ALJA Announces 2020 Convention Date; Resuscitates New England Chapter

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President of ALJA, Mr Joe Mason
President of ALJA, Mr Joe Mason

(Minneapolis) The City of Trenton in New Jersey, USA, will this year host the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas’(ALJA) 5th Annual Convention.

An ALJA press release issued on Monday, February 3, 2020 , says the annual mass meeting of current and retired Liberian journalists in the US will be held beginning September 24th through the 27th 2020.

This year’s convention will be hosted by the Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter headed by former Liberian journalist Jackson Seton. The ALJA Delaware Valley Chapter brings together current and former Liberian journalists residing in the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

The ALJA press release further quotes the Association’s Nation Administration led by National President Joe Mason as saying that more than one hundred current and retired Liberian journalists from across the United States, Liberia, Europe and other parts of the world will converge in Trenton for the 4-days event.

President of ALJA, Mr Joe Mason

According to National President Mason, the ALJA Delaware Valley Chapter, which is charged with the responsibility of planning and hosting the convention, has already commenced work. He said “The Chapter’s 2020 Convention Planning Committee is now being structured to organize what they projects will be the best ALJA convention to date”.

The last two conventions of the Association, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota witnessed the expansion of the traditional weekend activities to include training opportunities for ALJA members and international journalists as well as visitations to a number of prominent media institutions and the Hubert Humphrey School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota.

Meanwhile, the ALJA New England Chapter has been formally reconstituted after weeks of deliberations with the elections of a new corps of officers. The officers were elected for a two year term a meeting organized by the Chapter on Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Those elected were journalists, Alphonso Zean Soe of Liberia Public Radio (LPR), President, and Roland Brown, Secretary General. Also, elected was Mr. Moses Wenyou, Treasurer.

Alphonso Zean Soe
Alphonso Zean Soe

Speaking following his elections, Mr. Soe promised to work to strengthen the chapter and called on Journalists residing in the New England areas including Rhode Island, Vermont Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to join the chapter.

The resuscitation of the New England chapter, which was an active chapter prior to the demise of ALJA in the year 2004, was spearheaded by ALJA’s National Board of Directors Member Seboe Maparyan.

Among those attending the elections were other members of the Chapter including veteran Journalists Eddison Zinnah, formerly of the Liberia Communications Network and Mr Joseph Teh of the News Newspaper.

In a related ALJA news, the Midwest Chapter of the Association has elected Mr. Patrick Kugmeh as its representative to the Association’s Board of Directors. Mr. Kugmeh, who was elected unanimously, was instrumental in the resuscitation of ALJA. He replaces Mr. Joe Morris, formerly of the Liberia Broadcasting System.

Mr. Patrick Kugmeh
Alphonso Zean Soe (left) & Mr. Patrick Kugmeh at ALJA’s 2019 convention in Minneapolis, USA

Speaking separately to the newly elected officials, the President of ALJA, Mr Joe Mason, extended profound congratulations for their preferment and urged them to work towards the advancement of the goals and aspirations of the Association.

ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas.

ALJA's Officials elected in 2019
ALJA Officials elected in 2019

It is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. The Association was founded in 1998 with the objectives of fostering companionship amongst its members and their American counterparts. In addition, ALJA is committed to advancing press freedom through media capacity building and the fostering of good governance in Liberia through media advocacy

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