CNN hosts Asian American journalists in Atlanta for the AAJA convention

5 Aug 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

Asian American journalists from around the world made their way to Georgia’s capital city of Atlanta for the 38th annual Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) convention, which took place July 31 – Aug. 3.

Atlanta proved to be the perfect city to host a group of current and aspiring journalists, with CNN world headquarters located in the heart of the city’s downtown area. This year, CNN was the presenting sponsor of the national conference, holding a number of panel discussions, sessions and interactive experiences for attendees.

Attendees were able to hear from several CNN professionals, including CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN anchor Victor Blackwell and Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju, among others. A “Candid Conversations” discussion on gender inequality and women leadership included several top-level female executives at CNN, including Johnita Due, the newly named Senior Vice President of Chief Diversity & Inclusion for WarnerMedia News & Sports.

On Friday, Aug. 2, the world’s news leader hosted journalists at CNN Center for “The CNN Experience” – an immersive event which showcased different areas of the network and highlighted the storytellers that “go there” every day. Attendees experienced unique opportunities, including a first-hand experience of the pressure of breaking news with mock live shots on the burning of Notre Dame to Hurricane Florence, the CNN Air drone team, a behind-the-scenes look at how “Great Big Story” creates awe-inspiring visual stories, a VR (virtual reality) journey back to the Apollo 11 mission and more. Plus, interactive conversations and demos with CNN Newsource and CNN Digital. The event also included a story slam pitch competition for up-and-coming journalists. Participants turned the storytelling skills on themselves and highlighted the most compelling personal stories from the Asian American and Pacific Islander journalist community.

AAJA was founded in 1981 by a small group of AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) journalists who felt a need to support one another and to encourage more Asian American and Pacific Islanders to pursue journalism at a time when there were few AAPI faces in the media. It’s a mission that continues today with this year’s theme – “unite and represent.” AAJA is encouraging its members to “unite as a community of diverse journalists and push for greater representation” in the journalism industry. It’s a mission CNN and WarnerMedia aspire to be a part of, as well.

In its efforts to promote equality in the workplace, WarnerMedia works with organizations dedicated to diversity in media and journalism including the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. To find more information on WarnerMedia’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit: