CQS alums lead panels, edit student projects at AAJA

Several alumni of the Chips Quinn Scholars program who attended the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA’s) annual convention in Washington, D.C., made a point of stopping by the Newseum Institute’s booth.

Karen Catone, director of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, and Ashlie Hampton, program coordinator, caught up with at least 18 Scholars during the Aug. 13-16 convention, where the Newseum Institute hosted a booth at the career fair. Read on to learn what some Scholars had to say about the annual conference.

“I was co-chair of the AAJA convention programming for the second year. I led a session on data journalism in small newsrooms, moderated a panel about women in leadership, and also helped to bring Lightning Talks to the convention for the first time. (Lightning Talks allow a presenter to talk about a given subject for five minutes, covering as much ground as possible.)” —Emma Carew Grovum (Summer 2009), homepage and social media editor, Foreign Policy magazine

“I led a workshop designed to teach fellow journalists how to code. I also was a Lightning Talks presenter and talked about recent technology — including drones, sensors, virtual reality and 3D printing — that may or may not have an impact on journalism and newsgathering in the future.” —Frank Bi (Summer 2012), relocating to New York City to begin work as a data journalist at Forbes magazine

“I spent most of the convention managing Voices, the student news project. We had a really talented group of student reporters and dedicated mentor-editors who worked together to put out a quality product.” —Adam Kealoha Causey (Spring 2006), assistant city editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal

“The AAJA annual convention in Washington, D.C., was great – a wonderful opportunity to see other Chipsters and attend informative sessions on photography, interactive presentations and improving freelance journalism business skills. I also represented the AAJA Philadelphia chapter and plan to keep our local members informed about current events.” —Michelle Lee (Summer 2002), freelance writer, earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Pratt Institute in 2014

“I was a presenter in the Lightning Talks session – “5 things about 5 things in 5 minutes” – which included tips on how reporters go from print to online, print to audio, print to video. I also talked about how one teaches veterans and millennials. Recently, I launched a new entertainment website for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, targeting a younger demographic, 20s to 40s. I oversee a team of reporters and manage the look, brand and social media of the site. Under my leadership, the site has flourished, doubling in page views every four months, reaching 4 million page views a month. Our social media is set to double for the most recent six-month period, as well. We just launched a cellphone app. It’s a fun and lucrative project that Tribune wants to spread to its other properties.” —Marian Liu (Spring 2001), online entertainment editor, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“I began going to AAJA the same year I did Chips Quinn (2011) and the people I met at both organizations have been so supportive and helpful to me as a young journalist. I had a great time catching up with fellow Chipsters and Voices alumni at AAJA, and I look forward to next year.” —Kay Nguyen (Summer 2011), student, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

“After living abroad for eight-plus years, the convention gave me the opportunity to re-connect with friends and fellow journalists I had not seen for years. AAJA 2014 was an eye-opening experience that I found empowering and inspiring.” —Chi-Chi Zhang (Summer 2003), curator, Flipboard Inc.

“I had a wonderful time at the AAJA convention reconnecting with Chipsters. I also met some new Chipsters, and I am always amazed at the huge network that the Chips Quinn Scholars program has welcomed me into.” – Jodie Lau (Summer 2002), wire desk team leader, Gannett Phoenix Design Studio

I am now interning at PBS in New York while I keep job hunting. —Shako Liu

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