In 2015, AAJA Seattle has reached 30 years as a chapter. Over the last three decades, AAJA Seattle has organized dozens of programs and provided dozens of scholarships toward fulfilling the organization’s three-prong mission of increasing Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers, ensuring fair coverage of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and encouraging young AAPIs to enter the industry.
AAJA Seattle has planned a number of events and other features to celebrate this special milestone.
The celebration starts now with AAJA Seattle’s 30th Anniversary video series. Every month during the remainder of this year, the chapter will post video interviews with key members of the chapter.
For the first segment, Natasha Chen, AAJA Seattle vice president of events and KIRO 7 reporter, interview chapter co-founder and KING 5 anchor Lori Matsukawa. Lori talks about the early meetings of the chapter, how the chapter impacted the local journalism industry and the formation of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship.
Travis Quezon and Natasha Chen talk to attendees at the 2014 AAJA Seattle Media Access Workshop – Speed Networking. (Photo by AAJA National)
For the second year in a row, AAJA Seattle is offering a Media Access Workshop for nonprofits! Sign up for this free speed networking event with local media professionals. Meet one-on-one with local journalists and media professionals to get advice on how to pitch your stories to news organizations, and how to handle reporters when they come calling.
The event is at The Seattle Times from 9-11:30 a.m. Sunday April 26.
This short workshop will start off with a presentation on best practices for writing press releases and contacting the media. Then, you’ll get a chance to meet one-on-one with a local media professional to ask for advice and get tips on your elevator speech.
So, come with your business cards and your elevator pitch, and be ready to mingle.
Media professionals include:
Janet Tu, reporter, Seattle Times Natasha Chen, reporter, KIRO 7 News Linzi Sheldon, reporter, KIRO 7 News Ethan Chung, editor, 425 Magazine Chris Casquejo, reporter, China Central Television Travis Quezon, editor-in-chief, International Examiner Christina Twu, editor, The Seattle Globalist Mai Hoang, reporter, Yakima Herald Republic Joaquin Uy, communications specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Many thanks to The Seattle Times for co-sponsoring the event.
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“Cambodian Son” documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior: first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet.
The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 at MTHS (21801 44th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace), in room 130.
We will be providing information about the NJC Scholarship, which is open to high school seniors in Washington as well as college students who are Washington residents or enrolled in a college or university in Washington and pursuing journalism.
AAJA Seattle administers the scholarship and we are currently accepting applications through May 3. I have attached a PDF of the application, but an online version is also available on our chapter website at www.aajaseattle.org/scholarships(online applications are preferred).
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.