How to Bounce Back from Layoffs in Journalism: Panel + Mixer with AAJA

Theater 6:30–8:30pm
  • Regular FREE

If you're a journalist who just got laid off, or if you want to stand in solidarity, come out for a free discussion on how to move forward after staff cuts and get concrete information on how to connect with recruiters and support networks. 

  • Panel: 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Mixer: 7:30-8:30 PM

This free event is open to any media professional who has been affected by the latest rounds of layoffs that hit Gannett, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, Yahoo News and other outlets, or anyone who wants to learn more about how to bounce back after a job cut.

Hosted by Asian American Journalists Association's New York chapter, we'll offer career/job application advice, tips on creating a post-layoff plan from journalists who have been there before, and resources from Freelancers Union.

A networking mixer with complimentary beer and food will follow.

Admission is first-come-first-served, based on capacity.


Leezel Tanglao: Leezel Tanglao is a multimedia journalist at the intersection of editorial, product, business development and sales. She is currently consulting with media companies through her company, StatFury, and working at the Associated Press in Audience Development. She was at CNNMoney (now CNNBusiness) as Assistant Managing Editor of Programming. During her time there, she also launched products like the proprietary social metric SURGE. Leezel also worked at CBSNews.com, VICE News, NowThis, ABCNews.com, KCBS/KCAL and The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Southern California.

Theodore Kim: Theodore Kim is the Director of Newsroom Fellowships and Internships at The New York Times. He is a former national secretary of Asian American Journalists Association, and he has worked previously at The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News and other newspapers.

Allegra Hobbs: Allegra Hobbs is a freelance journalist who covers the media for Study Hall, a newsletter and support network for media workers, and New York City for AM New York. She has some personal experience with layoffs, having previously worked for now-defunct local news site DNAinfo. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Vice, and the Village Voice. 

Tim Harper: Timothy Harper is a former AP national writer and longtime full-time freelance journalist, author, and editor. He has written a dozen books of his own and, as a collaborator, book doctor, editorial consultant, and publisher, has helped scores of individuals and institutions write and publish their books. His magazine credits range from The Atlantic to airline publications, most leading American newspapers, and many periodicals in Europe. He has datelines from around the world. He is the editor of The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing and speaks often to journalism conferences on writing, reporting, and running a freelance business.  He has taught at Columbia, NYU, and for the past 12 years has been a visiting professor at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where is the the writing coach and leads classes on The Craft, of Journalism Feature Reporting and Writing, and the Business of Freelancing. He is based at in New York and at www.timharper.com.


Alex Laughlin: Alex Laughlin is an audio producer and journalist. She works at Transmitter Media, where she leads production for The Argument, a weekly podcast for the New York Times. She was laid off from the BuzzFeed PodSquad in September 2018. Before that, she was a social media editor at The Washington Post, where she created Other: Mixed Race in America, a narrative podcast about multiracial identity. She's also an adjunct lecturer at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

About Asian American Journalists Association:

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has more than 1,500 members in 21 chapters throughout the U.S. and in Asia today. Our mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. 


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