AAJA Author archives for Sharon Pian Chan

Sharon Chan is associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times and a board member for UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.

APME NewsTrain workshop in Seattle Oct. 3-4

Check out this journalism workshop coming to Seattle.

APME NewsTrain Seattle
Oct. 3-4, 2013
Register now

A two-day workshop focusing on social media reporting tools, creating enterprise off your beat, data mining, digital storytelling, managing continuous coverage and more.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food.
Location: Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave. (Note: the venue has changed from our save-the-date flyer)
Register: www.apme.com/?page=Seattle
Twitter: @NewsTrainNW
Networking social: TBA

DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS:  Up to ten scholarships are available for this APME NewsTrain event for young print and broadcast journalists and journalism students of color who are pursuing careers in journalism. Scholarships will cover the registration cost of NewsTrain and may cover some of the recipient’s accommodations and travel expenses. NewsTrain host committees will review applications and choose the recipients. Pacific Northwest candidates will have the best chance. Interseted? Send a resume and application letter by Monday, Sept. 16, to Jessica Partnow at jessica@seattleglobalist.com.

Workshop Agenda

· Social Media Reporting Tools: Social media platforms contain powerful reporting tools that can be valuable to reporters facing big breaking news stories or enterprise projects. This session explains how to use social media platforms and onsite tools to locate expert and “real people” sources, for “crowdsourcing” using advanced search features on major social media sites and for curating social media content to augment your own content.
· Maximize Your Social Media: So you’re a journalist on social media, but not so sure you’re taking the right approach? This session offers tactics and tips to improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement and measure how well your social media efforts are working over time.
· Smartphones for Journalists: A guide to the best apps, web sites and other tools for reporters working in the field.
· Digital Storytelling: How to approach the development and presentation of breaking news and enterprise packages for both print and online platforms.
· Enterprise off a Beat: A session aimed at reporters and editors on spotting and developing enterprise stories off a busy beat. This session offers different ways to measure the accountability of public and private institutions and suggests a variety of story forms that can be used to quickly develop a series of short to mid-range enterprise pieces. The goal is to build a sustained body of enterprise coverage while juggling the many demands of beat work. (more…)

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Seattle Times opening for a one-year community engagement editor

The Seattle Times is hiring for a one-year community engagement editor to work on an innovative education project. Interested? We encourage serious candidates to apply by Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. I would get to work with this editor!

Seattle Times one-year community engagement editor

Job description:
The community engagement editor for the Seattle Times-Solutions Journalism Project will bring a startup mentality and passion and tenacity for seeking solutions to the big questions facing education. In this one-year position, the editor will develop and manage a blog for the project that will become the region’s destination for education conversations. This editor will edit and curate staff and community contributions and conversations, making the blog a destination for the latest news and most innovative thinking on education advances and policies.
The hallmark of this editor’s efforts will be developing and executing on a successful in-person and digital engagement strategy that connects with all facets of the community, reaching beyond the education experts and journalists to include parents, teachers and community members – particularly from underserved neighborhoods throughout the Puget Sound region.
 
Duties will vary depending on our needs and your strengths but may include:
Start up, edit and curate a blog 
Engage community members in person, on social media and via online interaction 
Recruit community members to contribute to the blog
Identify and cultivate partnerships with community organizations and media partners
Drive readership and community engagement
Conduct outreach for and participate in community forums

Qualifications:
Copy editing skills
Understanding of how people use digital tools to produce and consume information and share ideas
Knowledge of AP style, understanding of SEO principles
Strong social media skills
Familiarity with content management tools, including blogging platforms such as WordPress

This job is for you if you have:
A passion for education issues
Big ideas about digital journalism tempered with practical know-how and the ability to get things done
A desire to inform and engage with community members online and in person in innovative ways
 
Preferred candidates will have a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in journalism or a related field, with extensive digital experience.
 
