March 28, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO — The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is pleased to announce the selection of AAJA’s New York chapter as the 2013 host for the 1,400-member organization’s national convention.
“On behalf of the New York chapter, we are delighted and proud to host the convention in 2013,” said convention co-chairs Brooke Camp, senior recruiter for CNN and truTV, and Michelle Yu, an anchor for SNY (SportsNet New York). “We are excited to marshal the city’s resources and energy to make this a fantastic opportunity and event for all.”
AAJA-New York impressed AAJA’s national leaders with a well-thought-out proposal, which was presented March 24 during the Spring 2012 AAJA Advisory Board meeting. The highlights:
- The chapter has a strong base of local AAJA members who are excited to welcome a national convention in 2013. AAJA-New York is the largest of AAJA’s 21 chapters and has a wealth of experience in organizational leadership, including nationally recognized AAJA volunteers and several former national officers.
- The chapter has convention-hosting experience. AAJA-New York was responsible for a national convention in Times Square in 2000.
- Local news goes global. From 9/11 to Wall Street to Linsanity, what’s news in New York is news for everyone.
- The city is the media capital of the free world spanning 6 national broadcast networks, 10 local news stations, 78 cable networks, 6 international wire services, 4 of the 10 largest-circulation U.S. newspapers, 350 magazines and numerous journalism start-ups. Not only does New York have an array of news outlets, it’s a prime hunting ground for AAJA members seeking their next opportunity.
“AAJA is sold on the concept of a convention where everything’s only a Metrocard away,” said AAJA National President Doris Truong. “New York is the city that never sleeps. What’s a better match for today’s 24/7 news culture? I can’t wait to attend our 2013 convention.”
AAJA’s Governing Board has empowered AAJA Executive Director Kathy Chow to move forward with the New York chapter in the exploratory phase of securing a convention site. Details will be presented this summer at the UNITY12 journalism convention, Aug. 1-4 in Las Vegas.
Media Contact: AAJA Executive Director Kathy Chow
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Telephone: 415-346-2051 | Fax: 415-346-6343
- Mailing address: 5 Third St., Suite 1108, San Francisco, Calif. 94103
The Asian American Journalists Association is a nonprofit professional and educational organization with more than 1,400 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA’s mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY: Journalists of Color, along with the Native American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. For more information about AAJA, visit www.aaja.org.
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