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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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Hey, students! Apply today for scholarships offered by AAJA Seattle

AAJA Seattle is now accepting applications for its scholarships. For the first time this year, students need only one form to apply for all three scholarships.

About the scholarships:

Northwest Journalists of ColorNorthwest Journalists of Color Scholarship: Since its inception in 1986, more than 100 students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds have received grants to support their studies. This program awards up to $2,500 in scholarship money to students who intend to pursue careers in journalism. Eligible applicants are students who will attend a college or university in Washington in the fall and Washington state residents or seniors attending a high school in Washington who will attend an accredited college or university in the fall.

Founders’ Scholarship: 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 the 2010 AAJA National Convention, which will be Aug. 4-7 in Los Angeles. A small stipend for travel and accommodations is available. For more information about the convention, click here.

AAJA Seattle/911 Media Arts Student Scholarship:  AAJA Seattle has partnered with the 911 Media Arts Center, the state’s premiere non-profit in new media art and documentary film, to help members looking to develop digital media skills. Though this partnership, the chapter will award two scholarships in 2010 to AAJA Seattle student members for up to $500 in costs of a recipient’s classes, computer lab and rental fees at the 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle’s University District.

Click here to download a copy of the application. Deadline for all three scholarships is May 1. For more information contact scholarship co-chair Venice Buhain at vbuhain@theolympian.com.

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Apply today for multimedia training fellowships for journalists

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We know you’re hungry for training, but you may not have enough funds.

AAJA Seattle is here for you.

This year the chapter will fund three AAJA Seattle / 911 Media Arts fellowships for professional members in good standing. Details below!

The fellowships, a new member benefit this year, offer up to $250 in reimbursement to professionals who are AAJA MEMBERS for covering half the cost of classes, equipment rental, or lab time at 911 Media Arts in Seattle’s U District.

If you’ve let your membership lapse or aren’t a member, join AAJA today.

To apply, email a resume and a statement of up to 1,000 words to aajaseattle@gmail.com by 5 p.m., March 24, with “911 Media Arts fellowship” in the subject line. Applicants should state how the fellowship will help them move towards their career goals and a specific project they plan to undertake for their newsroom, a news publication/website, or the AAJA Seattle website, using the skills they learn in 911 Media classes.

Because this is the first year of the fellowships, the chapter board will determine how many fellowships to award in the first six months of this year. The board may elect to hold another fellowship application cycle after June.

Questions? Email Sanjay at sbhatt@seattletimes.com

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Need multimedia training? AAJA Seattle has you covered

I’m thrilled to announce a NEW member benefit for AAJA Seattle members.

Members in good standing are now eligible for discounted rates on classes, computer lab time and rental equipment at 911 Media Arts, Washington state’s premiere non-profit for new media art and documentary film.

Why is this important now?
In today’s tough job market, media professionals with multimedia skills have the edge. 911 Media Arts offers classes in video and audio editing, Adobe Creative Suite 4, documentary film production and web design and programming. 911 Media also rents video cameras and time in its Mac lab.

What does this mean for AAJA members?
Members can take advantage of the benefit in two ways: They can immediately get big discounts on 911 Media’s classes, obtaining the same rate as 911 Media’s members, who pay $45 a year for membership. In addition, AAJA Seattle will offer scholarships to professionals and students in 2010 to defray the cost of classes, equipment rental and lab time.

What classes can I take at 911 Media?

Check out 911 Media’s website for the list. Bare Bones iMovie starts Monday, Feb. 21. Beginning Final Cut Pro starts March 11. “Integrating Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro” starts March 22. If there’s a topic or skill you’re interested in but don’t see on their site, let AAJA Seattle know because 911 Media has agreed to develop customized classes for our members’ training needs.

I’m unemployed. Can AAJA help with the cost of training?
There are lower cost online training sources as well, but AAJA Seattle has decided to offer three $250 scholarships to professional members this year that cover half the cost of their 911 Media classes. For student members, AAJA Seattle and 911 Media also are providing for two $500 scholarships that cover the entire cost of their 911 Media classes.

How do I make sure I get the discounted rate?
Go to the class listing on 911 Media’s website — http://www.911media.org/education/classes — and click on the link to the class you’re interested in. For example, click on “Beginning Final Cut Pro,” and when the class detail page is loaded, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you’ll see Google Checkout. You’ll select the “Member Price” when you check out. 911 Media will verify with AAJA Seattle that your membership is current.

How do I apply for a scholarship to take a 911 Media class?

We will likely use the same process that we use for our other scholarships. Applicants will be required to write a 250-word statement that describes how the scholarship will help them in their career and how they could use their skills or volunteer time to benefit the chapter. Stay tuned for more details.

If you have any questions, send an email to aajaseattle@gmail.com and use keyword “911 Media” in the subject line. We hope our members will enjoy this new benefit! We are in the middle of our membership renewal drive, so if you could please renew your membership or encourage your colleagues to join AAJA, I would appreciate it. It’s more important than ever before that we sustain our community of journalists and support each other.

Cheers,

Sanjay Bhatt
President, AAJA Seattle chapter

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Seattle University fellowships seeking journalists interested in family homelessness

The Seattle University Center for Strategic Communications is offering four fellowships to support original journalism on family homelessness in the state of Washington to encourage more and better reporting about family homelessness to foster greater public understand of its causes and cures.

Each of the four fellowships, which are made possible by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides $15,000 to support in-depth reporting during the spring of 2010 on any aspect of family homelessness in Washington. Projects may be in any medium. Fellows will also attend seminars on family homelessness.

Independent and freelance journalists are eligible to apply as well as those employed full-time. Deadline for applications is March 5. For more information, go to the fellowship’s Web site.  

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