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Renew or join AAJA and enter to win tickets to our Chefs Showcase or 30th Anniversary Gala!

Have you renewed your membership for 2015?
AAJA Seattle will be having a giveaway for one pair of tickets for our Chefs Showcase on Aug. 10, as well as our 30th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 14. The two winners will be randomly selected from our chapter membership list as of June 30.
So if you want to be in the running, make sure to renew your membership for 2015!
Not sure of your membership is up to date? Contact secretary Samantha Pak at sammipak @ gmail. com.
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Justice fellow position open at Grist

Grist, a website for green news, is currently looking for a justice fellow to join the edit team.

The justice fellow will primarily cover equality issues within the environmental movement. Grist alum Brentin Mock has done model work in this field.

Candidates are likely early-career journalists. The justice fellow will also have the option to work remotely.

Here’s a link to the fellowship description and application requirements: grist.org/fellowships

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AAJA Seattle president update: Maternity leave and upcoming events.

Mai preggo

photo by Ava Van

 

Dear AAJA Seattle members and supporters,

As I write this, I am eagerly awaiting the birth of my  first child. This will be a quite an exciting and hectic time for my husband and I . As part of this transition, I will be on maternity leave through Labor Day. During this period, I will be delegating many of my duties to the members of my board and limiting my workload with the chapter.

This note will detail how to best reach the chapter during this time and a rundown of some great events our chapter has planned for this summer.

If you need to reach the chapter, please send an email to aajaseattle@gmail.com. Please address the email to Chapter Secretary Samantha Pak. She will coordinate any necessary response and action.

Here’s what on tap for AAJA Seattle for the next few months:

  • AAJA Seattle’s next Dim Sum Saturday event is June 27 at New Hong Kong Restaurant, 900 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104. This is a fun and casual way to catch up with fellow members and hear what is happening with our chapter.
  • The chapter is planning our Chefs Showcase event, which will be on August 10. We are bringing back the event for a second year after a successful launch last year. We certainly hope you will join us. More importantly, this kind of event requires a lot of hands, and we are also seeking volunteers. Please contact vice president of events Natasha Chen at natashaychen@gmail.com for details or if you’re interested in volunteering.
  • The AAJA National Convention in San Francisco will be held August 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Our chapter will be well represented though a variety of roles at the convention. You can check out the full schedule here and register here. The pre-convention member rate of $325 ($150 for students) ) is good until the end of the month.
  • Our annual chapter picnic is planned for August 29 at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.  This is a great time to catch up with members, enjoy delicious food and the nice water views. Join us!
  • Our 30th Anniversary activities will continue. Check the 30th Anniversary page for the latest. In the meanwhile, please save the date for our anniversary gala: November 14, 2015.
  • Finally, want a chance to win free tickets to either the Chefs Showcase or the 30th Anniversary Gala? AAJA Seattle will be giving away two tickets for each event for a member who renews or joins AAJA before the end of this month, June 30.

I want to send a huge thank you to my board for their support while I go through this major life transition. I also want to emphasize that because of their effort, the chapter will be in good hands. While my workload will be limited, I hope to be present at chapter events (possibly with the new baby), so I hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,

Mai Hoang, AAJA Seattle president

 

 

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2015 Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year’s AAJA & SABJ Northwest Journalists of Color
scholarship winners

 

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Ashley Walls – University of Washington

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Mohamed Adan – Seattle Central College

Brady Hitoshi Wakayama - Washington State University

Brady Hitoshi Wakayama – Washington State University

Bailey Williams - Central Washington University

Bailey Williams – Central Washington University

Merdie Nzanga - American University

Merdie Nzanga – American University

 

ABOUT AAJA NJC

For nearly 30 years, the Northwest Journalists of Color have coordinated scholarships for aspiring journalists of color. The NJC’s members belong to the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Black Journalists Association of Seattle (BJAS), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). In 2006 NJC established an endowment to support scholarships. Since 1983, the NJC and AAJA have given more than $150,000 in scholarships.

ABOUT SABJ PATRICIA FISHER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Patricia Fisher was much more than an award-winning journalist. She brought new levels of sensitivity and perspective to the editorial pages of The Seattle Times and distinguished herself as a tireless, eloquent fighter in the areas of education and social justice.

Pat wrote for The Seattle Times business and features departments before accepting a position on the newspaper’s editorial board as the first woman and first African-American editorial writer and columnist. Increased regional visibility brought new demands, but she continued to volunteer her time, to encourage young people and to serve as a role model.

She was a founding member of the Black Journalists Association of Seattle (now known as the Seattle Association of Black Journalists), The Northwest Journalists of Color, and a former regional director for the National Association of Black Journalists. She was also an active member of The Links Inc. and Jack and Jill of America.

 

 

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Join AAJA Seattle at the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship reception Friday

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It’s that time of year again! Join AAJA Seattle and the Seattle Association of Black Journalists on Friday for a celebration of our scholarship winners!

During the reception, we will recognize the winner of the Northwest Journalists of Color & Patricia Fisher Endowed scholarships.  We will also reveal the winner of the Founders’Scholarship, which provides funds for a student to attend the 2015 AAJA National Convention in San Francisco.

Northwest Journalists of Color recipients

Ashley Walls – University of Washington
Brady Hitoshi Wakayama – Washington State University
Bailey Williams – Central Washington University
Mohamed Adan – Seattle Central College

Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship recipients
Ashley Walls – University of Washington
Merdie Nzanga – American University

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Brady Hitoshi Yakayama – Washington State University

The reception will also feature a keynote speech from Seattle-based broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley and a meet-and-greet with our scholarship recipients!

Can’t make it? You can still support NJC by making a donation today for next year’s scholarships.

Details:
2015 NJC SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION
KIRO 7 News
2807 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Friday, June 5th
6:30 PM
FREE
Light drinks and food will be served

Hope to see you there!

 

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