By Raji Ramanathan
SAN FRANCISCO — In early September, 12 students settled into their seats at the National Lesbian Gay Journalists Association’s student newsroom at the group’s annual convention in San Francisco.
They were part of NLGJA student projects team, Connect, which works to provide students of any and all sexual orientations a chance to report on LGBTQ issues and learn about the community at the host city.
Prior to convention, Lead Mentor Caroline Que told students they would become familiar with NLGJA and its mission, produce a portfolio-quality piece of digital journalism and develop a plan to launch their career. Once the convention kicked off, students were able to report on stories that mattered to them.
Some students worked on stories that related to their sexual identity, their families, their school systems and others. I chose to work on three very different stories during the week.
My first story was a light-hearted piece on best ice-cream shops in San Francisco. It was a fun story to work on and it was posted and socialized on the first day of the convention.
My second story focused on a convention workshop by Simon Rogers at Google Trends. Not only did I get to report on the workshop, I also gained a lot of knowledge from just taking notes and interviewing Rogers after the event. My final story focused on how gentrification in San Francisco affected the LGBTQ community at large.
Meanwhile, students also had the opportunity during the week to attend convention sessions, panels and workshops.
On top of attending several networking receptions, NLGJA closed the 2015 Coming Home convention will a grand awards ceremony and gala to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary.
The final night may have featured salsa dancing, but the NAHJ convention in Orlando was never just a party.
The week started off with a bang – literally – as drums and dragons livened the stage at the 2015 Asian American Journalists Association convention in San Francisco.
When someone says, “I’m learning to come out of my shell,” he or she usually means it took them a while to get there. That might have been a few months, a few weeks, or in my case, a few days.
After a 10-hour red-eye flight from San Francisco, I dragged myself out of the airport to the hotel. I knew Washington, D.C. was going to be much hotter than California, but I underestimated the humidity.
UNITY: Journalists for Diversity announced Friday that University of California, Berkeley graduate Raji Ramanathan has been named the group’s 2015 reporting fellow.