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Speed network with media professionals at the AAJA Seattle Media Access Workshop — April 26

Travis Quezon and Natasha Chen talk to attendees at the 2014 AAJA Seattle Media Access Workshop - Speed Networking. (By AAJA National)

Travis Quezon and Natasha Chen talk to attendees at the 2014 AAJA Seattle Media Access Workshop – Speed Networking. (Photo by AAJA National)

For the second year in a row, AAJA Seattle is offering a Media Access Workshop for nonprofits! Sign up for this free speed networking event with local media professionals. Meet one-on-one with local journalists and media professionals to get advice on how to pitch your stories to news organizations, and how to handle reporters when they come calling.

The event is at The Seattle Times from 9-11:30 a.m. Sunday April 26.

This short workshop will start off with a presentation on best practices for writing press releases and contacting the media. Then, you’ll get a chance to meet one-on-one with a local media professional to ask for advice and get tips on your elevator speech.

So, come with your business cards and your elevator pitch, and be ready to mingle.

Media professionals include:

Janet Tu, reporter, Seattle Times
Natasha Chen, reporter, KIRO 7 News
Linzi Sheldon, reporter, KIRO 7 News
Ethan Chung, editor, 425 Magazine
Chris Casquejo, reporter, China Central Television
Travis Quezon, editor-in-chief, International Examiner
Christina Twu, editor, The Seattle Globalist
Mai Hoang, reporter, Yakima Herald Republic
Joaquin Uy, communications specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Many thanks to The Seattle Times for co-sponsoring the event.

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Free parking is available in the lot across the street.

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AAJA Seattle kicks off documentary series with ‘Cambodian Son’ on May 2

This year, AAJA Seattle wants to highlight Asian American filmmakers through a year-long documentary series.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Post-Prison Education Program in Seattle to bring you the first our three documentaries.

Join us at 7 p.m. on May 2 at AMC Pacific Place 11 (600 Pine St., Ste. 400 in downtown Seattle) for a screening of “Cambodian Son.”

About the film:

“Cambodian Son” documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior: first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet.

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NJC Pizza Night at Mountlake Terrace High School on March 24

AAJA Seattle will be hosting a Northwest Journalists of Color (NJC) Scholarship Pizza Night in partnership with The Hawkeye at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 at MTHS (21801 44th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace), in room 130.
We will be providing information about the NJC Scholarship, which is open to high school seniors in Washington as well as college students who are Washington residents or enrolled in a college or university in Washington and pursuing journalism.
AAJA Seattle administers the scholarship and we are currently accepting applications through May 3. I have attached a PDF of the application, but an online version is also available on our chapter website at (online applications are preferred).

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Communications specialist position with Public Health – Seattle & King County

Public Health — Seattle & King County currently has an opening for full-time public information officer:

Public Health – Seattle & King County is now taking applications for a full-time Public Information Officer to join their Communications Team. They’re looking for qualified candidates who are excited for the challenge of protecting and improving our community’s health in a dynamic landscape.

Public Health – Seattle & King County —  Communications Specialist III

The Communications Specialist III (CSIII) will serve as part of Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Communications Team, which is a unit of the Office of the Director. S/he will carry out a wide range of external and internal communications functions that support department-wide and program goals and activities aimed at protecting and improving the community’s health.

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Fellowship opportunities with

Grist is now accepting applications for their next class of fellows. The fellowship is a training and mentorship program for early-career journalists (most likely recent college grads, with some experience in publishing/media). The current deadline is March 30.

About the Grist Fellowship Program

The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity for early-career journalists to hone their skills at a national news outlet and deepen their knowledge of environmental issues. The fellowship offers exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional scrumptious snacks.

For more information about the program, click here.

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