Sponsored by CoinDesk)

Crypto is having its mainstream moment, from the rise of NFTs to the recent massive market collapse. How can you cover this fast-moving, complex space without succumbing to rookie mistakes? CoinDesk, the leading news trade publication covering the digital asset sector, will host a workshop explaining crypto basics and how to cover this industry without pumping dodgy crypto scams or ignoring major stories.

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Owning it: How to be #VeryAsian in Broadcasting (In Partnership with Very Asian Foundation)

#VeryAsian took off this year when anchor and reporter Michelle Li in St. Louis, Mo., shared her New Year’s tradition of eating dumpling soup — underscoring the pushback journalists face when bringing their authenticity identity to their work. We know not every journalist has institutional support from their newsrooms in instances like these. How can we challenge dominant narratives and engage with our audience? And how can we get our newsrooms to buy in?

Studio 4

Speakers: Michelle Li (KSDK News, Founder of The Very Asian Foundation), Gia Vang (NBC Bay Area), Chenue Her (We Are Iowa 5 News), Betty Yu, (KPIX-5 TV CBS), Frances Wang (NBC Philadelphia)

5:00 - 6:30 PM

ELP Reception hosted by MSNBC President Rashida Jones

NBCU Academy and MSNBC President Rashida Jones host an invitation-only mixer for members of AAJA’s 2022 Executive Leadership Program. This year’s ELP cohort will have the rare opportunity to network with NBCU News Group executives, anchors, reporters, and producers who will all be in the room for this special event. Jones will then deliver remarks at AAJA’s Opening Ceremony. *This is an invitation-only event. Speaker: Rashida Jones (MSNBC President)

6:00 - 8:15 PM Starview

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#AAJA22 Opening Reception



THURSDAY, JULY 28

9:00 - 10:00 AM Starview

The Racism Virus: The Next Stage in the Fight Against AAPI Hate (Sponsored by NBCU)

Are hate crimes against the AAPI community the new normal and what are journalists doing to cover this issue? We’ll examine how AAPI communities are dealing with this as the nation climbs out of the pandemic. With the consequential midterm elections this year, will this issue drive AAPI voters to the polls? NBC News NOW anchor Vicky Nguyen, who hosted two specials on “The Racism Virus,” will speak with journalists, activists, and thought leaders at the forefront of this issue. And MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki will give a “big board” simulation on what to watch for from the AAPI vote in the election. Speakers: Craig Robinson (NBC Universal Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer), Jamie Nguyen (Senior Producer, NBC News and Executive Producer, The Racism Virus), Katie Phang, (Host, The Katie Phang Show and The Culture Is: AAPI Women, MSNBC and MSNBC on Peacock), Kimmy Yam (Reporter, NBC Asian America), Vicky Nguyen (Anchor, NBC News NOW with Morgan Radford and Vicky Nguyen and Senior Consumer Investigative Correspondent, NBC News)

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Expo Hall

Grand Ballroom

10:30 - 11:30 AM Terrace A

Reporting in the Modern Age (Sponsored by ABC News/OTV)

Reporting is central to the work we do. Let’s have an open conversation about developing pitches, booking interviews, clearing content, talking with communities in crisis. And what that means for your digital profile, too. Speakers: Ashan Singh (Multi-Platform Reporter, ABC News Nightline), Nydia Han (Anchor and Reporter, WPVI Philadelphia), Dion Lim (Anchor and Reporter, KGO San Francisco), Kimberlee Sakamoto (Executive Producer of Digital Content, KGO San Francisco)

Terrace C

Reporting on Trauma During Traumatic Times

We are living in troubling and trying times. The news can be daunting amid a coronavirus pandemic that we have not yet been able to control, incidents of police brutality and racial injustice protests that have sometimes turned violent. Hurricanes are more powerful, and wildfires are raging. These chaotic and often tragic events don’t bode well for the planet, but they can result in amazing stories for journalists. Speakers will describe their experiences reporting stories in the midst of conflicts and disasters, such as the deadly California wildfires, the 2018 Hawai‘i Island eruption of the Kīlauea volcano and the Iraq War. They’ll discuss how you can get your story out safely and how to ensure that you are reporting fairly and accurately even when you’re under pressure. Speakers: Moni Basu (University of Florida), Sonali Kohli (URL Media), Shawna Chen (Axios), Cher Calvin (KTLA)

Terrace B

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APIDA Narratives in Classrooms and Newsrooms: Past, Present and Future (Sponsored by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism)

What do high school, college, and professional journalists need to know about how the media has shaped APIDA narratives and stereotypes? How has the industry evolved? What else should be done to create more educated and responsive newsrooms? Join this discussion led by faculty from USC Annenberg (#AAJA2022’s Education Sponsor and this year’s JCamp host) and the AAJA Los Angeles chapter. Speakers: May Lee (The May Lee Show, USC Annenberg), Teresa Watanabe (Los Angeles Times, AAJA Los Angeles chapter past president), Noy Thrupkaew (Ida B. Wells Fellowship program at Type Investigations and USC Annenberg Innovation Lab)


10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

NBCU Academy’s 2022 Journalism Workshop

NBCU Academy is the premier journalism training and development program from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo News. Are you interested in learning more from America’s leading news organization? NBCU Academy convenes our best and brightest team of world-class journalists to give you a window into how we produce for network news, cable, digital, streaming, local, and beyond. We are looking for innovative, energetic, and intensely curious journalists and producers interested in taking their craft to the next level. NBCU Academy 2022 is a selective program that will take admitted applicants on a journey – from story concept to creation. *This is an invitation-only event.

