The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

V3con programming preview: tools, career, identity, activism and more

V3con is right around the corner, Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, and we’re excited for the many panels and workshops set for the event.

If you plan to join us, we encourage you to act now, as early-bird registration ends at midnight, tonight, Sunday, June 7. Current members of the Asian American Journalists Association, whose Los Angeles Chapter is presenting the conference, qualify for a discounted rate of $22 through the deadline. For nonmembers, the student rate is $25 and the general rate is $30, also good through tonight’s deadline, after which the general rate will be $50. Registrants may sign up at

This year’s fourth V3con will start with the Opening Awards Reception on Friday, June 26, at which AAJA-LA will present awards to BuzzFeed Publisher Dao Nguyen, actor Randall Park and Yahoo Style Editor in Chief Joe Zee. The all-day Digital Media Conference will follow on Saturday, June 27. Both segments of the event will be held at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come at the Saturday conference:

Breaking through the glass/bamboo ceiling

We all want to rise, but at some point we might hit a ceiling, whether made of glass or bamboo. This panel brings together a group of executives who have made it to the top for a conversation about their successes and the challenges they faced along their paths.

Beyond photos: Discover new smartphone visuals

From Snapchat to Hyperlapse, there are new experimental visual apps being released every day. In this hands-on workshop, participants can learn how to make experimental visuals like GIFs and how best to use them for storytelling and social media.

The new liveshot

Meerkat and Periscope are the newest apps that have taken livestreaming to the next level. How can you use this technology to take a liveshot without all the equipment? Join a workshop that will show you how to employ the latest apps to broadcast your story even faster.

Checking multiple boxes: Discussing being two “others”

What does it mean to be multiracial? Or LGBT and a person of color? Identity goes beyond the Census check boxes of gender and race — identity is how we define ourselves. Panelists will talk about how they have navigated their personal journeys, while discussing how writers can better serve their communities.

Social metrics: More than just numbers

Social metrics go beyond likes and comments — they can drive business decisions and change your relationship with your audience. Social media experts will share examples of how analytics affect their work and how you can dig deep to get the best return on investment.

Reimagining the (Asian) superhero

Now more than ever, comic book superheroes are the sources for billion-dollar-grossing movie, television and video game franchises. They are also overwhelmingly white, straight and male. The success of titles like “Ms. Marvel” and “Silk” prove that Asian Americans can lead their own comic series, but how does that translate to other media?

Technology speaks: How storytelling is becoming an “experience”

Design has become an integral part of our lives, as evidenced by Apple’s iconic style and the new experiences that technology like Oculus Rift is bringing us. What’s the future of experience and design on the screen and off? This conversation explores how experience is already changing storytelling.

Money and taxes: Exploring finances as a freelancer

Even if you’re not a freelancer, understanding how to make the most of your money can be taxing. Financial experts share their no-nonsense tips on how to manage your finances, including invoices, taxes and long-term planning.

Listen up: What it takes to make a great podcast

Podcasts are the latest trend. But how do you do it? This panel will share best practices, offering tips and advice to make your podcast stand out. Whether through humor or interviews, podcasters will share their process and the tools they use every day.

Making a movement: #BlackLivesMatter

Grass-roots groups have been mobilizing across the world thanks to social media, in movements such as #Occupy and #BlackLivesMatter. But as technology evolves quickly, so are the activists. Patrisse Cullors discusses how #BlackLivesMatter went from a hashtag to a global movement.

Event Information

Opening Awards Reception
Friday, June 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

V3 Digital Media Conference
Saturday, June 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Details and updates:; Twitter: @v3con, #v3con.

About V3con

V3con is the only digital media conference centered on AAPI mainstream journalists, digital media journalists, bloggers and those interested in social media. The conference is an opportunity for those communicating on multiple digital platforms, including social media and blogs, and their audiences to interact, engage in person and inspire those who are interested in communicating online.


The mission of the Asian American Journalists Association is to provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists; provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers; provide to the AAPI community an awareness of new media and an understanding of how to gain fair access; and research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in coverage of AAPIs. The Los Angeles Chapter, established in 1981, is the organization’s founding chapter.