2018 AAJA Media Access Atlanta Workshop


How can your nonprofit or community-based organization promote your work, draw media attention and highlight your mission?  

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, is hosting a FREE Media Access Workshop for organizations like yours to learn about the most effective ways to build partnerships with local media organizations and get coverage. If you've ever asked yourself questions like...

  • "Why isn't the local media covering my news and events?"
  • "Is anyone reading my press release?"
  • "How can I make sure the local media covers my community fairly and accurately?"

...then this is the workshop for you.

The Media Access Workshop is free and open to nonprofits and community-based organizations in Atlanta and surrounding areas. The sessions will cover media literacy, media access and op-ed writing featuring a moderator and a panel of local journalists. 

Join us Friday, May 18 from 1-4pm at the Auburn Avenue Research Library located at 101 Auburn Ave. NE in Atlanta, GA.


Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite




Toan-Lam.jpegToan Lam is the host of the TruthDare podcast, a motivational speaker, multimedia consultant, university professor and founder of GoInspireGo.com, a nonprofit multimedia platform that uses storytelling and social networking for social change. After eight years as a television news reporter, Toan left his job to start GoInspireGo, a nonprofit organization that scours the globe for "street corner"-style heroes to produce authentic and touching stories, while leveraging social media to raise visibility and support for those featured. His work has been featured on ABC's Good Morning America, CNN, Disney and Hallmark channels. Toan's blogs have also been shared on The Huffington Post and Deepak and Mallika Chopra's Intent.com. Follow Toan on Twitter at @ToanLamTV.





Op-Ed Presenter


Jackson_Andre.JPGAndre Jackson was named editorial editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) in April 2009. In this role, he oversees the newspaper’s Sunday editorial page and daily opinion pages. Prior to being named editorial editor, Andre was the senior editor for business, federal and state news at the AJC and was an assistant managing editor/business of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He joined the Post-Dispatch in 1987 as a general assignment reporter, where his work earned him local, state and national journalism awards. Andre began his career as a reporter at The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader and has also worked at the old Kansas City Times. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/journalism from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.








Sean Powers is the director of podcasting at Georgia Public Broadcasting, the statewide NPR affiliate based in Atlanta. He’s also the acting senior producer of "On Second Thought,” the station’s daily talk show. Sean is a native of the south suburbs of Chicago, and he graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. In 2012, he completed a fellowship at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He moved to Atlanta after working as a reporter for the public radio station in Urbana, Illinois. His reporting has earned him about a dozen Associated Press awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, five national PRNDI awards, a first place award for best use of sound from the Atlanta Press Club and recognition from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. In addition to his public radio work, he also produces several podcasts for ListenUp Audiobooks, an audiobook company in Atlanta. Follow Sean on Twitter at @SeanPowersGPB.




RamRamgopal.jpgRam Ramgopal is an executive editor at CNN, where he helps manage The Row, the network’s apex editorial quality control unit. Ram is a 30-year veteran of the news business, much of those years spent at CNN in various roles including correspondent/producer at the channel’s New Delhi bureau. He has covered wars, natural disasters, political upheavals and economic transformation in several countries around the world. He currently resides in Atlanta. Follow Ram on Twitter at @RamCNN.







Jaclyn Schultz is a reporter, anchor and multi-media journalist who joined the FOX 5 Atlanta news team in January 2014, having worked in Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Rockford, Illinois. From corruption scandals such as the former Governor Rod Blagojevich impeachment and trial, to live coverage of every possible natural disaster (with the exception of hurricanes), reporting on tough crime stories on the streets of Atlanta and holding cute puppies and kittens, Jaclyn is a true general assignment reporter who works her sources to find stories daily and help the viewers learn about concerning community issues and stories that inspire others. Follow Jaclyn on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.






JillV.jpgJill Vejnoska has been a reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 26 years, working in both the news and features departments and covering an array of topics ranging from Olympic swimming and synchronized swimming during the 1996 Atlanta Games to then first lady Hillary Clinton's first senate campaign in 2000. She currently writes on a range of daily and longform news, features and sports topics and covers former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter. Follow Jill on Twitter at @ajcjillv.






StanWashington.jpgStan Washington is an award-winning multi-media journalist with over four decades of experience in broadcasting and print journalism and public relations. He is one of the founders of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a three-time editor of The Atlanta Voice newspaper, one of Georgia's largest and oldest weeklies. He recently stepped down as the paper's editor and into the role of senior writer. During his stint as editor, Stan increased the paper's presence online and in social media. During a nine-year stint, Stan served in various management positions at Clark Atlanta University's public radio station WCLK-FM, 91.9 FM. While at CAU, he won awards for news reporting and public affairs programming. He has also served as a general assignment/anchor for WAOK-AM 1380 in Atlanta. He anchored the afternoon newscast and served as substitute host for TALKBACK ATLANTA, the evening call-in talk show. His public relations stints have been at United Way of Metro Atlanta as a broadcast coordinator, a partner in the public relations consultancy Edwin & Sharpe, contractor at Morehouse College's Media Relations Office and as an event contractor with New America Media. Aways on the forefront of media, Stan is the author behind two blogs: Assignment Now!, which focuses on events in the metro Atlanta area, and Southeast Backlot, a blog covering the business of TV and film production in Georgia and the southeastern United States. Follow Stan on Twitter at @StanWashington.




12:30pm - Registration/Check-In 

1:00pm - Welcome/Introduction

1:15pm - Session 1: Op-Ed Presentation

2:15pm - Break

2:30pm - Session 2: Local News Panel

3:30pm - Q&A

4:00pm - End of Day


Questions? Contact Patricia Villon, AAJA Program Associate, at patriciav@aaja.org or at 415-346-2051 ext. 105.