Studios 1 & 2

CNN Producers and Reporters Workshops

For 10 years running, CNN’s journalism workshop has been the industry standard. This year, we’re back in person hosting the most enterprising and engaging reporters, along with the best producers and digital journalists at the AAJA Conference in Los Angeles. Senior managers, on-air coaches, and CNN correspondents will teach and challenge attendees on what it takes to make it to the network. During this full-day workshop, reporters and producers will build skills and apply practical techniques. Topics include enterprise reporting, on-air performance and presentation, editorial decision-making, producing philosophy, winning at breaking news, and building a digital strategy. *This is an invitation-only event.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Luncheon sponsored by ProPublica, Texas Tribune, Marshall Project and the Trace

*This is an invitation-only event.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

An Off the Record Executive Real Talk with ABC News President Kim Godwin

*This is an invitation-only event.

Terrace C

Disrupting Disparities Through Data: The Need for AAPI Data Equity in Research and Newsrooms (Sponsored by AARP)

Despite being the fastest-growing population in the United States, AAPIs are often overlooked when it comes to data. Both in research and throughout the media, terms like “minority” and “person of color” can leave out Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Data sources also do not reflect the diversity that exists within the AAPI community -- AAPIs are frequently reported on as a monolith when it comes to racial and ethnic disparities. AARP will host a panel on the critical need for AAPI data equity, including disaggregated data and policy research, to help disrupt stereotypical narratives. Experts will explore what data exists and what data are needed to address unique disparities within AAPI communities, the challenges and potential solutions for data collection, and how journalists can leverage AAPI research in news reporting to help tell their stories.

Studio 3

Studios 4

Speakers: Nicole Dungca (Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post, Senior Vice President, AAJA), Indira Venkat, Ninez A. Ponce, PhD, MPP (Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research), Iris Lee (Assistant Editor, Data and Graphics Department, Los Angeles Times)

Terrace A

Diversifying Publishing: Navigating the World of Publishing from AAPI Authors

So you have a great idea for a book but you don't know where to start if you want to get published. This session features several AAPI authors who have each taken a different path from concept to publication. You'll hear how they decided which publishers to use, tactics in negotiating contracts and how they've been promoting their work. You'll also hear the impact they're made in diversifying their respective subject matter expertise. Speakers: Curtis Chin (Bull and Monkey, LLC), Traci Kato-Kiriyama (Artist/Author/Performer), Paula Yoo (Norton Young Readers/W.W. Norton & Co.)

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THURSDAY, JULY 28

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Terrace B

Harnessing Hollywood: Confronting Against Anti-Asian Hate (Sponsored by SAGAFTRA)

SAG-AFTRA is sponsoring a panel at the national Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Conference to include Asian American journalists and actors in a solutions-geared discussion on How the Media Industry Can Help the AAPI Community, especially during this painful time of antiAsian Hate. The theme of this year’s conference is Owning Our Narratives. This is a unique opportunity for SAG-AFTRA members to present first-hand experience in the media industry to conference participants on this important topic and supports the overarching theme of the 2022 conference. Speakers: Veronica Miracle (KABC-TV Anchor-Reporter), Jon Jon Briones (Actor/Performer), Dion Lim (KGO-TV San Francisco), Jodi Long (SAG-AFTRA LA Local President, Actor/Performer), Jordan Rodrigues (Actor/Dancer)

1:00 - 2:00 PM Terrace A

Speaking Our Minds: AAPI Voices in Opinion Journalism

AAPIs make up a tiny fraction of the nation's editorial writers, columnists, op-ed writers and TV commentators — yet these are the positions that give them a platform to express their ideas and infuse the public discourse with an AAPI perspective. How do you get into opinion journalism? Why aren't there more AAPIs in this field? And how do AAPI perspectives enrich today's media landscape? Speakers: Terry Tang (Los Angeles Times), Naomi Ishisaka (The Seattle Times), Helen Jung (The Oregonian), Frank Shyong (Los Angeles Times)

Terrace B

Leveraging Employee Resource Groups as Strategic Partners (Sponsored by Dotdash Meredith)

This session is for all attendees who have interests in DEI and those aspiring to learn more about leveraging their ERGs. This is an opportunity to hear how Dotdash Meredith’s Asian ERG, AAPI Collective, continued to build community inside and outside the organization throughout the rise in AAPI hate during the pandemic. You’ll hear from AAPI Collective leadership on how the group became a source of accountability to editorial and business stakeholders. Speakers: Jackie Napalan (Co-chair of AAPI Collective and Support Operations Specialist, Dotdash Meredith), Nicole Kwan (Editorial Director, Verywell), Tiffani Brendeland (Co-chair of AAPI Collective and Senior Manager Audience Targeting, Dotdash Meredith), Ahu Terzi (Executive Sponsor of AAPI Collective and Senior Vice President of Client Partnerships)

Terrace C

Using Twitter to Build and Engage Live Audiences (Sponsored by Twitter)

Join Twitter's News Partnerships team to hear how Twitter is helping journalists and publishers grow and engage their audiences and why news is among the biggest conversations on the platform. Plus, learn more about how newsrooms and journalists from the New York Times, Bloomberg News, and Red, White & Brown Media are using Twitter Spaces to find new audiences for their journalism and interact with them through live audio. Speakers: Eric Zuckerman (Twitter), Liriel Higa (Twitter), Elaine Chen (The New York Times), Kami Rieck (Bloomberg Opinion), Vignesh Ramachandran (The Washington Post)

