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Thursday, August 9


Crafting a Narrative
The appetite for digital narratives continues to thrive and continuously progress how journalists tell stories. From creating an interactive experience to producing a long-form podcast, the numerous mediums for longform storytelling necessitate strategic thinking to create a compelling narrative. This session will explore new formats of narrative storytelling and walk through the process, from pitch to execution.

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Dolly Li

Content Director, Goldthread (SCMP)
Dolly Li is an Emmy Award-winning video producer. Currently, she is the Content Director of Goldthread, a new digital publication that covers Chinese food and culture for the internet age. Previously, Dolly worked at AJ+ where she created viral short documentaries such as “The... Read More →
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Lyndsey Read

Senior Producer, CNN
CNN Senior Producer Lyndsey Read focuses on digital video production, programming and strategy. Over the last 2 years, she has launched dozens of special projects across core and emerging platforms including short documentaries, episodic series and sponsored campaigns. Prior to CNN... Read More →
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Neena Satija

Investigative Reporter, Texas Tribune
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Jim Schachter

Vice President - News, WNYC
Jim Schachter is Vice President for News at WNYC, where he is responsible for an enterprise-focused multiplatform newsroom, as well as programs, podcasts and websites including On The Media, The Takeaway, The Brian Lehrer Show, Midday on WNYC, Gothamist, There Goes the Neighborhood... Read More →
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Lauren Young

Science Journalist and Digital Producer, Science Friday
Lauren J. Young is a journalist and web producer on the digital team at Science Friday. She crafts pre- and post-show articles so that listeners can get their fill of science stories throughout the week. She specializes in writing long form features and helps manage SciFri's social... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010


Utilizing Free Web Tools to Empower Your Reporting
Take a peek behind the scenes to see what tools reporters are using for their research and newsgathering. From Google search hacks to identifying misinformation, come hear how reporters from several organizations utilize free web tools.

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Frank Bi

Storytelling Engineer, Vox Media
Frank Bi is a storytelling engineer at Vox Media in New York City where he works on innovative storytelling projects for the web. He is AAJA's Vice President of Journalism Programs.
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Matt Dempsey

Data Editor, Houston Chronicle
Matt Dempsey is the data editor at the Houston Chronicle. He worked on projects involving wildfires, state pensions, and the chemical industry. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of data from all levels of government. His series Chemical Breakdown won the... Read More →
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Rachael Gleason

Deputy Digital Editor, Houston Chronicle
Rachael Gleason is an award-winning data journalist and digital storyteller for the Houston Chronicle. She previously worked as a reporter and online editor for the Midland Reporter-Telegram in West Texas and a data visualization journalist for the San Antonio Express-News._x000D... Read More →
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Ted Han

Director of Technology, DocumentCloud
Ted Han is a leader in development and strategy for journalism products. He’s led DocumentCloud's technology efforts since 2011, working with journalists and news organizations across the globe during his time with Investigative Reporters and Editors. Ted has worked in the... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010


Audio Editing Like a Pro
Whether it’s a radio reporter trying to get a story from 42 seconds to 40 seconds, a TV reporter tracking a news package or if you just need the natural sound to come out better, attend this session to learn how to edit audio like a pro.

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Rahul Bali

News Anchor, Oconee Radio Group
Rahul Bali is a news anchor for the Oconee Radio Group.His extensive broadcast resume includes working as a reporter, producer and editor at CNN Radio, WSB Radio, WTOP Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting Television. He is the coordinator of the AAJA Radio & Podcasting affinity group... Read More →
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Heidi Chang

Multimedia Journalist, Freelance Multimedia Journalist
Heidi Chang is an award-winning multimedia journalist, who's produced audio, video, and digital media stories for local, national and global media for many years.  Her work has aired on numerous networks and shows including: NPR, VOA, PBS, ABC, AP, CBC, The World, Living on Earth... Read More →
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Brenda Stuart-Ryan

Morning Editor/Reporter, KOA Newsradio
Served as Morning Editor, Reporter and News Anchor for KOA Newsradio in Denver for the past 18 years. Before moving to radio, Brenda spent 16 years in TV news as a reporter, Anchor and News Director. She currently works for Wesley United Methodist Church I Austin as the Video and... Read More →
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Sarah Eden Wallace

Chief content creator, Falling Star Studio
Sarah Eden Wallace is a reformed print editor (Phoenix New Times, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine, The Bellingham Herald) who freelances for public radio and creates multimedia stories for her entrepreneurial journalism sites FlyingElephantSource.com and BlueRibbonStories... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Montgomery Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston TX, 77010


MMJ Life: Surviving and Thriving
Being a multimedia journalist is tough but it's the reality of television news. This session will inspire journalists to embrace being a multimedia journalist. The panel will share tips and tricks on being an MMJ including how to spice up your creativity, how to get good lighting on the go and how to build a reel that will get you noticed.

