August 25, 2021
#AAJA21 Daily Convention Update


#AAJA21 continues!

In this issue: 

  • #AAJA21 Day 2 Program
  • Highlights from Yesterday
  • Ways to Connect at #AAJA21

#AAJA21 is in FULL SWING! Yesterday was filled with emotion and AAJA community pride as we revealed '40 Years of AAJA' during our opening event, our In Memoriam of beloved members David Ibata and Corky Lee -- and with the tearjerker screening of Blue Bayou. We hope yesterday was a chance to get acquainted or catch up with other AAJA-ers and that you’ve loaded up your agenda with more for today.

TODAY’S MUST-SEES: A timely discussion on tackling the rise of AAPI hate; a fireside chat about Justin Chon’s Blue Bayou; #AAJA21 Karaoke.

TODAY'S MUST-DO: Today is the last day to become an AAJA member to be eligible to vote in this year's national officer elections. Become a member today. (More below)


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

Take your morning coffee while hopping onto our sponsor speed sessions by Fox, Bloomberg, and Nielsen from 10:30 - 11 a.m. Next will be our Leadership Series with Rashida Jones from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Then, tune into Storytellers Summit, presented by ABC News from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Meet with Recruiters from 1:30-3:30
💡 Did you know you can make appointments to chat 1:1 on with recruiters this year? During the recruiter 1:1 time, use this feature to schedule a time. Each attendee is allowed one appointment per company. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please contact

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

5 - 6 p.m.

Then, we’ll round out the evening with a Blue Bayou Fireside Chat from 7 - 7:30 p.m., and AAJA Presents: Karaoke! from 8 - 9:30 p.m. Who will win? 👀

AAJA-LA toasts L.A. Times editorial page editor Sewell Chan on his upcoming move to Austin to become editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune. DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 25TIME: 7-8 p.m. PTRSVP:

Lastly, join AAJA-LA at 10 p.m. ET to bid Sewell farewell as he leaves his position as the editorial page editor at the L.A. Times to embark on his new journey as the editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune. Congratulations, Sewell! RSVP here.


Highlights from Day 1

The cryfest at our opening ceremony 🤧 from watching '40 Years of AAJA' and our In Memoriam for David Ibata and Corky Lee.

Other Notable Mentions & Chatter

  • This thread by Chris Casquejo, journalist at VOA Asia, that inspired fellow AAJA-ers to share the jobs they've gotten through AAJA conventions.
  • Ron Nixon spilling tea at “How to Do Investigations on Your Beat” 🤭
  • Cool tips and tricks on Google’s latest tools shared by Mary Nahorniak at “New Google Tools for Journalists!” Take a look at the session’s collaborative Jamboard.

Ways to Connect at #AAJA21

Elections Reminder

Elections—Voter eligibility deadline (must activate or renew membership by this date) is TODAY @ 8:00 p.m. ET! Watch a recording of AAJA HQ’s candidate forum, which took place Sunday, August 15. Voting ends Sunday, August 29 at 8 p.m. ET

💡 #AAJA21 is hosted on Cadence. Learn how to use it to best enhance your #AAJA21 experience with these tutorials.

💡 If you missed something from yesterday, recordings of the sessions are viewable here.


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