Starview

Dear Corky: Film Screening and Panel Discussion (Presented by AAJA Photo Affinity Group)

For over 50 years, Corky Lee photographed New York’s Chinatown and Asian American communities around the country. With a strong sense of social justice, he captured activists, celebrities, and everyday heroes. Sadly, we lost Corky to COVID-19. Join us for a documentary screening of "Dear Corky" and a discussion with filmmaker Curtis Chin and Corky's brother John Lee. Speakers: Curtis Chin (Bull and Monkey, LLC), John Lee (Corky's brother), Frank Bi (Star Tribune)

2:30 - 3:30 PM Starview

AAPI Representation in Sports & Entertainment (Presented by AAJA Sports Task Force, Sponsored by CBS Sports)

Entertainers and sports figures have been at the forefront of speaking out against the rise in violence against AAPIs during the pandemic. These advocates have not only broken barriers in their professional careers, but they have also experienced and overcome rejection, stereotyping, and racism. Join our discussion, as some of today’s most notable AAPIs reflect on the growing importance of representation and the challenges we all face in trying to make an impact beyond personal achievements. Speakers: Tommy Tran (CBS Sports host/anchor), Melvin Mar (Director/Producer), Michelle Wie West (LPGA Tour golfer), Natalie Chou (Former UCLA women’s basketball player)

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2:30 - 3:30 PM Terrace A

4:00 - 5:00 PM Terrace B

Who Are We? Podcasting the Asian American Experience (Sponsored by Think.Public.Media)

Think.Public.Media Reception: “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing” — the Youngest NPR Host Reflects on her Weird Career

How do we tell race stories in podcasts and how do we get institutional buy-in? What are the pitfalls to pitching stories about race, and what’s it like to make, develop and get buy-in for podcasts hosted by Asian Americans? How is covering race different in a podcast format versus a beat reporter format? Join Alyssa Jeong Perry from NPR’s Code Switch as she facilitates a conversation with Sarah Mizes-Tan from CapRadio, Anjuli Sastry Krbechek from LAist, Arun Venugopal from WNYC and Podcast Creator James Kim as they talk about their experiences and what they think needs to happen going forward. Speakers: Alyssa Jeong Perry (Producer, Code Switch), Sarah Mizes-Tan (Race and Equity Reporter, CapRadio), Anjuli Sastry Krbechek (Sr. Producer, LAist), James Kim (Podcast Creator), Arun Venugopal (Reporter, WNYC) When Emma Choi started at NPR, she was a twenty one year old intern at the flagship comedy news show Wait, Wait… don’t Tell Me. Only a year later, she found herself hosting her own NPR show Everyone & Their Mom out of her tiny college dorm room. In this multi-media presentation, Emma will share the strange and wonderful road that led her towards public radio, important lessons she’s learned along the way, and reflect on her experience as NPR’s first Gen Z host. Speakers: Emma Choi (NPR), Shirley Henry (NPR)

Terrace C

5:45 - 7:00 PM Studio 4

6:00 - 7:00 PM Starview

LA Times Reception JCamp All-Star Reception (Sponsored by Annie E Casey Foundation)

Reporting From the Front Lines (Presented with AAJA-Asia and N3Con)

As the world watches Russia's invasion of Ukraine, journalists on the front lines are documenting history as it unfolds, risking their safety, mental health, and lives. Hear from journalists who have covered the news from conflict zones and amid calamity, and learn about their process for protecting themselves and their sources while bearing witness to world events. This panel is co-presented with AAJA-Asia's N3Con, and it will be simultaneously cast in Singapore and Los Angeles with speakers from around the world. Speakers: Joyce Koh (The Washington Post), Laurel Chor (Freelance Journalist), Danny Fenster (Frontier Myanmar), Keith Richburg (Journalism and Media Studies Center, Hong Kong University)

7:15 - 8:15 PM

VOICES Reception

Studio 4

FRIDAY, JULY 29 7:30 - 9:00 AM

ELP Women's Leadership Breakfast with Associated Press Executive Editor Julie Pace, Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor & SVP Suki Dardarian and CBS News President and Cohead Wendy McMahon

*This is an invitation-only event.

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FRIDAY, JULY 29 8:00 - 9:00 AM Studio 3

9:00 - 10:00 AM Starview

Student Networking Breakfast | Powered by NBCUniversal

Join NBCUniversal for a Student Networking Breakfast! You’ll have the chance to learn more about our internships, meet industry professionals, and share your information with our team of recruiters for internships and early-career opportunities across the company. Bring your appetite and your resume!

Sa-I-Gu Thirty Years Later: Lessons from the L.A. Riots for Today (Sponsored by WarnerMedia)

In 1992, the L.A. Riots sent shock waves through our nation, divided communities, and increased tensions between people of color and law enforcement. Thirty years later, hate against marginalized communities and police brutality continue to make headlines in our daily coverage. Join us for an in depth conversation on what we learned from past reporting and how reporting can exacerbate relations among communities of color without addressing systemic issues and cultural differences. What is the progress we’ve made? How can we continue to build a bridge of better understanding between groups? And how can we ensure that our storytelling incorporates context and history and is inclusive of all perspectives? Speakers: Amara Walker (CNN), Stephanie Elam (CNN)

10:00 - 11:30 AM Studio 3

NBCU Academy Workshop: Next Level Leadership Clinic

Looking to take your leadership skills to the next level? This interactive clinic will challenge you to develop strategies to solve real-world business cases alongside NBCUniversal News Group executives. Learn ways to activate your influence on company culture and content creation. No matter your career goals, these skills will help you bridge your experience between the newsroom and the boardroom. *This is an invitation-only event.

