Greetings, members of AAJA-LA:
We write to you as the new acting co-presidents of the Los Angeles Chapter of AAJA. We are grateful for a chance to serve and look forward to working with the board of directors and with all of you in the wider membership.
We start by offering our deepest thanks to Richard Chang for his service as president in the first four months of the year. He’s stepping down because of an increasing personal and professional workload, though Richard will continue to lend his skills and voice to our diverse board.
Many of you may know us as former L.A. chapter presidents. In returning, we hope to keep the momentum going for great events and activities to come. As we transition, we can offer you a busy and engaging period for the chapter.
Our next event, in fact, is just ahead, as we present “Crafting the Story,” a writing workshop led by Steve Padilla of the Los Angeles Times, this coming Thursday, May 9. Steve, who spoke to a rapt AAJA-LA audience a year ago on the art of self-editing, will be back with a program focused on storytelling structure. We’ll gather at 7 p.m. at the Steve Allen Theater in Loz Feliz. You can find details and RSVP here. We hope you can join us.
By now, of course, you’ve already heard quite a bit about “Vision. Visibility. Voice.” — our second annual V3 Digital Media Conference — scheduled for June 14 and 15. We’ll again pair an evening reception and awards program at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena with an all-day conference at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. With less than six weeks to go, our project leaders are working energetically to put the finishing touches on the programming. If you haven’t registered yet, or want to read the latest, please go to V3con.com.
We promise to be in touch soon. You’ll be hearing from us and the board regularly, especially as we get closer to V3con, followed by the annual AAJA conference in New York August 21-24 and then, of course, our annual Trivia Bowl fundraiser in October and, wrapping up the year, our holiday party in December.
We’re excited to connect with all of you!
Anh B. Do
Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
Assistant Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times