Represent!

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Representation matters. So much.

For the first time ever, AAJA will host an all-day training event for creators of color on Aug. 3, 2019, to increase the representation of diverse storytellers and content-makers in entertainment and news media.

“Represent!” is a celebration of diversity, inclusion and emerging stories and storytellers. Leading media professionals of diverse backgrounds will host hands-on workshops and real-talk panel discussions with a focus on skills to help creators raise funding, build and expand their professional networks, and overcome barriers to bringing unique, untold stories to a broad audience.

Workshops will be geared toward creatives and creators of color, particularly ages 20 to 40, who are seeking to make their voices heard and create a media culture that is supportive of diverse voices. But attendees of all backgrounds are welcome to attend.

Tickets are $50 at the earlybird rate (ends June 15) and $75 at the regular rate. The full schedule will be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates on this page.

This daylong training and networking event ends with a special screening of AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy” and a panel discussion about how Hollywood is telling one of the darkest stories in our nation's history. Discussion will feature "The Terror" lead actor Derek Mio, actor/consultant George Takei and showrunner Alexander Woo.

Sessions include:

  • “Stay Real, But Hustle”: How to stay true to your creative vision while strategizing and finding the right supporters and collaborators.

  • “I Really Pitched That — And Got Paid”: Creators share how they successfully pitched and found financial support for an idea they worried would never sell.

  • “Power to the Podcaster”: How to conceptualize, launch and fund a must-listen podcast with limited resources.

  • “It’s All About the Visuals”: How to turn your passion into a thriving career and a must-follow Instagram account.

  • “Rise Up: Becoming a Media Boss as a Woman of Color”: Nonwhite women leaders in media, arts and entertainment discuss the challenges and opportunities of being a non-white, non-male media boss.

Represent! will be held in conjunction with AAJA’s 2019 national convention, “Unite & Represent,” held at the Loews Hotel Atlanta on July 31-Aug. 3. Registration for Represent! is sold separately from the AAJA convention. Tickets to the AAJA 2019 convention’s closing ceremony on Aug. 3 must be purchased separately. Details are available at aaja19.org.

Represent! Details:

  • Location: Loews Atlanta Hotel, 1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Price: $50 early bird rate until July 15; $75 regular rate.

  • Registration: http://bit.ly/atlrepresent

  • Already registered for #AAJA19? Access to Represent! is included as part of full professional and student convention registrations to AAJA, but requires a separate RSVP. Please RSVP to support@aaja.org with “RSVP to Represent! Saturday” in the subject line.

  • Please note that Thursday and Friday day passes to #AAJA19 do not include access to Represent!.

Thank you to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who sponsored the Represent! launch reception in March.

Please contact Naomi Tacuyan Underwood at NaomiTU@aaja.org or Willoughby Mariano at willoughby.mariano@gmail.com with any questions.