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Spend your summer with AAJA Seattle!

Contrary to what our current weather may suggest, summer is just around the corner. And with that comes a few AAJA events and we hope you’ll join us!
Walk for Rice
Our first event is Walk for Rice on June 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.
We’ve formed an AAJA Seattle team to participate in this annual fundraiser, which features a 2.5-mile walk or run at Seward Park in Seattle, to help raise money for the Asian Counseling and Referral Service’s (ACRS) Food Bank. The food bank serves more than 5,000 low-income people, who make more than 120,000 visits, each year and is also the only food bank in the area regularly providing cultural staples of the Asian Pacific American diet, like rice, tofu and soy milk.
To find our team, click here. From there, you can join our team by clicking the blue “Join Our Team” button on the right side of the page. Our goal is to have at least 10 members. WE STILL NEED TEAM MEMBERS! Family and friends are also invited to join.
If you cannot make it to the event, you can still contribute by donating on our AAJA Seattle team page and clicking on individual team members’ pages to donate through their pages.
Chapter secretary Samatha Pak is the AAJA Seattle team captain for the fundraiser, so if you have any questions, please let her know (! A Facebook event page has also been created for our team, which could be used to keep track of those planning to attend, coordinate carpools to the event, fundraising ideas, etc.
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AAJA Seattle and Kellogg Foundation Media Access Workshop

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This is a free all-day workshop at The Seattle Times for community members to meet and gain insight into the current news business. Registration is required.

Learn about how news media is run today, who in your community covers the issues you want to talk about, and how to effectively communicate your pitch to journalists.

Light lunch will be included. Attendees are highly encouraged to stay the entire afternoon and attend the three workshops with local journalists from various broadcast, print, and radio media.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to speed-network with various journalists during the 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 2 p.m. time slots. These 8-minute are booked in advance and are first come first serve.

*You will be emailed a link to book your 8-minute speed-networking meetings after you register.

This event is organized by AAJA Seattle, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation and hosted by The Seattle Times.


Workshop Sessions

1) Straight talk how to get in the morning paper/evening news
When you pitch a story to a news organization, do you know whom you’re contacting? If you got a call for a quote today, would you be camera-ready? Learn about how a newsroom works, and why knowing which reporter to contact could be your best bet in getting your story told.
Essex Porter, reporter, KIRO TV
Christine Clarridge, reporter, The Seattle Times
Lisa Pemberton, reporter/columnist, The Olympian
Chris Casquejo, reporter CCTV

2) Crafting your press release, making your pitch
Let’s look at the anatomy of a press release, what works and what doesn’t work, and learn how to write a clear message that will resonate. And learn how to avoid unconscious bias when pitching your stories to various media, and how to identify it when you’re being interviewed.
Imelda Dulcich, independent public relations and social media specialist, Executive Director Newcastle Chamber of Commerce
Gabrielle Kazuko Namura, media relations manager, Seattle Opera
Owen Lei, communications director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, adjunct faculty Seattle University
Kevin Henry, cultural diversity/media relations, the City of Bellevue

3) Op-ed writing tutorial
As a person involved with a nonprofit, you may be called upon to write an editorial, or you may find that writing your story as an opinion piece may be the most effective way to get your story told. What are some helpful tips for writing a good guest op-ed?
Sharon Chan, opinion editor, Seattle Times
Travis Quezon, editor-in-chief, International Examiner
Maria Lamarca Anderson, communications director Youth Eastside Services
Sonya Green, host Music + Ideas, KBCS-FM.

What: AAJA Seattle and Kellogg Foundation Media Access Workshop, hosted by The Seattle Times
When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15
Where: 1000 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109
Contact: or 206-552-9041
Includes: Light lunch


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Lunar New Year Banquet 2014

What’s a party without a photo booth?

The entire photo album can be viewed on the AAJA Seattle Facebook page.

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Susy Sun to perform at Lunar New Year next week

Susy Sun will be performing at this year's Lunar New Year Banquet and Silent Auction.

Susy Sun will be performing at the Lunar New Year Banquet and Silent Auction next week.

Susy Sun will be performing at our Lunar New Year Banquet and Silent Auction next week.

Sun is a Northwest singer/songwriter and classical pianist. Her latest album, Wanderlust EP, is backed by an impressive group of fellow local talent: producer Shawn Simmons (known for his work with The Head and the Heart and The Maldives) and members of The Passenger String Quartet, led by violinist, Andrew Joslyn (known for his work with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, David Bazan, Kris Orlowski and Allen Stone).

Sun writes and composes all original music herself. After its release in October, Wanderlust EP caught the attention of national music media that have highlighted her as a shining up-and-coming artist to watch with her refreshing sound and music talent.

To learn more about Sun, you can follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.


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Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction to be at O’Asian on Jan. 25!

Lunar New Year 2013

Come celebrate Lunar New Year 2014 with AAJA Seattle on January 25!

Join us at O’Asian Kitchen in Downtown Seattle for an evening of food and lively conversation as we celebrate the Year of the Horse!

There will be a silent auction with great items from the Seattle Symphony, Teatro Zinzanni, a one-of-a-kind photo of rock legend Eddie Vedder and much more! We’ll also be auctioning off some delicious cakes and pastries in our annual Dessert Dash.


Advanced: $35 for AAJA Members // $40 for non-members // $20 for students // $12.50 for children

Day of Event: $50 for members and non-members // $25 for students

To purchase your advanced tickets, click here.

Also, check out our event page on Facebook!


Parking is free in the garage located under the Bank of America building at 5th and Columbia (O’Asian is located in the same building). Just remember to keep your ticket for validation inside the restaurant.

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