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Hacks/Hackers Philly Message Board › Catch up with HHPHL; upcoming event with AAJA

Catch up with HHPHL; upcoming event with AAJA

Erika O.
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Philadelphia, PA
Thanks to everyone who came out to our meetup in October! It was a great event and slides from the presenters are available online: Noah, Manuel, Dana.
We're busy planning future meetups, and please let us know if you have any topic suggestions. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about this upcoming event from the Asian American Journalists Association (details below).
Look forward to seeing you at another Hacks/Hackers Philadelphia meetup soon.
First Pitch: A Master Class in Pitching Stories

Come join the Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) for an exciting event with editors from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Magazine, and WHYY/ on Saturday, Nov. 9.

“First Pitch” is a show and tell of what goes on behind the scenes between a reporter pitching a story and a prospective editor. Pre-selected reporters will each have 10 minutes to pitch a story to an editor on the panel and receive feedback in front of an audience. This is a chance for reporters to get the ear of the most important editors in local journalism and potentially get stories actually accepted – all while providing a master class in pitching to the audience. There will also be time for impromptu pitches from the audience - and coffee and donuts on-hand for caffeine, sugar, and courage!

When: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9

Where: Temple University, in Annenberg Hall, basement, room 3 (on 13th Street, between Norris and Diamond)

Cost: Free

RSVP: By Tuesday, Nov. 5 to

Deadline to Submit a Pitch for the Panel: Monday, Nov. 4

Editors on Pitch Panel:
Brian Hickey, Northwest Philadelphia Editor at NewsWorks

Brian Howard, News Editor at Philadelphia Magazine

David Lee Preston, Assistant City Editor at the Philadelphia Daily News

Eugene Sonn, Audio News Director at WHYY FM

Sandra Clark, Deputy Managing Editor for Arts, Features & Entertainment at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Editor of

For Interested Pitchers:
We need YOUR pitches. It’s a bit terrifying, but there’s a lot to gain if you’re selected as one of our pitchers. We want a range of experience represented, so don’t feel as though you shouldn’t go for it if you’re relatively experienced or new.

Please include the following information in an email to Yowei Shaw at by Nov. 4. You will hear back on your pitch by 11/5. All pitches will be considered and reviewed by AAJA-Philadelphia's board, but only 5-8 pitches will be selected.
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