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About Story Slam: What’s your story?

As journalists, we bring to life every imaginable kind of story about events, issues and people in the news. But we’re rarely given a forum to share tales from our own lives.

We are proud to bring back AAJA Story Slam for its second year at #AAJA18! Through the AAJA Story Slam, we will turn our storytelling skills on ourselves and highlight the best personal stories from the Asian American and Pacific Islander journalist community.

For the first round, participants will record videos of themselves telling a story that fits with the 2018 convention theme and a panel of judges will select finalists from the video submissions.

The top storytellers will compete for cash prizes in an exciting live event on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the AAJA National Convention in Houston.

First place winner: $1,000

Second place winner: $500

Third place winner: $250

Who is eligible

AAJA members with a story to tell. Your 2018 membership must be current before entering the Story Slam, but there is no additional entry fee.

What sort of stories?

Stories are:

  • personal and true

  • reflect an AAPI experience

  • relate to the #AAJA18 theme: “Press On: Moving Forward Together.”

We are looking for stories that are about something that happened to you, that you observed or learned or happened to someone else but affected you. They should be stories that move us —  that will make us laugh, cry or think differently about something we thought we knew. SAG-AFTRA will sponsor a speech coach to work with selected finalists on performance and presentation.

Stories should be six minutes or less and will be broadly judged on: Is it a good story? Does it grab & hold your attention? How effectively does the storyteller deliver it?

Videos can be recorded and uploaded using the medium of the participants’ choice.

Timeline

June 1, 2018 (by 11:59pm PT): Video submissions due to aajastoryslam+2018@gmail.com.

July 6, 2018: Finalists notified.

Friday, August 10, 2018 evening time: The AAJA Story Slam will take place at the AAJA National Convention in Houston. A judging panel will select winners, who will be announced at the event.

 

The contest organizers reserve the right to adjust the judging process, timeline and prizes.

For more information, please see last year’s Story Slam and the recorded Facebook Live.

Questions? Contact danielg@aaja.org.

 

2017 Winners

Check out our winners from last year!

 

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2017 AAJA Story Slam First Place Winner

Ti-Hua Chang

Freelance Reporter

AAJA-New York

Story: "A Day Remembered"

 

 

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2017 AAJA Story Slam Second Place Winner

Emil Guillermo

Independent Journalist, Emil Guillermo Media/Amok Productions, AALDEF.org

AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area

Story: "Stephen and the American Filipino Story"

 

 

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2017 AAJA Story Slam Third Place Winner

Akira Olivia Kumamoto

Freelance Video Journalist

AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area

Story: "Paper Doll."