Below is a note from Chapter President Angie Lau.
What happens in Vegas, does NOT stay in Vegas…
Not when AAJA Asia Chapter wins Chapter of the Year!
A handful of us represented the Asia Chapter at the National Convention in Vegas. We were reunited with former Chapter members like Ramy Inocencio, Elizabeth Yuan, Hannah Bae, Lauren Hardie, Steve Herman, and Annalisa Burgos … joined current members like Chapter President Angie Lau, Wendy Tang, Yuri Nagano, Xiaoming Jiao, Jake Adelstein and others at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas.
The Chapter hosted our very own AAJA Asia Chapter cocktails at Fizz Lounge, where 30+ of our closest friends helped us celebrate our win! National board members noted the extraordinary line-up that AAJA Asia Chapter puts on every year: from our AAJA Asia New.Now.Next Media regional conference to panels, workshops (most recently VR workshop held at WSJ offices), and more! We impressed them with our $10,000 USD Trivia Bowl fundraiser we put on in Hong Kong last year, where our very own president faced off with Miss World Canada in an infamous push-up contest to raise even MORE money for AAJA Asia programming, events, workshops and student scholarships. We were the Chapter belle of the ball, and other Chapters in AAJA across the nation are eager to find out just how we do it.
How do we do it? It’s all because of our amazing, incredible membership of 250+ in APAC that give back as much as AAJA Asia Chapter gives. A CNN executive said at the convention, the reason why AAJA is one of the best journalist organizations in the world is because of our commitment to professional development, growing the career and skills of our journalists in whatever stage they’re in, and our commitment to diversity. We help each other, because in this industry, it only makes us collectively stronger. That is the value of an AAJA membership.
And so, we celebrate YOU! Thanks for being awesome members of the multiple award-winning Chapter of the Year! You make us all winners.
Enjoy some of the photo highlights from AAJA Convention in 2016! See you next year at our N3Con regional conference in Hong Kong in 2017, stay tuned for more details… and make plans now for AAJA Convention in Philadelphia next year!