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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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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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