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Thursday, August 9


Freelancing: The Business of Going Solo
Freelancing is becoming more common and it requires navigation around areas outside of the industry. This panel will help navigate these areas from accounting and insurance, to marketing and understanding the types of skills editors look for in a freelancer. There are pros and cons to being on your own. Whether this position is a choice or due to economic circumstances, the panelists will give tips on creating a positive experience.

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E Samantha Cheng

Executive Producer, Heritage Series, LLC
E. Samantha Cheng is a broadcast veteran in national news and television production. She is an experienced journalist and documentarian and has devoted much of her career to raising the visibility of Women in Technology, APIAs (Asian and Pacific Islander Americans) and their contributions... Read More →
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Justin Ching

Founder + Filmmaker, j-school
Justin Ching is an award-winning showrunner, known for producing hit series at Amazon, FOX and YouTube. Currently the Supervising Producer on Amazon’s Ritual, Ching began his career at YouTube Originals, launching channels like VICE, AwesomenessTV and Tastemade. He led the FOX/Facebook... Read More →
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Darrell Miho

Photographer, the eyeScream factory
Darrell Miho is a freelance photographer based in Las Vegas. He started out in 1985 as a photojournalist specializing in sports. His editorial clients include Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Golf Digest and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. With the digital revolution, his work... Read More →
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Emily Tan

Web Producer, Simons Foundation
Emily Tan is a longtime freelance writer and photographer. She is also a web producer for the Simons Foundation. She has contributed to the Village Voice, MySpace and NBC Asian America and worked with Samsung, YSL Beauty and Yondr. You can find out more about her adventures, fave... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Montgomery Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston TX, 77010


How to Report From a Disaster
Disaster reporting is difficult; it’s unpredictable and dangerous. What should you know? What should you consider? And how do you prepare for a disaster if it’s approaching your area? A panel of experienced reporters will answer these questions and share their own experiences reporting from disasters.

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Keri Blakinger

Reporter for the Houston Chronicle, Houston Chronicle
Keri Blakinger covers breaking news and criminal justice at the Houston Chronicle. She was hired through the Hearst Fellows program. She graduated from Cornell University and covered county and town government at the Ithaca Times before moving to breaking news at the New York Daily... Read More →
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Curtiss Kim

Anchor/Reporter, KCBS Radio SF
Anchor/Reporter KCBS-AM/FM All News, CBS Affiliated Radio Station in San Francisco. Assignments include anchoring newscasts, breaking news and general assignment. Curtiss is the the recipient of numerous awards including AP, Radio Television News Directors Asso., Peninsula Press Club... Read More →
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Brandi Smith

Reporter/anchor, KHOU 11
Brandi got her start in news when she applied for an internship with the local TV station and the general manager ended up offering her a job instead. She fell in love with journalism and has been telling the stories of her community ever since.
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Adam Yamaguchi

Adam Yamaguchi is Executive Producer and Correspondent with CBS News Originals, a documentary series that takes a deep dive into today's most important issues, told through uniquely immersive and intimate storytelling.


Thursday August 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Montgomery Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston TX, 77010


Audience Engagement and Analytics: What You Need to Know
The panel of experts will delve into everything you need to know about your analytics dashboard. They'll also share simple strategies to improve your audience engagement across platforms. Come with questions and leave with good examples of things you can do back in your newsroom.

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Julia B. Chan

Digital Managing Editor, KQED
Julia B. Chan is the Digital Managing Editor of News at KQED where she leads editorial content strategy, story production, and audience engagement across platforms. Julia serves on AAJA's national board and founded Journalists of Color, a global community of digitally savvy journalists... Read More →
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Shirley Qiu

Audience Engagement Strategist, American Press Institute
Shirley Qiu is the audience engagement strategist at the American Press Institute and the co-director of AAJA Women & Non-Binary Voices. Previously, she worked on audience engagement at The Seattle Times. She graduated from the University of Washington with a double degree in journalism... Read More →
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Annie Z. Yu

Director of Engagement, POLITICO
Annie joined POLITICO in 2018 as its first director of engagement. She oversees the newsroom’s social presence, engagement strategy and off-platform storytelling. Before that, she spent three years as an engagement editor at the L.A. Times, where she specialized in creating engagement... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Montgomery Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston TX, 77010
Friday, August 10


The Evolution of Millennial Media
What makes a millennial media outlet successful? The landscape of media consumption has evolved and some media entities have caught up with the times and are leading the way. From GiantRobot's rebirth as a digital platform to NextShark's rise in influence stemming from a vision of giving voice to the Asian American community, how have media outlets transformed to reach us? Hear from experts on how they've carved a space for themselves.

