AAJA Author archives for Sona Patel

Sona Patel is the Social Media producer for The Seattle Times. She joined The Times in November 2009. Prior to moving to the Northwest, Sona was a reporter and Web producer at The Tribune, a McClatchy newspaper on California's Central Coast.

We’re awarding 2 UNITY registrations to AAJA Seattle members

AAJA Seattle will award two UNITY registrations — one for a professional member and one to a student member — who can demonstrate financial need. Deadline to apply is Friday, price  July 13.

Please fill out this form to be considered for one of the registrations. If you have any questions, please email aajaseattle@gmail.com or tweet @aajaseattle.

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Self-Branding Bootcamp for students!


(Students only, but feel free to pass along the message!) If we don’t have enough student sign-ups by March 27 at 1 p.m., we will open up the event to AAJA Seattle members.

STUDENTS: Don’t miss this great opportunity from AAJA Seattle!

“Personal branding” is about more than having a matching logo on your business cards, blog and Twitter profile. It’s about having a voice that people recognize in the industry and in your own personal sphere of interest. It’s also about knowing how to promote your voice — and yourself — to the people who care. We can show you how to get started. In this AAJA Seattle crash course, join producers from The Seattle Times and other regional media outlets to learn how to start (or improve) your blog and use social media strategies — skills that you can use in your personal lives, and carry into the newsroom. Oh, did we mention we’ll have pizza?

Note: this is open to any student (not just UW).  We’ll also be answering questions about applying for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship program. Applications for the NJC Scholarship are due April 15. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

You MUST RSVP! You can do so here.

When: Wednesday, March 28

Where: Mt. Baker Training Room, 6th floor, Seattle Times building, 1000 Denny Way, Seattle, 98109

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE for students; $10 suggested donation at the door. Cash or credit card only, please.

If you’re driving you may need to pay for parking. There are SOME guest parking spots in the lot outside The Seattle Times building that are free as well as paid street parking.

Questions? Email Sona Patel at sona.patel@gmail.com or 949-310-0336.

To renew your AAJA membership visit aaja.org.

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TODAY is the last day to pre-order tickets for the Lunar New Year Banquet!

Just a quick reminder: Today is the last day to pre-order tickets for the Lunar New Year Banquet! Save up to $10 if you pre-order.

See you then!

 

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Silent Auction items

I was reviewing our Silent Auction list and I couldn’t help but be so grateful for all of the donations made by local businesses and the AAJA community for our Silent Auction. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can bid on next week:

Be a cheesemaker apprentice for a day, get free samples and be treated to lunch with Beecher’s Seattle‘s Cheesemaker for a Day certificate.

Don’t have a car? Zip around town with gift certificates from Zipcar Seattle!

Dine in style with a gift certificate from Seattle’s famous Canlis Restaurant! Thanks to some KING 5 employees for donating this tasty item.

A one-night stay in Deluxe Accommodations at Pan Pacific Seattle.

A one-night stay with complimentary parking at Hotel Max in the heart of downtown Seattle.

Wine from Guardian Cellars in Woodinville.

An evening with Jennifer Egan: Two tickets to a Seattle Arts and Lectures Series talk.

Get picked up in style with a gift certificate from Uber, Seattle’s private towncar company.

A “New Year, New You” package filled with goodies such as personal training sessions, and gift certificates to PCC Natural Market, Starbucks and an American Express Gift Card.

Ever wanted to go mushroom hunting? Matt Ironside of The Seattle Times will take you and a group of friends on a private mushroom hunting trip!

A portrait session with Ava Van of Ava Van Photography.

… and much more! Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship.

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Tickets on sale for the 2012 Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction

Get your tickets now for AAJA Seattle’s biggest fundraiser of the year! This year’s banquet will be held on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Acquabar in Belltown. Silent auction proceeds will go toward the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship, which has supported more than 100 college students since the mid-1980s.

Highlights of this year’s banquet include:

Our emcee for the evening will be Elizabeth Dinh, reporter, KOMO 4 News.

Ticket prices will go up, so get yours soon: http://lunarnewyear2012.eventbrite.com/

All ages welcome.

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