Strategic Thinking Part 1

Strategic thinking is essential to becoming a leader. In this interactive overview, Caroline CenizaLevine will use examples taken from you the participants to define the essential elements of strategic thinking, outline how to apply strategic thinking right now – even if you’re not in a leadership role and recommend ways to strengthen your capacity for strategic thinking in an information-overload workplace. *This is an invitation-only event.


10:30 - 11:30 AM Studio 4

Atlanta Shootings, Anti-AAPI Crime: Broadcasters Reflect on Coverage

As many major media outlets turn their attention away from anti-Asian crimes, how have AAPI reporters led the conversation, particularly in broadcast newsrooms where AAPIs are vastly underrepresented? How can AAPIs lead the charge in keeping attention on those affected? How can we fight for more coverage of AAPI communities in our broadcast newsrooms? Speakers: Chris Jose (WNBC-TV), Natasha Chen (CNN), Sophia Choi (WSB-TV), Juju Chang (ABC News)

Terrace C

Language, Please: Thoughtfully covering evolving topics and the words we use to describe them (Sponsored by VOX Media)

When news breaks, too many newsrooms are left scrambling, trying to create standards around complex, sensitive topics while juggling deadlines and their own staff’s potential lack of diversity and unconscious biases. The work of moving these conversations forward too often falls to people of color and other historically underserved populations, and it’s never been clearer that this work is a responsibility every single one of us shares. We will explore style guidance, tools, and inclusivity readers, and offer necessary context to help newsrooms make informed decisions about language usage, and introduce "Language, Please," a free resource available to all journalists and storytellers seeking to thoughtfully cover evolving social, cultural, and identity-related topics. Speakers: Tanya Pai (Vox Media), Chris Clermont (Vox Media), Naomi Tacuyan Underwood (Executive Director, AAJA)

Terrace B

Shapeshifting Your Journalism Experience: Careers in Freelancing, Teaching, and More

Storytelling isn’t limited to newsrooms and news channels anymore. From copywriting and ghostwriting to sponsored content to product descriptions, there are many opportunities to turn our newsroom experiences into a new career path. Let’s talk about journalism-adjacent avenues and how to balance traditional journalism with gigs in coaching, teaching, corporate writing, and much more. Speakers: Kris Vera Phillips (AAJA Vice President of Journalism Programs, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication), Jarrett Hill (NABJ-LA President, USC Annenberg), Grace Hwang Lynch, Center for Asian American Media), Mei-Ling Hopgood (Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism)

Studio 1

Reporting on AntiAAPI Hate: Facts, Nuances, Context (In Partnership with STOP AAPI HATE)

This workshop, hosted by Stop AAPI Hate, offers journalists and attendees information and conversation about a number of core issues that have come to the fore surrounding reporting on anti-AAPI hate. Stop AAPI Hate will discuss the current data, context and polices surrounding the surge in anti-AAPI hate, the types of discrimination, and will disaggregate the data along factors including ethnicity, class and gender to reflect the intersectional nature of racism. The conversation will focus on providing facts, nuance and context around the core tensions that repeatedly emerge in reporting and discourse around anti-AAPI hate. Speakers: Julia B. Chan (The 19th News), Aimee Cho (NBC4), Manjusha P. Kulkarni (Co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, AAPI Equity Alliance)

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM Terrace A

Hands-On Session: Sportscasters’ Workshop (Presented by AAJA Sports Task Force, Sponsored by FOX)

Aspiring on-air sports personalities can receive hands-on instruction from the best in the business, all members of AAJA’s Sports Task Force. Whether you’re an in-studio analyst/host, a play-by-play announcer, or sideline reporter, this is where you learn how the pros do it. This workshop will focus on critiquing reels: You’ll critique, get critiqued, and receive valuable advice from the pros. A Q&A session will follow, to answer any lingering questions about techniques, reels, and networking. Speakers: Michele Steele (Bureau Reporter, ESPN), Adam Amin (Chicago Bulls), James Koh (DIRECTV), Melissa Kim (Baltimore Ravens)

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FRIDAY, JULY 29

12:00 - 1:00 PM Terrace B

DEI Strategies for Racial Equity: Lessons Learned Across Industries

Workplace belonging is important for all kinds of businesses and inclusion is essential for companies across industries to engage customers. Join this session with experts across the industry in management, human resources, and public relationships to learn from their strategies and journeys. Speakers: Sue Suh (TIME), Heather Woodard (Director, Culture and Community Communications, McDonald's USA), Tatsumi Paredes (Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at Toyota North America), Angela Kim (The Arena Group)

Terrace C

Lights, Camera … Journalism! Breaking Into Entertainment News

L.A.-based entertainment producers, writers, and reporters discuss what it's like covering red carpet events and speaking with celebs, and what it takes to create compelling entertainment content. Learn how these journalists got their start in entertainment news, the challenges they've faced, and the lessons they have learned. Speakers: Derick Yanehiro (ABC News), Rebecca Sun (The Hollywood Reporter), Ashley Lee (The Los Angeles Times), Clarissa Cruz (Entertainment Weekly), Neal Justin (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Studio 1

Building an Inclusive Journalism Program that Sticks (Sponsored by TEGNA)

