A gala awards reception will open the 2015 V3 Digital Media Conference on Friday, June 26, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Comcast NBC Universal.
The conference will bring together online journalists, bloggers, social media professionals, film/TV professionals, comic book enthusiasts, community organizers and activists, photographers, podcasters, and more; honorees Joe Zee of Yahoo Style, Dao Nguyen of BuzzFeed, and Randall Park of ABC’s hit show “Fresh Off the Boat” will also be in attendance.
As V3con grows in its fourth straight year, Hayase said, AAJA-LA is working to keep admission within reach of all segments of its audience, from students to working professionals, offering the best value yet. Current AAJA members qualify for a discounted early-bird registration rate of $22 through May 24. For nonmembers, the student/partner rate is $25 and the general rate is $30, also good through May 24, after which rates will be $50.
The fourth annual conference, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, recognizes the “Vision. Visibility. Voice” of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in digital and social media. As in past years, the goal is to showcase the most influential and interesting Asian Americans online while connecting diverse communities and enabling participants to build new media skills.
The two-day V3con drew several hundred attendees in each of its first three years. This year’s edition will consist of the Opening Awards Reception on Friday, June 26, to be followed by the all-day Digital Media Conference on Saturday, June 27, both at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.
AAJA-Los Angeles plans to announce the first of the winners of its three “V” awards in early May, Hayase said. The awards recognize the contributions, talents and values of path-
breaking individuals who have enabled Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to become recognized as a significant force in media and the broader community.
The Vision Award is given for a career spent covering or promoting Asian America. The previous winners were Jeff Yang (2012), Roy Choi and Richard Lui (2013) and Ann Curry (2014).
The Visibility Award recognizes media personalities and artists who are helping Asian Americans become accepted as part of the mainstream popular culture. The 2014 winner, Jonathan Gold, followed David Choi and Lisa Ling (2012) and Grace Lee Boggs (2013).
The Voice Award honors a recipient who gives voice to Asian Americans and helps others find their voices. The previous winners were Jocelyn “Joz” Wang (2012), Gil Asakawa (2013) and Judith Hill (2014).
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.