When we made the decision to move from Minnesota this year, one of the biggest losses I’ve felt was that of the AAJA Minnesota chapter. I had spent six years as a member of the Minnesota chapter, five of them serving on the board as student representative and co-president. The AAJA Minnesota board became not only a source of my incredible mentors, but great friends who felt like a family.
I’ve decided to apply my experience working on a local chapter in our new home, and am currently running for Vice President for Online within the AAJA DC chapter.
Any AAJA DC full members, I’d greatly appreciate your vote and support.
In the contested chapter president race, I’m backing POLITICO’s Seung-Min Kim. Her candidacy statement is included on the ballot emailed to all chapter members eligible to vote. I’ve been impressed with her leadership since moving to the area and am excited about her ideas to continue leading the chapter.
AAJA DC is also seeking members to step up to fill positions of treasurer, community liaison and member outreach.
Just one of the great pieces of advice AAJA’s Tom Huang gives to young journalists in his open letter to us on Poynter.
It’s a great read and great advice to keep in mind.
A little more than a year ago, we started diversify.journalismwith.me as a way to encourage journalism conference and workshop organizers to diversify their panels.
We were inspired when Retha Hill asked, Why Are New Media Conferences Lacking In Minorities? in a blog on PBS Media Shift.
Since then, we’ve worked to curate more than 130 journalists from UNITY orgs, journalists from across disciplines who rock, and belong on panels and in “save journalism” conversations.
We’re always continuing to add to the list. Nominate yourself and others here.
So, if you’re planning a convention, if you’re up-voting in the ONA Session Selector (which closes soon!), if you’re pitching panels for UNITY, NABJ, Excellence in Journalism or a local convention, keep diversity in mind.
Change the conversation and make it better.