This panel will walk through TEGNA’s two-year (and counting!) journey to build more inclusive newsrooms and content that reflects all communities we serve. We’ll hear from different-sized stations on their experience of training, action planning, measuring progress, successes, challenges, and lessons learned throughout our ongoing journey. Speakers: Tim Pham (KREM), Tram Anh Nguyen (KSDK), Joanie Vasiliadis (TEGNA), Doris Truong (Poynter), Tarya Weedon (Horowitz Research)

Studio 4

How to Build and Maintain a Wide Network of Sources

Every journalist needs sources who inform us, tip us off to good stories, and serve as sounding boards for our reporting. So how do you go about building and maintaining those relationships, especially if you're new to the area? How do you know which sources to trust? How do you maintain those relationships and build trust over time? Speakers: Susan Hirasuna, Mihir Zaveri, Becky Mar, Sandy Close

Studio 2

The Future of Streaming and Digital (Powered by NBCUniversal News Group)

The digital space has been rapidly growing as news and entertainment consumers change their viewing habits in transformative ways. This panel will focus on the future of streaming, where it’s going, and how news networks are evolving to provide compelling content across multiple platforms. Speakers: Jo Ling Kent (NBC News Business & Tech Correspondent), Catherine Kim (Senior Vice President, NBC News Global Digital News), Vicky Nguyen (NBC News NOW Anchor)

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Reunion Luncheon & Intergenerational Dialogues

*This is an invitation-only event.

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Strategic Thinking Part 2

One of the best ways to flex your strategic thinking is by discussing a business case. Dickson Louie will unpacks what could have been done differently at CNN+. What would you have done if you were on the decision team leading this rollout? *This is an invitationonly event.

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Queer(ing) Journalism

Meet the LGBTQIA+ individuals who are centering queer voices in their work and shaping the community’s narrative from behind the scenes. Journalists across the spectrum of the industry – in print, public radio, and other digital platforms – share their work in increasing queer representation in media coverage and share tips for newsrooms that want to improve their LGBTQIA+ representation.

12:00 - 2:00 PM Starview

Studio 4

Speakers: Jireh Deng (AAJA Los Angeles, Freelance), Dino-Ray Ramos (DIASPORA), Salgu Wissmath (Freelance), Jess Kung (NPR)

Studio 2

How to Report on Mass Shootings (Powered by NBCUniversal News Group)

Mass shootings have become an all-too familiar news story that unfolds in every corner of America. Details come fast and furious – and precise, authoritative reporting is more important than ever in these settings. Is this an “active shooter” situation? What kind of weapon(s) is being/was/were used? Who are the victims? All of these questions need to be answered quickly and with highly detailed accuracy. This session will look at the best practices and pinpoint language that everyone must use to serve our readers and viewers. Speakers: Richard Lui (NBC News/MSNBC), Ismael Ileto, Sarah Kaufman (NBC News), Kathy Park (NBC News), Scott Reitz, Xuan Thai (NBC News)

Studio 1

How to Travel the World Using Points and Miles (Sponsored by The Points Guy/Red Ventures)

What if we said you can afford to stay in luxury properties costing up to $1,000 a night? What if we showed you how to snag a $10,000 first class seat without having to spend cash for it? Members of The Points Guy’s editorial team will show you how to do this and more with the points and miles you already earn on travel credit cards and airline/hotel loyalty programs. Speakers: Eric Rosen (The Points Guy), Ryan Smith (The Points Guy), Madison Blancaflor (The Points Guy), Benet Wilson (The Points Guy)

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Duct Tape & Broken Fax Machines: The Challenges for U.S. Election Officials & the Stories That Have Yet to be Told (Sponsored by Skoll Foundation)

Dismantling Stereotypes in the Arts



FRIDAY, JULY 29

2:30 - 3:30 PM Studio 1

Leading in Prime Time & Going Global: From Local News to International Reporting (Sponsored by CITIZEN by CNN)

Leading in Prime Time CNN's Amara Walker is in conversation with Susie Xu, executive producer of ”Erin Burnett OutFront.” Xu, who has two decades of professional experience, will share how her Asian American background impacts her editorial decisions in the newsroom and the control room. You won't want to miss her talk about what it takes to produce a daily prime-time show and how her background as a first-generation Chinese immigrant impacts her work. Speakers: Susie Xu (Executive Producer of Erin Burnett OutFront), Amara Walker (CNN Correspondent) Going Global: From Local News to International Reporting How do you go from working at KABC in Los Angeles to working at CNN in Hong Kong? Or Baghdad? Or Jerusalem? In this CITIZEN by CNN conversation, CNN anchor and correspondent Amara Walker speaks with two journalists, who have spent years working abroad, about their career journeys. You'll hear the personal stories of Vice President and Western Bureau Chief Kevin Flower and West and Midwest Director of Coverage Elizabeth Joseph as they explain how their backgrounds and international experiences help them make coverage decisions every day on top stories important to the AAPI community, like the economy/jobs, national security, COVID-19, and anti-Asian hate. Speakers: Amara Walker (CNN Correspondent), Elizabeth Joseph (CNN West/Midwest Director of Coverage), Kevin Flower (CNN Vice President and Western Bureau Chief)

Terrace C

Duct Tape & Broken Fax Machines: The Challenges for U.S. Election Officials & the Stories That Have Yet to be Told (Sponsored by Skoll Foundation)

Our critical election infrastructure is more vulnerable and fragile than we could imagine. From outdated technology and ballot boxes patched with duct tape to partisan attacks on election officials, our systems and processes need significant support and resources. In this session, Tiana Epps-Johnson, founder and executive director of the Center for Tech and Civic Life, will provide the key challenges she’s seeing across the country and point out some of the most important stories in the country that have yet to be told. She’ll also provide a reporting tip sheet with additional sources and stories. Speakers: Tiana Epps-Johnson (Center for Tech and Civic Life), Alice Rhee (Skoll Foundation)

Dismantling Stereotypes in the Arts: A live Performance and Discussion about AAPI Representation in Theater, Film and Television

Film, art, music, books, and theater criticism is a rarefied — and mostly white — world. Hear from Asian American critics and actors about why it's so important to have AAPI perspectives in this space, and join us for a performance by L.A.-based theater group Artists at Play that unravels stereotypical tropes in theater.

