You're invited to join us for


May 20-21 for all invited
May 22 for our portfolio (current + alumni grantees)

For the fourth year, we’ll convene the leaders of our grantee portfolio with our supporters, partners in the local nonprofit news movement, and the American Journalism Project board and staff. Together, we’ll take a deep look at what it means to build organizations that can endure.

We will update this page with more information and helpful tips as AJPalooza gets closer!

What we’ll do

We’ll share a detailed agenda in the coming weeks, but here’s a look at our quick schedule overview:

  • Monday, May 20: We’ll welcome everyone to AJPalooza with an opening discussion that begins at 4 p.m. CT, followed by cocktails and dinner.
  • Tuesday, May 21: This day will include opportunities to learn from each other and an immersive experience exploring the Twin Cities through the lens of the news leaders at Sahan Journal. Programming will conclude with a dinner, where we’ll hear from the people who are building a thriving local news ecosystem for Minnesota.
  • Wednesday, May 22 (AJP portfolio of current + alumni grantees only): We’ll have breakfast and lunch together, with some more discussion and learning in between. We’ll officially conclude by 1 p.m. CT.


We’ll stay at The Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown. Rooms may be reserved on an individual basis; use this link to receive AJP’s room block discount.

  • Note: If you are an AJP grantee, please see your invitation for instructions on reserving your accommodations, or send us an email.

Air travel discounts through Delta

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for AJPalooza guests. Please click here to book your flights with the discounted rate.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY3A6
*Please note: there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via Delta’s reservation 800 number.

Directions from airport

The Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown (35 S 7th St, Minneapolis) is approximately a 20-minute drive from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International airport (directions to hotel).

Why Minneapolis?

We’ve started a tradition of visiting a different place each year where our grantee partners work: in 2022, we visited Chicago; we were in Cleveland in 2023; and this year, we’ll visit Minneapolis.

Since its founding in 2019, Sahan Journal has emerged as a leader in the nonprofit news field; it has become an indispensable and trusted source of news and information for Minnesota’s immigrants and communities of color, and is an expert in pursuing diversified, sustainable revenue. We’re excited to introduce you all to them in-person to learn more about their work and the state of local news in Minnesota.

When will we start?

We’ll have registration tables set up starting at 2 p.m. CT on Monday. We’ll kick off AJPalooza with a special gathering just for CEOs and staff of our grantees at 2 p.m. CT; later, we will welcome all AJPalooza guests with a plenary panel that begins at 4 p.m. CT, followed by cocktails and dinner.

What should I wear?

AJPalooza attire is business casual — with emphasis on the casual! Jeans are fine; we’d like you to be comfortable and happy during this event. For dinner on Tuesday (only), we’ll dress it up a bit with smart casual attire. The weather in Minnesota in May can vary, so please check the forecast when packing.

What do I do if I still have questions?

Our team is here to help! If you have any questions as you prepare for AJPalooza, send us an email at