The well-known and well-regarded Investigative Reporters (IRE) and Editors are great friends of AAJA. In fact, thanks to a recent partnership, IRE and AAJA members were able to attend each others’ conferences in 2014 at member rates!
So it’s a pleasure for our chapter to support a new Seattle-area branch of the investigative reporting organization.
The new branch will have its first mixer on Jan. 21 at The Diller Room, 1224 First Ave., Seattle. Besides mingling with journalists and learning more about IRE, attendees will also get to drink a special mixed beverage for the event, The Watchdog.
For more details and to get further updates, go to the group’s page.
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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 email@example.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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Frank Blethen, publisher and CEO of The Seattle Times, was presented with the Leadership in Diversity Award during the AAJA National Convention Scholarship & Awards Gala Banquet Saturday night.
The award honors an individual or corporation that has made strides in promoting and demonstrating diversity in the news media industry. A group of AAJA Seattle members who nominated Blethen for the award recognized Frank as a tireless advocate for diversity though his work at The Seattle Times and in his sustaining support of AAJA Seattle.
When told of his award, Frank said he thought he was just doing what everyone else should be doing.
Frank was not able to attend the gala, but Sharon Prill, publisher of the Yakima Herald-Republic accepted the award on his behalf. The Seattle Times Company owns the Yakima newspaper. In accepting the award at the gala, Prill referenced Frank’s track record of promoting Asian Americans in his company:
We are the product of Frank Blethen.
Lori Matsukawa, KING5 anchor and AAJA Seattle co-founder, said in her nominating letter:
As a publisher, Frank Blethen made diversity coverage a cornerstone for the Times. For years, the Times conscientiously engaged in “Community Reporting” and today, CR has become its standard for daily coverage and photography. There are stories of diverse communities, photographs of diverse people written by reporters of color. Frank personally interacts with communities of color and if he can’t (because really, there are so many communities here in Seattle!) he sends out trusted representatives like Carole Carmichael and Thanh Tan, who have strong friendships in the community.
Sharon Chan, Associate Opinions Editor/Digital for The Seattle Times and former AAJA National President, highlighted Blethen’s commitment to diversity in positions at the Times and its affiliate publications including those in management:
Frank has been a national leader in developing and diversifying news leadership. He hired Asian American Sharon Prill as publisher at another newspaper the Blethen family owns, the Yakima Herald Republic. Mei-Mei Chan, now publisher of the News-Press in Ft. Myers, was previously vice president of ad sales at The Seattle Times. Last fall, Frank named Kathy Best editor of The Seattle Times. She is the first woman to lead our newsroom. The Seattle Times president and editorial page editor are also women.
Mai Hoang, AAJA Seattle chapter president talked about his continued support for AAJA at the local and national level:
Frank has also shown his support through thousands of dollars in personal donations for local and national AAJA programs. Last summer, Frank challenged members to donate to AAJA’s Power of One campaign though a dollar-to-dollar match of up $2,000. When members stepped up and donated more than $3,400, Frank upped his donation to $2,400. More recently, Frank and his wife, Charlene, served as the “Santa” sponsor for The Holiday Scoop, a holiday fundraiser organized by AAJA Seattle and the Western Washington SPJ Pro Chapter. The $2,000 sponsorship helped the two organizations raise net revenues of more than $7,000 for scholarship programs, including the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship.
Description of the award from the AAJA 2014 Convention gala program
Sharon Prill and Sharon Chan with the award.
A photo of The Seattle Times-sponsored table at the AAJA gala.
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The 2014 Executive Leadership Program is underway and we’re proud to provide $700 in financial support to AAJA Seattle member Shawn Chitnis.
Chitnis is a reporter for KREM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Spokane, covering a range of topics including city politics, business, and education. He previously worked as a reporter for KNDO-TV, the NBC affiliate in Yakima. Shawn also worked as a desk assistant for ABC News in New York and Los Angeles while studying broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Lynnwood and often visits his family in Bothell.
Chitnis has been AAJA member since he was a student at USC and has already served in leadership positions for the organization, including as the first co-coordinator of the Asian American Small Market Journalists group.
This year’s Executive Leadership Program, held at Gannett Company Headquarters in McLean, Va., continues though Sunday. The annual program builds the leadership and management skills of mid-career journalists seeking to join the ranks of mid-level and upper management in the newsroom. The program’s curriculum includes a wide variety of topics related to journalism and leadership development.
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This year’s AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. is packed full of hands-on workshops, seminars and networking opportunities.
And TODAY is your last chance to save $75 on the registration rate for the convention, Aug. 13-16.
And if you need more reasons to go, convention co-chairs Seung Min Kim and Sherri Ly share a few of the many things you can do while you’re in the nation’s capitol:
A great convention hotel located right in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. The Renaissance Marriott is a top-of-the-line hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, superb workout facilities and great bars to unwind with a drink after a long day.
When you can break away from programming and networking, leave the hotel and enjoy all that D.C. has to offer. Walk just a couple of blocks to Chinatown and Penn Quarter – home to some of the best restaurants in D.C. Some of our favorites are restaurants run by famed restaurateur Jose Andres, like Jaleo (Spanish tapas) and Zaytinya (Mediterraean). Right across the street is the brand-new CityCenterDC – a new complex with luxury shopping including Kate Spade and Burberry. And the hotel is just a short walking distance from the National Mall, surrounded by the best museums in the country (all free!).
And of course, it’s a chance to reconnect with all your AAJA friends from across the world.
So register today!
For those of you who have already registered, start planning by checking out the full convention schedule.
In addition, registration is now open for pre-convention workshops. These full-day workshops provide in-depth training in several topics including data journalism, entrepreneurship, international reporting and political coverage.
Workshop spaces are limited, so sign up today!
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