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Elise Hu

International Correspondent, NPR
I'm NPR's founding Seoul bureau chief, responsible for covering Japan and the Koreas. I host a travel video series called Elise Tries. Previously I helped launch The Texas Tribune and was a television reporter in Texas, Missouri and South Carolina. Proud Mizzou J-School alum and a... Read More →
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Stephen Jiwanmall

Multimedia Journalist, WTXL ABC 27
Stephen has been a multimedia journalist at WTXL, the ABC affiliate in Florida's capital since 2015. He serves as the co-chair of the Small Market Broadcast Journalists affinity group and the vice president of AAJA Florida. He was a VOICES participant in 2013 and previously served... Read More →
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Tiffany Liou

Multi-Media Journalist, WFAA
Tiffany Liou is a reporter at WFAA in Dallas. She loves working as a solo-journalist – shooting, writing and editing her work. It’s all part of her storytelling process. Tiffany’s roots are in the Bay Area, California, but she’s told stories across the... Read More →
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Madeleine Rivera

Multimedia reporter, Fox News Network
Madeleine is a multimedia reporter with Fox News. She is based in Houston._x000D_ _x000D_ Before working at Fox News, she was a reporter at News 12 Connecticut. She was also a reporter at Spectrum News Albany._x000D_ _x000D_ As a reporter for Fox News, she’s covered the Austin... Read More →

Thursday August 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010
Friday, August 10


Newsgathering With Empathy
You've just been assigned to cover a disaster. You'll have to speak with grieving parents, traumatized students, and families that have lost everything. How do you speak to them empathetically? What is a considerate way to speak to those going through sorrow and heartbreak?

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Anh Do

Staff writer, Los Angeles Times
Anh Do covers Asian American issues and Orange County for the Los Angeles Times. A second-generation journalist, she worked at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, Orange County Register and Nguoi Viet Daily News. Do is a graduate of USC who studied international relations in London... Read More →
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Sam Levin

Reporter, Guardian
Sam Levin is a reporter in the Guardian's west coast bureau, covering breaking news, technology and social justice. He previously reported local news in New York City, Denver and St. Louis and currently lives in Oakland.
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Nina Porciuncula

Anchor/Reporter/Fill-in Traffic Anchor, KTNV-13 Action News
Currently working as an Anchor/Reporter and Fill-in Traffic Anchor at KTNV in Las Vegas. Previously an MMJ/Reporter in Rochester, NY.
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Judy Tong

Deputy Editor, West Coast, The Guardian
Now Deputy West Coast Editor for the Guardian US, I previously worked as an editor for the New York Times, where I started as a news clerk in 2000.

Friday August 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Liberty 1777 Walker St


Training Day: Entertainment Reporting 101
How do you go about building sources on the red carpet and on movie sets? What skills do you need in order to thrive as an entertainment reporter? And how many hours of TV and movies should you be consuming to qualify? A panel of experts will weigh in to talk about being movie critics or breaking celebrity news. They reflect on skills acquired from interviewing celebrities, insights into how entertainment reporting can vary from other types of journalism, the dearth of Asian representation in this specific area of work, geeking out about pop culture and how that informs their work, and their views on #OscarsSoWhite and other sorts of activism in the entertainment world.

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Cary Darling

Features/Entertainment General Assignment Writer, Houston Chronicle
Cary Darling began his career as a writer for Billboard Magazine in Los Angeles before moving to newspapers where he was an arts writer/editor for the Orange County Register, Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He has been at the Houston Chronicle since November 2017... Read More →
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Ashley Lee

Entertainment Reporter, Freelance
Ashley is an Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter and critic who specializes in film and theater coverage. She recently worked for five years as an editor at The Hollywood Reporter, out of its New York bureau, and just completed the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics... Read More →
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Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music Writer, Austin American-Statesman
For almost 15 years, Deborah has been haunting bars, trudging through festival grounds and hanging out in sweaty flop houses to collect stories about the Austin music scene.
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Diep Tran

Senior Editor, American Theatre
Diep Tran is currently the senior editor of American Theatre magazine. In 2014, Diep led the creation and launch of AmericanTheatre.org, the first official website for the magazine. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Playbill, Time Out New York, Hello Giggles, and... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010


How to Build Sources and Maintain Relationships
Every journalist needs sources – people who trust you and come to you with ideas. So how do you go about building and maintaining those relationships, especially if you're new to the area? And how do you know which sources to trust? This panel will be all about how to vet sources, maintaining that relationship and building trust.

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Kenny Choi

News Anchor, CBS KPIX-5 San Francisco
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Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Reporter, The Washington Post
Michelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter on the national political enterprise and accountability team at The Washington Post, covering money and influence in national politics. Previously, she was a reporter on The Washington Post Fact Checker. Prior to joining The Post in 2014, she was... Read More →
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Nomaan Merchant

Reporter, The Associated Press
IMCA (Ismaili Media Communications Association)
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Roger Yu

Assistant Managing Editor, Tech & Telecom, Bloomberg BNA
Roger Yu leads the tech & telecom team at Bloomberg BNA. He has worked as reporter and editor at USA TODAY, Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, Dow Jones Newswires and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.


Friday August 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010