The Asian American Journalists Association’s national convention returned to Los Angeles this week after going virtual for the past two years.

The event, which began Wednesday at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, brings together hundreds of participants with in-person programming, training, networking, and recruiting opportunities.

KTLA 5 and its parent company, Nexstar Media Group, are among the employers represented at the convention.

“I want to meet as many people as possible,” said Viha Umashankar, a U.S. Berkeley student. “This community has so much to offer.”

The convention also tackles key issues that affect the broadcasting industry worldwide, and the Asian American community. The theme of this year’s convention is “Owning our Narratives.”

“It’s about wanting to tell our stories (and) share our perspectives,” said Julia B. Chan, Vice President of Civic Engagement for AAJA.

AAJA advocates on behalf of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for stronger representation and more inclusion in newsrooms.