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Wednesday, August 13
 

9:00am

International Reporting: Making Your Way Abroad (Presented by Columbia Journalism School)
Limited Capacity seats available

This day-long workshop will provide a basic understanding of what it takes to work abroad as a journalist, how to prepare, the skills that will serve you best, and especially in the digital age.  

Instructors will discuss how best to prepare before traveling abroad, with special emphasis on fundamental reporting ability and cultural literacy; how to navigate as a journalist and report safely in a new foreign environment; cyber security to communicate safely. The afternoon will also cover what you need to know to work as a digital journalist, including the technology you’ll need to meet the fast-breaking needs of editors worldwide.

Registration closes at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Platinum AAJA Members: Platinum Members may register for free. Please email samanthac@aaja.org to receive a promo code.

Wednesday August 13, 2014 9:00am - 3:30pm
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

9:00am

IRE's Watchdog Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Watchdog Workshops offer tips, tools and training that you can use immediately to add depth to your work, from breaking news coverage to quick-turn enterprise and long-term projects. IRE’s Watchdog Workshop will help reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with hard-hitting story ideas, websites and online resources, lists of key documents, techniques for more effective reporting, ways to use the web and social media to find information, and insight into the latest technology for newsgathering. Building on last year’s success, IRE’s all-day workshop this year will cover a variety of topics from public records to reporting in minority communities.

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Using the web as an investigative tool

What reporters and editors need to know, from better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find documents and databases on deadline and where to find reliable Web sites for enterprise stories. We will discuss how to effectively search on the Web, and handling issues of credibility of online sources and ethics when using online information. 

Welcome speech: Kate Marymont, senior vice president of news, Gannett

Speakers: Megan Luther, trainer, IRE; Lisa Song, reporter, InsideClimate

 

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Quick Hits/10 Investigations You can Start Next Week

Investigative pieces don’t always have to be lengthy projects. If you get your hands on the right information, especially data sets, you can report a quick and effective story. Speakers will share tips and tools to use to access databases across beats and topics, and the types of investigative stories that could come out of them. 

Speakers: Megan Luther, trainer, IRE; Ron Lin, investigative reporter, Los Angeles Times 

 

1-2:15pm Public Records & You

They’re the public’s records, yet it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get them. How to be effective in legally compelling government agencies for public records – and how to work through the pushback. 

Speakers: Brad Heath, investigative reporter, USA Today; Barbara Wall, vice president of general counsel, Gannett; Michelle Ye Hee Lee (moderator), investigative reporter, The Arizona Republic 

 

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Covering minority communities

Investigative reporting on issues that affect minority issues can be nuanced, and have unique challenges. How do you get community members to talk publicly on sensitive issues that could create blowback for an already disenfranchised group of people? How do you find credible sources and information where they may be hard to find? How do you navigate cultural sensitivities?

Speakers: Anh Do, reporter, The Los Angeles Times; Richard Lui, anchor, MSNBC

 

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Bulletproofing your work

How to plan reporting and editing to build an airtight methodology that even people being written about will agree is solid. Make sure your investigations can withstand intense scrutiny and unexpected blowback. How to use documents, sources and data to do authoritative investigations. Hear tips on how to stay organized while fact checking and editing throughout the process so there are no last-minute surprises.

Speakers: Lisa Song, reporter, InsideClimate; Brad Heath, investigative reporter, USA Today




Registration closes at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.



Speakers
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Brad Heath

Investigative Reporter, USA Today
Brad Heath is an investigative reporter at USA TODAY. His work includes award-winning investigations of misconduct by federal prosecutors and industrial air pollution around the nation's schools. Before joining USA TODAY, he was an enterprise writer for The Detroit News and was the investigative reporter for The Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y. Heath holds a law degree from Georgetown University and is a member of the Virginia bar.
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Lisa Song

Reporter, InsideClimate News
(@lisalsong) Lisa Song is a reporter at InsideClimate News who covers oil sands, pipeline safety and natural gas drilling. She was part of the team that wrote the series "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of," which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.


Wednesday August 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Follow the Money (Presented by the Sunlight Foundation)
Limited Capacity seats available

Morning session: Following the Money: There’s more money to follow in elections than ever before. Super PACs, political nonprofits and now, in the wake of the McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission decision by the Supreme Court, joint fundraising committees that can take in million dollar checks from well-heeled donors. And campaigns, parties and traditional political action committees are raising and spending more money than ever.

  • In the first hour, we’ll begin with a brief, simple to understand overview of current campaign finance rules governing campaigns, parties and other political players, then take you through basic tools for quickly find out who the biggest donor a campaign is, how much candidates and outside groups are spending in a race, and who’s writing the big checks in the race you’re covering.
  • In the second hour, we’ll dive deeper into tools that can help you unravel the networks behind “dark money” groups that don’t disclose their donors, how to track ad buys disclosed at the Federal Communications Commission using Political Ad Sleuth and how to track the ads themselves using Ad Hawk.

Afternoon session: Using political influence data in non-political coverage: Whether you cover business, entertainment, sports, education, the environment—you name it—political data can help you get stories no one else can. Companies, unions, schools, trade associations and local and state governments leave behind lengthy paper trails at the federal level, revealing information about their interests and strategies, even their hopes and fears.

  • In the first hour, we’ll show you how lobbyist disclosure forms, used in concert with Sunlight tools like OpenCongress.org which tracks legislation, can tell you about non only the legislative priorities of entities you cover, but also their real world concerns. Find out what advertising restrictions that Hershey, Kellogg and Nestle, among other food concerns, are pushing against. Why are McDonald’s and other fast food companies fighting with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which focuses on the financial sector? Lobbying disclosures can alert you to changes in business practices, in labor relations and a host of other matters.
  • In the second hour, we’ll dive deeper, using Docket Wrench and Scout to find out in far more detail what various interest groups and entities object to and support in federal regulations. Regulatory dockets include comments from interested parties describing how regulations will affect their current activities or future plans, and provide insights into a wide range of businesses, professions, non-profit organizations and sometimes state and local governments. Scout can search across a wide range of federal and state documents from a single search box. Both tools can be indispensable aids in your reporting.


Registration closes at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Platinum AAJA Members: Platinum Members may register for free. Please email samanthac@aaja.org to receive a promo code.

Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Learn to Code (Presented by AAJA, Hosted by The Washington Post)
Limited Capacity seats available

Can’t tell a <p> from a <h1>? This daylong session is meant to take journalists with no coding experience and help them feel comfortable reading and writing basic HTML. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how front-end coding affects what you see on a website.

Registration closes at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Platinum AAJA Members: Platinum Members may register for free. Please email samanthac@aaja.org to receive a promo code.

Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm
The Washington Post, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20071

10:00am

Day of Data (Presented by AAJA, hosted by National Public Radio)
Limited Capacity seats available

Spend a day diving deep into data topics and demos with AAJA at NPR's Washington headquarters. You’ll learn what makes a great data story and presentation, and walk through tutorials of how to clean, analyze and visualize a data story.

Participants will be asked to download datasets ahead of time. Please sign in at the lobby.

Registration closes at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Platinum AAJA Members: Platinum Members may register for free. Please email samanthac@aaja.org to receive a promo code.

Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
NPR, Studio 1 1111 North Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC, 20002

11:00am

INSTAGRAMANIA
Wanna learn how to reach and grow your Instagram audience? Three award winning photographers talk about how they shoot, use different apps to edit and share their images to reach their social media audience through Instagram.

Speakers
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Charles Dharapak

Staff Photojournalist, Associated Press
(@Dharapak) Charles Dharapak is an Associated Press staff photojournalist based in Washington, D.C. Since 2003 he has covered the Bush and Obama White House, national politics, and the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He joined the AP in 1995 as a staff photographer based in Southeast Asia. While based in Bangkok he covered the Cambodian civil war and the pro-democracy movement in Burma. He later became AP’s chief photographer... Read More →
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Dai Sugano

Photojournalist and Senior Multimedia Editor, San Jose Mercury News
(@daisugano) Dai Sugano is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist and senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He is also a co-creator/co-editor of Viewfinder, the photo blog for the Bay Area News Group photojournalists. He covers a wide range of assignments which have included: rising economic inequality in China; “Cost of Dying,” a series on end-of-life care issues in the U.S.; poverty in India; Hmong refugees who... Read More →
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Michael Yamashita

YAMASHITAPHOTO
Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel.  After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies, he spent seven years in Asia, which became his area of specialty. Returning to the US fluent in Japanese, he began shooting for the National Geographic as well as many other American and international clients... Read More →


Wednesday August 13, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

6:00pm

Opening Reception
Join us for our opening reception.

Wednesday August 13, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Renaissance Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001
 
Thursday, August 14
 

9:00am

NewU: Am I really an entrepreneur?
The challenges and glories of managing your own startup.

Speakers
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Sumaya Kazi

CEO/Founder, Sumazi.com
(@sumaya) Sumaya Kazi is the founder and CEO of Sumazi.com, a social intelligence platform used by brands, agencies and celebrities to unlock the hidden value of their social data. Sumazi was a top 25 finalist selected to compete at the prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield, where it won the Omidyar Network Award for the startup “Most Likely to Change the World.”


Thursday August 14, 2014 9:00am - 9:50am
Meeting Room 7, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

9:00am

Career Fair & Expo
Thursday August 14, 2014 9:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Pitching to the public radio network
Want to get your stories on public radio? Find out from these network editors how best to pitch, craft and get your stories on air nationally.

Moderators
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Niala Boodhoo

Host, The Afternoon Shift, Chicago Public Media
(@nialaboodhoo) Niala Boodhoo hosts The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ, a local, daily news, information and talk show for Chicago Public Media. Previously, she was the station’s business reporter, as well as part of the multi-station Changing Gears project that documented the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest. Prior to joining WBEZ, Niala was a reporter with The Miami Herald.

Speakers
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Katie Davis

Independent Producer, Washington, DC
Katie Davis an independent producer working on various projects. She was senior producer for the national show, The Story and before that reported and created the independent series for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” called Neighborhood Stories. She was on staff at NPR for 15 years as a producer and host. She also is an editor for AIR, an international network of 1,000 radio journalists and documentarians... Read More →
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Jed Kim

Reporter, Southern California Public Radio
(@JedSkim) Jed Kim is a reporter for Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles. He freelanced his way into the gig, but it took a long time. Along the way, he worked several jobs in public radio: WNYC producer, podcast editor and fill-in reporter. He has also been an intern (unpaid most often) too many times to recall. His work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace and Monocle. He now covers the environment for KPCC.
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Vickie Walton-James

Deputy National Editor, NPR
(@vicwj) Vickie Walton-James is acting national editor for NPR News. She has been a national desk supervisor at NPR for nearly six years, most of that time as deputy national editor, overseeing coverage of the eastern half of the United States. She joined NPR in 2008. Prior to NPR, she was a top manager for Tribune Publishing in Washington.


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 2, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Speed mentoring 101
Back by popular demand, this session will allow students to meet with AAJA members from a variety of newsrooms and disciplines.

Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Charts and maps and tables! Oh, my! The basics of graphics and data visualization
Small details like axis labels and proper proportions make a big difference when you’re telling a story with graphics and data. But don’t fear! We’ll walk you through examples of great and terrible graphics in the news. After this session, you’ll be able to avoid common mistakes in graphics and identify the right approach to data visualization.

