ASJA Announces New Officers and Board Members
June 26, 2018 -- ASJA Announces New Officers and Board Members
Contact: Holly Koenig, 212-297-2123
The American Society of Journalists and Authors announced today the election of officers and directors for the upcoming year. The two new officers are Vice-President Laura Laing of Baltimore, MD and Secretary Emily Paulsen of Rockville, MD. Both Laura and Emily step into leadership roles after recently serving as at-large Board members.
Laura is a journalist, essayist and author of three books. She’s a long-time ASJA volunteer who has served as Chair of the Publications committee. Laura is also a member the NLGJA (The Association of LGBT Journalists). Emily, a full-time freelance writer who covers health for consumer and trade publications, non-profit associations and government agencies, is a former co-chair of ASJA’s DC chapter. She is also a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Laura Laing Emily Paulsen
Newly elected at-large board members are Parul Kapur Hinzen of Wallingford, CT, Lisa Rabasca Roepe of Arlington, VA and Arielle Emmett of Mooresville, NC.
Arielle Emmett Parul Kapur Hinzen Lisa Rabasca Roepe
Parul Kapur Hinzen is a non-fiction and fiction writer with extensive committee and events planning experience. She served as a judge for ASJA’s 2018 writing awards and as a programs committee chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She also served as the Diversity Council Chair at Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Parul’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Conde Nast Traveler and Guernica and Slate. She was elected to a one-year ASJA Board term through June 2020.
Lisa Rabasca Roepe is a former newspaper reporter who currently does a mix of journalism and content marketing. She previously served ASJA as a Virtual Client Connections volunteer and a new member ambassador. Lisa’s work has appeared in Fast Company, The Christian Science Monitor, Men’s Journal and Family Circle. She was elected to a two-year ASJA Board term through June 2021.
Arielle Emmett recently returned to the US after five years of international travel and teaching, including a one-year stint as a US Fulbright Scholar in Nairobi, Kenya. She is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and French and has worked as an international correspondent for Newsweek in Taiwan. Arielle is a contributing editor to Smithsonian Air & Space magazine; her writing has also appeared in Smithsonian.com, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Caixin (Beijing), Ms., OMNI, Saturday Review, and American Journalism Review. Arielle was elected to a three-year ASJA Board term through June 2022.
“The explosive growth of the gig economy is creating unprecedented opportunities for freelance journalists and content writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors remains dedicated to helping its members thrive under the new business model,” said Milton C. Toby, president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. “Lost in the new hustle, though, may be a sense of community, mutual support, and common purpose among freelancers. Through a wide array of educational programs, unmatched networking opportunities, and advocacy, ASJA strives to fill those gaps. Supporting the freelance community has been ASJA’s mission for more than 70 years and we welcome our new board members and officers as we continue those efforts.”
About the American Society of Journalists and Authors
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has met ASJA's exacting standards of professional achievement. ASJA offers extensive benefits and services focusing on professional development, including regular confidential market information, meetings with editors and others in the field, an exclusive referral service, seminars and workshops, discount services and, above all, the opportunity for members to explore professional issues and concerns with their peers. ASJA is a primary voice in representing freelancers' interests, serving as spokesman for their right to control and profit from uses of their work in the new media and otherwise. Visit www.asja.org for more details.