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Danny O’Neil challenges AAJA Seattle: Match my Power of One donation!

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Danny may be a nerd, but he is a generous one!

Former AAJA National President Sharon Chan got the whole crowd laughing during her lightning talk at the AAJA National Convention on dating and marrying a fellow journalist. The presentation featured several fun photos of Sharon’s husband — and former First Man of AAJA — Danny O’Neil. At the end of the talk, Sharon talked about why he was a keeper. Among those reasons — a willingness to donate to AAJA!

And Danny, who works at 710 ESPN Seattle, has done it again. In honor of their upcoming wedding anniversary, Danny has donated $500 toward the Power of One Campaign and he has challenged AAJA Seattle to match that amount on Twitter:

Attention @aajaseattle: In honor of my lovely wife, I am issuing a $500 challenge donation to Power of One. Can the chapter match by Friday?

AAJA Seattle has had an amazing history of fundraising. We can do this!  Join me and donate now.

Through the generous donations of members and others, the Power of One campaign helps funds valuable programs such as MediaWatch, which holds news organizations accountable for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and J Camp and VOICES, which provides valuable experience and mentoring for high school and college students.

AAJA is aiming to reach a goal $15,000 by this Friday. Currently, the campaign has $1,300 to go.  Matching Danny’s generous $500 donation would put a huge dent toward reaching the goal.

In addition, if the $15,000 goal is reached by Friday, AAJA executive director Kathy Chow has agreed to donate an additional $1,500. And every dollar above $15,000 will go toward the AAJA’s endowment, which funds AAJA’s future projects.

If you donate, please email me at maisurvey@gmail.com so we can keep track!

(Finally, AAJA Seattle needs to show the San Francisco chapter WHO IS BOSS.)

This post has been corrected to include the right amount Kathy Chow will donate if the Power of One goal is reached. 

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Nicole Gaddie on AAJA National Convention: ‘… exhausting, but also rejuvenating’

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Nicole Gaddie (far right), a recent graduate of Seattle University, with Yazhou Sun, a recent graduate of Boston University, left, and KJ Hiramoto, a student at the University of Washington, at the AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. earlier this month

Nicole Gaddie, a recent graduate of Seattle University and a AAJA Seattle student member, attended the  AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. earlier this month. She is a recipient of the Founders Scholarship, which provided registration and a travel stipend. She shares her convention experience in this post. 

It’s hard to explain the importance of face-to-face interaction. Some call it networking. I call it building relationships.

That is exactly what happened at the AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. I formed relationships with people I never guessed I would meet.

We spoke about the industry, how they rose to their current jobs and what motivates them to continue in their profession. The entire week was exhausting, but also rejuvenating.

As a recent graduate, my days were primarily spent at the job fair where a multitude of prestigious companies were represented. ESPN, NBC, FOX, Gannett, Reuters, Bloomberg, WSJ and Sinclair were just some of the big name media companies with booths.

When I wasn’t speaking with recruiters I attended convention-hosted workshops. Topics ranged from vocal training to media diversity advocacy. One of my favorite workshops was focused on data visualization. It took place at NPR’s headquarters (a place I had always dreamed of visiting) and after the session I was able to tour NPR’s facilities.

I won’t say that I landed a job at the convention, but I did make an enormous amount of connections and friends that I know will benefit my future career.

One of my favorite memories took place in the lobby of our hotel, where I stayed up until 5 a.m. with ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor David Ono, MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui and Comcast Sportsnet editor Cameron Kim talking about the future of journalism.

Overall, it was a great experience that I will never forget. I would like to give a big shout out to my AAJA Seattle family who prepped me for convention. I couldn’t have taken advantage of all the opportunities without help from friends like Sharon Chan, Lori Matsukawa, Chris Casquejo, Peter Sessum, Mai Hoang  and many more.

To all those thinking about attending convention next year, do it. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made for my professional career.

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Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen presented with Leadership in Diversity Award at AAJA Gala

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Frank Blethen, publisher and CEO of The Seattle Times, was presented with the Leadership in Diversity Award during the  AAJA National Convention Scholarship & Awards Gala Banquet Saturday night.

The award honors an individual or corporation that has made strides in promoting and demonstrating diversity in the news media industry. A group of AAJA Seattle members who nominated Blethen for the award recognized Frank as a tireless advocate for diversity though his work at The Seattle Times and in his sustaining support of AAJA Seattle.

When told of his award, Frank said he thought he was just doing what everyone else should be doing.

Frank was not able to attend the gala, but Sharon Prill, publisher of the Yakima Herald-Republic accepted the award on his behalf. The Seattle Times Company owns the Yakima newspaper. In accepting the award at the gala, Prill referenced Frank’s track record of promoting Asian Americans in his company:

We are the product of Frank Blethen.