Speakers
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Hilary Fung

Visual Journalist, The Huffington Post
(@hil_fung) Hilary is a visual journalist on The Huffington Post data team.
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Katie Park

Graphics Editor, The Washington Post
Katie Park is a graphics editor at The Washington Post, where she codes, reports and designs interactive projects. She recently graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Freelance 101
Whether you’re jumping into independent journalism full-time or hoping to freelance alongside your day job, this session will help you get started. Hear from successful freelancers about the skills, attitude and connections you’ll need to succeed, how to pitch and where to meet clients. Walk away with 10 ideas to get up and running!

Moderators
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Erin Chan Ding

Freelance Journalist
(@ErinChanDing) Erin Chan Ding is a freelance journalist with 16 years of writing and multimedia experience covering features, profiles, business, race relations, entertainment, travel, technology, politics and parenting. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Time Out Chicago magazine, The Huffington Post, AOL City’s Best, The Los Angeles Times, Red Tricycle, West Suburban Living magazine... Read More →

Speakers
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Nancy Matsumoto

Freelance Writer and Editor
(@NancyMatsumoto) Nancy Matsumoto is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in health, food, arts, culture and Japanese American issues. Her articles have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Health, People, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Edible Manhattan, Organic Gardening, TheAtlantic.com, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit, among other publications. She is co-author of “The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders.”
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Chuck McCutcheon

Freelance Writer
(@ChuckMcCutcheon) Chuck McCutcheon has been a freelance writer and editor in Washington since 2009. He is co-author of the political dictionary “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech” (to be published in September), as well as the 2012 and 2014 editions of National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics.
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Stephenie Overman

Freelance Writer
(@saoverman) Stephenie Overman has been a freelancer writer specializing in workplace and health issues for more than 15 years. She is author of the book “Next-Generation Wellness at Work,” (Praeger Publishing) and is writing an e-book, “The Resilient Freelancer: Health and Wellness Strategies for the Self Employed.”
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Ellen Perlman

Freelance Writer
(@boldlygosolo) Ellen Perlman is a writer and editor for the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, while freelancing for The Washington Post Travel section, The Washingtonian and maintaining her blog, boldlygosolo.com. While at her previous job as a feature writer for Governing, she wrote freelance travel pieces for The Boston Globe, The Kansas City Star, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, The Dallas Morning News and others.


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Renaissance West B, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

NewU: I'm just getting started, what do I do?
Speakers
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Latoya Peterson

Owner/Editor/Co-Founder, Racialicious.com
(@latoyapeterson) A certified media junkie, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on pop culture with a focus on video games, film, television and music. One of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 rising stars in media for 2013, she is best known for the award- winning blog Racialicious.com - the intersection of race and pop culture.


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 7, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Handy tricks for your best writing for the web
Get pro tips on how to write bright and tight on deadline to attract an online audience. You’ll get 10 key takeaways that can help whether you’re posting an investigative piece, writing a news broadcast or composing an effective Tweet.

Speakers
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Henry Fuhrmann

Assistant Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times
(@hfuhrmann) Henry Fuhrmann is assistant managing editor for the copy desks and standards at The Los Angeles Times. Since joining The Times in 1990, Fuhrmann has worked across the newsroom as an editor on the Metro, Foreign, Calendar and Business desks. He served as the first chief of the morning copy desk before starting his current assignment in March 2009.
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David Steinberg

Copy Desk Chief, The San Francisco Chronicle
(@DASteinberg) David Steinberg is copy desk chief at The San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1996. He also serves as editor of The Chronicle Stylebook and chairs the paper’s Style Council, which sets the newspaper’s usage guidelines. He worked previously as a copy editor at The Boston Herald and the BPI Entertainment News Wire in Boston.
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Doris Truong

Homepage Editor, The Washington Post
(@DorisTruong) Doris Truong is a homepage editor at The Washington Post, where she co-chairs the newsroom Diversity Committee. Before moving to the digital side, she was a longtime multiplatform editor for The Post and a copy editor at The Dallas Morning News. Wayne State chose her for its Spirit of Diversity award in 2014. She was the 2011-2012 AAJA national president.


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Crisis Reporting Abroad
A candid discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of being a woman journalist working in conflict zones or doing crisis reporting abroad.

Speakers
CD

Caroline Drees

Global Editor for Editorial Events, Reuters
For almost 20 years, Caroline has worked as a reporter, editor and manager across the Middle East, Europe and the US. Besides global editor, her other assignments have included serving as Reuters General Manager for the Middle East and Africa, Middle East Editor, Bureau Chief for Egypt, and running a UNDP/Reuters Foundation project setting up Iraq's first independent news agency. She has a BA in Political Science from Yale University, and an... Read More →
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Allyn Gaestel

Freelance Human Rights Journalist
(@allyngaestel) Allyn Gaestel is a freelance journalist who covers human rights, inequality, gender, global health and the human repercussions of politics. She has worked in West Africa, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia for outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters and CNN.
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Jean Lee

Foreign Correspondent, Associated Press
(@newsjean) Jean H. Lee is a Seoul-based foreign correspondent for the Associated Press. She led the news agency’s coverage of the Korean peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. During her tenure, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access in North Korea, and in January 2012 opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau – the first Western text/photo news bureau based in the North Korean capital.
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Allison Shelley

Freelance Photojournalist
(@allison_shelley) Allison Shelley is an award-winning freelance photojournalist, former staff photographer for The Washington Times and former director of photography for Education Week. Her documentary work from Haiti, India, Nepal and the United States has appeared in The Atlantic, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. She is co-founder and co-director of the Women Photojournalists of... Read More →


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 3, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

How to pull off an interactive project
Join us in a two-hour workshop featuring award-winning visual and interactive leaders in the industry, Ben De La Cruz (NPR, Washington Post) and Jody Sugrue (National Geographic, Showtime). Learn how to produce major visual and interactive projects — from planning, shooting and editing to presentation.

Speakers
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Ben De La Cruz

Documentary Video Producer and Multimedia Journalist, NPR
(@bendelacruz) Ben de La Cruz is an award-winning documentary video producer and multimedia journalist. As the multimedia editor for NPR’s science desk, he serves as the visual architect for coverage of global health, science, environment, energy and development. His work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, three National Emmy Award nominations and a Scripps Howard Award for online reporting.
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Jody Sugrue

Creative Director, National Geographic
(@jsugrue) Jody Sugrue is a creative director whose loves include photography, design, storytelling and their convergence on any platform. She most recently worked at National Geographic and frog design. Prior to that she led Showtime Network’s digital rebrand and entry into the multi­platform market with Showtime Anytime.


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

Creating the perfect online portfolio
Bring your laptops and tables for this hands-on session. Attendees will see examples of free online platforms, including WordPress, Weebly, Wix, About.me and RebelMouse. We’ll also show how journalists have used them successfully to showcase their work. Attendees will then participate in hands-on training that will allow them to walk away with a solid framework that they can polish after the convention.

Speakers
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Meena Thiruvengadam

Editor, Yahoo Finance
(@meena_thiru) Meena Thiruvengadam is a journalist with experience reporting, writing and editing multimedia news and feature content. She has worked at local newspapers, an international wire service and digital startups. She’s obsessed with innovative journalism, media strategy, audience analytics and telling good stories.
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Benét Wilson

Social Media/Newsletters Editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
(@benetwilson) Benét J. Wilson is the social media/newsletters editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. She is an aviation/travel freelance journalist, serving as the air travel expert for About.com. She served as chair of NABJ’s program committee from 2011 to 2013 and is the vice president of NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force.


Thursday August 14, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:00am

Making it to the Network
A panel of esteemed broadcast journalists share their career advice and experiences for how to land a top job at a national television network.

Moderators
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Shawn Chitnis

Reporter, KREM-TV
(@shawnchitnis) Shawn Chitnis is a reporter for KREM-TV in Spokane, Wash. He’s covered the Northwest for more than five years, first as a reporter at KNDO-TV in Yakima, Wash. Shawn started as a desk assistant for ABC News in New York and Los Angeles, while attending the University of Southern California. He is originally from Seattle.

Speakers
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Maribel Aber

Correspondent, CNN
(@MaribelAberCNN) Maribel Aber is a correspondent for CNN Newsource’s “Money Matters,” a market-exclusive, multi-platform financial news service produced in conjunction with CNNMoney.com. She is based in CNN’s bureau in New York, where she provides custom live reports for approximately 800 CNN Newsource affiliates, CNN, CNN International and HLN from the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.
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Elena Nachmanoff

Sr. VP of Talent Recruitment and Development, NBC News
(@ElenaNachmanoff) Elena Nachmanoff has overseen talent at NBC News since 1990. She manages all talent recruitment and strategic development, including contract negotiations for NBC News and MSNBC. She recruited notable NBC News correspondents and anchors including David Bloom, Brian Williams, Richard Engel, Natalie Morales, Ann Curry, Lester Holt, Tamron Hall and Hoda Kotb and others.
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Betty Nguyen

Anchor, MSNBC
(@Betty_Nguyen) Betty Nguyen is an anchor for “Early Today” on NBC and “First Look” on MSNBC. She joined the network in January 2014. Prior to that, Nguyen anchored “The CBS Morning News” and was a correspondent for “CBS This Morning.” While at CBS News, she covered the 2012 presidential election, 2011 Japan earthquake, the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Arizona shooting and Arab Spring.


Thursday August 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 2, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Early career roundtable
Calling all students and recent grads: Wonder how to make it work in the first few years of your career? Come learn from some of AAJA’s rising stars who are two to five years into their careers. Bring your questions!

Speakers
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Frank Bi

Data Journalist, Forbes
(@frankiebi) Frank Bi is a data journalist at Forbes. He has previously worked at PBS NewsHour, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Minnesota Public Radio and holds a degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota.
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Kat Chow

Digital Journalist, NPR
(@katchow) Kat Chow is a journalist covering race, ethnicity and culture for NPR’s new Code Switch team. In this role, she is responsible for reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online and blogging. Prior to NPR, she worked with WGBH in Boston and was a reporting fellow for The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh.
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Ryan Kellett

Deputy Editor, Digital Audience, The Washington Post
(@rkellett) Ryan Kellett is the editor for search, social and audience engagement at The Washington Post. Ryan Kellett joined The Post newsroom in 2010 as interactivity producer. He previously worked on the social media team at NPR. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont.
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Jennifer Lee

Reporter, 13WHAM
(@JeanLeeWHAM) Jennifer Lee is a reporter at 13WHAM in Rochester, NY. She previously worked in Hagerstown, MD as a reporter and fill-in anchor and producer. She graduated from Penn State with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and English. During that time, she covered President Obama's visit to the university. She also participated in AAJA's Voices in Detroit. Her hometown is Cliffside Park, NJ.


Thursday August 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Conquer the world of data with these simple tools
Do you want to bulletproof your story with solid statistics but you don’t know where to look for reliable data? Or have you ever wanted to make a simple chart for your work but don’t know where to start? Let us walk you through the making of an infographic — from the reporting to the analysis to making a chart. Along the way, we’ll tell you about the tools you can use to make your own.

Speakers
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Joanna Kao

Interactive Developer, Al Jazeera America
Joanna S. Kao is a developer/reporter on Al Jazeera America's interactive/multimedia team. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in computer science at MIT. Currently, she covers technology, veterans and Native Americans.
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Ritchie King

Visual Journalist & Science Reporter, FiveThirtyEight
(@RitchieSKing) Ritchie King is a reporter at FiveThirtyEight who focuses on telling stories with charts, maps, diagrams and interactive graphics. He’s one part writer, one part designer and one part programmer, generally stirred, and hopefully not on the rocks. His textbook on using JavaScript’s D3 library to make web graphics comes out in September.
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Lam Thuy Vo

Interactive Editor, Al-Jazeera America
(@lamthuyvo) Lam Thuy Vo is an interactive editor for Al Jazeera America, where she leads a team of multi-platform journalists. Before coming to Al Jazeera, she was a multimedia producer for NPR’s “Planet Money,” where she created interactives, data visualizations, videos and photographs to explain economic issues in visual ways. She managed and produced “Unfit for Work - The startling rise of disability in America.”


