AAJA Author archives for Mai Hoang

Mai is a business reporter for the Yakima Herald-Republic in Yakima, Wash. She covers a variety of topics from retail and restaurants to economic development. She currently serves as president of AAJA Seattle.

Vote for AAJA National Vice President of Print

Photo credit: AAJA National headquarters

Photo credit: AAJA National

Voting has started in a special election for National Vice President of Print. The Vice President for Print represents the interests of members employed in the newspaper, magazine and general print journalism industry.

Running for the position is Neal Justin of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and Ken Moritsugu, the Bangkok, Thailand-based Asia Enterprise Editor for The Associated Press. Both have served AAJA in a variety of different roles at the chapter and national levels. Complete candidate statements can be found here.

The position has been vacant since mid-January when Tom Lee resigned for the position for personal reasons. The winner of this special election will finish out Lee’s term, which expires at the end of this year.

AAJA members should receive a electronic ballot by email from National Secretary Theodore Kim. Ballots must be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific Time Feb. 18. For additional questions email Kim at theekim1@gmail.com.

Every vote counts, so I encourage all AAJA Seattle members to fill out a ballot!

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Job opening: Microsoft beat reporter for The Seattle Times

Former AAJA National president Sharon Chan will be moving on to the new digital frontier as producer of mobile platforms and user analytics for The Seattle Times.(Congrats, Sharon!)

With Sharon’s new career move comes a great opportunity for someone — you, perhaps? —  to cover Microsoft for The Seattle Times.

Here’s the job posting:

The Seattle Times Business staff is seeking a hard-driving, enterprising reporter to cover one of the most influential corporations in the world: Microsoft. This reporter should have considerable experience covering business and/or technology and should take pride at being ahead of not only local competitors, but the national media as well. He or she must be skilled at working with financial documents, understanding technology, building sources and breaking through a PR machine second to none. This person needs to be skilled at anticipating events, putting together stories that connect the dots and explain to our readers why these events are important. Writing abilities must be sharp and wide-ranging enough to appear regularly on A1, the Business section cover and above the fold online. This candidate should also be comfortable using a variety of tools, from capturing Web video to leveraging social media to engage readers and sources. Availability to travel is also a must.

This reporter, part of The Times’ technology team, must be able to work cooperatively with other team members, as well as peers throughout the newsroom, including photo, graphics and online. He or she will be principally responsible for daily and enterprise coverage of Microsoft’s corporate affairs, strategies, core products, personnel and workplace issues, and software industry trends. Other members of the team will contribute to coverage of the company, especially in the areas of digital media, gaming and wireless technologies. Contributions to the larger Business section staff is expected, including story ideas and suggestions for the betterment of business coverage.

If you think you are up to the challenge of covering one of our premier beats, contact Technology Editor Mark Watanabe at mwatanabe@seattletimes.com or at The Seattle Times, P.O. Box, 70, Seattle WA 98111.


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AAJA Seattle VP featured in Seattleite

[photo by Erik Simkins]

All of us here at AAJA Seattle know how awesome Caroline Li, AAJA Seattle’s vice president of events, is, but it looks like the secret is out.

Seattleite, a lifestyle website looking to highlight the area’s offerings, profiled Caroline for its “The Ultimate Catch: Intriguing Seattleites” series:

Caroline is a local journalist with global ambitions. She is the founder of Earthwalkers Magazine & Social Network, a media platform that promotes local city bloggers and travel writers from around the world, while connecting like-minded individuals so that they can share and inspire each other to experience the world for themselves.

It’s great to see others acknowledge Caroline’s great work with Earthwalkers as well as her work for nonprofits such as AAJA Seattle. Recently, she was the lead organizer for our successful Lunar New Year Banquet and Silent Auction. (Highlights on the event are coming!)

Congrats, Caroline!

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The Holiday Scoop is a big success!


[Organizers and emcees kick it at The Holiday Scoop, an all-Seattle media party to raise money for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship on Dec. 17, 2010 at Nectar: Sharon Chan, Seattle Times technology reporter; David Boardman, Seattle Times executive editor; Candace Heckman, senior editor at Nyhus Communications; Bill Radke, KIRO FM Radio host and Lori Matsukawa, KING 5 anchor. Photo by Erika Schultz]

By Sharon Pian Chan and Candace Heckman
AAJA National President and National Treasurer

Journalists packed the house at The Holiday Scoop, the first all-Seattle media party for broadcast, radio and online journalists on Friday, Dec. 17.

