About AAJA Features Forum

AAJA Features Forum aims to create a platform for features, arts, entertainment and lifestyles journalists where they can share ideas as well as support and inspire each other. We want to foster creative storytelling and innovation across multiple platforms with programming and services that can help our members stay at the forefront of the industry.

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Director Mariecar Mendoza

Mariecar is the arts content editor for The San Francisco Chronicle where she oversees the pop music and pop culture beats. Along with helping manage the production of The Chronicle’s daily entertainment section, she spearheads live coverage of events such as San Francisco’s annual Outside Lands Music Festival and 2016’s Super Bowl 50. Prior to The Chronicle, Mariecar was a features digital editor for The Los Angeles News Group where she specialized in music, food and festival coverage for the region. She has also worked as a multimedia news reporter for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif. where she covered city hall politics, crime and courts for nearly seven years. Mariecar is a Bay Area native and a proud alumna of the Chips Quinn Scholar program and VOICES 2006. She has also served as an AAJA-Los Angeles chapter board member for three years, with her last two terms as vice president of print. 


kellie-hwang.jpgCo-Director Kellie Hwang

Kellie is a seasoned entertainment reporter and multimedia journalist at The Arizona Republic. She currently covers Phoenix dining news and trends, and the burgeoning cocktail and beer scenes. She is the go-to features reporter for major events including the Super Bowl, Country Thunder and Phoenix Comicon. Over her career at The Republic, Kellie has taken on many responsibilities in Features including reviewing concerts, interviewing celebrities at red carpet parties, previewing prestigious art exhibitions and covering the Vegas-like nightlife scene in Scottsdale. Kellie is currently the president of the AAJA-Arizona chapter and is a 2006 VOICES alumni. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Washington.