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ALJA Convenes Convention In USA
By Gardea Varney Woodson, LINA US Correspondent
Upper Darby, October 14 (LINA) - The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) annual convention convenes in Delaware State from October 16-18, with journalists from the Americas, Europe and Liberia expected to attend.
The conference will start on Friday with the arrival of delegates and close on Sundaywith a worship service at the Harvest Center International in New Castle.
An ALJA release issued Wednesday said the journalists will convene for the general assembly at the same church to deliberate on ALJA’s future, and media development and good governance in Liberia.
During the general assembly, according to the release, officers of the Association will be elected for a two-year term, and the positions include President, Vice President, Secretary General, Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary General.
The elections will be followed by a benefit banquet and an induction ceremony of the newly-elected officers, the release noted.
Ms. Christina Porche, Program Analyst at the US State Department and former Information officer at the U. S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia will deliver the keynote address at the banquet on the theme, “Unified and Vibrant ALJA.”
Liberia’s Ambassador to the US, Jeremiah Sulunteh, will perform the induction ceremony.
ALJA was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1998 by a group of US-based Liberian journalists to unite current and retired Liberian journalists living in the US and parts adjacent to mobilize resources to assist the Press Union of Liberia strengthen press freedom.
The organization is also committed to the advancement of the principle of good governance in Liberia.
ALJA crumbled in 2004 due to internal strife amongst its members. However, in November 2014, a group of well-meaning Liberian journalists in the USA initiated efforts to rejuvenate the organization.
In January 2015, the journalists convened a mini ALJA convention and put in place an interim leadership with the mandate of jump-starting the Association’s reactivation process.
The Interim Leadership is led by journalist Moses D. Sandy, former Editor-in-Chief of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).