Establishing Sustainability for AAPI/Multicultural Media Entrepreneurs (In Partnership with Gold House)

Gold House and the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) invite you to participate in a special salon at this year’s AAJA National Convention. Gold House is partnering with AAJA to convene a group of media leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors for an intimate and impactful conversation on how we can build a stronger ecosystem to support AAPI and multicultural media entrepreneurs, including in the crucial areas of establishing commercial sustainability and accelerating follower growth.*This is an invitation-only event.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

An Off the Record Executive Real Talk with Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee

*This is an invitation-only event.

4:00 - 5:00 PM

SAG-AFTRA SmallMarket Broadcast Reception

2:30 - 4:00 PM Studio 4

Terrace B

Ballroom Circle

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Speakers: Justin Chang (The Los Angeles Times and NPR Fresh Air), Preston Choi (Artists at Play), Mayank Keshaviah (Company of Angels / Stage Raw / L.A. Weekly), Angie Han (The Hollywood Reporter)


5:00 PM - 12:00 AM Off-Site

Little Tokyo Night: Defining Courage

"Defining Courage" is a gripping and emotional journey into the legacy of the Nisei Soldier, a segregated combat team of Japanese Americans considered the greatest fighting unit in American military history, yet most have never heard of them. Join filmmaker and ABC7 News Anchor David Ono, and world renowned composer David Benoit, as they immerse you into the horrifying yet uplifting world of these heroes who fought prejudice at home and the enemy abroad. You’ll fly onto the World War II battlefields in Italy, France, Germany and Japan, in an immersive, multimedia presentation that includes stunning cinematic photography, live music, historic film and interviews. This masterpiece of innovative storytelling allows you to see, hear, and especially, feel their incredible heroics. This is not a history lesson. It’s a demonstration about inner strength as we all go forward and deal with our own search for courage in today’s world. David Ono will have a Q&A with Jon Funabiki following the screening. Speakers: David Ono (ABC7 News), David Benoit (Composer), Jon Funabiki (Founder of Renaissance Journalism)



SATURDAY, JULY 30

The Desi Women Leading and Shaping Editorial Coverage (In Partnership with the South Asian Journalists Association)

Meet the South Asian female journalists leading the charge in diversifying newsrooms and news coverage, and join us for a discussion on the importance of representation and diverse leadership, and how inclusion – and the lack thereof – directly impacts the coverage of some of the most pressing issues we're facing.

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

ELP ’22 Program Wrap-up

*This is an invitation-only event.

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Meditation Space (Presented by PopSugar)

9:00 - 10:00 AM Starview

Studio 4

10:30 - 11:30 AM Starview

Who Controls the Narrative About People of Color in Our Democracy? (Sponsored by Skoll Foundation)

Speakers: Niketa Patel (The 19th News), Niala Boodhoo (Axios), Azmat Khan (The New York Times), Angilee Shah (Charlottesville Tomorrow)

How can we ensure informed and engaged participation in our democracy — and elections in particular — among people of color? Facing two pivotal elections and a rise anti-democratic efforts, an informed and engaged electorate that represents all of America has never been more important. In this panel, subject matter experts will provide guidance for news organizations and journalists on how to report on and think about increasing civic participation and combating voter suppression and misinformation, and ensuring that communities of color lead their own narratives to strengthen representation going into the 2022 and 2024 elections. Speakers: Richard Lui (NBC News/MSNBC), Bo Thao-Urabe (AAPI Civic Engagement Fund), Sian Lewis (A—B), Efrain Escobedo (Hispanics in Philanthropy, California Community Foundation)

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Studio 3

12:00 - 1:00 PM Studio 1

VOICES Presentations Best Practices for Covering Marginalized Communities

When covering marginalized communities, earning their trust takes just as long as reporting the story. In this roundtable discussion, experienced journalists and storytellers will discuss how they approach their coverage of such communities – from finding the stories and voices to navigating the story with dignity and empowerment. Speakers: Dr. Anita Varma (UT Austin/Solidarity Journalism Initiative), Veronica De La Cruz (Newsy, the Scripps National News Network), Kristine Lois Villanueva (Resolve Philly), Bryan Pollard (Associated Press)

Starview

1:30 - 2:30 PM Studio 1

Lead with Purpose and Impact: AAPI Executives in Nonprofit Journalism (Sponsored by MacArthur Foundation)

Nonprofit news organizations are playing an increasingly important role in our industry. AAPI media executives are leading the way in creating impactful journalism at the local, national and global levels. Join this conversation to hear their paths and next steps.

