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Join AAJA Seattle in the first meetup of IRE Seattle!

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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.

For more details and to get further updates, go to the group’s page.

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Danny O’Neil challenges AAJA Seattle: Match my Power of One donation!

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Danny may be a nerd, but he is a generous one!

Former AAJA National President Sharon Chan got the whole crowd laughing during her lightning talk at the AAJA National Convention on dating and marrying a fellow journalist. The presentation featured several fun photos of Sharon’s husband — and former First Man of AAJA — Danny O’Neil. At the end of the talk, Sharon talked about why he was a keeper. Among those reasons — a willingness to donate to AAJA!

And Danny, who works at 710 ESPN Seattle, has done it again. In honor of their upcoming wedding anniversary, Danny has donated $500 toward the Power of One Campaign and he has challenged AAJA Seattle to match that amount on Twitter:

Attention @aajaseattle: In honor of my lovely wife, I am issuing a $500 challenge donation to Power of One. Can the chapter match by Friday?

AAJA Seattle has had an amazing history of fundraising. We can do this!  Join me and donate now.

Through the generous donations of members and others, the Power of One campaign helps funds valuable programs such as MediaWatch, which holds news organizations accountable for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and J Camp and VOICES, which provides valuable experience and mentoring for high school and college students.

AAJA is aiming to reach a goal $15,000 by this Friday. Currently, the campaign has $1,300 to go.  Matching Danny’s generous $500 donation would put a huge dent toward reaching the goal.

In addition, if the $15,000 goal is reached by Friday, AAJA executive director Kathy Chow has agreed to donate an additional $1,500. And every dollar above $15,000 will go toward the AAJA’s endowment, which funds AAJA’s future projects.

If you donate, please email me at maisurvey@gmail.com so we can keep track!

(Finally, AAJA Seattle needs to show the San Francisco chapter WHO IS BOSS.)

This post has been corrected to include the right amount Kathy Chow will donate if the Power of One goal is reached. 

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AAJA Seattle member Shawn Chitnis participates in 2014 Executive Leadership Program

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The 2014 Executive Leadership Program is underway and we’re proud to provide $700 in financial support to AAJA Seattle member Shawn Chitnis.

Chitnis is a reporter for KREM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Spokane, covering a range of topics including city politics, business, and education. He previously worked as a reporter for KNDO-TV, the NBC affiliate in Yakima. Shawn also worked as a desk assistant for ABC News in New York and Los Angeles while studying broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Lynnwood and often visits his family in Bothell.

Chitnis has been AAJA member since he was a student at USC and has already served in leadership positions for the organization, including as the first co-coordinator of the Asian American Small Market Journalists group.

This year’s Executive Leadership Program, held at Gannett Company Headquarters in McLean, Va., continues though Sunday. The annual program builds the leadership and management skills of mid-career journalists seeking to join the ranks of mid-level and upper management in the newsroom. The program’s curriculum includes a wide variety of topics related to journalism and leadership development.

Congrats, Shawn!

 

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Discount on AAJA National Convention rates end TODAY

This year’s AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. is packed full of hands-on workshops, seminars and networking opportunities.

And TODAY is your last chance to save $75 on the registration rate for the convention, Aug. 13-16.

And if you need more reasons to go, convention co-chairs Seung Min Kim and Sherri Ly share a few of the many things you can do while you’re in the nation’s capitol:

A great convention hotel located right in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. The Renaissance Marriott is a top-of-the-line hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, superb workout facilities and great bars to unwind with a drink after a long day.

When you can break away from programming and networking, leave the hotel and enjoy all that D.C. has to offer. Walk just a couple of blocks to Chinatown and Penn Quarter – home to some of the best restaurants in D.C. Some of our favorites are restaurants run by famed restaurateur Jose Andres, like Jaleo (Spanish tapas) and Zaytinya (Mediterraean). Right across the street is the brand-new CityCenterDC – a new complex with luxury shopping including Kate Spade and Burberry. And the hotel is just a short walking distance from the National Mall, surrounded by the best museums in the country (all free!).

And of course, it’s a chance to reconnect with all your AAJA friends from across the world.

So register today!

For those of you who have already registered, start planning by checking out the full convention schedule.

In addition, registration is now open for pre-convention workshops. These full-day workshops provide in-depth training in several topics including data journalism, entrepreneurship, international reporting and political coverage.

Workshop spaces are limited, so sign up today!

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AAJA congratulations ad to Lori Matsukawa on her induction into the Silver Circle

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Congratulations to KING5 anchor Lori Matsukawa, who was just inducted into the Silver Circle by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Lori co-founded the Seattle chapter of AAJA, has mentored countless aspiring Asian American broadcast journalists and been a guardian angel of our chapter. AAJA congratulated Lori with a full-page program ad at the regional Emmy dinner on June 7.

The AAJA Seattle chapter and AAJA members around the country bought this ad together.

Congratulations Lori! You totally deserved it. (And it’s about time.)

From:
AAJA Seattle
Debby Abe
Frank Abe
Judy Averill
Sanjay Bhatt
Frank Blethen
Ryan Blethen
David Boardman
Paula Bock
Niala Boodhoo
Venice Buhain
Brent Champaco
Sharon Chan
Shawn Chitnis
Mimi Gan
Susan Han
Chris Jose
Mimi Jung
Ken Kashiwahara
Doug Kim
Curtiss Kim
Lloyd LaCuesta
Owen Lei
Robert Mak
Assunta Ng
David Ono
Hari Sreenivasan
Janet Tu
Su Ring Vitue

AAJA Seattle also thanks TJ Mullinax, an online news producer for Good Fruit Grower in Yakima, for volunteering his time to design the ad.

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