This year, round out your experience of AAJA’s 2014 convention with our new breakout sessions and lightning talks!
What are lightning talks, you ask? They’re five-minute presentations (usually accompanied with a PowerPoint presentation) given by anyone about anything. They look like this: http://igniteshow.com/ (though for #AAJA14, we won’t require you to set your slides to auto-advance). The goal is to delight, inform, enlighten and/or entertain a room full of journalists. All AAJA members are welcome to apply. Be sure to send us your ideas by Monday, August 4th!
If you pitched a convention panel, this is a great opportunity to boil down the subject and talk about something you’re passionate about. Nine 5-minute talks will be chosen by popular vote in early-August and the talks will take place on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Renaissance Hotel.
This energetic and fast-paced event is a great way to close out the formal convention programming — we hope you’ll join us! Lightning Talks have become an integral part of the NICAR and ONA conventions elsewhere in the journalism industry, and we’re excited to bring them to #AAJA14.
If you’ve ever been to an unconference, these sessions will borrow from that flavor and bring convention-goers together for closing discussions of their choosing. They will take place 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 at the Renaissance Hotel.
While the rest of the programming focuses on industry experts teaching skills-based training and best practices, these sessions are meant to be off-the-cuff, casual and flexible conversations among peers. Each room will have a pair of moderators who will guide the conversation and help the participants choose the right focus for discussion.
Anyone can be a presenter or speaker, and everyone can (and should!) participate.
Which breakout session is right for you?
- Sports journalism. This conversation is for anyone interested in or engaged in sports journalism (reporters, editors, photographers, producers, videographers, etc. – Meeting Room 2.
- Audience engagement/content strategy. This conversation is meant to bring together web producers, social media editors, community managers and anyone involved in deciding how to optimize content for the reader. – Meeting Room 7
- Technology. This conversation will convene those straddling the lines between newsroom and technology, including project & product managers, coders/developers, editorial/tech liaisons, web editors of any kind. – Meeting Room 10
- Regional/Local. From city hall to the statehouse, this conversation will focus on journalists who produce for a local and regional audience. - Meeting Room 12.
- Longform. Anyone who’s focused on the big picture narratives or investigation should join documentarians and project editors for this conversation. – Meeting Room 13
- Visual journalism. If you’re producing for the eye, including UX folks, designers, photographers, and videographers, come together for a discussion on visual journalism and design. - Meeting Room 14.
- Media diversity advocacy. Ultimately, we’re all here for the same reason: to advance AAJA’s mission of diversifying newsrooms and raising the bar for coverage of communities of color. This conversation will tap into these topics and more. – Meeting Room 17
- Bonus session! Journalism education. Students/professors/adjuncts are invited to meet in the career expo for a discussion about journalism education. – Expo Hall/Grand Ballroom