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.

Join us for dinner with former AAJA VP George Kiriyama on Saturday, April 20

George Kiriyama AAJA calendar

Former AAJA Vice President-Broadcast, George Kiriyama, is coming through Seattle this weekend and you’re invited to join us for dinner in Capitol Hill!

Email Sharon Chan at schan47@yahoo.com by 5 p.m. Thursday if you would like to join us for dinner and she will email details on location and time. Dinner will cost between $20 and $30 per person, not including drinks.

George is a broadcast reporter for NBC Bay Area in California. During his term as vice president, George launched AASBJ to support Asian American student broadcast journalists, AASMBJ to help small- and mid-market broadcast journos and the Asian American Radio Group. He has mentored countless Asian American students and has a constant waiting list to critique stand-up tapes for early-career journalists and students.

If you’ve been to an AAJA convention, you may know him as organizer of the annual massive Korean BBQ night. For many years he held the most political position in AAJA: host of the convention’s karaoke night.

Read more about George in his NBC bio. Check him out on Twitter @georgekiriyama.

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Top five reasons to register for the AAJA NY convention by 5 p.m. Tuesday

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I know I’m one of the faithful members who would go to an AAJA convention even if it was in Detroit. (I did, and had a ball.) But I don’t represent all of you who are choosy about how to spend your hard-earned money and time. So here are five reasons why you should register for the AAJA Convention in New York, Aug. 21-24, before early-bird rates end Tuesday, April 17. Rates are $225 for pro members, and $100 for students until end of Tuesday.

Top Five Reasons to Register Now for the AAJA Convention

  1. It’s in New York, the media capital of the world. That means you’re going to meet editors and hiring managers you will not meet at another AAJA convention because it’s in their backyard. By the way, did you know you  can upload a resume to AAJA’s online database and schedule meetings with three news companies of your choice before you even get to NY? It’s a great way to network even if you aren’t actively job searching.
  2. Programming is getting a makeover. I’ve seen a dramatic transformation in AAJA’s convention sessions over the past five years. It’s more relevant, it reflects a digital-first multiplatform mindset and it re-ignites the journalism flame within. This year that transformation is getting even more dramatic. There will be 5-minute Lightning Sessions. Attendees will vote, American Idol-style, on who will present some of the lineup. The pre-convention workshop lineup features an all-day Learn to Code workshop. Check out a sneak preview of workshop lineup: http://www.aaja.org/convention-workshop/
  3. It’s going to be big. AAJA expects 850 attendees!
  4. You know you’re going to regret not going when you see the tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook updates from New York. 
  5. Did you know that the chapter that registers the largest percentage of its members will get 10 percent off convention registration for the 2014 AAJA convention? 

Register now at http://www.aaja.org/nyc2013/

AAJA Seattle is also taking applications for the Founders Scholarship, which helps a student  member go to the convention! Deadline is April 30. Apply here: http://www.aajaseattle.org/scholarships/

Rates will rise by $50 to $75 after Tuesday. Take the money you’ll save and come to dinner and karaoke with former AAJA VP George Kiriyama this Saturday, April 20. (Email me at schan47@yahoo.com if you want to join us for either or both events.)


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What you missed at the UNITY Seattle mixer

That's U for UNITY. Top row, left to right: John Ryan, Peter Sessum, Genevieve Alvarez, Venice Buhain. Middle: Katrina Barlow, Mai Ling Slaughter, Melissa Hoyos. Bottom: Sona Patel, Lauren Rabaino, Sharon Chan.

Thank you to everyone who came to the UNITY Seattle mixer on Tuesday night! We had a crowd of about 20 journalists of all backgrounds at Lucid Lounge in the U. District: Asian American, Latina, white, gay, student, professor, digital, TV, radio, nonprofit, ex- and job-seeking journalists.

We projected the #UNITY12 Twitter stream up on a screen and UNITY and alliance presidents Joanna Hernandez, David Steinberg, Doris Truong, Rhonda LeValdo all joined us via Twitter. UNITY Programming Co-Chairs Paul Cheung and Robert Hernandez also joined in the event via Twitter.

I did a short slideshow about why you should think about coming to UNITY:

    • Thousands of journalists
    • Inspired workshops
    • Vegas

AAJA Seattle President Sona Patel announced a convention grant the chapter will award to help a laid-off journalist attend UNITY. She also highlighted the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarships, deadline April 15. This year the winner will receive a grant to attend the convention as well. Former scholarship winner Peter Sessum spoke about how the scholarships changed his life.

We raffled off two “J” pins and a $50 gift card to Lucid Lounge. Congratulations to the three winners, all students at the University of Washington. Thank you to Lucid for donating the gift card. If you haven’t been to Lucid lately, they have a new elevated stage and a great digital presentation setup (they handed me an iPad to run the slideshow).

Don’t you wish you had been there?

The early-bird registration rate for UNITY 2012 convention ends on March 16! The early bird rate is $325 for members, $150 for student members, $500 for non-members and $250 for student non-members. After March 16, rates go up $75!

Register now at unityconvention.org.

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The Holiday Scoop journo party will be free!

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Update Dec. 7: The City of Seattle has decided to enforce an admission-fee policy against us, requiring us to pay taxes on this nonprofit scholarship fundraiser. So, instead of giving the city a cut of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarships, we are opening the party to all invitees for free. Donations are welcome online and at the event. To trim costs, we have eliminated the karaoke throwdown.

Join your friends and colleagues for Seattle’s biggest journalist party of the year: The Holiday Scoop 2011. Let’s celebrate the holidays, great journalism and the successes of our local news organizations. Our 2nd annual all-media holiday party will bring together television, radio, online and print journalists. All Puget Sound-based newsroom staffers and former staffers invited. Nosh on hors d’oeuvres and drink at our no-host bar. Lori Matsukawa of KING TV will emcee again! (See photos of last year’s event)

Event Details:

The Holiday Scoop 2011

Friday Dec. 9, 2011

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Last Supper Club

124 S. Washington Street, Pioneer Square, Seattle

Advance tickets $20

Tickets at the door $30

Buy your tickets at http://holidayscoop2011.eventbrite.com

This event is 21 and over


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