AAJA-Asia News: Chapter secretary and record membership for 2012

A few notes from chapter president Ken Moritsugu:

Dear AAJA-Asia members,

Wow! As of Feb. 17, we had a record 81 members, up from 51 at the end of last year, and it’s only February. Thanks to all of you for being paid members of AAJA-Asia and helping to support our organization and goals. Please encourage others you think would be interested to join our growing group. Let’s see if we can break 100!

New Chapter Secretary
A big welcome to Wendy Tang in Hong Kong who has joined the chapter board as secretary. This was a position left vacant after Ling Liu stepped down at the end of last year and no one ran to fill her spot. We’re really excited to have Wendy on the board with all her enthusiasm and great ideas. The board approved her appointment unanimously. We still have a vacancy for regional VP for Tokyo. Please let us know if you are interested. (Read her bio on the Board members page.)

Hong Kong, Saturday May 12:
We’ve set a date for AAJA-Asia’s second annual regional conference in Hong Kong. We will partner again with our friends at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre, which will host the event. Please let us know if you want to help plan and organize this marquee chapter event. We’ll let you know details as we firm them up. For a preview, here’s a look at last year’s event: http://jmsc.hku.hk/sites/jmsc-aaja/

UNITY early bird registration deadline: Friday March 16
If you’re thinking of attending the UNITY convention in Las Vegas this August 1-4, remember that the deadline for early bird rates (US$325 for professionals and US$150 for students) is March 16. Take advantage of these lower rates before they go up (US$400 for professionals and US$225 for students until June 29 and higher after that). The convention, a gathering of journalists, newsroom recruiters, journalism students and individuals who care about diversity in news media, is held in the U.S. every four years. This year’s partners are the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Native American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

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