Category Archives: Programs

Core initiatives, such as scholarships, workshops and career development

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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Applications open for the 2017 KIRO-TV/NJC Internship

Deadline: March 24, 2017

In partnership with the Northwest Journalists of Color, KIRO 7 will offer one recipient the opportunity to be an Intern for the KIRO 7 News Department for summer 2017.

An Internship at KIRO 7 provides the opportunity to be embedded in the news environment to learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of a TV and digital newsroom. Interns will assist the producers in researching stories and writing show scripts. Interns will also have the opportunity to accompany KIRO 7 news crews in the field on occasion. In addition to learning in the newsroom, this intern will be able to meet people from other departments to understand the business of the television station as a whole. The program is open to college students.

The intern will be selected by a three-judge panel, including members of the KIRO 7 news staff and NJC program volunteers.

Click here to download the application.

Internship Requirements:

  1. The student must be registered at a University, College, Community College or Vocational-Technical Institute.
  2. The student should have junior or senior status, or be in the last year of a Community College or Vocational-Technical program.
  3. All internships require 20-30 hours per week covering a period of 10-16 weeks, depending on the school’s quarter or semester length. The internship starts in June.
  4. While KIRO 7 considers the Internship program format valuable in observing the student’s attitude, talents, and skills, it is understood that no guarantees are given for future employment.
  5. Students will only be offered an Internship after completing a pre-employment drug and background screening.
  6. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. will be required upon employment.
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AAJA Seattle board news: New VP of Programs, call for Secretary nominations

Welcome Jovelle Tamayo, VP of Programs

AAJA Seattle is happy to announce that Jovelle Tamayo has stepped up to fill our board vacancy for Vice President of Programs. The VP of Programs heads our workshops, training and other programs for members.

IMG_4416Jovelle Tamayo is an independent visual journalist who joined the AAJA Seattle community early this year. Jovelle’s photos have appeared in outlets including The Seattle Globalist, South Seattle Emerald, Seattle Weekly, BuzzFeed News, The New York Times, Esquire, The Star-Ledger, and Previously, she studied Political Science and French at Rutgers University, where she served terms as Editor-in-Chief and Photography Editor of the school’s independent daily newspaper, The Daily Targum. She also interned at Aperture Foundation and The Times Herald-Record through the Dow Jones News Fund Program.

As the new VP of Programs, Jovelle looks forward to producing professional development and engagement opportunities for AAJA Seattle and the community at-large.

Jovelle joins Chapter President Venice Buhain (The Seattle Globalist), Vice President of Events Natasha Chen (KIRO-TV), Chapter Treasurer Sarah Wallace (freelance journalist) and National Advisory Board Representative Audrey Carlsen (Seattle Times).

Call for nominations for Chapter Secretary

We have a vacancy on our board for chapter secretary, and we are calling for nominations through June 5. Being on the board is a great way to get involved in AAJA locally and nationally and to work for boosting diversity in journalism. The secretary position takes the lead on chapter communications, keeps minutes at meetings and is in charge of elections. The position will be through December 2017.

Please contact AAJA Seattle chapter president Venice Buhain at if you have any questions or if you want to nominate yourself or someone else for the secretary position.

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April 11 deadline for 2016 Northwest Journalists of Color and Founders’ scholarships

Scholarship winners and journalists at the 2015 Northwest Journalists of Color and Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship Reception at KIRO TV.

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.

How to apply for NJC and the Founders Scholarship

Make a copy of this Google doc OR this Microsoft Word document. Please send your completed application and any related materials in ONE e-mail to Anika Anand at with the subject line “NJC Scholarship.”

A completed application form
Resume (optional)
A 500-word essay
Statement of financial need
Three samples of your best journalistic work


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NJC Pizza Night at Mountlake Terrace High School on March 24

AAJA Seattle will be hosting a Northwest Journalists of Color (NJC) Scholarship Pizza Night in partnership with The Hawkeye at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 at MTHS (21801 44th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace), in room 130.
We will be providing information about the NJC Scholarship, which is open to high school seniors in Washington as well as college students who are Washington residents or enrolled in a college or university in Washington and pursuing journalism.
AAJA Seattle administers the scholarship and we are currently accepting applications through May 3. I have attached a PDF of the application, but an online version is also available on our chapter website at (online applications are preferred).


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