Thursday August 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Outside the newsroom
Freelancing extends beyond traditional newsrooms. To build a stable career as a freelancer, many journalists look beyond newspapers and news magazines as income sources. In this panel discussion, we will hear from nonprofit organizations, think tanks and other nontraditional organizations about how their institutions use freelance writers and editors – and what they look for when bringing on contract journalists. We also will hear from individuals who have used fellowships to subsidize their freelance projects.

Moderators
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Eun Kim

Freelance Writer
(@EunKim) Eun Kim is a Washington-based writer covering breaking news, national politics, lifestyle, parenting, business, health and other topics for the “Today” website, NBCNews.com and other publications. She has covered foreign affairs, politics and numerous congressional and presidential campaigns for the Associated Press and Gannett. Past beats include diversity and demographics, primary/secondary education, NASA and other... Read More →

Speakers
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Sue Lin Chong

Public Affairs Manager, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
(@SueLinChong) Sue Lin Chong is responsible for developing public affairs and media relations activities that maximize the Foundation’s mission to build brighter futures for children and families, including activities related to the annual Kids Count Data Book and other Kids Count publications. She is a past co-chair and a director of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.
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Mary C. Hickey

Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, AARP Media
Mary Hickey oversees editorial content for all of AARP’s media platforms. She has more than 25 years experience in magazine, newspaper, broadcast and academic journalism. She has worked as an associate producer for NBC News in Washington, D.C., and as a staff editor at Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour and Parents magazines.
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Fuzz Hogan

Managing Editor, New America Foundation
(@FuzzHogan) Fuzz Hogan drives the New America Foundation’s editorial efforts, strategizing on how to bridge the worlds of media and policy analysis, and overseeing the creation of compelling editorial content to advance policy proposals from the foundation’s programs. Before joining the organization, Hogan was executive producer at Planet Forward, a media project of the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University.
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Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Journalist and Author
(@CherylTan88) Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of “A Tiger In The Kitchen: A Memoir of Food & Family” (Hyperion, 2011). She is the editor of the fiction anthology “Singapore Noir,” which Akashic Books published in April 2014, and is currently working on her first novel. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo. In 2012, she received a grant from the National Arts Council of Singapore.


Thursday August 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Renaissance West B, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Using web analytics for mobile
Web analytics have become a central part of digital journalism in 2014. They speak to broader readership trends and help inform editorial decisions. In this age of mobile devices, web analytics have only gotten more fractured and confusing. We help you make sense of it all and discuss the delicate balance between driving web traffic and disseminating the news.

Moderators
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Theodore Kim

Homepage Editor, The New York Times
(@theotypes) In September, Theodore Kim will begin a new job as a homepage editor at the New York Times. Previously, he served as mobile/tablet editor at The Washington Post, where he helped oversee daily story production and special projects on mobile platforms. Before The Post, Theodore worked as a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, The Indianapolis Star and other publications.

Speakers
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Jake Batsell

Assistant Professor of Digital Journalism and Media Entrepreneurship, Southern Methodist University
(@jbatsell) Jake Batsell worked for more than a decade as a print journalist before learning to shoot and edit video as The Dallas Morning News Metro Desk’s “hybrid” reporter. He has covered everything including Latin American coffee farms and Michael Jordan’s baseball career. He teaches digital journalism at SMU and advises smudailycampus.com.
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Melody Kramer

Digital Strategist and Associate Editor, NPR
(@mkramer) Melody co-leads NPR’s social media team and strategy. She helps create and launch products that help the NPR newsroom better prioritize their time on social, consults on internal social projects, and evaluates third-party tools for NPR. She used to work at “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and at “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.”


Thursday August 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Writing long for the web
Long-form writing is finding huge audiences on the internet. Traditional print publications, as well as new online startups, are looking to take advantage. Learn writing strategies and discuss stories with some of the best writers and editors in the industry.

Moderators
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Frank Shyong

Staff Writer, The Los Angeles Times
(@frankshyong) Frank Shyong covers the San Gabriel Valley for the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in the Orange County Register, Entertainment Weekly and The Taipei Times. A native of Nashville, Tenn., he moved to Los Angeles to study economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Speakers
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Thomas Huang

Sunday & Enterprise Editor, The Dallas Morning News
(@tomhuang) Tom Huang is the Sunday & Enterprise editor at The Dallas Morning News and reporting, writing and editing fellow at The Poynter Institute, where he oversees the school’s writing program. In 2013, he was a Punch Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University, where he studied executive leadership and journalism innovation. He has taught journalism in Mexico and India, and his reporting has taken him from Bosnia and Vietnam to the... Read More →
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Jay Caspian Kang

Editor, New Yorker
(@jaycaspiankang) Jay Caspian Kang is an editor at NewYorker.com. He has written about 21-year-old online poker millionaires, the significance of Jeremy Lin, and Reddit's role in the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, among other topics. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Wired and Grantland.com. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University His book, The Dead Do Not Improve, is on sale now.
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Mina Kimes

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
(@minakimes) Mina Kimes is an award-winning senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where she writes features and a column called "The Ticket." Before joining ESPN this year, she was a features reporter at Bloomberg, where she wrote longform stories about companies for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. Kimes also spent five years as a writer for Fortune magazine, writing profiles and investigative features about topics ranging from arms... Read More →
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Stephanie McCrummen

Staff Writer & National Enterprise Reporter, The Washington Post
(@mccrummenwapo) Stephanie McCrummen is on the national enterprise team at The Washington Post, where she specializes in narrative writing on an array of subjects. She has served as the paper's East Africa Bureau Chief, and reported from Iraq, Egypt and Mexico. She previously worked for Newsday in New York. She is from Birmingham, Alabama


Thursday August 14, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 3, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

12:00pm

Membership Meeting
Thursday August 14, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 3, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

12:15pm

North Korea: Secret society through Instagram by David Guttenfelder
Bring your lunch and join us in a casual Skype presentation with award-winning Associate Press Photojournalist David Guttenfelder, who was named Instagram Photographer of the Year by Time Magazine in 2013. Guttenfelder will talk about his journey in North Korea capturing one of the most secret societies in the world with his iPhone and having the images seen by a worldwide audience.

Speakers
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David Guttenfelder

Chief Asia Photographer, Associated Press
(@dguttenfelder) David Guttenfelder began as a freelance photographer in Rwanda after studying at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. As an Associated Press photographer for the past 16 years, he has been based in Kenya, Ivory Coast, India and Japan. He received the 2013 Infinity award in photojournalism from the International Center of Photography for his images from North Korea.


Thursday August 14, 2014 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:00pm

Polling and stats 101 - don't be fooled
Understand the numbers in political polling and come out with smarter stories. Sure, you know the basics of reporting on polls, margin of error and basic methodology. But how do you become a pro at combing through the crosstabs for that hidden gem of a story? Learn from the best in the business how to tell the difference between good and bad polls, and some common mistakes that you can avoid on deadline. This is a great session for those who are interested in politics, survey research and stepping up their data game ahead of the election.

Speakers
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Jennifer Agiesta

Director of Polling, Associated Press
(@jennagiesta) As director of polling for The Associated Press, Jennifer Agiesta manages AP’s survey research and reporting on polling. She joined AP in 2010, becoming director in 2012. She has covered polling for The Washington Post and worked on exit polling. She also has conducted messaging research with Belden, Russonello and Stewart and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.
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Sara Goo

Senior Digital Editor, Pew Research Center
(@sarakgoo) Sara Goo is editor of Fact Tank (@FactTank), a new data blog by the Pew Research Center. She oversees editorial content and social media for @pewresearch. She is formerly a digital editor and reporter for The Washington Post.
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Jocelyn Kiley

Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center for People & the Press
(@jocelynkiley) Jocelyn Kiley designs and manages surveys, develops questionnaires and analyzes polling data. She has been involved in Pew Research’s political typology report and related quiz, as well as the center’s first survey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She has a master’s in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Clifford Young

Managing Director, Public Affairs and Public Sector, Ipsos
Clifford Young is the managing director of Ipsos Public Affairs and Public Sector practice in the U.S.  He oversees the Ipsos US election polling for Reuters and his research specialities include social and public opinion trends, crisis management, political risk polling and political polling. He also has extensive experience in polling around the world, particularly in emerging markets and previously was managing director of Ipsos Public... Read More →


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Lean startup methodology
Why we’re in the era of lean startups and how journos can go from ideation, prototyping and iterating to launching their product.

Moderators
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Elise Hu-Stiles

Technology and Culture Reporter, NPR
(@elisewho) Elise Hu-Stiles is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR’s on-air, online and multimedia platforms. She joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations. Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters of The Texas Tribune.

Speakers
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Stephanie Hay

Consultant, Stephanie Hay, LLC
(@steph_hay) Stephanie Hay pioneered the Lean Content methodology so companies can test their marketing messages before building products. She founded MusicForWODs.com and Tougher.Me, and co-founded Work Design Magazine and FastCustomer. She co-organized the DC Lean Startup Circle for several years, growing it to more than 1,000 members.
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Chris Sopher

Journalism Program Associate, Knight Foundation
(@cksopher) Christopher Sopher joined Knight Foundation in March 2012. He makes the Knight News Challenge happen, and manages grants focused on open government and open information. He previously worked as a project contractor on media policy issues and election grants. Prior to Knight, he researched digital media and public policy at the Emerging Media Research Council, and helped Strive for College expand.


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 7, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Organizing your investigation
Reporters are busy, creative and in a hurry – not always the best combination for keeping an investigation organized. We’ll share tips and tools for sticking to a schedule, keeping tracking of moving pieces and keeping your editor in the loop.

Speakers
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Alison Bath

Correspondent, USA Today
(@TMSWatchdog) Alison Bath is a USA Today correspondent and heads the Watchdog team at The Times in Shreveport, La. She has reported extensively on sex offenders, police brutality, and corruption and campaign finance, earning multiple first-place investigative awards, including being named an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) finalist. Her work has been cited in IRE’s magazine and the Pennsylvania Law Review.
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Adam Causey

Assistant City Editor, Las Vegas Review
(@akcausey) Adam Kealoha Causey is an assistant city editor at The Las Vegas Review-Journal, in which he oversees crime and court reporters. Previously, he was a reporter at the Review-Journal, The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and The Times in Shreveport, La., where he uncovered wasteful spending by public officials.
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Steve Fainaru

Senior Writer, ESPN
(@SteveFainaru) Steve Fainaru is a senior writer in ESPN’s investigative/enterprise unit. With his brother Mark Fainaru-Wada, also an ESPN reporter, he co-authored “League of Denial,” a 2013 book documenting the NFL’s decades-long efforts to conceal the connection between football and brain damage. He was part of an ESPN team that received a Peabody award for stories on the NFL and concussions.


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 17, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Starting a photography freelance career
This workshop will focus on how to start and survive in the current photography/visual journalism market. Learn how successful visual storytellers work on projects, meet key editors and clients, negotiate prices, use social media and work as a collective group. Grain, a brand new photo collective based in D.C., will show its photographs and discuss stories of successes and challenges.

