AAJA Convention Guides: Ko Im, WUSA9

Not sure how to start planning for this year’s AAJA Convention? Get some advice from AAJA-ers in the know:
Ko Im, a mid-career broadcast journalist
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I’m most excited about the Executive Leadership Program this year. I’m also participating in the speed mentoring session… So I’ll miss some of the great plethora of panels I’m interested in. But Friday will be a full schedule!

Definitely go to the career fair and expo. Don’t be afraid of criticism. You can show your work via laptop. Carry a nice card holder and bring thank you cards to write before you leave NY so you remember the conversation.

Sit in on a panel that’s in your line of current work and choose one where you’ll be completely out of your element. Along the same lines, attend one where you can get practical experience to take back to your newsroom, and stop into a session that is more idea-oriented and gets your brain churning. I’m eyeing Ten Ways to Make your story more engaging at 11 a.m. Friday because it’s multiplatform as well as Social Media for Videojournalists since it’s forward-thinking at 2 pm. the same day.

Other tips: Read the speaker bios to see who’s coming ahead of time and try and schedule a meeting or say hello before a panel.
Remember to dress to impress and wear a smile.. it’s all about making connections nice and early so you can reap the rewards when it really counts.

P.S. Go buy something at silent auction.

BIO: Ko Im is a multimedia journalist for WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. She also is a freelance writer. Ko was president at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She anchored/produced/reported at WBOC, where she won several AP awards. Ko was named a RTDNA Fellow and worked at NY1 and Time. She grew up on Guam.