It’s always great to see a crowded room at your events. Better so when that room blows away your expectations. About 100 people packed the room for our first media access workshop in years – activists, non-profit and for-profit professionals, artists, students and AAJA members. They had Nom Wah dim sum for dinner and learned about getting their news in the news from our speakers.
Julie Huang, president of public relations firm Kaimen Company, started the night with a quick lecture on how to communicate with reporters and compete for media attention. Afterwards, MSNBC daytime anchor Richard Lui lead a panel discussion on the stories reporters like to have pitched to them. Our panel members were Ti-Hua Chang (Fox 5 reporter), Reggie Vikram (NY1 assignment editor), Tim Scheld (Director of News and Programming at CBS Radio), Julie Shapiro (reporter for DNAinfo.com) and Lotus Chau (chief reporter for Sing Tao). They fielded questions, shared stories and jokes, gave feedback on attendees’ pitches.
Jukay Hsu, founder of the Coalition for Queens even convinced Ti-Hua Chang to investigate a story on Cornell University’s Roosevelt Island expansion.
All in all, it was a huge success in introducing our community to those of us in the media. Be shocked if there isn’t another another media access workshop next year.
If you missed it, you can check out the video below or read AAJA’s media access booklet http://aaja.org/chapters/newyork/?attachment_id=2160>>here.