Speakers
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Greg Kahn

Freelance Photojournalist, Co-founder of GRAIN
(@GregKahn) Greg Kahn co-founded GRAIN in August 2012 with his wife, Lexey Swall and close friend, Tristan Spinski. He concentrates on issues that shape personal and cultural identity. His Pulitzer Prize-nominated project, “It’s Not a House, It’s a Home,” explores how the foreclosure crisis in Florida defined a new class of homelessness. His recent project in Cuba considers how governance molds individuality.
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Tristan Spinski

Freelance Photojournalist, Co-founder of GRAIN, GRAIN
(@TristanSpinski) Tristan Spinski is a co-founding member of GRAIN, a photography collective. His clients include Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Politico Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, AARP, The Chronicle of Higher Education and FRONTLINE/World. He attended the University of Delaware, where he majored in English, and University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his master’s in journalism.
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Lexey Swall

Freelance Photojournalist, Co-founder of GRAIN, GRAIN
(@LexeySwall) Lexey Swall is a freelance photographer living in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she co-founded GRAIN, a photography collective, with her husband Greg Kahn and Tristan Spinski. Before embarking on a freelance career, she worked as a staff photojournalist for 10 years at the Naples Daily News in Florida. She studied photojournalism and women’s studies at San Jose State University.


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:00pm

What newsrooms can learn from web-only models
Every newsroom is shifting fast to digital mode, and a number of new journalism projects now serve online readers only. This session is meant to help reporters, editors and producers from print and broadcast newsrooms to learn about workflow and newsroom philosophy.

Moderators
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Iris Kuo

Reporter, Argus Media
(@thestatuskuo) Iris Kuo is a reporter covering the oil industry for energy wire Argus Media in Houston. Previously, she was lead green writer for tech news outlet VentureBeat, and has also reported for the Houston Chronicle and The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. She is a former chapter president for AAJA Texas.

Speakers
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Melissa Bell

Senior Product Manager/Executive Editor, Vox Media
(@melissabell) Melissa Bell co-founded Vox.com in 2014 and was the first person at the company to hold both a technology and editorial title. She works to unite traditional journalism techniques with digital applications. Prior to Vox, Melissa oversaw digital platforms at The Washington Post. Before The Post, she helped launch Mint, a Wall Street Journal subsidiary in India.
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Kevin Delaney

Editor-in-Chief, Quartz
(@kevinjdelaney) Kevin J. Delaney is editor-in-chief and co-president of Quartz, the global business news site from Atlantic Media that he co-founded in fall 2012. Delaney was named Business Journalist of the Year by TalkingBizNews in 2013. He was also managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, where he helped expand the online readership, and championed innovative journalism that won prizes.
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Shani Hilton

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Buzzfeed
(@shani_o) Shani Hilton joined the company in January 2013 and focuses on maintaining the social news and entertainment company's editorial standards. Within the BuzzFeed newsroom, Hilton oversees developing news coverage, features and special projects and is responsible for the development and editing of the Tech, LGBT and Ideas verticals. Previously, Hilton was an editor and writer for NBCWashington.com, Washington City Paper and Center for... Read More →


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 2, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Data demo: How to jailbreak data from a PDF
Speakers
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Mike Tigas

News Applications Developer, ProPublica
(@mtigas) Mike Tigas is a news applications developer at ProPublica. He works on tools for online privacy and the liberation of public data. He is a lead developer of Tabula (a tool to help extract data from PDF files), CivOmega (open search engine for public datasets) and Onion Browser (anonymizing web browser for iPhone and iPad). He was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow.


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:00pm

Data demo: Make a map in two hours
Speakers
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Derek Lieu

Developer, Development Seed
(@dereklieu) Derek Lieu writes javascript and other front-end code for Development Seed, a small Washington, D.C., technology company that specializes in maps, visualizations and open data. He previously worked as a front-end developer and multimedia producer for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

All about the money
Let’s take the “free” out of freelance. When you’re a freelancer, you’re also a small-business entrepreneur. That means negotiating contracts, setting revenue goals, tracking invoices, understanding copyright terms and managing other nitty-gritty details. Our panel of money-savvy experts will offer practical advice to help you manage the business side of your freelance career, protect your rights and maximize your income.

Moderators
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Ellen Lee

Freelance Writer
(@ellenleeonline) Ellen Lee is an award-winning freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a regular contributor to the business and style sections of The San Francisco Chronicle, where she was a former staff writer. Other credits include Family Circle, San Francisco magazine, Bay Area Parent, CNBC.com and HGTV.com. She serves on AAJA’s governing board.

Speakers
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Rhea Borja

Deputy Editor, Republic Publishing
(@RheaB) Rhea Borja is deputy editor at Republic Publishing, a London-based content-marketing agency. She helps manage Conversations, Microsoft’s news site on smart devices. Prior to that, her positions included: freelance tech and health reporter and content strategist; associate communications director for Occidental College; and media relations officer for space technology at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Independent Journalist
(@KatherineLewis) Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist with 20 years of experience writing for magazines, newspapers and online, in addition to radio and television appearances. A regular contributor to Fortune and USA Today’s magazine group, her expertise is money, work and family. Her articles have appeared in Money, New York Times, Fiscal Times, MSN Money, Parade, Slate and Washington Post Magazine.
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Nevin Martell

Freelance Writer
(@NevinMartell) Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food, travel and lifestyle writer whose work appears in The Washington Post, Plate, Wine Enthusiast and NPR’s blog “The Salt.” He is the author of six books, including “Freak Show Without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas,” “Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations,” and “The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink.”
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John D. Mason

Attorney and Literary Agent, Copyright Counselors
John D. Mason of Copyright Counselors LLC and Mason Literary is an art, entertainment and intellectual property attorney, as well as a literary agent. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark registrations and transactional matters, litigation, copyright infringement, publishing and media issues, defamation, licensing and contracts and commercial matters relating to creative industries.
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Laura Shin

Freelance Journalist/Forbes.com Contributor
Laura Shin is a freelance personal finance, business and tech journalist and contributor to Forbes' personal finance channel. She has also published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, ZDNet, The Fiscal Times, and many others. She is the author of the Forbes ebook, "The Millennial Game Plan: Career and Money Secrets To Succeed In Today’s World." She graduated Phi Beta Kappa... Read More →


Thursday August 14, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Renaissance West B, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

Ask the recruiters

Develop the journalistic reputation, skills and niche that will move you up the hiring priority list. Generic doesn't get the job done and it doesn't get good jobs. Learn why you should brand your career and how to do it with dignity. Recruiters will talk about some of the tools they use and ways that journalists develop and convey reputations for signature work throughout their careers.


Moderators
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Brooke Camp

Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, Coca-Cola North America Group
Brooke Camp is a Talent Acquisition Specialist and Career Coach who has help hundreds of professionals at all levels launch and grow their careers. She spent the last 8 years in media recruitment leading efforts for editorial professionals at CNN and most recently NBC News. Brooke now resides in Atlanta, GA, holds a position with the Talent Acquisition team at The Coca-Cola Company, and is on the National Governing Board for the Asian American... Read More →

Speakers
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Rob Doherty

General Manager, United States and Canada, Reuters
Rob Doherty is responsible for operations in nearly two dozen bureaus, including New York, Washington, Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He joined Reuters in 1987 and has previously held the positions of Washington bureau chief, deputy managing editor for the Americas, news editor for the Middle East and Africa, and deputy news editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism... Read More →
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Aric Johnson

Senior Talent Acquisition Recruiter, Gannett
(@aricjohnson) Aric Johnson has spent his career as a recruiter, educator, editor and reporter and has covered a range of topics including public safety, business, city politics and education. Most recently he was a breaking news editor with 12 News, azcentral.com and The Arizona Republic. In that role he also served as faculty with Arizona State University. Aric also has worked as a recruiter for Gannett's Talent Acquisition Team for more... Read More →
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Lorraine Sembra

Manager of Talent Acquisitions, Turner Broadcasting
Lorraine Sembra oversees recruitment efforts for all of CNN Newsgroups nationwide.  Lorraine manages a team of recruiters handling editorial and operations and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for the business. Lorraine also sits on the Diversity Council for CNN.  Prior to this, Lorraine was a Senior Recruiter for Turner Broadcasting.  She is based in the network’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
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Nirvi Shah

Deputy Managing Editor, POLITICO
(@NirviShah) Before joining POLITICO, Nirvi worked as special education and school climate and culture reporter at Education Week, covering school safety, health, discipline and nutrition. Her work exposed flaws in federal data collection about schools' use of suspension and expulsion and drew attention to the uneven use of these disciplinary practices. She previously covered education, then personal finance and consumer affairs, at The Miami... Read More →


Thursday August 14, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

How to data-enable your stories with Census Reporter
Want to know more about the ages, nationalities, economic situation and other demographics of the people in your area? Census data often has the answer, but it's been a hassle to use. This workshop will provide an introduction to Census Reporter, a new, free and powerful tool made by journalists to help journalists use census data in their stories. Through case-studies from participants’ beats, individual research tasks and exercises in generating visual design ideas from downloaded data, participants will learn some key strategies for getting the most out of this tool while gaining a deeper understanding of the data in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Speakers
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Sara Schnadt

Artist/Technologist/Curator
(@SaraSchnadt) Sara Schnadt is a technology project developer, information architect, data visualization designer and new media artist. She is working on two Knight News Challenge: Data projects. [AC1] [I2] She is project manager for OpenElections, where she manages a national network of volunteer contributors, as well as the project’s technology development. She is also community liaison and designer for Census Reporter.


Thursday August 14, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 17, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

NewU: Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs
There are six steps to design thinking, starting with “understanding” and ending with “testing.” In this workshop, you’ll work through these steps –  envisioning where your current or future company may or may not succeed

Speakers
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Umbreen Bhatti

Co-Founder, islawmix
Umbreen uses human-centered design to tackle tough, complex problems and is especially interested in finding ways to build trust in public institutions like our legal system, media, and government. To inform her work, she leans heavily upon experiences as a civil rights lawyer, teacher, and journalism innovator. Umbreen works with organizations on their design challenges and facilitate design thinking workshops for others, using methods from... Read More →


Thursday August 14, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 7, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

What newsroom leaders can learn from data science
A panel about how newsrooms could and should be analyzing data to make smarter editorial and business decisions.

Speakers
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Lisa Chow

Senior Editor, FiveThirtyEight
(@lisaechow) Before her current job, Lisa Chow worked in public radio for almost a decade – as a correspondent at NPR’s “Planet Money” and an economics reporter at WNYC. She has a bachelor’s in applied mathematics from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University. She lives in New York.
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Chase Davis

Assistant Editor, The New York Times
(@chasedavis) Chase Davis is a data journalist based in New York City. He works as an assistant editor on the Interactive News Desk at The New York Times. He also teaches an advanced data journalism class at the University of Missouri and co-founded the company Hot Type Consulting, where his team helped build and launch The Texas Tribune.
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Yvonne Leow

Senior Associate, North Base Media
(@yvonneleow) Yvonne Leow is a senior associate at North Base Media, a venture capital startup investing in journalistic enterprises around the world. She is one of 12 U.S. fellows selected for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University this fall. She previously was director of video for Project Thunderdome. She is also AAJA’s National Vice President for Print.
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Dao Nguyen

Vice President of Growth & Data, Buzzfeed
(@daozers) Dao Nguyen is BuzzFeed’s vice president of growth and data, and is responsible for ensuring that data is used to achieve business goals, with emphasis on the goal of traffic growth. Prior to BuzzFeed, he was director of product management at FINS.com, a Dow Jones venture. From 2001 to 2008, she worked at Le Monde Interactif.


