We’re incredibly excited about the programs we are bringing to Washington, D.C. this year for AAJA’s 2014 convention. AAJA’s programming focuses on improving core skills and making sure our members return to their newsrooms abreast of the latest tools and trends.
- The reporting and editing track will focus on the craft: stronger writing, better storytelling. Journalists from any medium can join robust discussions and walk away with story ideas they can start pursuing immediately.
- The web and social media track recognizes that many newsrooms aren’t where they need to be in terms of digital. These sessions are designed to boost your skills and critical thinking around online journalism and social media, allowing our members to return to work ready to contribute to– if not lead– the digital revolution of their newsroom.
- The data and design track was new in 2013 and we’re bringing it back even stronger in 2014. We’re thrilled by the opportunity to feature so many of AAJA’s outstanding rising stars in this area and offer our conference attendees the chance to get ahead of the curve.
- The freelance track expands on the sessions offered last year for our ever-growing segment of membership who are making their careers outside the traditional newsroom. Whether you’re just getting started with freelance work or you’re a seasoned pro, this is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and walk away with new ideas.
- The leadership and entrepreneurship track is designed in collaboration with the NewU program. These sessions hope to entice the secret (or not-so-secret) future leader and entrepreneur in our audience and give them a boost.
- The career track will be held in AAJA’s career expo. These small sessions will tackle the topics we all face: job searching, mentoring, transitioning to new roles, and more.
- The broadcast track is a smaller but highly focused set of programs, designed to meet the specialized interests of our broadcast members, both in television and radio.
- The visual track is another smaller set of programming, designed for videographers, photographers and those interested in visual storytelling. These specialized sessions will welcome all members of course, but hope to address the unique challenges and hone the skills of AAJA’s visual journalists.
As in New York, we will also be offering one-day bootcamps on Wednesday and two-hour workshops on Thursday and Friday to allow members to dive deeper into new skills and topic areas. New for the 2014 convention are lightning talks, the opportunity for AAJAers to give short, 5-minute talks. These will be chosen by popular vote over the summer.
AAJA’s 2014 programming committee is led by:
- Emma Carew Grovum, online editor at Foreign Policy and a former data journalist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Yvonne Leow, director of video at Digital First Media and AAJA’s Vice President
- AAJA’s boot camp series is being coordinated by Thomas Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor for the Dallas Morning News
We are grateful to the following AAJA-ers for volunteering their time and expertise: Katherine Lewis, Victoria Lim, Dai Sugano, Alex Wong, Frank Bi, Nelson Hsu, Meena Thiruvengadam, Michelle Lee, Kat Chow, Elise Hu Stiles, Doug Mitchell, and Kim Bui.