By Connie K. Ho
Joe Zee, editor in chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo Style, will be given the 2015 Voice Award, honoring his multifaceted work in digital, print and television, at the fourth annual V3 Digital Media Conference.
Zee will attend the V3con Opening Awards Reception on June 26 to accept his award. The Friday evening event will precede the daylong Digital Media Conference on June 27 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.
The 2015 edition of V3con, presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, highlights the “Vision. Visibility. Voice” of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in digital and social media, with the goal of showcasing the most influential and interesting Asian Americans online while connecting diverse communities and building new media skills.
“Anytime that you are recognized by your peers and your co-workers, it is a special achievement knowing that what you do can make a difference and be noticed, but being recognized by the Asian American community, in particular, brings to light a different level of pride,” Zee said. “For me, knowing that we are all working towards the same goal with the same intentions and to be called out for it is special. I am very honored to be recognized by my community this year with this special award.”
Zee leads the vision, creative direction and development of the Yahoo Style digital magazine, which focuses on beauty, fashion, pop culture and women’s issues. He also lends his style expertise to original programming and special events. Known to be an early tech adopter, Zee connects with readers on a variety of digital platforms.
“Joe Zee’s distinct editorial voice has contributed to digital and traditional media. He is a style icon and one of the most exciting people to follow on social media today,” said Angela Kim, V3con programming co-director.
Along with his work at Yahoo Style, Zee has provided fashion and pop culture commentary on programs such as ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show. Before Yahoo, Zee served as the Creative Director of Elle. In that role, he oversaw the visual direction of the magazine, managing all photo shoots and styling iconic covers. Readers were kept up to date on the trends in fashion and style with his monthly column “Style A to Zee.”
Zee will appear with fellow honoree actor Randall Park of the hit ABC television show “Fresh Off the Boat,” winner of this year’s V3con Visibility Award. Zee follows V3con’s distinguished past Voice Award winners: Jocelyn “Joz” Wang (2012), Gil Asakawa (2013) and Judith Hill (2014).
Opening Awards Reception
Friday, June 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
V3 Digital Media Conference
Saturday, June 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
V3con is the only digital media conference centered on AAPI mainstream journalists, digital media journalists, bloggers and those interested in social media. The conference is an opportunity for those communicating on multiple digital platforms, including social media and blogs, and their audiences to interact, engage in person and inspire those who are interested in communicating online.
The mission of the Asian American Journalists Association is to provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists; provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers; provide to the AAPI community an awareness of new media and an understanding of how to gain fair access; and research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in coverage of AAPIs. The Los Angeles Chapter, established in 1981, is the organization’s founding chapter. www.aaja-la.org.