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Missed the 2010 AAJA National Convention? Here’s a taste.

Couldn’t make it to Los Angeles to attend the AAJA Convention? Or didn’t have a chance to attend all the sessions (or all the ones you wanted to attend were at the same time)?

No problem. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can get a taste of the convention experience long after it’s over.

#AAJA Tweets — What the Hashtag has a transcript of all the tweets made during the convention.

Web tools and Social media — One of the convention highlights were several presentations from Robert Hernandez, a professor at the University of Southern California (and former senior news producer and director of development at The Seattle Times). Check out his handy site for interesting web tools as well as his Intermediate Social Media presentation (done with Justin Osofsky of the Facebook Development Network) .  And here’s a great takeaway made by Hernandez during his presentations: “You are a lazy journalist if you only use social media. You are a lazy journalist if you don’t use social media.”

Presentation bits and pieces. Sacramento-based multimedia journalist Cody Kitaura has a great post that includes a variety of audio, quotes and links from several convention presentations.

AAJA Voices. The student multi-platform project was a great success thanks to great professional mentors and top notch leadership from AAJA Seattle’s own Marian Liu. The site is chock full of video, photos and stories from the convention and around LA. Don’t know where to start? Check out this video by three-time Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winner Peter Sessum on the convention experience of AAJA Seattle student member Katelin Chow. (And it’s worth noting that Peter practices what he preaches about social media — he was among the top 10 tweeters during the convention!)

Got photos? Share and check out convention photos on the AAJA Seattle Facebook Group or on AAJA Seattle’s Flickr page. (There is also a link to the Flickr page on the right side of the webpage.)

Finally, it’s never too early to think about next year. The next AAJA National Convention will be in Detroit on Aug. 10-13, 2011. Check out the video below.

2011 AAJA National Convention Heads to Detroit from Annabelle Udo on Vimeo.

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Meet the 2010 Northwest Journalists of Color recipients!

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[AAJA Seattle members at the 2010 Northwest Journalists of Color reception, June 8 2010. From left to right AAJA Seattle president Sanjay Bhatt, NJC co-chair and AAJA Seattle secretary Venice Buhain, Rachel Solomon, Mary Pauline Diaz, Katelin Chow, Peter Sessum, NJC co-chair Mai Hoang, AAJA Seattle treasurer and past NJC chair Nicole Tsong. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka.]

Katelin Chow

Katelin is a sophomore at the University of Washington where she studies Journalism and political science. She’s interested in all types of journalism, including television, print and radio—Katelin would eventually like to produce broadcast stories, whether for a local TV station or an online publication. This past February, Katelin interned with NBC Universal at the Vancouver Olympics, where she worked as a runner for operations and production logistics, as well as a logger for curling production. Katelin has also worked with The Daily since she started at the UW, and has written stories, copy-edited, produced
video stories and has also helped start the paper’s new TV-show, The Daily’s Double Shot. Earlier this month, one of Katelin’s stories for The Daily was recognized as one of the top three in SPJ’s Region X for General Television reporting. She is a student in the University Honors program.

Mary Pauline H. Diaz

Mary Pauline is finishing her sophomore year at Seattle University, studying Theology and Religious Studies. Her name roughly translates to “humble overthrow,” reflecting what she hopes to offer the world and how she views the media’s impact potential. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Diaz was Entertainment Editor for Seattle U’s student weekly The Spectator and has written for Ignite Your Faith Magazine, myUsearch.com and her own music website, TheOvercast.net. Diaz is a Filipina-American—her parents and siblings immigrated in the 1980s, and she is the only member of her immediate family born in the United States. She is grateful for their models of commitment to justice and empathy, and she hopes to bring that to a career in print or online journalism. In all things, Diaz seeks to explore and honor true human experience.

Peter Sessum

Peter fell into journalism almost by accident. It was the only humanities course open when he signed up for his first quarter of classes.
At the time, Peter was making his return back to school after spending a year and a half working counter narcotics for the State Department in Afghanistan. He thought he could do more good with a degree since the department supervisors didn’t listen to the contractors without college degrees. But he quickly decided that he could do more good reporting overseas and bringing back the stores that aren’t being told than he could working for the State Department.
Despite the recent change in the face of journalism, Peter remains optimistic. He doesn’t feel like he has to compete with 500 other graduating journalism students next year. Instead, Peter, who is currently a student at the University of Washington, believes that he only needs to find one editors that is looking for someone like him. With a lot of experience overseas, knowledge of the way military works and plans to take Arabic classes starting in the fall, Peter feels he will be competitive to report overseas.
Peter won two awards in the 2009 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards — first place for in-depth reporting and second place for general news reporting.

