We are so excited to welcome you all to Philadelphia, our home, for the 2017 AAJA National Convention. Despite what you may have heard, the city is more than Rocky, the Liberty Bell, belligerent sports fans and cheesesteaks (though we do have those — try John’s Roast Pork, for instance). It’s a city of distinct and accessible neighborhoods, and we hope you’ll take the time to explore outside of the convention hotel downtown, from Cambodia Town in South Philly to the best pho on Washington Avenue to Chinatown, which Philadelphia’s flourishing Asian-American community has fought to preserve.
It’s a city of media innovation, with media startups and niche news sites anchoring the local news landscape alongside legacy publications. It’s also a city that’s both thriving and struggling — after years of population decline, Philly has seen its population rise nearly every year in the last decade, and still, we remain the country’s poorest big city. Because of that, it’s a place of opportunity, a place you can really make a difference, a place to be part of something.
We are proud to live and work here and we hope to win you over too. See you in July!
Sameer Rao & Juliana Reyes
2017 Convention Co-chairs
Sameer Rao is a culture reporter at Colorlines and the Philadelphia chapter advisory board rep. Follow him on Twitter at @AManCalledSrao.
Juliana Reyes is an associate editor at Technical.ly and the Philadelphia chapter president. Follow her on Twitter at @Juliana_F_Reyes.