AAJAThe Asian American Journalists Association will hold their 20th annual national convention this Wednesday, Aug. 12, to Sunday, Aug. 15 in Boston. Called “Road to Reinvention,” this convention offers a myriad of panels and workshops aimed at teaching journalists the multimedia skills necessary in the new and ever-changing digital news platform. In a time where the job description for journalists is constantly transforming, this theme is extremely fitting — as their website states, “Learn new skills, don’t get left behind.”
Interesting workshops include “Doing it all: Tips for Working on Multiple Platforms,” “New Digital Tools for Investigative Journalism,” “Writing Fast, Writing Well, Right On Time,” and “Preparing for Layoffs, Buyouts, or (Gulp) Worse.”

This convention will also include a Career Fair and Expo for students and journalists to network and job hunt (click here for a list of the high-profile recruiters and exhibitors at the convention), an Authors’ Showcase, featuring AAJA members who have recently been published (such as Jennifer 8. Lee, New York Times journalist and author of “Fortune Cookie Chronicles”), and an Executive Leadership Program, to help Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists become leaders and executives in the newsroom.

For information about on-site registration, click here. One-day registration is also available for those who can’t stay for the entire convention.

For those who won’t be able to make the trip to Boston this year, mark your calendars for next year’s 2010 AAJA National Convention which will be held in Los Angeles, Calif.

About the AAJA (from their website)

Founded in 1981, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a non-profit professional and educational organization with more than 2,000 members today. AAJA serves Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by encouraging young people to consider journalism as a career, developing managers in the media industry, and promoting fair and accurate news coverage.

AAJA uses the term “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” to embrace all Americans — both citizens and residents — who self-identify with one or more of the three dozen nationalities and ethnic groups in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. We use this term to refer to our communities at large, as well as to our membership which includes representatives from all these regions.

AAJA is committed to diversity in order to incorporate different viewpoints into newsrooms across the country. 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.

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