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The Asian American Journalists Association, along with several journalism organizations, was invited by Attorney General Eric Holder to attend an off-the-record meeting on media policy.
AAJA, however, will not attend. National President Paul Cheung explained the organization’s reasoning in a statement released Sunday:
While AAJA welcomed the invitation to meet with the U.S. Department of Justice on media policy, AAJA will not be attending the meeting.
We advocate for fair and accurate media coverage on behalf of our 1,700 members. An off-the-record conversation would not allow us to inform our full membership about the meeting.
Transparency is key to building trust between the news industry, our government and the public. Should there be a future on-the-record meeting, AAJA would gladly join the conversation to help shape media policy in a way that best serves the public and diversity in news media.
Several other organizations, including the National Association of Black Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association have also declined the invitation.
UNITY: Journalists of Diversity Inc., an umbrella group that includes AAJA, will be attending the meeting.
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Three AAJA Seattle members have been selected to participate in the 2013 Executive Leadership Program.
The three-day program will be held from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, in conjunction with the AAJA National Convention in New York.
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.
AAJA Seattle has provided $2,100 in financial support to help cover the cost of the program for all three participants. [Full disclosure: To avoid a conflict of interest, president Mai Hoang recused herself from the voting process.]
AAJA Seattle members attending this year’s program are:
Venice Buhain, an editor for Patch, is a long-time member of AAJA Seattle and has served in several roles for the chapter, including chapter secretary and co-chair of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program in 2010.
Mai Hoang, business reporter, for the Yakima Herald-Republic, is currently serving as president of AAJA Seattle. She previously served as chapter treasurer and co-chair of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program in 2010.
She also was selected as a recipient of the Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship, which provides a $400 stipend to attend the Executive Leadership Program.
Thanh Tan, multimedia editorial writer for the Seattle Times, is an alumna of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship and also was the keynote speaker for the NJC Reception in 2011.
Congrats to all three participants!
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Join AAJA Seattle for Dim Sum Saturday
By popular demand, it’s back this month! Meet your fellow AAJA Seattle members for casual chat and a good time over dim sum. The more, the merrier — friends, co-workers, former co-workers, significant others and kids more than welcome.
Dim Sum Saturday
We’re meeting at 10:30 a.m. April 27 at Venus Chinese Seafood, 7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S in the Rainier Valley.
We’ll all split the check. Dim sum typically runs about $10-$15 per person.
Please RSVP to our Facebook event so we can keep a rough headcount and know how big of a table to reserve. Hope to see you there!
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Voting has started in a special election for National Vice President of Print. The Vice President for Print represents the interests of members employed in the newspaper, magazine and general print journalism industry.
Running for the position is Neal Justin of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and Ken Moritsugu, the Bangkok, Thailand-based Asia Enterprise Editor for The Associated Press. Both have served AAJA in a variety of different roles at the chapter and national levels. Complete candidate statements can be found here.
The position has been vacant since mid-January when Tom Lee resigned for the position for personal reasons. The winner of this special election will finish out Lee’s term, which expires at the end of this year.
AAJA members should receive a electronic ballot by email from National Secretary Theodore Kim. Ballots must be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific Time Feb. 18. For additional questions email Kim at email@example.com.
Every vote counts, so I encourage all AAJA Seattle members to fill out a ballot!
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What: A scholarship reception to celebrate 2012’s Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners (winners will be announced within the next week). Event sponsored by Comcast.
Where: KOMO-TV headquarters in Seattle
When: Friday, May Â 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Featuring keynote speaker Hari Sreenivasan, a PBS NewsHour correspondent and former NJC scholarship recipient.
RSVP HERE:Â http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3467971797
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