Thursday August 14, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

How to change the ratio from the top
A conversation with women journalists leading some of the top newsrooms. How do they navigate gender bias in the newsroom and address bad behavior? What’s the conversation like in their newsrooms about women as an audience – especially around topics like sports, military and politics? This isn’t your typical conversation about “breaking the glass ceiling” or finding work/life balance.

Speakers
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Emma Carew-Grovum

Homepage and Social Media Editor, Foreign Policy
(@emmacarew) Emma Carew Grovum is the homepage and social media editor for Foreign Policy. Previously, she's worked as a data journalist, cooking magazine editor and local news reporter. This is her second year developing programming for AAJA’s national convention.
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Juju Chang

Anchor, NightLine News
(@JujuChangABC) Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline." She also reports regularly for "Good Morning America" and "20/20." Chang had previously anchored the early morning newscasts "World News Now" and "World News This Morning" in 2000. She began her career at ABC News as a desk assistant and eventually became a producer at "World News Tonight." She rose to become a correspondent covering such stories as the U.S... Read More →
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Eva Chen

Editor-in-Chief, Lucky
(@evachen212) Eva Chen was named editor-in-chief of Lucky in June 2013. Prior to her appointment at Lucky, she worked in fashion, beauty and health, consulting to a range of brands including Vogue, Vogue China, Teen Vogue, Elle and The Wall Street Journal Magazine. Earlier in her career, Chen spent nearly eight years at Teen Vogue, where she held a number of editorial positions.
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Susan Goldberg

Executive Editor, National Geographic
(@susanbgoldberg) Executive Editor Susan Goldberg is responsible for all writing and editing associated with National Geographic magazine’s print and digital content. In addition to defining the vision and voice for text reporting, she develops collaborative content opportunities across media divisions within the National Geographic Society. Prior to National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor at Bloomberg News.
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Mi-Ai Parrish

President and Publisher, The Kansas City Star
(@publishorperish) Mi-Ai Parrish has been the president and publisher of The Kansas City Star since June 2011. She came to The Star from its sister newspaper, The Idaho Statesman, where she was president and publisher of Idaho’s largest newspaper for five years. Parrish has served at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Arizona Republic, Chicago Sun-Times and The Virginian-Pilot.


Thursday August 14, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 3, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

From Tiananmen to Toishan, a Chinese-American photographer's wanderings through the Sinosphere
My first trip to China was when I was 18 ­years old, and it just so happened to be 1989 and the time of the Tiananmen Massacre. A scant few images I made in Beijing were the first I published and sold. In the more than 20 years since, I've returned to China with fits and starts, witnessing the Hong Kong handover of 1997, the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, and the outbreak of ethnic violence in Xinjiang in 2009. But what I care about most and always go back to is my “hometown” of Toishan in Guangdong Province.

Speakers
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Alan Chin

Freelance Photojournalist
(@AlanSChin) Alan Chin is a contributing photographer to The New York Times and the Chinese magazine Modern Weekly; writer and photographer for BagNews; editor and photographer at Newsmotion; and photographer at Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA). He has worked domestically as well as internationally in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Central Asia.


Thursday August 14, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:00pm

Social media reporting & ethics
Social media is constantly evolving and almost every newsroom now requires its journalists to make use of social media tools for news gathering. But not every newsroom has given guidance on what’s right and wrong in social media reporting. This panel will answer questions about fair use, sourcing, permissions, privacy and more.

Speakers
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Jesse Holland

Race, Ethnicity & Demographics Writer, The Associated Press
Jesse J. Holland is the Race, Ethnicity & Demographics writer for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. A former Supreme Court, White House and Congressional reporter, Jesse was named one of TheRoot.com 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2011 and is the youngest person on the University of Mississippi's Top 50 Journalism Graduates. Jesse is also the social media coordinator for the AP’s Washington bureau, where he... Read More →
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Melody Kramer

Digital Strategist and Associate Editor, NPR
(@mkramer) Melody co-leads NPR’s social media team and strategy. She helps create and launch products that help the NPR newsroom better prioritize their time on social, consults on internal social projects, and evaluates third-party tools for NPR. She used to work at “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and at “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.”
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Meghan Peters

Strategic Partnerships, Facebook
(@petersmeg) Meghan Peters works on the media partnerships team at Facebook, where she helps news organizations use Facebook as a tool for journalism and community building. Previously, she was the community director at Mashable and web producer at The Seattle Times, where she contributed to the team’s Pulitzer Prize in breaking news. She has written for The Huffington Post, Poynter Online and China Daily.


Thursday August 14, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 2, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Audience engagement/content strategy

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

 


Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Meeting Room 7, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Journalism education

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Longform

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

 


Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Media diversity advocacy

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

 


Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 17, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Regional/Local

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

 


Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Sports journalism

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

 


Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 2, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Technology

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

 


Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

4:00pm

Breakout session: Visual journalism

While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these breakout sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.

Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.

Which breakout session is right for you?

  • Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc.
  • Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader.
  • Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind.
  • Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience.
  • Longform: Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation.
  • Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design.
  • Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more.
  • Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education.

 


Thursday August 14, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

5:00pm

NewU: Pitches
Thursday August 14, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Meeting Room 7, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001
 
Friday, August 15
 

8:00am

Student Breakfast, Bagels at the Booth (Invite Only)
Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

Friday August 15, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

9:00am

NewU: Branding you and your company
Speakers
AJ

Alli Joseph

Founder/CEO/Executive Producer, Seventh Generation Stories
(@allijoseph) Alli Joseph is a producer, writer, correspondent/host, media consultant and personal historian. In 2008, she founded Seventh Generation Stories, a production company that produces full-length video biographies (documentaries). Alli developed her ability to spot hot trends and pop culture branding opportunities for clients over 17 years working as a journalist, producer and ad creative.


Friday August 15, 2014 9:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 9, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

9:00am

Career Fair & Expo
Friday August 15, 2014 9:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Data for everyone: How to get data projects integrated into the workflow of small newsrooms
Everyone wants to get on the data bandwagon, which means tons of people aren’t doing it well right now.

Speakers
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Emma Carew-Grovum

Homepage and Social Media Editor, Foreign Policy
(@emmacarew) Emma Carew Grovum is the homepage and social media editor for Foreign Policy. Previously, she's worked as a data journalist, cooking magazine editor and local news reporter. This is her second year developing programming for AAJA’s national convention.
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Jenny Ye

Data News Producer, WNYC
(@thepapaya) Jenny Ye is producer on WNYC New York Public Radio’s data news team. She studied computer science and ethnic studies at Harvard University. Raised in New York’s Chinatown, she loves all things bilingual and basketball, not necessarily combined.


Friday August 15, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

'Everybody's Got One': How to do opinion journalism that matters in an era of digital chaos
It’s impossible to go anywhere online without running into someone’s opinion about a new restaurant or last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” In this chaos of opinion, how can you develop commentary that matters? How do you distinguish your voice and expertise on air, in print and online? Lift your work above the sea of digital noise by combining opinion and journalism. We’ll share advice on how to break into mainstream outlets such as newspapers and radio, and how to produce work that has an impact.

Speakers
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Sharon Chan

Associated Opinions Editor/Digital, The Seattle Times
(@sharonpianchan) Sharon Chan is associate opinions editor/digital and a member of the editorial board at The Seattle Times. She also worked as a senior news producer and reporter covering technology, business and local news. She served as AAJA National President from 2009 to 2010.
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Anna John

Managing Editor, Stiff Jab
(@suitablegirl) Anna John is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and managing editor of Stiff Jab, a boxing and MMA magazine. Her work has appeared on TheAtlantic.com, NPR, The Raw Story and The Sacramento Bee. Most recently, she was a senior reporter at WAMU/88.5 FM.
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Shirley Leung

Business Columnist and Associate Editor, The Boston Globe
(@leung) Shirley Leung is a business columnist and associate editor at The Boston Globe. Previously she served as The Globe’s business editor. A graduate of Princeton, Leung also has worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Baltimore Sun. Leung is a AAJA New England chapter board member and former president.
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Jeff Yang

Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
(@originalspin) Jeff Yang is an American writer, journalist, businessman and business/media consultant who writes the “Tao Jones” column for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, he was the “Asian Pop” columnist at The San Francisco Chronicle. He has also authored books, including “Once Upon a Time in China: A Guide to the Cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China.”


Friday August 15, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Recording history through the viewfinder
Learn how to cover political scenes visually. Join us in this amazing group of award-winning photojournalists who are always on tight­ deadlines making stunning photographs to tell some of the most important political stories in the country.

Moderators
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Kiichiro Sato

Central Photo Editor, Associated Press
(@apksato) Kiichiro Sato is Associated Press’ U.S. regional photo editor who oversees the report and photo operations of 14 states in the central United States. Sato joined AP in 2005 as administrative photo editor in Columbus, Ohio. The following year, he became news editor for photos, overseeing five states. He then transferred to Chicago in 2009 as U.S. regional photo editor for the central region.

Speakers
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Charles Dharapak

Staff Photojournalist, Associated Press
(@Dharapak) Charles Dharapak is an Associated Press staff photojournalist based in Washington, D.C. Since 2003 he has covered the Bush and Obama White House, national politics, and the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He joined the AP in 1995 as a staff photographer based in Southeast Asia. While based in Bangkok he covered the Cambodian civil war and the pro-democracy movement in Burma. He later became AP’s chief photographer... Read More →
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Brendan Smialowski

Freelance Photojournalist
(@b_smialowski) Brendan Smialowski is a Washington, D.C.­based photojournalist. He has spent the majority of his 15­-year career as a freelancer, focusing largely on news but also sports, disaster and conflict. As with many Washington­based photojournalists, his work often revolves around politics, and he routinely travels with leaders such as the president of the United States.
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Alex Wong

Staff Photojournalist, Getty Images
(@alexwongcw) Alex Wong is a staff photographer at Getty Images based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. politics, including the White House and Capitol Hill. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he never knew that photojournalism could be a profession until he graduated from secondary school and had his first newspaper job as a darkroom assistant.


Friday August 15, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

From the editor's desk
Hear from editors at some of the most sought-after publications in the country about their editorial process and the kind of stories they need. The speakers will dissect successful pitches and share their pet peeves. Learn the do’s and don’ts of pitching! If you’d like to come with an idea to pitch one of the panelists during the session, please get in touch with the moderator ahead of time.

Moderators
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Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Independent Journalist
(@KatherineLewis) Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist with 20 years of experience writing for magazines, newspapers and online, in addition to radio and television appearances. A regular contributor to Fortune and USA Today’s magazine group, her expertise is money, work and family. Her articles have appeared in Money, New York Times, Fiscal Times, MSN Money, Parade, Slate and Washington Post Magazine.

Speakers
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David Rowell

Deputy Editor, The Washington Post Magazine
David Rowell is the deputy editor of The Washington Post Magazine. Before coming to the Post, he was executive editor of DoubleTake Magazine. Pieces he has edited — fiction and nonfiction — have been republished in the “Best American Essays,” “Best American Short Stories,” “Best American Sports Writing,” and “Best American Travel Writing” anthologies. His debut novel, “The Train of... Read More →
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Alicia Wittmeyer

Assistant Managing Editor for Online, Foreign Policy
(@APQW) Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer is assistant managing editor for online at Foreign Policy magazine. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Forbes, among other places. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and master’s degrees from Peking University and the London School of Economics. The P.Q. stands for Ping-Quon.
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Philip Yam

Managing Editor, Scientific American Online
(@PhilipYam) Philip Yam is the managing editor for Scientific American online, overseeing the editorial aspects of the magazine’s digital realm and special electronic publications. Before that, he was the magazine’s news editor, who often commissioned front-of-the-book content and profiles. He is the author of “The Pathological Protein” (on prions and mad cow disease).


