August 24, 2021
#AAJA21 Daily Convention Update


#AAJA21 is here!

In this issue: 

  • #AAJA21 Day 1 Program
  • Apply for the ABC Storytelling Summit
  • Say Hello to Fellow AAJA-ers on Social Media & Use our Photo Booth
  • #AAJA21 Reminders

Welcome to DAY 1 of #AAJA21! To convention first-timers and returners, #AAJAFamily newcomers and veterans alike—we’re so excited to kick things off with all of you here to bear witness.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS: A needed discussion on the roles of race and activism in journalism during our Opening Ceremony; an exclusive screening of Justin Chon’s Blue Bayou; mixers for our AAJA JCamp and Voices communities. Fill up your agenda, snap a pic in our virtual photo booth and get settled in for a week of outstanding panels, conversations and new memories.


Tuesday at #AAJA21 (all times in E.T.)

Start the day by scheduling a time with recruiters in our "Expo Hall" from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1 - 4:30 p.m. 

1 - 2:30 p.m.

1 - 3 p.m.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

After a quick break, join us at AAJA Orientation from 5 - 5:30 p.m. Then we’ll head into our Opening Ceremony: Proudly Looking Back— A Conversation on AAPI Journalists from 1981-Today from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Then, attend a mixer and greet your #AAJAFamily (or meet new people!):

Close out the day by attending our screening of "Blue Bayou” by Justin Chon from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.


Don't miss your opportunity to learn from ABC's top media professionals 


  • Date: August 25th, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Panels and Discussions with ABC News Executives & Talent
  • Writing, Producing, Pitching and Data Driven Journalism Workshops
  • Networking Sessions & Career Advice

The ABC News Storytellers Summit encourages the following to apply:

  • Producers, Writers, Reporters and Content Creators with (3) years of experience or more
  • Seasoned storytellers looking for innovative ways to create news content

Introduce yourself on Twitter

Our #AAJA21 Twitter List!

Connect with the #AAJAFamily on Twitter! Tag @aaja, let us know if it’s your first convention and what you’re looking forward to.

Be sure to follow our #AAJA21 Twitter List!

Use the #AAJA21 Virtual Photo Booth!

Meet Haraboji Bear! He took a selfie at the photo booth in Cadence. Please feel free to use it and share your pics on social media. Tag us and #AAJA21!


AAJA Convention Resume Bank: Looking for a Job? How About A Vacation? 

AAJA is excited to announce that for #AAJA21 convention participants who put their resume in AAJA’s Resume Bank via, we will be raffling off a two-night stay in a suite at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas with a $350 gift card to Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant to a lucky qualified participant at #AAJA21 (retail value estimated at $750).  One lucky participant will receive this amazing offer just for attending #AAJA21 and submitting their resume to the resume bank.


To qualify, participants must create a profile at, upload their resume and select to have that resume be available for recruiters to access by selecting that they will be at the AAJA Convention.  Participants must also be registered for #AAJA21.


#AAJA21 Reminders and Deadlines

  • Elections—Voting has begun! Watch a recording of AAJA HQ’s candidate forum, which took place Sunday, August 15.
    • Wednesday, August 25 – Voter eligibility deadline (must activate or renew membership by this date), 8 p.m. ET
    • Sunday, August 29 – Accept ballots until/voting ends, 8 p.m. ET
    • Tuesday, September 7 – Results announced
  • On a rolling basis until #AAJA21: CNN Workshop applications (Writers, Producers)
  • On a rolling basis until #AAJA21: ABC Storytelling Summit applications (Apply Here)

💡 How to Use Cadence, Our #AAJA21 Convention Platform 

#AAJA21 is hosted on Cadence. Learn how to use it to best enhance your #AAJA21 experience with these tutorials. If you have registered for #AAJA21, you should have received an email inviting you to Cadence. If you don't see it in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If you still need assistance, please email


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