Journalists as Advocates: How to Push for Press Freedom Amid Unprecedented Attacks (Presented by AAJA Los Angeles Chapter)

Journalists often aren’t comfortable speaking up on policy matters. But when press freedom is at stake, they’re typically most effective at making the case. After dozens of journalists in California were injured, arrested or detained at protests in California for doing their jobs -- serving as the eyes and ears of the public -- an unprecedented coalition of 20-plus journalism groups and unions worked together to push legislation protecting news workers at protests. The groups were successful and led to a realization: We, as journalists, can do a lot more to protect press freedom if we unite. Panelists will discuss the steps they took to effectively mobilize and advocate and what can be done in other states and nationally to combat attacks on press freedom.

Speakers: Yukari Iwatani Kane (Prison Journalism Project), Kathy Im (MacArthur Foundation), Sumi Aggarwal (Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting), Laxmi Parthasarathy (Global Press Journal), Kimi Yoshino (Baltimore Banner)

Speakers: Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins (Santa Monica College, Society for Professional JournalistsL.A. President), Yvette Cabrera (The Center for Public Integrity, National Association of Hispanic Journalists Vice President), Matt Pearce (The Los Angeles Times, Media Guild of the West President), Ringo Chiu (Los Angeles Business Journal), Julie Patel-Liss (Cal State LA, AAJA-LA President), Adam Rose (ViacomCBS, LA Press Club board member)

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SATURDAY, JULY 30

1:30 - 4:00 PM

Representation, Pipeline and Power: Building AAPI Influence in News Leadership (Sponsored by MacArthur Foundation)

1:30 - 2:00 PM

Reach the Next Level in Podcasting (Presented by AAJA Radio & Podcasting)

Studio 2

*This is an invitation-only event.

If you have wanted to dip your toes into podcasting but don’t know how to get started, or you have specific questions to take your podcast to the next level, join this workshop to find inspirations and learn how to plan, produce, and distribute a podcast from veteran podcasters. Speakers: Shannon Lin (Los Angeles Times Audio Producer), Paola Mardo (Proximity Media Head of Audio), Jerry Won (Dear Asian Americans Podcast), Rahul Bali (WABE News)

Studio 3

Habits of Successful Freelancers (Presented by AAJA Freelance Affinity Group)

This panel will dissect the practices, systems, and tactics of thriving freelancers — and their tools for achieving financial success while being creatively fulfilled. Speakers will share their budgeting, goal-setting, networking, and work practices, and explain how they lead to successful assignments, professional relationships, a healthy mind, and career landmarks. Speakers: Nandita Godbole (Freelance), Sophie Park (Freelance), Momo Chang (Freelance), Katherine Lewis (Center for Independent Journalists), Ellen Lee (Freelance, AAJA Media Institute)

2:00 - 4:00 PM Ballroom Circle

Identity-empowered Risk Assessment, Planning and Personal Security (In partnership with the International Women's Media Foundation)

Newsrooms in the U.S. are increasingly concerned about the safety of their journalists, especially in the face of rising threats against them. Few newsrooms are actively implementing holistic safety strategies for their teams, ones that consider identity and the interconnected nature of mental health, physical safety, and digital safety. During this session sponsored by the International Women’s Media Foundation, our panelists will talk about the safety strategies that they are adopting in their newsrooms, particularly for the most vulnerable: women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ journalists. Speakers: Jeff Belzil (International Women’s Media Foundation), Corinne Chin (Associated Press)

3:00 - 4:00 PM Studio 3

Kicking Off Your Career in Film & TV Criticism (Sponsored by Rotten Tomatoes)

A panel of expert film and television critics discuss ways to develop analytical style, seek mentorship in the entertainment journalism world, and the differences between reporting and criticism. Speakers: Angie Han (The Hollywood Reporter), Cate Young (Associate Podcast Producer, Freelance Journalist), Inkoo Kang (The Washington Post), Therese Lacson (Collider/The Beat)

3:00 - 4:30 PM Studio 1

Storytelling from the Heart: Excavating Personal, Family and Community Stories

Historically, the news media have whitewashed over America’s rich diversity, and the rules of “objectivity” have constrained AAPI journalists from drawing from their own lives. But more and more journalists are digging deep into their personal, family, and community lives to offer revelatory – and sometimes painful -- stories through different techniques, like memoirs, video, podcasting, virtual reality, performance, and more. This interactive workshop is designed to stimulate AAPI journalists who are leaning into their identities to tackle deeply personal, yet socially revealing, investigations. Speakers: Jon Funabiki (Founder of Renaissance Journalism), Amanda Mei Kim (Steinbeck Fellow), Paula Madison, CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, formerly of NBCUniversal)

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3:00 - 4:30 PM Studio 2

Hands-on Session: Nonfiction Video Storytelling + Portfolio Review (Presented by AAJA Video Affinity Group)

Are you interested in learning about paths in video storytelling and how different publications develop non-fiction video products? Seasoned visual journalists will showcase how video content plays a role in their editorial stories and guide participants in their career and project development. It’s not required, but feel free to send in portfolios, project synopses, and even resumes ahead of time if you are interested in getting feedback during breakouts. Speakers: Anam Siddiq (TBC), Angie Wang (Associated Press), Izzy Qian (NYT), Joel Stonington (Head of Film and Television at Insider, Inc. L.A.)

5:30 - 6:30 PM

President’s Reception

*This is an invitation-only event.

Gala

*Registration is required to attend this event.