Friday August 15, 2014 10:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 17, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

10:00am

Hands on tutorial: Make your first web graphic
If you’ve never built a chart or graphic to enhance your story online, this is your chance. This session requires no coding experience, just a mid-level comfort level with spreadsheets and datasets – great for producers, web editors and reporters. If you’ve got a clean, simple dataset, bring it along. Otherwise we will have sample data.

Speakers
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Michelle Minkoff

Interactive Producer, Associated Press
(@michelleminkoff) Michelle Minkoff, an interactive producer for the Associated Press, creates data-driven interactive projects, focusing on politics and mapping. Previously, she worked at PBS and The Los Angeles Times. She also teaches data journalism at Northwestern’s Medill School, of which she is a 2010 graduate.


Friday August 15, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:00am

AAJA Sports Task Force Kick-Off!
Sports is news. Beyond the 24-hour dedicated networks, stories about athletes, coaches, fans, stadiums, concessions, marketing, business deals – they all grab headlines, lead national newscasts and impact communities.  Join AAJA's strong group of sports journalists, who have written, produced and reported some of the biggest stories in the past year as they take their collective interest to a new level. You are cordially invited to the inaugural AAJA Sports Task Force meeting to share ideas on how we can shine the spotlight on sports journalism. You can play a larger role in mentoring up-and-coming journalists, raising money for scholarships and supporting the AAJA community as a whole.  Please join us with your ideas and enthusiasm!  You do not have to be a sports–focused journalist to get involved. Remember: sports is news. Sponsored by ESPN

Friday August 15, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 4, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown

11:00am

Power producing
It’s one of the most challenging jobs in the newsroom, the most integral and can be the most difficult to fill. From shaping a story to managing staff, creating terrific teases and crafting a show – these award-winning producers will share what it takes to grab and keep viewers’ attention.

Moderators
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Ko Im

Freelance Broadcast Journalist, CBS News Path
(@KoImTV) Ko Im was a one-woman band at WBOC in Salisbury, Md. She has since reported and anchored for WUSA and CBS news. Ko also contributes to The Huffington Post and has taught at Columbia Journalism School. She served on the board of the AAJA Washington, D.C., chapter and is a mentor for the 2014 student VOICES project.

Speakers
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Sharaf Mowjood

Associate Producer, Brian Williams Unit, NBC News
(@Mowjood) Sharaf Mowjood is an Emmy-nominated associate producer for NBC News. He was chosen to receive the NBC News Associates Fellowship in 2010. Mowjood’s first published byline appeared on the front page of The New York Times in 2009 for breaking the story about “The Ground Zero” mosque being built two blocks north of Ground Zero.
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Jamie Nguyen

Producer, WABC
(@JamieNguyenTV) Jamie Nguyen is an award-winning and results-driven multi-platform digital journalist, with more than 16 years of experience.
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Sally Shin

Coordinating Producer, CNBC
(@SallyShin) Sally Shin is the coordinating producer for CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” She was named coordinating producer in March 2014. Prior to her post, she was a segment producer for the show, where she was in charge of covering major events such as the Facebook and Twitter IPOs, and the IMF Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.
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Susie Xu

Executive Producer, CNN, Erin Burnett OutFront
(@susiexu) Susie Xu is the Executive Producer of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront. She is an award-winning, 13-year veteran of the network and has been based in the New York, Washington DC and Beijing bureaus.


Friday August 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 8, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Building things people actually use
Snowfall. KnowMore. Apps. The newsroom is becoming a product factory and it’s time that we take the product into our hands. Learn how startups and other places build products and how that can apply to your journalism — not just building apps, we’re talking about building news as a product and how everyone contributes to that.

Speakers
KB

Kim Bui

Freelance Digital Editor
(@kimbui) Kim Bui is a digital journalist with a bent for emerging media. Her career is focused on storytelling on the web and how journalism can learn from technology outside of the field. She was recently a part of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome working on the breaking news team. She also is an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California. Previously, she worked on mobile projects for KPCC.


Friday August 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

NewU: What should my pitch deck look like?
Speakers
WC

William Crowder

Early Stage Investor, Comcast Ventures
(@williamcrowder) William Crowder is an early stage investor in tech companies for Comcast Ventures and a partner at leading global startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures. The Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund is focused on investing in tech startups that are led by diverse entrepreneurs. At DreamIt, he advises, coaches and develops early stage startups and prepare them for long-term success.


Friday August 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 9, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Race and the midterm elections
The midterm elections are in full swing, and the jockeying is already underway for the 2016 presidential election. How will the issue of race play out in the elections – not only in the campaign for votes, but also in how the press corps covers the race for Congress and The White House? We'll discuss what the media did well and why it failed in other areas, particularly in covering issues important to communities of color. How are communities of color being engaged in the process?

Speakers
BC

Bobby Caina Calvan

Lead Reporter, The Heartland Project
(@bobbycalvan) Bobby Caina Calvan is chair of AAJA’s MediaWatch committee and lead reporter for The Heartland Project, a Nebraska-based reporting fellowship funded by the Ford Foundation to promote coverage of communities of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. He previously worked for The Boston Globe and The Sacramento Bee. He was AAJA’s 2012 Member of the Year.
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Christine Chen

Executive Director, AAPI Vote
Christine Chen is the executive director of APIAVote, a national nonpartisan group that works to engage communities in electoral and civic participation. She is also president of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development and partnerships. Newsweek in 2001 named her one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century.
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William Douglas

Congressional Correspondent, McClatchy
(@williamgdouglas) William Douglas covers Congress and the presidential election campaign for McClatchy Newspapers. He previously worked for Newsday in New York City and Washington. He’s covered New York City public schools, the state’s colleges and universities, the Newt Gingrich-led Republican revolution in Congress, President Clinton’s second term, foreign affairs and the war with Iraq from the Pentagon.
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David Nakamura

Staff Writer, The Washington Post
(@DavidNakamura) David Nakamura started at The Washington Post as an intern. After four years as a sports reporter, he moved to the local news staff and wrote about education in Virginia and Maryland, and city government in Washington, D.C. He was part of a team that uncovered lead contamination in Washington’s tap water, a series that won a Selden Ring Award.


Friday August 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 5, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

11:00am

Photojournalist Michael Williamson of The Washington Post
CANCELLED.

Speakers
MW

Michael Williamson

Staff Photographer, The Washington Post
(@mswontheroad) Michael Williamson and co-author Dale Maharidge have produced seven books including, “Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass.” He shared a second Pulitzer Prize in 2000 with colleagues Carol Guzy and Lucian Perkins for their coverage of the war in Kosovo. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography in 2014.


Friday August 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:00am

What's new in social media?
Social media tools come and go, but it’s clear that social media will be a part of journalism now and in the future.

Speakers
AC

Andy Carvin

Social Media Strategy and Community Engagement, First Look Media
(@acarvin) Andy Carvin is an award-winning journalist who has pioneered new forms of reporting. For seven years, Andy led NPR’s social media efforts. He became known as "the man who tweets revolutions" due to his innovative coverage of the Arab Spring using social media. Now he works at First Look Media.
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Tammy Gordon

Vice President, AARP
Tammy Gordon is currently Vice President at AARP, serving as interim lead for television and radio strategy and managing enterprise-wide social media strategy for the organization's direct-follow audience of more than 2 million people. Her team won Twitter DC's Best Real Time Twitter Campaign and was nominated for DIGIDAY's Best Facebook campaign of the year and Best Social Media Cause campaign of the year. She has trained hundreds of... Read More →
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Angela Kim

Social Media Editor, Yahoo
(@angelaishere) Angela Kim is a Social Media Editor at Yahoo, working with editorial teams on engagement strategy and social media best practices. Previously, she was a producer at public radio’s Marketplace. Her stories have also aired on Here and Now, Splendid Table and Weekend America, where she was awarded a Gracie Allen Award. Angela also holds a M.A. in Journalism from Emerson College.
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Meghan Peters

Strategic Partnerships, Facebook
(@petersmeg) Meghan Peters works on the media partnerships team at Facebook, where she helps news organizations use Facebook as a tool for journalism and community building. Previously, she was the community director at Mashable and web producer at The Seattle Times, where she contributed to the team’s Pulitzer Prize in breaking news. She has written for The Huffington Post, Poynter Online and China Daily.
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Victoria Taylor

Director of Communications, Reddit
(@happysquid) Victoria Taylor came to Reddit from ID PR, where she was involved with the strategic social media marketing and overall digital public relations campaigns. At Reddit, she works hand-in-hand with community managers and the site’s general manager to optimize communications with a variety of audiences that use the site — from content creators and publishers to end-users and moderators.


Friday August 15, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

12:00pm

South Asian Women on Entertainment and News
Join actor Sakina Jaffrey, known for her role as Linda Vasquez in House of Cards and journalist Lakshmi Singh, midday newscaster for NPR, in a candid conversation on how South Asian women have navigated their careers in entertainment and news. 

Moderated by WBEZ's Niala Boodhoo, we will discuss the stereotypes and reality of working in both industries.

Sponsored by SAG-AFTRA Plenary. 

Moderators
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Niala Boodhoo

Host, The Afternoon Shift, Chicago Public Media
(@nialaboodhoo) Niala Boodhoo hosts The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ, a local, daily news, information and talk show for Chicago Public Media. Previously, she was the station’s business reporter, as well as part of the multi-station Changing Gears project that documented the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest. Prior to joining WBEZ, Niala was a reporter with The Miami Herald.

Speakers
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Sakina Jaffrey

Actress, House of Cards
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Lakshmi Singh

Journalist, NPR


Friday August 15, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 3, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

12:15pm

Multimedia/Photo resource vault
Bring your lunch: This lunch session will provide tons of useful URLs and resources that are essential to multimedia/video/still storytelling. From video, still editing software and hardware, and must-have WordPress web plug­ins to breakdowns of different budget video, still camera and essential accessories to get you the right type of setup for the job.

Speakers
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Qin Chen

Visual Journalist & Multimedia Designer, San Jose Mercury News
Qin Chen designs and creates motion graphics and interactive graphics for online multimedia reporting packages. She worked as a video intern for the original video content department at CNN before coming to Mercury News. Her passion for journalistic documentary storytelling has giving her opportunities to film projects including: discrimination against Roma ethnic group in Hungary; empty promises of economy freedom and poverty after 20 years of... Read More →
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Dai Sugano

Photojournalist and Senior Multimedia Editor, San Jose Mercury News
(@daisugano) Dai Sugano is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist and senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He is also a co-creator/co-editor of Viewfinder, the photo blog for the Bay Area News Group photojournalists. He covers a wide range of assignments which have included: rising economic inequality in China; “Cost of Dying,” a series on end-of-life care issues in the U.S.; poverty in India; Hmong refugees who... Read More →


Friday August 15, 2014 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:00pm

From standups to social media: How to be a digital journalist on TV (sponsored by NBC)
Today’s media landscape is a fast-paced web of new technology and new ideas. The roles of reporters and producers have morphed and expanded to accommodate this new fast-paced environment and the diverse platforms of broadcast, digital and social media. Whether you are on or off camera, to be successful, you must adapt content to all different outlets. This can mean taking an article for .com and translating that expertise in an on-air appearance, or turning a package into a web story. This is a balancing act that includes time management, audience awareness, knowledge of all available technology and buy-in from your supervisors. Reaching your potential means knowing how to market your story to a 360 world.

