DC Chapter is gearing up to host the AAJA convention

Hotel-Exterior-1024x671Greetings, AAJA Nation!

We’re excited to host you all for this year’s AAJA national convention here in Washington, D.C. – coming up in just two short months.

As your co-chairs, we wanted to give chapter leaders a sneak peek at some of the highlights that this year’s convention – to be held from Aug. 13 to Aug. 16 – and encourage your members to register in advance:

A fantastic programming lineup. We’ve got all your old favorites – such as seminars to brush up on your data skills, tackle investigative reporting projects and becoming a freelancer. But check out some of the new offerings this year – such as discussions about female journalists in war zones and analyzing race in the midterm elections. We’ll also have “lightning talks” — quick five-minute sessions on topics chosen by convention-goers.

A great convention hotel located right in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. The Renaissance Marriott is a top-of-the-line hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, superb workout facilities and great bars to unwind with a drink after a long day.

When you can break away from programming and networking, leave the hotel and enjoy all that D.C. has to offer. Walk just a couple of blocks to Chinatown and Penn Quarter – home to some of the best restaurants in D.C. Some of our favorites are restaurants run by famed restaurateur Jose Andres, like Jaleo (Spanish tapas) and Zaytinya (Mediterraean). Right across the street is the brand-new CityCenterDC – a new complex with luxury shopping including Kate Spade and Burberry. And the hotel is just a short walking distance from the National Mall, surrounded by the best museums in the country (all free!).

And of course, it’s a chance to reconnect with all your AAJA friends from across the world.

We’re looking forward to a wonderful convention, but we need your help to spread the word. The deadline to save $75 on the registration fee is TUESDAY, June 17. Please let your chapter members know – they can go to http://www.aaja.org/dc2014/ to sign up.

Here’s to a great convention.

Seung Min Kim and Sherri Ly
Convention co-chairs