Lori Matsukawa, KING5 anchor and AAJA Seattle co-founder, said in her nominating letter:

As a publisher, Frank Blethen made diversity coverage a cornerstone for the Times. For years, the Times conscientiously engaged in “Community Reporting” and today, CR has become its standard for daily coverage and photography. There are stories of diverse communities, photographs of diverse people written by reporters of color. Frank personally interacts with communities of color and if he can’t (because really, there are so many communities here in Seattle!) he sends out trusted representatives like Carole Carmichael and Thanh Tan, who have strong friendships in the community.

Sharon Chan, Associate Opinions Editor/Digital for The Seattle Times and former AAJA National President, highlighted Blethen’s commitment to diversity in positions at the Times and its affiliate publications including those in management:

Frank has been a national leader in developing and diversifying news leadership. He hired Asian American Sharon Prill as publisher at another newspaper the Blethen family owns, the Yakima Herald Republic. Mei-Mei Chan, now publisher of the News-Press in Ft. Myers, was previously vice president of ad sales at The Seattle Times. Last fall, Frank named Kathy Best editor of The Seattle Times. She is the first woman to lead our newsroom. The Seattle Times president and editorial page editor are also women.

Mai Hoang, AAJA Seattle chapter president talked about his continued support for AAJA at the local and national level:

Frank has also shown his support through thousands of dollars in personal donations for local and national AAJA programs. Last summer, Frank challenged members to donate to AAJA’s Power of One campaign though a dollar-to-dollar match of up $2,000. When members stepped up and donated more than $3,400, Frank upped his donation to $2,400. More recently, Frank and his wife, Charlene, served as the “Santa” sponsor for The Holiday Scoop, a holiday fundraiser organized by AAJA Seattle and the Western Washington SPJ Pro Chapter. The $2,000 sponsorship helped the two organizations raise net revenues of more than $7,000 for scholarship programs, including the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship.

A page from the AAJA 2014 Convention gala program book.

Description of the award from the AAJA 2014 Convention gala program

imageSharon Prill and Sharon Chan with the award.

photo (2)A photo of  The Seattle Times-sponsored table at the AAJA gala.

 

 

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King County ethnic and disability media networking event MONDAY!

King County will hold a networking event for journalists who serve cultural and disability communities to help increase awareness of ethnic and disability media among King County employees.

The event will feature a media panel of  journalists who cover ethnic and disability communities, question and answer session with King County Executive Dow Constantine and time with county outreach staff.

The event, co-sponsored by AAJA, Washington Hispanic Media Association  and Dow Constantine, will be Monday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 201 S JacksonKing Street Center 8th Floor Conference Center.

The event is free, but please RSVP online.

 

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Tickets on sale for Chefs’ Showcase at Columbia Tower Club on Aug. 4!

photo (1)Tickets are officially ON SALE for our upcoming Chefs’ Showcase benefit from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Columbia Tower Club. All proceeds will benefit AAJA scholarships and training programs for professional journalists.

Come on up to the 75th floor and enjoy gorgeous views of Seattle as you nosh on appetizers and drinks courtesy of area restaurants. Meet other journalists, professionals and foodies as some of the most exciting chefs working in Seattle’s restaurant scene demonstrate dishes that will inspire your next cocktail or dinner party.

Admission includes:

  • Access to the great views from the 75th-floor the Columbia Tower.
  • Appetizers from our featured celebrity chefs and others, including Bloom, Taste of India, Pho Cyclo and more.
  • Drinks from Vortex Cellars, Tranche Cellars, Eleven Winery and Georgetown Brewery.
  • A program booklet with the evening’s featured recipes.

Tickets:
$60 at the door
$50 General Admission
$40 Columbia Tower Club members

AAJA and SPJ members: Pay $25 when you buy your ticket by July 31. This is 50 percent off the pre-event ticket price. Discounted pricing for AAJA and SPJ members ends July 31.

Purchase your tickets today on Brown Paper Tickets.

The celebrity chef line-up:

Lisa K. Nakamura, chef/owner of Allium and alumna of The French Laundry who is planning her next concept, Gnocchi Bar.

Rachel Yang, the James Beard-nominated chef and co-owner of Joule and Revel restaurants in Seattle.

Prometheus Brown (aka Geo of Blue Scholars) and Chera Amlag, the husband-and-wife force behind Food and Sh*t, a monthly pop-up at Inay’s.

Tyler Hefford-Anderson, a fine dining master who honed his skills at the Rainier Club and Meridian Valley Country Club before becoming the executive chef at Columbia Tower Club.

Steven Ariel, the executive chef for  TRACE at W Seattle and alum of Canlis, Cafe Juanita and LUC.

KING 5 Anchor Mimi Jung hosts the demonstrations.

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