Rachel Solomon

Rachel is a junior studying journalism at the University of Washington. She grew up in Redmond, Wash., and started working at The Daily, the UW’s student newspaper, as a copy editor the day before she started her first quarter of college. She has since worked as a beat reporter, features editor and news editor, and has interned at Seattle Metropolitan magazine and the Ballard News-Tribune. Rachel is interested in pursuing a career in radio journalism after she graduates. She loves the intimacy of the medium and how no matter how many people are listening, it always feels like the host or reporter is having a conversation with only you. Her dream job would be to follow in the footsteps of her idol, Ira Glass, and work for This American Life.

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Attention students: Just a few days left to apply for scholarships from AAJA Seattle

With May 1 quickly approaching, here’s another reminder to apply for one of three scholarships from AAJA Seattle.

Scholarships include the Northwest Journalists of Color, which offers college scholarships of up to $2,500; the Founders Scholarship, which provides registration for the upcoming AAJA National Convention and the AAJA Seattle/911 Media Arts Student Scholarship, which provides funds toward rental equipment or classes at the 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle’s University District.

More details and a easy-to-use application form can be found here.

Hurry! All applications must be postmarked by the deadline.

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“Choppy Waters” at Central Washington University was a success!

Athima Chansanchai critiques Central Washington University journalism students resumés. Photo by TJ Mullinax.

Athima Chansanchai critiques Central Washington University journalism students' resumés. Photo by TJ Mullinax.

About 15 students at Central Washington spent last Thursday evening (April 15) with SPJ and AAJA Seattle learning how to navigate the job market in last week’s “Choppy Waters” pizza night event.  AAJA Seattle and the William O. Douglas chapter of SPJ co-sponsored the event while the Central Washington SPJ chapter hosted the event and helped promote it.

During the program, panelists Athima Chansanchai, TJ Mullinax and Debra Yergen discussed a variety of aspects of getting into the job market including using  social media to establish your brand, showing how existing journalism skills can apply to a variety of journalism and non-journalism jobs and the importance of good storytelling especially during the job interview.

The panelists stuck around to critique students’ resumés, cover letters and clips and as well as answer more questions. The event lasted until 11 p.m., but nobody seem to mind.

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AAJA Seattle and SPJ to co-host “Choppy Waters” pizza night program at Central Washington University

It’s a tough job market out there for students, but AAJA Seattle and SPJ are working together to help.

The two organizations are working together to organize “Choppy Waters: Navigating the job market through change and transition.” The program’s title pays homage to an earlier program AAJA Seattle organized last year to help professional and student journalists throughout the Seattle area deal with the challenges of the journalism industry.

This program, which includes a panel discussion and resume and clips critique, will give current and graduating college students career strategies as they enter our changing profession.

“Choppy Waters” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 15 at Bouillon Hall Room 144 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Panelists
Athima Chansanchai — A year ago, Athima was out of the job after the closure of the print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Since then, Athima developed her own business, Tima Media. She’s done everything from writing press releases to writing more than 1000 trivia questions in 5 weeks. She also is continuing to edit books and write freelance articles. Her latest project is a new Web site called thegirlsnightout.com, designed to help women in Seattle find things to do for an evening out. Athima also serves as a member of the national board of directors for the Asian American Journalists Association.

TJ Mullinax — TJ is the news producer for the Yakima Herald-Republic. His skills in photography, graphic design, video editing and Web production (among other things) has helped him earn jobs at the Yakima Herald-Republic, KATU-TV in Portland and the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau. In November, he organized the Northwest Video Workshop to help news reporters and photographers learn the basics of shooting and editing video. TJ also serves as the Region 11 chair for the National Press Photographers Association.

Debra Yergen — Debra is director of marketing at Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center. Debra’s desire to find a job led to the creation of the “Green Light Scoring Model,” a process developed to help people determine their ideal job and career based on several criteria including income, creativity, flexibility and longevity. She shares that model in her book, Creating Job Security. Debra has degree in broadcast news /communications from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. Her skills has helped her in a variety of jobs including television producer, technical writer and a freelance magazine writer.

For more information or to RSVP and sign up for the critique, please e-mail Mai Hoang at mhoang@yakimaherald.com.

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