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Video editing course at 911 Media starts Thursday

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Are you interested in learning how to edit a video? brush up your skills in leading media production tools?

Whether you’re planning to make a film, personal video or short segment for a webcast, you’ll learn vital skills in 911 Media Arts’ beginner’s class in Final Cut Pro 6. The course is four Thursdays from 7 pm to 10 pm, and starts this week. Because of our partnership with 911 Media, our members qualify for their discounted rate of $230. The fee includes 6 hours of out-of-class time in their Mac lab.

For details, go to:

Other 911 Media classes coming up:

March 16: Beginning programming for creatives
March 22: Integrating Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and After Effects
March 24: Beginning After Effects
April 13: Intermediate Final Cut Pro

Take advantage of your AAJA membership and the discounts it offers! Your expenses may be tax-deductible. Consult your tax adviser.

Need some financial aid? Apply for one of AAJA Seattle’s 911 Media Arts fellowships for professionals!

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Need multimedia training? AAJA Seattle has you covered

I’m thrilled to announce a NEW member benefit for AAJA Seattle members.

Members in good standing are now eligible for discounted rates on classes, computer lab time and rental equipment at 911 Media Arts, Washington state’s premiere non-profit for new media art and documentary film.

Why is this important now?
In today’s tough job market, media professionals with multimedia skills have the edge. 911 Media Arts offers classes in video and audio editing, Adobe Creative Suite 4, documentary film production and web design and programming. 911 Media also rents video cameras and time in its Mac lab.

What does this mean for AAJA members?
Members can take advantage of the benefit in two ways: They can immediately get big discounts on 911 Media’s classes, obtaining the same rate as 911 Media’s members, who pay $45 a year for membership. In addition, AAJA Seattle will offer scholarships to professionals and students in 2010 to defray the cost of classes, equipment rental and lab time.

What classes can I take at 911 Media?

Check out 911 Media’s website for the list. Bare Bones iMovie starts Monday, Feb. 21. Beginning Final Cut Pro starts March 11. “Integrating Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro” starts March 22. If there’s a topic or skill you’re interested in but don’t see on their site, let AAJA Seattle know because 911 Media has agreed to develop customized classes for our members’ training needs.

I’m unemployed. Can AAJA help with the cost of training?
There are lower cost online training sources as well, but AAJA Seattle has decided to offer three $250 scholarships to professional members this year that cover half the cost of their 911 Media classes. For student members, AAJA Seattle and 911 Media also are providing for two $500 scholarships that cover the entire cost of their 911 Media classes.

How do I make sure I get the discounted rate?
Go to the class listing on 911 Media’s website — — and click on the link to the class you’re interested in. For example, click on “Beginning Final Cut Pro,” and when the class detail page is loaded, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you’ll see Google Checkout. You’ll select the “Member Price” when you check out. 911 Media will verify with AAJA Seattle that your membership is current.

How do I apply for a scholarship to take a 911 Media class?

We will likely use the same process that we use for our other scholarships. Applicants will be required to write a 250-word statement that describes how the scholarship will help them in their career and how they could use their skills or volunteer time to benefit the chapter. Stay tuned for more details.

If you have any questions, send an email to and use keyword “911 Media” in the subject line. We hope our members will enjoy this new benefit! We are in the middle of our membership renewal drive, so if you could please renew your membership or encourage your colleagues to join AAJA, I would appreciate it. It’s more important than ever before that we sustain our community of journalists and support each other.


Sanjay Bhatt
President, AAJA Seattle chapter

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VIDEO: 2010 Lunar New Year Banquet

For higher image quality, watch it in HD! After you hit play, select setting next to volume control and on the submenu, change it from 360p to 720p.


On Jan. 23, 2010, the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association held its annual Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction. Nearly 80 people attended this year’s event at Tea Palace Asian Restaurant in Renton.

The chapter raised more than $2,500 from the event to support its non-profit programs, including the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship. Thanks to all who attended and supported this event!

Video produced by Sanjay Bhatt/Hot Chai Media.

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Knight/Berkeley Web Publishing Workshop: Apply Now

This is great opportunity for those of us who are transitioning into the world of journalist/entrepreneur – a world I became very excited by when I attended the Online News Association conference in October. Apply to the Web Publishing for Independent Journalists Workshop, from March 21-26, presented by the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

They’ll cover hotel room & tax as well as meals, but you’re on your own as far as flights go. (Luckily, visiting my family often and going to AAJA board meetings in San Francisco, I’ve found that flights from Seattle to Oakland or San Francisco via Virgin America, Southwest and Alaska Air can usually be found for reasonable fares.)

Check out the description sent to us about this workshop:

The career path for many of today’s journalists is merging with entrepreneurship. Journalists who once covered topical, feature and investigative news for established newspapers are becoming independent publishers of specialty blogs and hyperlocal community news site. These sites fulfill an important role in the emerging news and information landscape.

Powerful and easy to use Web publishing tools make creating quality online news sites easy and affordable. These new tools are allowing individual journalists and community journalism to flourish as part of the evolving news eco-system.

The Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California Berkeley is offering an innovative new training workshop for journalists who have or are actively seeking to venture into online community or specialty news publishing. The Web Publishing for Independent Journalists Workshop will provide journalists with the hands-on training and tools to get started with an online publishing enterprise.

Participants in the Web Publishing for Independent Journalists Workshop will receive training on:

  • Setting up and maintaining a WordPress blog
  • Establishing a brand
  • Shooting good video and video editing
  • Using Photoshop to prepare images for publication
  • How to sell advertising
  • Data visualization at the community level
  • Basic Mapping and Data-driven Maps
  • Using social media to develop and engage with audiences
  • SEO and Google Analytics

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Journalists who have already begun or are in the process of launching an online news venture.

HOW TO APPLY:  An online application form and instructions are available here.

To fill out the application, you’ll need to register at the site (and confirm that in an email link). By registering, you’ll be able to save your application and return later to edit, update or complete. The application includes questions about your contact information and your proficiency in various equipment and software, as well as a statement of interest by you, a letter of recommendation from a colleague who knows your professional work, and a resume summary of your journalism experience.

If you have any questions, please contact Alisha Diego Klatt, KDMC program specialist, at or (510) 642-3892.

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The Death and Life of American Journalism

On Tuesday, I was fortunate to hear two great speakers on the state of American journalism and what can be done to renew and reinvigorate the American press. John Nichols, The Nation’s Washington, D.C., correspondent and Robert McChesney, a pre-eminent scholar on the history and political economy of communication, are the co-authors of a new book called “The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again.”

Too many people outside the journalism community do not realize the scope and depth of the calamity that has befallen American journalism in the past quarter-century, and certainly in recent years. I began trying to chronicle the layoffs, buyouts, and struggles of the newspaper industry more than two years ago on a blog. But I couldn’t keep up with the velocity of the bad news.

My hope was that by videotaping these talks at Town Hall Seattle, I could make Nichols’ and McChesney’s message and evidence accessible to a wider audience and stimulate conversations among friends and family members about what’s ultimately at stake as journalism grows weaker — the vitality of our democracy.

I’ve broken the video into segments on distinct topics so they’re easier to watch and don’t slow down your computer. Unfortunately, my battery died right as McChesney’s talk began. Note to self: Carry extra batteries. There were three other people videotaping, so hopefully one of them will upload video of his talk. Please feel free to post comments on the videos or share links to McChesney’s talk!

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