Moderators
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Craig Robinson

EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal
Craig Robinson is the executive vice president, chief diversity officer for NBCUniversal. He was named chief diversity officer in August 2011, having previously served as president and general manager of KNBC-TV, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, since 2008. There, he oversaw all aspects of the television station including news, sales and community relations.

Speakers
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Mike Goldrick

Vice President of News, WRC-TV
(@gatormikenews) Michael Goldrick is vice president of news at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was news director of WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he oversaw a newsroom that won seven Edward R. Murrow Awards. Goldrick also has held news leadership roles at WHEC in Rochester, KOMO in Seattle, WSOC in Charlotte and KPRC in Houston.
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Vivian Lin

Chief Marketing Officer, Jason Paul Marketing
(@VivishootsVid) Vivian Lin is Chief Marketing Officer of Jason Paul Marketing, a full-service digital marketing firm Her clients have included Sprint, Verizon, Movistar, UCSD Birch Aquarium, KWVE radio, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park. She also developed and hosted original mobile media series such as Good Choice TV, CRTV Live! and FaithTV. Vivian has served as a producer and on-camera talent for such networks and affiliates as... Read More →
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Ted Shaffrey

Video Journalist, Associated Press
(@tedshaffrey) Ted Shaffrey is a “one man band” at the Associated Press. When constructing video stories, he is an interviewer, researcher, camera operator, producer, sound and lighting technician, scriptwriter, video editor and narrator. He regularly contributes to the AP text and photo wire. He covers everything from breaking news to entertainment.
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Eun Yang

Anchor/Reporter, WRC-TV
(@eunyangnbc) Eun Yang anchors News4 Today, the No. 1-rated morning news in Washington, D.C. Her day starts in the middle of the night, as she is on air each morning at 4:26 a.m. She is also the Emmy-award-winning host of “Foodies” a food and restaurant local show. Yang joined News4 in 2002 as a general assignment reporter specializing in covering breaking news.
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Liberty Zabala

Reporter Trainee, NBC
(@LibertyNBC7SD) Liberty Zabala is a reporter trainee for the NBC Reporter Development Program working as a multimedia journalist for NBC 7 San Diego. She previously worked as a multimedia journalist for KCOY/KKFX, the CBS/FOX affiliate covering central California. She was selected as a Meredith Cronkite Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 5, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Second pivot: You've made it, so now what?
You’ve made it to a great job in your mid-career, so now what? What’s the best way to pivot and make sure the back half of your career goes the way you want it to? In today’s competitive newsrooms, it’s easy to get pushed aside or to become complacent. Book deals, adjunct teaching, fellowships and moving to management are just some of the ways you can level up.

Speakers
AC

Angie Chuang

Associate Professor, American University School of Communication
(@angiechuang) Angie Chuang is an associate professor of Journalism at American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the AU faculty in 2007, she was a newspaper journalist for 13 years, on staff at The Oregonian, The Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times. Her literary nonfiction book, The Four Words for Home, which spun off a 2004 reporting trip to Afghanistan, was published March 2014 by Aquarius Press... Read More →
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Thomas Lee

Business Columnist, The San Francisco Chronicle
(@ByTomLee) Thomas Lee is a business columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. He previously wrote for the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Seattle Times. He also served as bureau chief for MedCityNews.com and Xconomy.com. This fall, Palgrave Macmillan will publish “Rebuilding Empires,” his book on how big box retailers will transform for the digital age.
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Roxana Saberi

Senior Producer/Reporter, Al Jazeera America
Roxana Saberi is a New-York based journalist for Al Jazeera America. From 2003 to 2009, she lived and worked in Iran, where she filed reports for organizations such as Feature Story News, NPR, BBC, ABC Radio and Fox News. She was writing a book about Iran when she was arrested in 2009 in Tehran and held for 100 days. After returning to the United States, Ms. Saberi wrote Between Two Worlds: My Life and... Read More →


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Optimizing for the medium
How to get multimedia stories off the ground, maximize user experiences on various platforms and tell better, more complete stories. It’s not always about pulling out all the bells and whistles — sometimes less is more. The session also will touch on resource allocation, planning, workflow and execution.

Speakers
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Hilary Fung

Visual Journalist, The Huffington Post
(@hil_fung) Hilary is a visual journalist on The Huffington Post data team.
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Aimee Schier

Senior Director, Design, CNN Digital
(@atlrunner) Aimee Schier is an Emmy Award-winning creative director and designer, who has led numerous creative teams for several media companies including ABC Disney, FOX and Turner Broadcasting. Currently, Schier heads CNN Digital's Editorial Design group. She has previously served as creative director for CNN Marketing and On Air Promotions, playing a key role in the redesign and rebrand efforts for HLN across multiple platforms which... Read More →
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Tyson Whiting

Lead Designer, Vox Media
(@komickiller) Tyson Whiting works directly on Polygon.com, a Vox brand dedicated to video games and the culture around that industry. He executes occasional illustrations and art directs feature stories. He also contributes to the general development of the site.
TW

Tim Wong

Senior Designer, The Washington Post
Tim Wong works on various editorial, product and platform initiatives, using design thinking to improve user experiences and to streamline and enhance digital storytelling. He is always looking to push “the form” forward.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 10, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Do it on a dime
We know you know content. Now, learn how to market yourself and use technology to become more productive. Set yourself apart from all the others with some wallet-friendly suggestions to maximize your content's exposure and minimize your workload. Gear, apps, websites, software – we’ll set you up for success.

Moderators
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Victoria Lim

Multimedia Freelance Journalist
(@VictoriaLim) Victoria Lim is an award-winning journalist and internationally recognized expert in multimedia/multi-platform storytelling. Experienced in consumer affairs, personal finance issues, investigative, education, political, business, diversity and sports reporting, she extends her reporting skills beyond newsrooms by also creating content for companies and nonprofits and professional development training.

Speakers
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Leticia Barr

Founder, Tech Savvy Mama
(@TechSavvyMama) Leticia Barr founded Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in navigating technology.  She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro area school system to share new technology and educational resources. She has been a columnist for Parents.com, written for Babble, and contributes to Scholastic Parents’ Learning Toolkit.
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Rachel Kaufman

Freelance Writer and Editor
(@RKaufman) Rachel Kaufman is a freelance writer and editor in Washington, D.C. She’s covered tech, science, real estate, and more for a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, Inc., Scientific American and National Geographic. She is the author of one e-book and runs Elevation DC, an online publication covering “what's next” for the district.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 17, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

When VCs and media collide
A panel on how venture capital firms and media startups are colliding this year and funding journalism.

Moderators
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Elise Hu-Stiles

Technology and Culture Reporter, NPR
(@elisewho) Elise Hu-Stiles is a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR’s on-air, online and multimedia platforms. She joined NPR in 2011 to coordinate the digital development and editorial vision for the StateImpact network, a state government reporting project focused on member stations. Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters of The Texas Tribune.

Speakers
MB

Marcus Brauchli

Managing Partner, North Base Media
(@mbrauchli) Marcus Brauchli is a managing partner at North Base Media, an investment firm focused on journalistic enterprises in emerging markets. Brauchli also was a former editor of The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He received the Leadership in Diversity award last year at the 2013 AAJA Gala Banquet.
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Aziz Gilani

Director, Mercury Fund
(@TexasVC) Aziz Gilani is an experienced operator, consultant and investor in technology companies, with a focus on consumer and enterprise software. Prior to joining the Mercury Fund, Aziz was a senior engagement leader with Infosys Consulting, where he led the Enterprise Asset Management Practice. Prior to that he was a director at ABB Performance Services.
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Aneesh Raman

Senior Editor, OZY Media
(@AneeshRaman) Aneesh Raman is a senior editor at OZY, a new media company co-founded by Carlos Watson (journalist) and backed by high-profile investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Larry Sonsini, David Drummond (Google), Dan Rosensweig and Ron Conway. Prior to joining OZY, Raman was a speechwriter to President Barack Obama. Before joining government, Raman was an award-winning CNN reporter.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 9, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Take your web reporting to the next level
Go beyond Google searching and find ways to make the most out of the web for reporting.

Speakers
TT

Tisha Thompson

Investigative Reporter, NBC4 Washington, D.C.
Tisha Thompson is an investigative reporter at WRC-TV NBC4 in Washington, DC.  Digging deep into documents, rooting out stories from data and using hidden cameras to catch the liars lying has been her specialty for more than a decade.  A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism, Tisha previously worked at KOMU-Columbia, MO, WPSD-Paducah, KY, WMAR-Baltimore, MD and... Read More →


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

Got #realtalk? Fostering meaningful reader engagement on touchy subjects
It’s difficult enough reporting on sensitive topics. But when your story publishes/airs, the conversation your work can spark becomes a whole different challenge. This session walks through the tactics of what it takes to have meaningful and regular discussions with your readers, viewers and listeners (on social media, in the comments and beyond). Pick up practical tips for creating the resilient communities that push your journalism farther and engage your audience deeply. Don’t close your eyes and plug your ears! We’ll talk through ways to make even the most difficult conversations worth having.

Speakers
KC

Kelly Chen

News Engagement Specialist, Center for Investigative Reporting
(@chenkx) Kelly Chen is a news engagement specialist at The Center for Investigative Reporting. She manages day-to-day social media strategies and online engagement for CIR. In addition, she works to break down complex issues and ideas and create content for CIR’s online communities. She also works to increase engagement on cironline.org and on other online platforms.
KC

Kat Chow

Digital Journalist, NPR
(@katchow) Kat Chow is a journalist covering race, ethnicity and culture for NPR’s new Code Switch team. In this role, she is responsible for reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online and blogging. Prior to NPR, she worked with WGBH in Boston and was a reporting fellow for The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh.
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Ryan Kellett

Deputy Editor, Digital Audience, The Washington Post
(@rkellett) Ryan Kellett is the editor for search, social and audience engagement at The Washington Post. Ryan Kellett joined The Post newsroom in 2010 as interactivity producer. He previously worked on the social media team at NPR. He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 13, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:00pm

How to bring your newsroom into the digital future
When newsroom managers buy in to digital progress, it’s only the beginning. The real challenge comes in training a newsroom with reporters and producers at different levels of digital literacy. How do you keep training interesting without losing the people with the least experience? How do you recognize the different experience offered by people with less digital savvy?

Speakers
FK

Fred Katayama

Anchor/Producer, Reuters
(@freddiethekat) Fred Katayama is an anchor, reporter and producer at Reuters in New York. He anchors Techquity and formerly hosted Investing 201 and Reuters World Update. In his multimedia career, he has worked as an anchor, correspondent or reporter at CNN, NHK, KIRO-TV, Fortune magazine and the Associated Press. The Columbia University alumnus won his fourth AAJA award last year for his report on the knuckleball.
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Jessica Plautz

Travel Editor, Mashable
(@jessicaplautz) Jessica Plautz is the travel editor at Mashable. She has lived in 14 cities in three countries, but considers New York home. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Her previous experience is in public and nonprofit journalism, and film and television.
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Meena Thiruvengadam

Editor, Yahoo Finance
(@meena_thiru) Meena Thiruvengadam is a journalist with experience reporting, writing and editing multimedia news and feature content. She has worked at local newspapers, an international wire service and digital startups. She’s obsessed with innovative journalism, media strategy, audience analytics and telling good stories.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Meeting Room 8, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

2:00pm

MediaWatch: How to effectively respond to unbalanced news coverage
Asian American groups were rightfully dismayed when the Detroit News published a problematic column earlier this year revisiting the Vincent Chin murder case and its role in igniting social justice awareness within our communities. AAJA’s MediaWatch committee pressed the News to acknowledge the flawed journalism that contributed to the column’s dismissive tone. For many years, MediaWatch has advocated fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This session will look at the committee’s work in the past year. But more important, this workshop will help attendees become better watchdogs themselves and teach people how to draft public statements and engage newsrooms in constructive dialogue when our communities are misrepresented.

