This year, AAJA Seattle received applications from many impressive high school and college students interested in the field of journalism. Of the applications, we’ve chosen four Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners and one Founders scholarship winner.
The Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners will each receive a $1,250 check and an assigned journalism mentor for the next school year. The Founders Scholarship winner will receive a registration and a stipend to the AAJA national convention in Las Vegas Aug. 10-13.
Join us in celebrating these students at our annual Northwest Journalists of Color reception on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.
Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Recipients
Ahlaam Ibraahim is a student at Rainier Beach High School. She’s an aspiring journalist and wants to become the first ever Somali-news anchor on CNN. Ahlaam currently covers stories for KUOW/Occupy.com. She loves to discuss politics and religion in her free time! Also the founder of global initiative Global Islamophobia awareness day.
Mohammed Kloub is a junior at the University of Washington pursuing journalism and Middle East studies. He is the News Editor for The Daily of the UW and a hip-hop writer for the publication as well. Aside from his passion for hip-hop music, he is interested in stories concerning racial and social justice, equity, resistance and celebration. When he’s not writing he likes reading, cooking, and watching Game of Thrones.
Rhea Panela studies at the University of Washington, majoring in journalism with a minor in English. She is a staff reporter for The Daily of the University of Washington and was the diversity beat reporter for two consecutive quarters. Currently, she is also the digital media intern at the International Examiner. She was recently chosen as one of the Husky 100, a UW tri-campus award for students who have made the most out of their time on campus and beyond the classroom. She is from the Beacon Hill neighborhood of South Seattle.
Jasmine Pollard is a senior and co-editor of her student newspaper at Shorewood High School. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball and watching crime shows. This fall she will be attending the University of Washington. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in broadcast or sports journalism.
Founders Scholarship Recipient
And this year’s Founders Scholarship goes to Starla Sampaco who is the digital projects editor at The Daily of the University of Washington, where she also produces videos for the university’s video news program. Starla is proud to be the daughter of Filipino immigrants, and her experience as a first-generation American influenced her passion for stories involving immigrants and underrepresented communities. This led her to double-major in journalism and law, societies and justice at the UW. Starla previously represented Washington state at Miss Teen USA and credits the experience for improving her interviewing and public speaking skills. As Miss Washington Teen USA 2014, she promoted a community platform titled “Diversity and Beauty Standards: Different is not defective” to initiate discussions on the lack of diverse female representation in the media.
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For nearly 30 years, the Northwest Journalists of Color have coordinated scholarships for aspiring journalists. The NJC’s members belong to the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Seattle Association of Black Journalists Association of Seattle (SABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). Since 1983, the NJC and AAJA have given more than $150,000 in scholarships.
You do not need to identify as a student of color to apply for this scholarship. Strong preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the importance of diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences in newsrooms.
You are eligible to apply for NJC if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
You are a Washington resident
You are a current high school junior or senior attending high school in Washington
You are a current student attending a four-year college, community college or vocational college who will be attending school this fall (does not have to be a Washington state college)
What scholarship winners receive:
Scholarship money to students who intend to pursue careers in journalism
An invitation to an awards ceremony and reception in early June attended by other media professionals in the area
A professional journalist mentor
Application materials for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship:
AAJA Seattle Founders’ Scholarship
Only AAJA Seattle Student Members are eligible. The Founders’ Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Frank Abe, Ron Chew and Lori Matsukawa, who founded the AAJA Seattle chapter in 1985. The scholarship covers a student registration fee for 2016 National Convention. The 26th Annual AAJA National Convention will be held at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, August 10-13, 2016. A small stipend for travel and accommodations is available. At the very end of the application below, please indicate if you’d like to be considered for the Founders’ Scholarship.
Do you have your tickets for the 2015 AAJA Seattle Chef Showcase?
We’re hosting this great event for the second year in a row on Aug. 10 at Columbia Tower Club. Members of AAJA Seattle and SPJ can get their tickets for $30 — that’s half the price of door tickets — through July 31 Aug. 3.
This year, our featured chefs are:
Garrett Doherty of Kraken Congee
Prometheus Brown and Chera Amlag of Food & Sh*t
Edouardo Jordan of Salare
Yenvy Pham of Pho Bac
$30 for AAJA and SPJ members through July 31 extended to Aug. 3.
$40 for Columbia Tower Club Members
$50 for general public tickets purchased in advance.
$60 at the door
As I write this, I am eagerly awaiting the birth of my first child. This will be a quite an exciting and hectic time for my husband and I . As part of this transition, I will be on maternity leave through Labor Day. During this period, I will be delegating many of my duties to the members of my board and limiting my workload with the chapter.
This note will detail how to best reach the chapter during this time and a rundown of some great events our chapter has planned for this summer.
If you need to reach the chapter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please address the email to Chapter Secretary Samantha Pak. She will coordinate any necessary response and action.
Here’s what on tap for AAJA Seattle for the next few months:
AAJA Seattle’s next Dim Sum Saturday event is June 27 at New Hong Kong Restaurant, 900 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104. This is a fun and casual way to catch up with fellow members and hear what is happening with our chapter.
The chapter is planning our Chefs Showcase event, which will be on August 10. We are bringing back the event for a second year after a successful launch last year. We certainly hope you will join us. More importantly, this kind of event requires a lot of hands, and we are also seeking volunteers. Please contact vice president of events Natasha Chen at email@example.com for details or if you’re interested in volunteering.
The AAJA National Convention in San Francisco will be held August 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Our chapter will be well represented though a variety of roles at the convention. You can check out the full schedule here and register here. The pre-convention member rate of $325 ($150 for students) ) is good until the end of the month.
Our annual chapter picnic is planned for August 29 at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. This is a great time to catch up with members, enjoy delicious food and the nice water views. Join us!
Our 30th Anniversary activities will continue. Check the 30th Anniversary page for the latest. In the meanwhile, please save the date for our anniversary gala: November 14, 2015.
Finally, want a chance to win free tickets to either the Chefs Showcase or the 30th Anniversary Gala? AAJA Seattle will be giving away two tickets for each event for a member who renews or joins AAJA before the end of this month, June 30.
I want to send a huge thank you to my board for their support while I go through this major life transition. I also want to emphasize that because of their effort, the chapter will be in good hands. While my workload will be limited, I hope to be present at chapter events (possibly with the new baby), so I hope to see you all there!
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.