AAJA Author archives for Lauren Rabaino

Lauren is an associate producer at The Seattle Times. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, she worked with journalism startups in California, where she was raised and went to college.

Save the date: May 18 for NJC Scholarship Reception

What: A scholarship reception to celebrate 2012’s Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners (winners will be announced within the next week). Event sponsored by Comcast.

Where: KOMO-TV headquarters in Seattle

When: Friday, May  18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Featuring keynote speaker Hari Sreenivasan, a PBS NewsHour correspondent and former NJC scholarship recipient.

RSVP HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3467971797

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Save the date: AAJA Seattle UNITY Mixer

Via Sharon Chan: It’s been four years. Let’s connect! The UNITY 2012 convention is happening in Las Vegas, Aug. 1-4. Here is your chance to meet up with your fellow UNITY journalists who will be going! Please join us in welcoming the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association to the UNITY alliance representing the Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanice Journalists and Native American Journalists Association. We invite all journalists, including National Association of Black Journalists members, to join us for drinks.

Questions? Contact Sharon Chan, UNITY vice president at sharonpianchan@gmail.com or 206-464-2958.


Save the date!
UNITY Journalists Seattle Mixer
Tuesday, March 12
6pm to 8pm
Location details coming soon
Cash bar

Does UNITY matter for AAJA Seattle? Yes!

Also from Sharon: The net revenue from the UNITY convention is split based on how many members register for the convention from each alliance (AAJA, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA). So the more AAJA members we get to register, the bigger the pot that AAJA gets. That revenue goes to AAJA national, but the Seattle chapter has a vested interest in keeping the national organization as healthy as possible so national won’t have to assess our chapter again.

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Lunar New Year 2012 in Seattle — a success!

A quick thanks to all of you who attended our AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year banquet a few weeks ago. A special thanks to Acquabar for hosting us, the  Trackademics for providing entertainment, Ava Van Photography, and up-and-coming Taiwanese American comedian Yola Lu.

A group of journalists from Canada also made it to Seattle for the event, pics below.

Touring KING5

Our guests wrote messages on the board at The Seattle Times.

From our treasurer, Mai Hoang, an update on money:

  1. Taking out the credit card fees, we made $2,270.38 on the silent auction! That is about $700 more than we we made last year! Overall, including everything else (ticket sales, dessert dash and photo booth), we made more than $5,300 in revenue! There is a couple of dessert dash payments outstanding.
  2. Expenses were a bit higher; $2,304.60 vs. $1,135.74 last year. The higher costs reflects higher food costs ($1,834.80 vs. $975) and additional expenses from the photo booth and eating the ticket fees.
  3. But in the end net revenue, including the silent auction, was $3012.91 for this year compared to $2560.76 last year.  Without the silent auction we made $689.90.  Great job everyone!
  4. This is still not a definite total as there’s still some housekeeping to do.

We’ll keep you updated on plans for the next event. See photos from the photo booth at Ava Van’s Facebook page.

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Save the date: AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year banquet and Silent Auction slated for Jan. 28

We’ll have more details about our annual Lunar New Year Banquet, but put the date and time on your calendar now:

  • Date: Jan. 28, 2012
  • Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
  • Location: Acquabar in Belltown, Seattle

We’ve reserved the entire venue until 10:00 p.m., with the option of staying after 10 p.m. when the music and dancing starts. Stay tuned for information about activities, speakers, food, pricing and ticket purchasing.

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What’s on the plate for AAJA Seattle

Outgoing and incoming AAJA members hold a retreat to discuss 2012.

Members of the old board and freshly-elected AAJA Seattle board met at a retreat last week to hand off ideas and kick off the new year. Thanks to all the board members for coming, and to Sharon Chan for hosting the event in her condo building. Here are some raw notes from the meeting about what we have planned for 2012.

Sanjay, the outgoing president, outlined the chapter history for new board members:

  • Founded in mid-’80s, 1986. Third nat’l chapter after LA and SF
  • 2006 reached milestone of raising 100k
  • Founders scholarship, try to give out one per year

Three priorities that AAJA Seattle has established

  1. Outreach – partnership with SPJ for savings for AAJA members. Trying to figure out how to engage members more.
  2. Mentoring
  3. Training


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