How to apply:
Please submit a resume, a cover letter, no more than five samples of your work and a list of references here: https://www.smartrecruiters.com/seattletimescompany/73112149-one-year-community-engagement-editor

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Rock Box party: An AAJA Seattle sendoff for David Boardman on July 29

Join AAJA Seattle as we say goodbye to Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman. Boardman is leaving to become dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

Boardman has been a champion of AAJA and the Seattle chapter, supporting our scholarship, donating auction items to our lunar banquet and coming to our annual Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship night. He is one of the few executive editors in the nation who makes it a priority to personally attend our national convention. I could not have served as AAJA national president without his support.

You may remember Dave’s karaoke rendition of “No Woman, No Cry” from our lunar banquet. Or perhaps you saw the legendary performance of “Proud Mary” he did with former Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli at the UNITY convention in 2012. This is your last opportunity to duet with Dave in Seattle. Let’s see if we can get him to sing “Baby Got Back.”

Marcus Brauchli (left) and David Boardman perform "Proud Mary" at UNITY 2012

Marcus Brauchli (left) and David Boardman perform “Proud Mary” at UNITY 2012

Rock Box with Boardman
Monday, July 29
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Rock Box Seattle, 1603 Nagle Place in Capitol Hill
Cost: Pay for what you eat, drink and your share of the room fee
RSVP to schan47@yahoo.com by 9 a.m. Thursday, July 25

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Announcing the #2K2WKS Challenge: Donate to Power of One by Aug. 5 and Frank Blethen will match it

Frank Blethen, Seattle Times publisher

Frank Blethen, Seattle Times publisher

Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen is challenging you to support the Asian American Journalists Association with a donation to the Power of One campaign. For all donations from July 15 through Aug. 5, Frank will match all funds raised up to a total of $2,000.

The Power of One fund supports AAJA’s important work on increasing the number of Asian Americans in journalism and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of Asian and Asian American communities.

“With the challenges facing the industry, all of us need to step up and support the important work AAJA does for diversity in journalism,” Blethen said. “Maybe you’re a student who can give $5. Or maybe you’re an ELP graduate who can give $100. Join our family of supporters for AAJA at any level.”

Donate now at AAJA by targeting your donation to Power of One. Here is how to donate. Please specify that your donation should go to “Power of One.”

Update 10/11/13:

Here are the supporters who have stepped up with a donation to Power of One during Frank Blethen’s challenge.

Candace Barron, Boeing
Larry Benesh, Zynga
David Boardman, Temple University
Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times
Venice Buhain, AOL Patch
Bobby Calvan
Janning Chan
Allen Cheng
Sharon Pian Chan, The Seattle Times
Susan Han, Seattle Channel
Mai Hoang, Yakima Herald-Republic
Michael Kim, ESPN
Janet Mason, WZZM 13
Lori Matsukawa, KING 5
Danny O’Neil, 710 ESPN Seattle
Mi-Ai Parrish, The Kansas City Star
The Poynter Institute
Albert Shen, Shen Consulting
Thanh Tan, Seattle Times
Doris Truong, Washington Post
Janet Tu, Seattle Times
Tiffany Wan
Brian Wong, ESPN
Sunny Wu, MSN

Donors pledged $3,460 for the #2K2WKS challenge. When he saw the pledges that came in, Frank Blethen also upped his challenge grant, which means we have raised a total of $5,860 for AAJA’s mission with this campaign.

Thank you all for your support for diversity in journalism.

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A video from the Seattle chapter to AAJA President Paul Cheung for his 40th birthday #pcheungis40

AAJA President Paul Cheung turns 40 Sunday. We just didn’t think that a card was enough for our global-interactives-managing, Instagram-bombing, data-loving, responsive-designing AAJA president. So we did the (fake) Harlem Shake.

Akiko Oda, field editor at AOL Patch, produced this video. Starring Akiko, Lori Matsukawa, Candace Barron, Nigel Barron, Caroline Li, Samantha Pak, Thanh Tan, Wendy Tang (Hong Kong AAJA member who did a guest appearance), Danny O’Neil, Larry Blackstock, Devon Bacon, Sharon Chan and two random guys we met at the park.

To mark this milestone birthday, Paul is asking you to make a gift to the future of Asian Americans in journalism by donating to AAJA’s Power of One campaign.

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