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Announcing: 30th Anniversary Fund Grants

In 2016, in celebration of AAJA Seattle’s 30 years of promoting diversity in media, the board announced the 30th Anniversary Fund, to help mid-career AAJA members with their next stages in the next stages of their careers.

We’re excited to launch our grant application, which is open to mid-career AAJA Seattle members. The AAJA Seattle chapter will offer grants of half the tuition cost of ELP or any other AAJA-affiliated training program. Members pursuing other types of programs may apply for reimbursement of up to $500 by the board, at the board’s discretion and determined by the availability of funds.

Eligible programs include masters’ degrees, programs and workshops that build journalism or leadership skills.

Decisions will be made quarterly. Recipients may receive funding once every three years, though applicants who are denied a grant in one quarter may apply again for the same or a different program. (more…)

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Meet AAJA Seattle’s newest board members

This post is long overdue, but AAJA Seattle is happy to announce its new board members!

Corinne Chin, Interim National Advisory Board Representative

Corinne Chin, Seattle National Advisory Board Representative

Corinne Chin is a video editor at The Seattle Times, where she works with a dynamic photo staff to film and edit short documentary films and compelling visual stories.

Before joining The Seattle Times in 2014, Corinne was a freelance video journalist reporting in Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; São Paulo, Brazil; and more. A Chicago native, Corinne also taught fine art photography and documentary film to underprivileged teens on the city’s West and South Sides. Corinne earned a bachelor’s degree in magazine writing and a master’s in video journalism from Northwestern University, winning a Midwest Emmy for her master’s capstone, a documentary on an ex-gang member fighting gun violence in North Lawndale, Chicago. Her work has also been recognized by several other groups, including the National Press Photographers Association, the Illinois Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the GroundTruth Project. She has lent her skills as a coach for the Story Arc cinematic journalism workshop.

AAJA Seattle’s National Advisory Board Representative represents the Seattle chapter at national board meetings.

Patranya Bhoolsuwan and Michelle Li, Co-Vice Presidents of Events

Patranya Bhoolsuwan and Michelle Li, Co-VPs of Events.

Patranya Bhoolsuwan and Michelle Li, Co-VPs of Events.

Patranya Bhoolsuwan is a reporter at KIRO-TV. Before coming to Seattle, Patranya was a reporter and weekend anchor at KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. It was there where she won the title of “Best Reporter” by the Nevada Association of Broadcasters. She also earned an Emmy award for her investigative news series on the bullying epidemic in Las Vegas public schools.

Patranya has also worked as anchor and reporter in Redding, Reno, and Washington DC. She started her journalism career as a writer/producer at KRON-TV in San Francisco.

Patranya was born in Bangkok, Thailand. She grew up a diplomatic brat and traveled around the world with her family. She moved to the U.S. to pursue her dreams of becoming a reporter. Patranya graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco with a degree in communications and political science.

Michelle Li is a journalist at KING5. Previously she worked as the primary anchor for stations in Wisconsin, the Coastal Carolinas and Southwest Missouri.

Michelle is a modern television journalist who is known for interactivity work. Google often showcases her unique livestreams in newsrooms across the country.

She has received 8 regional Emmy awards, including 4 consecutive ones for interactivity in the Chicago and Nashville markets. She’s received multiple Emmy nominations and awards for her reports on synthetic marijuana, deadly tornadoes, foster care concerns, women’s reproductive health, national scams and distracted driving.  In 2012, she was named Anchor of the Year for the Carolinas by the state broadcasting association. And, she’s earned 3 regional Edward R. Murrow awards — two for writing and one for feature reporting, including a national Murrow for feature reporting.

Michelle is a Korean adoptee who spent many summers volunteering with adoptive families and in orphanages in Seoul. She also started a television program in Missouri to help foster kids find permanent solutions. For that, Congress honored her work with an Angels in Adoption Award. She later returned to Washington, D.C. as a guest speaker at the National Press Club on behalf of Holt International.

Michelle grew up in a rural area near Kansas City and studied journalism at the University of Kansas.  She loves to volunteer, cook and spend time outside with family.  Michelle’s husband Jim is also an Emmy-award winning journalist who now works as a mobile developer for a news corporation. Together they have two big breed dogs named Minnie and Piper.  And Michelle played a reporter in the movie “Tammy” and on the TV show “The Following.”

AAJA Seattle’s VPs of Events plan fundraising and outreach events such as the annual AAJA Seattle Lunar New Year and the AAJA Seattle Chef Showcase.

AAJA Seattle Chapter Board, left to right: Venice Buhain, president; Patranya Bhoolsuwan, co-VP of events; Shirley Qiu, secretary; Corinne Chin, national advisory board representative; Michelle Li, co-VP of events; Sarah Wallace, treasurer. Not pictured: Jovelle Tamayo, VP of Programs

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You could serve on AAJA Seattle’s chapter board — Apply by Friday

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We are looking for a few good board members. Could that be you?

Nominate yourself or another members to serve on Seattle’s chapter board: Vice President of Events, who’s in charge of managing fundraising events for our chapter, and Treasurer, in charge of managing the chapter’s money.

We also are seeking an interim National Advisory Board Member, a one-year position to represent Seattle at the national advisory board meetings in the spring and summer.

Do you know a good candidate? You can nominate someone (including yourself) by October 14, 2016. The nominee must be a full member of AAJA. Please email us at with your nominations or questions.

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AAJA Seattle VP of Programs Jovelle Tamayo honored by The Seattle Globalist

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IMG_4416Congratulations to AAJA Seattle VP of Programs Jovelle Tamayo, who is being honored by The Seattle Globalist this week as Visual Journalist of the Year. The Globalist will host the Globies, its annual awards ceremony and fundraiser, 6 p.m. Friday Oct. 14 at the Georgetown Ballroom.

You can join the Globalist in honoring Jovelle by coming to the Globies. Tickets are still available, and AAJA members can get a $20 discount from the ticket price. Members should check the AAJA Seattle newsletter to get the code for the discounted price (and indicate you’re an AAJA member).

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Venice Buhain and KJ Hiramoto elected chapter president and secretary

The election results are in, so please join us in congratulating Venice Buhain and KJ Hiramoto as our incoming president and secretary!
They both will be serving two-year terms, beginning January 2016.
Venice Buhain has been a member of AAJA Seattle since 2000. She is the news editor at The Seattle Globalist, and has worked at TVW, Patch, The Olympian, The Daily News in Longview and the Eastside Journal in Bellevue.
As chapter president, she plans to focus on bringing in new members and early career journalists, building programs that speak to the needs of mid-career journalists and finding ways to keep our chapter members engaged locally and with national programs. Venice’s past experience includes serving as the chapter’s national advisory board member this past year and chapter secretary from 2008-11 and helping to organize the 2014 and 2015 AAJA Seattle Media Access Workshops and Chef Showcases.
KJ Hiramoto is a recent addition to AAJA Seattle and recent graduate of the University of Washington. He is interested in pursuing a career in the social media side of journalism down the line and sees serving as chapter secretary and getting a chance to run the chapter’s social media pages will prove to be a invaluable experience.
Also being a young journalist, KJ said he could always use some indirect training in being a better organizer and fast-paced worker by having to juggle between  jobs, conference calls and projects being run by our chapter.
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