Moderators
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Rahul Bali

Radio and TV Journalist
@rahulbali | Rahul Bali is a radio and TV journalist based in Atlanta. Rahul is also the coordinator of AAJA's Asian American Radio Group. His extensive broadcast resume includes working as a reporter, producer and editor at a number of radio and television operations including CNN Radio, WSB Radio, WTOP Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Rahul is a graduate of AAJA's Executive Leadership Program and has served as president of the Atlanta... Read More →

Speakers
BC

Bobby Caina Calvan

Lead Reporter, The Heartland Project
(@bobbycalvan) Bobby Caina Calvan is chair of AAJA’s MediaWatch committee and lead reporter for The Heartland Project, a Nebraska-based reporting fellowship funded by the Ford Foundation to promote coverage of communities of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. He previously worked for The Boston Globe and The Sacramento Bee. He was AAJA’s 2012 Member of the Year.
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Abe Kwok

Editor, AZcentral.com
(@abekwok) Abe Kwok’s day job is with azcentral.com/The Arizona Republic, where he beats the hired help on the homepage team. He also moonlights every other semester or so at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. He is on his second — third? — stint with AAJA’s MediaWatch committee, and a longtime representative on the AAJA National Advisory Board.
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Doris Truong

Homepage Editor, The Washington Post
(@DorisTruong) Doris Truong is a homepage editor at The Washington Post, where she co-chairs the newsroom Diversity Committee. Before moving to the digital side, she was a longtime multiplatform editor for The Post and a copy editor at The Dallas Morning News. Wayne State chose her for its Spirit of Diversity award in 2014. She was the 2011-2012 AAJA national president.


Friday August 15, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room 12, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:00pm

Vocal Training

Learn how to use one of the most compelling storytelling tools you have: your voice. This workshop will teach you how to communicate more effectively and naturally, even if you're reading from a script.


Speakers
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Richard Lui

Anchor, MSNBC
(@richardlui) Richard Lui has been an MSNBC dayside anchor since September 2010. He has anchored some of the network’s major breaking stories, including the 2011 debt-ceiling debate, Arab Spring and deficit supercommittee failure. Prior to that, Lui spent five years at CNN Worldwide and CNN Headline News as anchor of “Morning Express.” In 2013 he received AAJA’s Member of the Year award and the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and... Read More →
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Diane Roberts

Voice Coach, Diane's Talking
(@DianesTalking) Diane Roberts has been in broadcasting and communications for 25+ years, working her way up from general assignment reporter to anchor. She became the Tampa Bay area’s first Monday to Friday anchor of color in 1989 working for WTOG-TV. She also has worked in such diverse markets as Des Moines, Iowa; Columbia, S.C., and Washington, D.C.


Friday August 15, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 17, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

Newsroom to classroom
Hear from folks who have successfully transitioned from newsrooms to the classroom, and are now focused on training the next generation of journalists.

Speakers
MH

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Associate Professor, Northwestern University
(@mlhopgood) Mei-Ling Hopgood is a freelance journalist and writer who has written for various publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Marie Claire, The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe. She is the author of “Lucky Girl” (April 2009) and “How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm” (Feb. 2012).
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Nikki Usher Layser

Assistant Professor, George Washington University
(@nikkiusher) Nikki Usher is an assistant professor at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Prior to this life, she was a journalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has written for a variety of metro dailies including The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe. She has just written “Making News at The New York Times.”


Friday August 15, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

Intro to cyber security for journalists
Why and when would you want to encrypt your communications? What type of security does encryption provide? What should you be aware of in light of recent reporting on the NSA’s surveillance and backdoor operations? A practical session about encryption and operational security for journalists.

Speakers
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Mike Tigas

News Applications Developer, ProPublica
(@mtigas) Mike Tigas is a news applications developer at ProPublica. He works on tools for online privacy and the liberation of public data. He is a lead developer of Tabula (a tool to help extract data from PDF files), CivOmega (open search engine for public datasets) and Onion Browser (anonymizing web browser for iPhone and iPad). He was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow.


Friday August 15, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

Managing yourself
One of the most difficult things about freelancing is managing yourself: your time, energy level, priorities, contacts, social media presence, clients and your brand. Learn from the experts how to prioritize your time and set your own career goals in an unstructured environment. Should you arrange a networking lunch, write a pitch or spend 45 minutes on Twitter? Bring your questions and receive personalized troubleshooting.

Moderators
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Bea Hundal

Freelance Anchor and Reporter, Ebru TV
(@BeaHundal) Bea Hundal is an accomplished anchor, reporter and producer who has worked at BBC World TV, BBC World Service Radio, Associated Press Television News, Al Jazeera English and for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” London-born with a New York state of mind, she specializes in breaking news on an international scale.

Speakers
MK

Mitra Kalita

Ideas Editor, Quartz
(@MitraKalita) Mitra Kalita is the ideas editor at Quartz. She worked previously at The Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and reported on the housing crisis. She also launched Mint, a business paper in New Delhi. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization.
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Laura Vanderkam

Author
(@LVanderkam) Laura Vanderkam is the nationally recognized author of “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” (Portfolio, 2010) and “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” (Portfolio, 2013). She is a regular contributor to Fast Company’s website and a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
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Jocelyn "Joz" Wang

Editor-in-Chief/CEO, 8Asians.com
(@JozJozJoz) A writer who embraced blogging at its onset, Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is known for her personal blog, jozjozjoz.com, which has been online for more than a decade. She is editor-in-chief/CEO of the collaborative online publication 8Asians.com. In 2011, she acquired Metblogs and now runs the international network — consisting of more than 50 sites worldwide — as its publisher/CEO.


Friday August 15, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 8, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

New media business models
From native advertising, startup incubators, wearable technology and SaaS, learn what new business models media companies are experimenting with.

Speakers
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Susy Jackson

Content Catalyst, RebelMouse
(@susyjacks) Susy leads editorial strategy and execution for RebelMouse media and journalism partners as part of the RebelMouse Media Lab. Prior to this, she was an editor at Harvard Business Review and TIME, working across groups including design, production, tech, video, and social media to create and convey rich content experiences through multiple channels. 
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Almar Latour

Executive Editor, The Wall Street Journal & Dow Jones
Almar Latour is executive editor for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. He oversees The Wall Street Journal Online, Dow Jones Newswires, and MarketWatch, and is responsible for global editorial strategy. He led the creation of a single, 1800-strong global newsroom, merging the news operations of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires and focusing the merged organization on real-time, digital journalism. He recently initiated the... Read More →
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Yvonne Leow

Senior Associate, North Base Media
(@yvonneleow) Yvonne Leow is a senior associate at North Base Media, a venture capital startup investing in journalistic enterprises around the world. She is one of 12 U.S. fellows selected for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University this fall. She previously was director of video for Project Thunderdome. She is also AAJA’s National Vice President for Print.
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Matt Thompson

Director of Vertical Initiatives, NPR
(@mthomps) Matt Thompson works with teams across the company to guide the development of topic-focused verticals covering race, ethnicity and culture; education; and global health and development. Outside his work at NPR, he teaches media and technology management as an adjunct professor at American University. He serves as the vice-chairman of the board of the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative journalism nonprofit.


Friday August 15, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 9, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

3:00pm

Why and how should we cover the Asian American community?
Learn how to cover Asian American and immigrant issues beyond the press releases and community events. We’ll go into how to break through cultural barriers, gain trust among groups that don’t talk to the media and how to deal with your editors.

Moderators
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Phil Yu

Founder/Editor, Angry Asian Man
(@angryasianman) Phil Yu is the founder and editor of Asian American news/culture blog Angry Asian Man, host of the web talk show Angry Asian America on ISAtv and host of Sound and Fury: The Angry Asian Podcast. Building a steady, loyal readership since 2001, Angry Asian Man has been called “a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American.”

Speakers
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Ernabel Demillo

Host/Producer, CUNY-TV
(@ernabeld) Ernabel Demillo works for CUNY-TV hosting and reporting “Asian American Life,” a magazine-style show about the tri-state’s Asian American community. She is also a journalism lecturer at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. She started the journalism program in 2008 and is faculty advisor to the school newspaper, Pauw Wow, named Best Newspaper award by the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press in 2013.
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Emil Guillermo

Blogger, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
(@emilamok) Emil Guillermo has won numerous awards for his work in TV, radio, newspapers and online. He was the first Asian American male to regularly host a national news program on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” from 1989 to 1991. His column on Asian America, "Emil Amok," was in AsianWeek for nearly 15 years.
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Shefali S. Kulkarni

Digital Producer, Public Radio International
(@shefalikulkarni) Shefali Kulkarni is the digital producer for PRI’s “The World,” a co-production of the BBC produced in Boston at WGBH. She does digital storytelling for “Global Nation,” the show’s section that covers the immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeking community. Previously, she worked at Kaiser Health News, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, Willamette Week and other news outlets.
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Hansi Lo Wang

Reporter, NPR
(@hansilowang) Hansi Lo Wang covers race, ethnicity and culture as a reporter for NPR’s “Code Switch” team. He was one of 15 journalists selected for the Institute for Justice and Journalism’s immigration reporting fellowship. Based in Washington, D.C., he was previously awarded the NPR Kroc Fellowship, during which he reported for NPR’s National Desk and Seattle public radio station KUOW.


Friday August 15, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Meeting Room 5, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

4:00pm

Lightning Talks

This year, AAJA is hosting its first ever lightning talks in D.C.!

Note: because we are trying to cram 7 talks into one hour, please arrive on time for this session! We need to start on time in order to get through everyone’s talks — and we will get through everyone’s talks! Here’s the lineup:

  • Shaminder Dulai: The one secret to getting to work on the stuff you care about.
  • Richard Lui: Social media for social good: How does a social media campaign that aims to do some good in the world become successful?
  • Frank Bi: How will new inventions and innovations like drones, sensors and robots impact future newsgathering and the way we do our jobs?
  • Sharon Chan: What you need to know about dating/marrying another journalist
  • Emma Carew Grovum: Everybody needs to eat: how to hack your desk/workspace in order to feed yourself on deadline
  • Marian Liu: 5 things about 5 things: print to online writing, print to audio producing, print to broadcast producing, working with students and working with veterans
  • Kim Bui: #Realtalk about what getting laid off thrice teaches you.

Friday August 15, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 14, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

6:00pm

Silent Auction
Bid for specialty items in this AAJA National Convention tradition.

Friday August 15, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Renaissance West, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001
 
Saturday, August 16
 

9:00am

AAJA Summer Board Meeting
Saturday August 16, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
Mount Vernon, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

7:00pm

Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet
Saturday August 16, 2014 7:00pm - 9:15pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

9:30pm

AAJA Annual Karaoke Night
Saturday August 16, 2014 9:30pm - 11:59pm
Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001
 
Sunday, August 17
 

9:00am

Governing Board Meeting
Sunday August 17, 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mount Vernon, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001