Idea No. 10 for keeping AAJA extraordinary:
Instead of dividing ourselves up by chapter or print/broadcast/digital media, AAJA members should also ally ourselves according to our jobs and our beats. Imagine a listserv, Facebook page or LinkedIn group specifically for sports journalists, state house reporters, copy editors or social media specialists. This already happens to some extent informally, but making it more structured would allow us to share tips, sources, concerns and best practices.
What does AAJA get out of it? Besides further solidifying ties within #AAJANation, we would be creating networks for members to share story ideas, training opportunities and career advice. In addition, the next time an issue cropped up that was specific to business journalists, for example, we would have a sounding board able to examine, debate and - if appropriate - draft a response.