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Vice President of Programs opening on board

AAJA Seattle is currently accepting nominations for one open position on our chapter board.

The position is:

  • Vice President, Programs (to serve a two-year term, through 2014)

Serving on the chapter board is a great way to demonstrate leadership skills (something many employers look for), give back to the organization and support fellow members.

Specific duties for these open position are:

  • This person is responsible for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship outreach efforts, judging and reception.

If you have more general questions about who is eligible for these positions, board time commitments, etc. click here.

We will be accepting nominations for both President, Programs through Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. If  you have any questions, are interested in or would like to nominate someone for either position, please email chapter secretary Samantha Pak at

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AAJA Social Night at the Theatre Off Jackson

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We’re getting everyone together in November to watch Fast Company, a production from local Asian American theater group, Pork Filled Productions.
join us before the show for Happy Hour and more!


*******Use the AAJA discount code “SEA10AAJA” for your $10 tickets
(General Admissions Tickets without discount are $15)********

Please choose the date Nov 8 from the dropdown to activate the coupon code. 

Happy Half Hour 7:00 – 7:30 pm.
(Half of regular happy hour prices on drinks)

Doors – 7:30

Show – 8 pm



The Northwest premiere of Fast Company by Carla Ching, directed by Amy Poisson (These Streets, The Clockwork Professor), at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S., Seattle), November 1 to 22, 2014.

Meet the Kwans: a Chinese American family of expert con artists, grifters and thieves. But when daughter Blue masterminds the job of the decade stealing the world’s most valuable comic book, it might just spell disaster for the whole family, including her brothers Francis and H and their mother Mable. Pitting new game theory against old-school cons, truth against illusion and family bonds against betrayal, it’s a race to see who will come out on top in this fun, stylish crime caper.

 Please choose the date Nov 8 from the dropdown to activate the coupon code. 



Pork Filled Productions is the theatre offshoot of the veteran sketch comedy group, the Pork Filled Players. PFP is home for Asian American theatre artists who crave creating new works that stretch the boundaries of Asian American theatre. PFP shows reflect the imagination and creativity of modern Asian American artists, including steampunk adventures (The Clockwork Professor by Maggie Lee) supernatural comedies (Big Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love by Prince Gomolvilas), mistaken race farces (Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang), and yes, even Kung-fu zombie Shakespeare (Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen). For more information, visit




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Job opportunities at The Seattle Globalist

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The Seattle Globalist, the Seattle-based nonprofit news organization (and a long-time supporter of AAJA Seattle) is hiring!

The organization is now accepting applications for the following part-time positions: business developer and editor.

Per The Seattle Globalist website:

We work with more than 300 contributors based in Seattle and all over the world. We are committed to supporting new writers, and we’re a first publisher for many of our journalists. The Seattle Globalist is a fast-growing publication and community organization in the fastest growing city in the U.S.

We are deeply committed to racial, ethnic, nationality, gender, religious, disability and other forms of diversity and seek to hire staff members that reflect our diverse community. The Globalist is an equal opportunity employer.

We offer a highly collaborative, creative working environment. We’re seeking responsible, independent candidates who will work well as part of a small, close-knit team. We support professional development opportunities for every staff member.

More details on the position can be found here.

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AAJA Seattle board elections are here!

It’s time for the chapter to elect board members for 2015!

There are three seats up for election, all of which are two-year terms, effective Jan. 1, 2015:

  • Treasurer
  • Vice President, Events
  • Vice President, Programs

There is also one seat up for election, which will be a one-year term, also effective Jan. 1, 2015:

  • National Board Representative

Serving on the chapter board is an important way for you to demonstrate your leadership (a key skill many employers look for), give back to this organization and support your fellow members.

Chapter secretary Samantha Pak will oversee our elections, which will occur in the last week of October. Our national office will receive the names of our new 2015 chapter board members by Nov. 1.

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Trennesia Jackson: ‘You never know who you’re sitting by’

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Trennesia Jackson, right, with Hillary Manalac, a student at San Diego State University, during the AAJA National Convention

Trennesia Jackson, a senior at the University of Washington, has been busy working the convention circuit this summer. Last month, she attended the 2014 AAJA National Convention as a recipient of AAJA Seattle’s Founders’ Scholarship. 

While at the AAJA National Convention you will meet tons of new people, make connections and make many new friends.

One of the biggest lessons I learned while at the conference is that you never know who you will sit by. While in these 50-minute to day-long workshops, you can meet some amazing people that you never would have met outside of AAJA.

While sitting in one of the pre-convention workshop, I met a producer who works on videography for the Washington Post. We started talking about what she does, how she likes her job and eventually about the software she uses. Surprisingly, she uses the exact software I use at the University of Washington: Final Cut.

Now to those of you who are videographers, this discovery may seem trivial, but to a reporter who has been doing a lot of videography work, knowing that the software you use at your college or university is  being used by established media outlets is exciting.

After talking with her, exchanging business cards and following each other on Twitter, I realized that this is probably going to happen a lot while I was there. Sure enough, I was right.

My mentor Lori Matsukawa (AAJA Seattle co-founder and anchor at KING 5) told me that while at the convention I should talk to as many people as I can and make friends.

At one event, I was walking around the ballroom trying to find people I knew, which were only a handful. After a while,  I just starting talking to people.

One of those people I will never forget, because now she’s now a friend.

“I’m here. You’re here. Hey, I’m Tre.”

Those were the first few words I said when I met Hillary Manalac, who like me, was a student interested in being an on-air television reporter.

Wherever I went, I made sure to ask her if she was going so I wouldn’t be by myself. Over workshops and different mixers I learned a lot about her and what she wanted to do. We had a lot in common.

Another thing I learned at convention is that you should always surround yourself by people who are in the specific field you want to go into. They have a lot of insight and give great advice and feedback.

Everywhere I went, I surrounded myself with people in television: reporters, directors, or producers. I sat by people Lori introduced to me, people I had just met and with their friends. Looking back, that was probably the best thing I could have done for myself.

I learned a lot of valuable information. I bounced ideas off them and asked this question:“I want to end up here, what’s the best way you think I can end up there?”

While I talked to reporter about how I’d love to be a reporter in San Francisco or Sacramento one day, he told me I had to meet his friend. A few hours later, he introduced me to a Christopher Nguyen; a journalist in Sacramento who also graduated from my school, the University of Washington.

He told me where my best bets were if I really wanted to end up being a reporter in Sacramento or San Francisco. He was very kind, funny and blunt, just like all the other reporters I met.

After talking with him for a while, he had to leave. So I scooted over closer to where everybody else was sitting and I began to speak with a woman.

I found out her husband was a news director at a station in Green Bay and his station has hired a few people out college. I told her while at the convention it’d definitely be nice to meet him.

She then turned around and started talking to the man behind her. He looked at me and smiled, “Hey, I’m Matt. I’m a news director up in Green Bay. So what is it that you want to do? Do you have a video reel I could look at?”

It are connections like these that help you get to where you want to be and make lifelong friends.

If it wasn’t for me moving down to eat my brownie cake and ice cream next to everybody, I would have never met Matt Kummer or his wife. If It weren’t for me sitting in the second row of the pre-convention workshop, I would have never met Casey Capachi, producer at PostTV. And If it weren’t for me breaking out of my comfort zone and just saying hi to Hillary, I would have never made a new friend or met other amazing people like her.

So when you are at convention, go to workshops, network, find people you know or just sit with people you don’t know and introduce yourself.

Because you never know who you’re sitting by.

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