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Join Seattle’s Asian American Journalists Association, the Seattle Association of Black Journalists and KIRO 7 as we award the aspiring student journalists who have won this year’s Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarships, the Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship, the AAJA Seattle Founders Scholarship and the Northwest Journalists of Color-KIRO 7 Internship.
We’ll hear from keynote speaker Amina Al-Sadi of KUOW’s The Record, and we’ll also invite each of the scholarship winners to briefly speak about their career ambitions. This year’s NJC winners are Hailey Robinson, Ronnie Estoque, Elizabeth Alvarado, Agatha Pacheco and Starla Sampaco, who is also the winner of this year’s Founders Scholarship.
Rhea Panela has been selected as the KIRO-TV/Northwest Journalists of Color summer intern.
Peter Choi will also be recognized for his outstanding service.
Light appetizers will be served.
The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday May 11 at KIRO-TV. Please RSVP to this Facebook invitation so we have an approximate head count before the event.
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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.
- The student must be registered at a University, College, Community College or Vocational-Technical Institute.
- The student should have junior or senior status, or be in the last year of a Community College or Vocational-Technical program.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students will only be offered an Internship after completing a pre-employment drug and background screening.
- Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. will be required upon employment.
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This year, AAJA Seattle received applications from many impressive high school and college students interested in the field of journalism. Of the applications, we’ve chosen four Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners and one Founders scholarship winner.
The Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship winners will each receive a $1,250 check and an assigned journalism mentor for the next school year. The Founders Scholarship winner will receive a registration and a stipend to the AAJA national convention in Las Vegas Aug. 10-13.
Join us in celebrating these students at our annual Northwest Journalists of Color reception on Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.
Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Recipients
Ahlaam Ibraahim is a student at Rainier Beach High School. She’s an aspiring journalist and wants to become the first ever Somali-news anchor on CNN. Ahlaam currently covers stories for KUOW/Occupy.com. She loves to discuss politics and religion in her free time! Also the founder of global initiative Global Islamophobia awareness day.
Mohammed Kloub is a junior at the University of Washington pursuing journalism and Middle East studies. He is the News Editor for The Daily of the UW and a hip-hop writer for the publication as well. Aside from his passion for hip-hop music, he is interested in stories concerning racial and social justice, equity, resistance and celebration. When he’s not writing he likes reading, cooking, and watching Game of Thrones.
Rhea Panela studies at the University of Washington, majoring in journalism with a minor in English. She is a staff reporter for The Daily of the University of Washington and was the diversity beat reporter for two consecutive quarters. Currently, she is also the digital media intern at the International Examiner. She was recently chosen as one of the Husky 100, a UW tri-campus award for students who have made the most out of their time on campus and beyond the classroom. She is from the Beacon Hill neighborhood of South Seattle.
Jasmine Pollard is a senior and co-editor of her student newspaper at Shorewood High School. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball and watching crime shows. This fall she will be attending the University of Washington. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in broadcast or sports journalism.
Founders Scholarship Recipient
And this year’s Founders Scholarship goes to Starla Sampaco who is the digital projects editor at The Daily of the University of Washington, where she also produces videos for the university’s video news program. Starla is proud to be the daughter of Filipino immigrants, and her experience as a first-generation American influenced her passion for stories involving immigrants and underrepresented communities. This led her to double-major in journalism and law, societies and justice at the UW. Starla previously represented Washington state at Miss Teen USA and credits the experience for improving her interviewing and public speaking skills. As Miss Washington Teen USA 2014, she promoted a community platform titled “Diversity and Beauty Standards: Different is not defective” to initiate discussions on the lack of diverse female representation in the media.
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Congratulations to this year’s AAJA & SABJ Northwest Journalists of Color
Ashley Walls – University of Washington
Mohamed Adan – Seattle Central College
Brady Hitoshi Wakayama – Washington State University
Bailey Williams – Central Washington University
Merdie Nzanga – American University
ABOUT AAJA NJC
For nearly 30 years, the Northwest Journalists of Color have coordinated scholarships for aspiring journalists of color. The NJC’s members belong to the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Black Journalists Association of Seattle (BJAS), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). In 2006 NJC established an endowment to support scholarships. Since 1983, the NJC and AAJA have given more than $150,000 in scholarships.
ABOUT SABJ PATRICIA FISHER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Patricia Fisher was much more than an award-winning journalist. She brought new levels of sensitivity and perspective to the editorial pages of The Seattle Times and distinguished herself as a tireless, eloquent fighter in the areas of education and social justice.
Pat wrote for The Seattle Times business and features departments before accepting a position on the newspaper’s editorial board as the first woman and first African-American editorial writer and columnist. Increased regional visibility brought new demands, but she continued to volunteer her time, to encourage young people and to serve as a role model.
She was a founding member of the Black Journalists Association of Seattle (now known as the Seattle Association of Black Journalists), The Northwest Journalists of Color, and a former regional director for the National Association of Black Journalists. She was also an active member of The Links Inc. and Jack and Jill of America.
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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
(online applications are preferred).
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