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Why It's Important to Cover Pacific Islander Communities: Leilani Rania Ganser at 2020 AAJA Fest

Event Date:

August 13, 2020 | 5:30 PM EDT TO 6:30 PM EDT
AAJA 2020. Image by Asian American Journalists Association.
AAJA 2020. Image by Asian American Journalists Association.

On August 13, 2020, at 5:30 pm EDT, Pulitzer Center Grants and Impact Coordinator Leilani Rania Ganser will speak at the 2020 Asian American Journalism Association (AAJA) Fest.

Rania Ganser will participate in the virtual panel "Why It's Important to Cover Pacific Islander Communities," discussing what journalists can do to be more inclusive of Pacific Islanders in their reporting and considering questions about the identity, terminology, and geographical scope of Oceania.

The panel will also feature the following speakers:

  • Ku'uwehi Hiraishi, general assignment reporter for Hawaiʻi Public Radio
  • Gabrielle (Gabby) Langkilde, columnist and editorial board staff writer for The Harvard Crimson
  • Thomas Manglona, correspondent for KUAM News
  • Rachel Ramirez, environmental justice fellow at Grist

Rania Ganser's research in Indigenous social issues began at Reed College and has brought her to the United Nations, to the halls of Congress, and now to the Pulitzer Center as the Grants and Impact Coordinator. Her experience as a CHamoru and Kānaka Maoli woman has encouraged her to introduce Indigenous methods of storytelling and ceremony into her journalism and into public discourse.

AAJA's virtual 2020 conference will provide attendees with insight on surviving and thriving in the current journalism job market, the opportunity to build meaningful connections with future employers, and lasting bonds with the AAJA network.

To register for the conference and attend the panel, visit AAJA's website!