The AAJA Seattle Chef Showcase is back this year, featuring a great lineup of Seattle food and wine to be enjoyed at the top floor of the Columbia Tower at the Columbia Tower Club.
The event will be 6 p.m. Monday, August 29 at the Columbia Tower Club.
Some of the most exciting chefs working in the Seattle food scene today are donating their time to demonstrate recipes. This year’s lineup of fabulous chefs includes Lisa Nakamura of Gnocchi Bar, Garrett Doherty of Kraken Congee, Jutamas Kwan Kanjanamai of Noi Thai and Kenneth Lee of Lionhead.
Drinks this year will be provided by Tranche Cellars and Fremont Brewing.
Advanced tickets are $25 for AAJA Members (limit one ticket per member) and $40 for the general public. Tickets at the door will be $50 for everyone. You must be 21 or older to attend the Chef Showcase.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Asian American Journalists Association Seattle chapter. AAJA Seattle is dedicated to promoting diversity in local newsrooms and fair coverage of Asian Americans in the media. Our programs include college scholarships for aspiring journalists, career development and community outreach to local nonprofit organizations.
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AAJA Seattle is pleased to announce that Shirley Qiu will be chapter secretary through 2017, filling a vacated position.
Shirley Qiu is a digitally-focused journalist working as Features Producer at The Seattle Times. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a degree in Journalism and International Studies. Before working at the Times, she had written features and news stories for The Daily of the University of Washington, Seattle Met magazine, The Seattle Globalist, and The Jakarta Globe.
She joined AAJA’s Seattle chapter at the beginning of this year, and she looks forward to helping the chapter support Asian-American journalists and promote newsroom diversity.
Shirley joins Chapter President Venice Buhain (The Seattle Globalist), Vice President of Events Natasha Chen (KIRO-TV), Vice President of Programs Jovelle Tamayo (independent photojournalist), Chapter Treasurer Sarah Wallace (freelance journalist) and National Advisory Board Representative Audrey Carlsen (Seattle Times).
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When we talk about diversity in media, there’s a specific question that often gets lost: Do our newsrooms actually reflect the diversity of the communities we cover?
Today, we’re asking that question of newsrooms that primarily cover the Seattle metropolitan area. We know anecdotally that the answer is no, but if we are serious about finding solutions, we need our conversations to be as informed as possible. And for that, we need hard data.
Increasing diversity in media means bringing in more voices, backgrounds, and perspectives of all types. However, given that many recent discussions of newsroom diversity — both on social media and in our community — have focused on race and gender, we chose to specifically focus on these facets of diversity in this report.
AAJA Seattle is happy to announce that Jovelle Tamayo has stepped up to fill our board vacancy for Vice President of Programs. The VP of Programs heads our workshops, training and other programs for members.
Jovelle Tamayo is an independent visual journalist who joined the AAJA Seattle community early this year. Jovelle’s photos have appeared in outlets including The Seattle Globalist, South Seattle Emerald, Seattle Weekly, BuzzFeed News, The New York Times, Esquire, The Star-Ledger, and GMNews.com. Previously, she studied Political Science and French at Rutgers University, where she served terms as Editor-in-Chief and Photography Editor of the school’s independent daily newspaper, The Daily Targum. She also interned at Aperture Foundation and The Times Herald-Record through the Dow Jones News Fund Program.
As the new VP of Programs, Jovelle looks forward to producing professional development and engagement opportunities for AAJA Seattle and the community at-large.
Jovelle joins Chapter President Venice Buhain (The Seattle Globalist), Vice President of Events Natasha Chen (KIRO-TV), Chapter Treasurer Sarah Wallace (freelance journalist) and National Advisory Board Representative Audrey Carlsen (Seattle Times).
Call for nominations for Chapter Secretary
We have a vacancy on our board for chapter secretary, and we are calling for nominations through June 5. Being on the board is a great way to get involved in AAJA locally and nationally and to work for boosting diversity in journalism. The secretary position takes the lead on chapter communications, keeps minutes at meetings and is in charge of elections. The position will be through December 2017.
Please contact AAJA Seattle chapter president Venice Buhain at email@example.com if you have any questions or if you want to nominate yourself or someone else for the secretary position.
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This year, AAJA Seattle received applications from many impressive high school and college students interested in the field of journalism. Of the applications, we’ve chosen four Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners and one Founders scholarship winner.
The Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners will each receive a $1,250 check and an assigned journalism mentor for the next school year. The Founders Scholarship winner will receive a registration and a stipend to the AAJA national convention in Las Vegas Aug. 10-13.
Join us in celebrating these students at our annual Northwest Journalists of Color reception on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.
Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Recipients
Ahlaam Ibraahim is a student at Rainier Beach High School. She’s an aspiring journalist and wants to become the first ever Somali-news anchor on CNN. Ahlaam currently covers stories for KUOW/Occupy.com. She loves to discuss politics and religion in her free time! Also the founder of global initiative Global Islamophobia awareness day.
Mohammed Kloub is a junior at the University of Washington pursuing journalism and Middle East studies. He is the News Editor for The Daily of the UW and a hip-hop writer for the publication as well. Aside from his passion for hip-hop music, he is interested in stories concerning racial and social justice, equity, resistance and celebration. When he’s not writing he likes reading, cooking, and watching Game of Thrones.
Rhea Panela studies at the University of Washington, majoring in journalism with a minor in English. She is a staff reporter for The Daily of the University of Washington and was the diversity beat reporter for two consecutive quarters. Currently, she is also the digital media intern at the International Examiner. She was recently chosen as one of the Husky 100, a UW tri-campus award for students who have made the most out of their time on campus and beyond the classroom. She is from the Beacon Hill neighborhood of South Seattle.
Jasmine Pollard is a senior and co-editor of her student newspaper at Shorewood High School. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball and watching crime shows. This fall she will be attending the University of Washington. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in broadcast or sports journalism.
Founders Scholarship Recipient
And this year’s Founders Scholarship goes to Starla Sampaco who is the digital projects editor at The Daily of the University of Washington, where she also produces videos for the university’s video news program. Starla is proud to be the daughter of Filipino immigrants, and her experience as a first-generation American influenced her passion for stories involving immigrants and underrepresented communities. This led her to double-major in journalism and law, societies and justice at the UW. Starla previously represented Washington state at Miss Teen USA and credits the experience for improving her interviewing and public speaking skills. As Miss Washington Teen USA 2014, she promoted a community platform titled “Diversity and Beauty Standards: Different is not defective” to initiate discussions on the lack of diverse female representation in the media.
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