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Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree Street Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30309

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People of color need better representation in media. Let's make it happen. Come to REPRESENT. This day-long program is for creators of color and their allies in news and entertainment media. Top media professionals lead hands-on workshops and real-talk discussions on how to bring diverse stories to a broad audience. With sessions on building a podcast audience, promoting visuals on Instagram, strategy, creating your personal brand online and leadership. Lunch is included.

This event includes an exclusive advance screening of AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy” and a panel discussion with lead actor Derek Mio, actor/consultant George Takei and showrunner Alexander Woo.

Important Note: Access to REPRESENT is included as part of full professional and student convention registrations to the 2019 AAJA national convention. Email support@aaja.org to RSVP. Thursday and Friday convention day passes do not include REPRESENT.

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Opening Ceremony (Details TBA)

Workshop | Stay Real, But Hustle: How to stay true to your creative vision while strategizing and finding the right supporters and collaborators. (Facilitators TBA)

Panel | It's All About the Visuals: How to turn your passion for visuals into a thriving career and a must-follow Instagram account.

Panelists include:
Rod Mar, team photographer for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, @rodmarphoto

Mar is an acclaimed photographer whose career spans 25 years who also shoots for editorial and commercial clients worldwide including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Player’s Tribune, NBC Sports, Major League Soccer and others. He maintains the popular “Eye on the Hawks” photoblog on the seahawks.com website, where he documents the team from behind-the-scenes in the locker room to the playing field, team charters and everything in-between.

Moderator: Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association, @EyeAkili

Akili-Casundria Ramsess is a Pulitzer-winning picture editor and former director of photography. She has worked at publications including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal & Constitution the San Jose Mercury News, and the Orlando Sentinel. Her numerous awards include NPPA’s Best of Photography,(BOP), Photography of the Year, (POYi) and Society of News Design picture editing awards.

Break | Boxed Lunch Pickup (Boxed lunch included in price of admission)

Panel | Rise Up: Becoming a Media Boss as a Woman of Color

Nonwhite women leaders in media, arts and entertainment talk about the challenges of being taken seriously and taking on leadership roles in the context of gender and race, diversity as a second job, strategies for surviving in the workplace, finding ways to create “narrative plentitude,” and more. (Panelists TBA)

Panel | I Really Pitched That: What it took to successfully pitch my long-shot idea

Some of the wildest passion projects can become viral sensations that resonate with more audiences than imaginable. But the first hurdle is figuring out how to pitch it. In this panel, creators will share how they successfully pitched and found financial support for an idea they worried would never sell. Battlefield stories welcome. (Panelists TBA)

Workshop | Power to the Podcaster: Finding your audience in a crowded field

Podcasting is a powerful way for people with diverse views and experience and limited funds to tell the kinds of stories that are too often ignored. The trouble is, creating a podcast is easy. Finding an audience is hard. Our experienced group of facilitators will give you tips and tricks of the trade and give you small-group advice on how to make your podcast a success.

Facilitators include:
Floyd Hall, media strategist, cultural producer, writer and documentarian

Hall has produced over 700 podcast episodes covering Art, Pop Culture, Fashion, Sports, and Technology, and has worked with several arts-related organizations in the Atlanta area, including Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum, Flux Projects, ArtsATL, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and WonderRoot. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Morehouse College, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Angeline Hartmann, Media Director, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, podcast host of “INSIDE CRIME with Angeline Hartmann,” @AngelineDC

An Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, Hartmann has advocateed for crime victims and their families for two decades. In 2013, she began working at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, helping families find their missing loved ones. In her previous role as a correspondent and producer for the iconic television show “America’s Most Wanted,” Angeline worked closely with law enforcement agencies across the country, profiling their most dangerous fugitives and unsolved cases. She is currently a contributing crime analyst on several national television shows.

Christina Lee, Atlanta-based music journalist, co-host of WABE and PRX's Bottom of the Map, @MinaAnnLee

Lee writes about hip-hop, with a focus on how it molds Atlanta’s cultural identity and impacts pop culture at large. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pitchfork and Complex. Her new podcast with Dr. Regina N. Bradley is a passionate exploration of Southern hip-hop culture and its impact on the world.

Sean Powers, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Director of Podcasting, @SeanPowersGPB

As GPB's first director of podcasting, Powers' projects include the station's popular The Credits about the state's multi-billion dollar entertainment industry; The Bitter Southerner Podcast about southern culture; and The Troy Davis Project, an audio play about Davis, who was executed in Georgia in 2011 amid controversy over his innocence. His reporting has earned him a dozen Associated Press awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, five national PRNDI awards, honors from the Atlanta Press Club, and recognition from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.

Workshop | How to Build Your Professional Brand Online

Whether you're a budding journalist, a freelancer, or seasoned veteran, you need a professional brand that distinguishes you and your work from the crowd. In this interactive discussion and workshop, you'll learn how to create an online portfolio using WordPress.com in less than an hour that will showcase your bio and clips of your work. Bring your laptop and a couple of your best headshots, demo reels, and/or clips!

Instructor Marjorie R. Asturias has worked with thousands of small business owners, writers, artists, freelancers, and other creatives at WordPress.com for more than 5 years, helping them to build and manage their websites and blogs. Prior to her work in technology and marketing, she was a freelance columnist and writer for a number of magazines, newspapers and online publications.

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Exclusive Advanced Screening: "The Terror: Infamy"

Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful, second season of the horror-infused anthology, The Terror: Infamy, centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man's journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.

The series stars Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama; Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space) as Yuko, a mysterious woman from Chester’s past; Cristina Rodlo (Miss Bala) as Luz, Chester’s secret girlfriend; Shingo Usami (Unbroken) as Henry Nakayama, Chester's father; Naoko Mori (Everest) as Asako Nakayama, Chester’s mother; Miki Ishikawa (9-1-1) as Amy, a Nakayama family friend; and renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei (Star Trek) as Yamato-san, a community elder and former fishing captain.

The Terror: Infamy is an AMC Studios production produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360. The show is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein, with Woo also serving as showrunner. Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, Guymon Casady and Jordan Sheehan also serve as executive producers.

The series will premiere Monday, August 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT

Panel | AMC's "The Terror: Infamy" How Hollywood is Telling the Story of One of the Darkest Moments in Our Nation's History

Helmed by showrunner Alexander Woo ("True Blood"), "The Terror: Infamy" is a haunting and suspenseful series set in Japanese internment camps during World War II. The series features a cast and crew with a number of personal connections to this historical time, starting with George Takei, who lived in two internment camps as a child, is on board as a series regular and consultant. The lead character is played by Derek Mio, a fourth generation Japanese American, whose grandfather lived on Terminal Island and was sent to Manzanar internment camp after Pearl Harbor. Mio also recently appeared in “Medal of Honor,” (Netflix docu-series) where he portrayed WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Hiroshi Miyamura.

Discussion will feature "The Terror" lead actor Derek Mio, actor/consultant George Takei and showrunner Alexander Woo.

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