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Mariko Carpenter

Vice President, Strategic Community Alliances, Nielsen
Mariko S. Carpenter is the Vice President, Strategic Community Alliances at Nielsen. In this role, Mariko serves as a thought leader on Asian American consumer data, sharing valuable insights to help brands, marketers and community leaders understand the impact and influence of Asian... Read More →

Mary dela Cruz

Client Parnter, IW Group Inc.
Mary dela Cruz is based in Los Angeles, and is one of the leads of IW Group's PR division, whose clients include Warner Bros., McDonald's and Lexus. A USC graduate, she has worked in communications for over 20 years, much of that in the multicultural market with Asian-American media... Read More →
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Kevin Gong

Audience Development/Associate Producer, AJ+
Kevin is an associate producer for the engagement and newsgathering teams at AJ+. His roles include reporting breaking news on social media, producing and publishing platform-optimized digital video and social media strategy. Kevin is also the AP for "Direct From with Dena Takruri... Read More →
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Maya Sugarman

Video Editor, The Lily, The Washington Post
Maya Sugarman is video editor of The Lily, a publication of The Washington Post that elevates stories critical to the lives of women. She launched The Lily's "When Used Correctly," a weekly show about contraception on IGTV and Facebook Watch. Before joining The Washington Post, she... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Montgomery Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston TX, 77010


How I Got the Story
From conception to pitch to publish, we’ll dissect the lessons our panelists learned, the demands they juggled and the roadblocks they faced in order to get the story.

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Amy Brittain

Investigative reporter, The Washington Post
Amy Brittain, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, teamed up with reporter Irin Carmon to break the news of sexual harassment by television host Charlie Rose. In 2017, Brittain and Carmon were awarded the Mirror Award from Syracuse University for reporting on sexual... Read More →
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Shern-Min Chow

Anchor/Reporter, KHOU/Tegna
KHOU (CBS) News Anchor & MSJ Reporter. Worked previously at Houston stations KPRC (NBC) , KTRK (ABC), & San Antonio's KENS (CBS). Emmy, AP award winner.Chow has reported from hurricanes, earthquakes, Mexican and U.S. prisons, campaign trails, election nights, China & Hong Kong to... Read More →
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Nicole Dungca

Reporter, The Boston Globe
Nicole Dungca is a reporter on The Boston Globe's Spotlight team. Previously, she wrote for The Oregonian, The Times-Picayune and The Providence Journal. She has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prizes and the Livingston Award for work done with her colleagues at The Globe... Read More →
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Sally Ho

Reporter, The Associated Press
Sally Ho is a reporter on the Associated Press’ national education beat team, focusing on school choice and philanthropy. In her previous assignment in Las Vegas, she led AP’s breaking news reporting for Southwest states, including award-winning coverage of the worst mass shooting... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Montgomery Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston TX, 77010


North and South Korea: From the Olympics to Families Divided
The Korean Peninsula has been a focal point of media coverage, especially in the last year. Three AAJA photographers have spent a lot of time in the region and will offer their insights and share their knowledge of having to balance the many social, cultural and political nuances associated with reporting in the peninsula.

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Indira Lakshmanan

Executive Editor, The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting
Indira Lakshmanan is Executive Editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington DC. She has reported from more than 80 countries on six continents for leading US newspapers, radio, television and a wire service. She traveled overseas with presidents and secretaries... Read More →
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Chang Lee

Staff Photographer, The New York Times
Change W. Lee is a staff photographer for The New York Times. Mr. Lee joined The New York Times in 1994 as an intern. Mr. Lee was a member of the staff that won two 2002 Pulitzer Prizes. Mr. Lee was also among the New York Times journalists who won the 2008 Grantham Prize and nominated... Read More →
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Laura Elizabeth Pohl

Photographer + Filmmaker, Laura Elizabeth Pohl Multimedia
Laura Elizabeth Pohl is a photographer and filmmaker living in Baltimore. In May 2018 she drove up the East Coast with her self-funded photo truck exhibition about people separated from family in North Korea since the Korean War. She recently began working at The Hatcher Group, where... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010