Rise & Revolutionize

#AAJA17 | Philadelphia | July 26-29

Why aaja

We know diversity matters. But what is your newsroom doing about it? The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is where reporters, editors and media innovators gather to answer that question. 

Each year, AAJA gathers to train journalists of all career levels so they can return to their newsrooms with the latest and emerging skills in the industry. We connect journalists with potential employers through our career fair and networking opportunities. We work to help diverse journalists get jobs and grow. 

AAJA is the place for real talk: Why isn't there enough diversity in our newsrooms? How do we tackle racism in news coverage and on the job? We address these issues head-on.

And we have fun, too. Come for the jobs, stay for the karaoke night to close out convention.

It's time to Rise & Revolutionize. Let's rise as journalists, and revolutionize how we cover communities of color.

Join us.

AAJA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,600 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry.

Our mission is four-fold:

  • To provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.
  • To provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.
  • To provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access.
  • To research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.

Welcome to Philadelphia


We are so excited to welcome you all to Philadelphia, our home, for the 2017 AAJA National Convention. Despite what you may have heard, the city is more than Rocky, the Liberty Bell, belligerent sports fans and cheesesteaks (though we do have those — try John’s Roast Pork, for instance). It’s a city of distinct and accessible neighborhoods, and we hope you’ll take the time to explore outside of the convention hotel downtown, from Cambodia Town in South Philly to the best pho on Washington Avenue to Chinatown, which Philadelphia’s flourishing Asian-American community has fought to preserve.

It’s a city of media innovation, with media startups and niche news sites anchoring the local news landscape alongside legacy publications.  It’s also a city that’s both thriving and struggling — after years of population decline, Philly has seen its population rise nearly every year in the last decade, and still, we remain the country’s poorest big city. Because of that, it’s a place of opportunity, a place you can really make a difference, a place to be part of something.

We are proud to live and work here and we hope to win you over too. See you in July!


Sameer Rao & Juliana Reyes
2017 Convention Co-chairs


Sameer Rao


Sameer is a culture reporter at Colorlines and the Philadelphia chapter advisory board rep.

Juliana Reyes


Juliana is an associate editor at Technical.ly and the Philadelphia chapter president.