Starview

6:30 - 9:30 PM Grand Ballroom

After Gala

Karaoke

Studios 1-4

Please note all sessions are subject to change. For updates, go to https://www.aaja22.org/aaja22-agenda

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HALL OF FAME

INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME For their pioneering work in co-founding the Asian American Journalists Association:

Dwight Chuman David Kishiyama Frank Kwan Bill Sing Tritia Toyota Nancy Yoshihara

The Asian American Journalists Association was formed 40 years ago by six journalism pioneers: Dwight Chuman, David Kishiyama, Frank Kwan, Bill Sing, Nancy Yoshihara and Tritia Toyota. In 1981, these six journalists came together through the struggles that they faced in their workplaces as the few or only Asian American journalists in their newsrooms, and the lack of representation that they saw for Asian Americans in those spaces. For our inaugural Hall of Fame, we thank our founders and proudly look back on their legacy while boldly moving forward on ensuring our mission has lasting impact.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SIMON LI Simon Li is retired from his 36-year career as a newspaper editor, including 23 years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was an assistant business editor, foreign editor and assistant managing editor. Before that, he was an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a 1970 graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, and was awarded the Columbia University Alumni Medal in 2010 and the Columbia Journalism School’s Alumni Award in 2012. He is a trustee of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., and a member of the board of Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital. He also serves on the advisory board of Lincoln College, Oxford University, where he earned a B.A. He is a former vice chairman of the board of the International Press Institute (IPI), which advocates for media freedom and independence. He is also a long-time member of the Asian-American Journalists Association, which has given him a special recognition award as well as one for leadership in diversity.

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AAJA BOARD & STAFF AAJA NATIONAL OFFICE

1301 K Street NW, Suite 300W Washington, DC 20005

STAFF

CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS

Naomi Tacuyan Underwood

Jin Ding, Chief of Staff, Center for Public Integrity Leezel Tanglao, Director of Audience Insights and Innovation, The Points Guy

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Glenn E. K. Sugihara ACCOUNTING CONSULTANT

Karen Sugihara

CONVENTION PLANNING COMMITTEE

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Noelle Fujii-Oride, Writer and Engagement Editor, Hawaii Business Magazine Julie Patel Liss, Head of Journalism, CSULA Samantha Masunaga, Reporter, Los Angeles Times Melissa Mecija, Reporter/Anchor, KGTV, ABC 10News Rachel Ramirez, Climate Writer, CNN Emily V. Tan, Web Producer and Project Manager, Simons Foundation Teresa Watanabe, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times Hangda Zhang, Producer, AJ+ Jiazhen Zhang, Video Director, SB Nation

Ai Uchida DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Waliya Lari DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT

Jessica Xiao OPERATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATE

April M. Siruno PROGRAMS AND MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

Angela Tang DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Sofia Koyama PROGRAMS AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Daniella Ignacio

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Nancy Shaffer, BRAVO! Events by Design Ivory Zorich, Ivory Zorich Events Stephanie Condello Lisa Keitges, East 5th Strategies Sirat Attapit

AAJA SPRING/SUMMER FELLOWS & INTERNS

Anissa Deol Yi-Shen Loo Joseph Malasa Preston Ng Hayden Park

NATIONAL BOARD BOARD OF DIRECTORS NATIONAL PRESIDENT

Michelle Ye Hee Lee SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Nicole Dungca VICE PRESIDENT OF JOURNALISM PROGRAMS

Kris Vera-Phillips VICE PRESIDENT OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Julia B. Chan VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE

Jin Ding VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Shirley Qiu SMALL/MEDIUM CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Julia M. Chan SMALL/MEDIUM CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Anika Varty LARGE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Moriah Balingit AT-LARGE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

Benjamin Pu

ADVISORY BOARD ARIZONA

Aric Johnson ASIA

K. Oanh Ha Zela Chin ATLANTA

Julia M. Chan CHICAGO

Ariel Cheung FLORIDA

Moni Basu HAWAI'I

Wes Nakama LOS ANGELES

Anh Do Samantha Masunaga MINNESOTA

Nancy Yang NEW ENGLAND

Daigo Fujiwara

AT-LARGE CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

NEW YORK

Aric Johnson

Benjamin Pu Ambreen Ali PHILADELPHIA

Kristine Villanueva

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PORTLAND

Peter Wong SACRAMENTO

Chris Nguyen SAN DIEGO

Priya Sridhar JoAnn Fields SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Cecilia Lei SEATTLE

Anika Varty WASHINGTON D.C.

Moriah Balingit Sameer Rao


CHAPTERS & AFFINITY GROUPS

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP

AFFINITY GROUPS

ARIZONA

NORTH CAROLINA

President: Justin Lum

President: Vicky Janowski

ASIA

PHILADELPHIA

President: K. Oanh Ha ATLANTA

President: Mallika Kallingal

President: Jingyao Yu PORTLAND

Co-Presidents: Peter Wong and Amy Wang

AT-LARGE

SACRAMENTO

Representative: Benjamin Pu

President: Sandy Louey

CHICAGO

SAN DIEGO

President: Ariel Cheung FLORIDA

President: Valerie Boey

Co-Presidents: Priya Sridhar and JoAnn Fields SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

President: Cecilia Lei

HAWAI'I

SEATTLE

President: Noelle Fujii-Oride

President: Naomi Ishisaka

LOS ANGELES

TEXAS

President: Julie Patel-Liss MICHIGAN

President: Sarah Rahal MINNESOTA

President: Dymanh Chhoun NEW ENGLAND

President: Young-Jin Kim NEW YORK

President: Frank Bi

Co-Presidents: Natalie Hee and Tiffany Liou WASHINGTON, D.C.

President: Annie Z. Yu

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