More than 200 people broke out their holiday finest for the party at Nectar, a nightclub in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, representing current and former journalists from more than 40 news outlets in the Puget Sound.

005Scoop[Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman skewers Seattle media in a poem at The Holiday Scoop, which he help organize. Photo by Erika Schultz]

The highlight of the night? Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman’s version of “Twas the Night before Christmas” skewering local media, LOLcats and newsmakers. If you missed it, it will live on only in our memories.

003Scoop[Emcees Bill Radke and Lori Matsukawa deliver a poem about Seattle “snowmageddon.” Photo by Erika Schultz]

Emcees Lori Matsukawa of KING5 and Bill Radke of KIRO FM Radio opened the event, exchanging some very special holiday gifts with each other (also for our memories). They also recognized newsrooms that won national awards this year: The Seattle Times (Pulitzer Prize), Puget Sound Business Journal (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Knight-Risser Prize), KIRO FM Radio (RTDNA), KOMO TV (RTDNA), MSNBC.com (ONA) and West Seattle Blog (ONA).

The event benefited AAJA Seattle’s Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, a 24-year program that has awarded more than 100 scholarships to student journalists. NJC scholarship winners Rachel Solomon and Peter Sessum volunteered at the event. Other former winners also showed up: Seattle Times religion reporter Janet Tu and Seattle Magazine online managing editor Karen

006Scoop[Seattle Times reporter Dominic Gates (center) and Sports Press NW soccer reporter Stanley Holmes were among the 200 journalists who attended at The Holiday Scoop, an all-Seattle media party to raise money for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship. Photo by Erika Schultz.]

Here are all the newsrooms represented: 710 ESPN Seattle, AOL FanHouse, AOLNews, Associated Press, CBS Interactive, Crosscut, Intersect, InvestigateWest, KBCS 91.3 FM Radio, KING TV, KIRO Radio, KIRO TV, KUOW/NPR, Maple Leaf Life, MSN Money, MSNBC.com, My Green Lake, Neighborlogs, Northwest Vietnamese News, Puget Sound Business Journal, Q13 FOX, Ravenna Blog, Renton Reporter, Patch.com, Reuters, Roosevelt Neighborhood Blog, Seattle Bride, Seattle Business, Seattle magazine, Seattle PostGlobe, Seattle Weekly, Seattlepi.com, Sportspress Northwest, The Associated Press, The Daily (Everett) Herald, The (UW) Daily, The Seattle Times, The (Tacoma) News Tribune, Three Sheets Northwest, USA Today online, Xconomy, Northwest Asian Weekly.

The masterminds behind the event were David Boardman, AAJA National Treasurer Candace Heckman and AAJA National President Sharon Chan. See you next year? Maybe.

If you have feedback for the event, send it to candaceheckman@gmail.com or schan@seattletimes.com.

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AAJA National Secretary election to begin Friday

With the election of Doris Truong of The Washington Post to AAJA National President, AAJA is holding a special election beginning Friday for National Secretary.

Athima Chansanchai, owner of Tima Media and AAJA Seattle’s National Board Representative, is one of the candidates. Learn more about her candidacy here.

Also running for the office is Theodore Kim, reporter at The Dallas Morning News and vice-president of the AAJA Texas chapter. Learn more about his candidacy here.

Get informed and vote!

Some election details:

Voter Eligibility. Only full members, whose dues are paid for the current year, are eligible to vote in this special election.For questions about the election process or the duties of the National Secretary, please contact Elections Officer Janet Cho: jcho@plaind.com.

Absentee Voting. On Oct. 1, eligible voters will receive an e-mail with voting instructions and the link to the electronic absentee ballot, and have until 5p.m. (PST) Oct. 22 to vote. Ballots by mail/fax must be RECEIVED BY 5p.m. (PST) on Oct. 22 and are subject to member verification.

    MAIL TO:
    AAJA Special Election Ballot
    5 Third Street, Suite 1108
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    FAX: (415) 346-6343
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