“I Am A Journalist”

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THE BACK STORY

This year the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Seattle chapter and the Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ) partnered to produce a new video aimed at young minorities who are interested in pursuing careers in journalism. We wanted to counter the prevailing sense of doom and gloom, highlight outstanding local leaders and show the breadth of job opportunities in the industry.

In the spirit of encouraging young journalists’ creative spark, we handed it to two young women – Amy Phan, a former seattletimes.com intern who is working part-time as a video editor and a school teacher, and Jessica Boyd, a former NJC scholarship recipient who is continuing her education at Harvard in the fall.

Amy and Jessica conducted the interviews and shot the video, and Amy applied her video editing skills to create the final product. Thanks to all the journalists who agreed to participate in this project, and to Seattle University’s Prof. James Forsher, who made it possible for Amy to access the institution’s video editing equipment.

Also a big thanks to those journalists who sent in their own videos to be incorporated into the piece: Paris Jackson and Barbara Serrano. Email the video link to your friends. We hope the video goes viral and inspires many young journalists!

DONATIONS TO NJC

Donations to NJC, which AAJA Seattle administers, are fully tax deductible. Since 1986, NJC has provided scholarships to more than 100 outstanding college students in Washington state with a demonstrated passion for journalism. Make a pledge today! For details, contact Sanjay Bhatt at sbhatt@seattletimes.com.

About sbhatt

Sanjay Bhatt jumped into journalism in 1996, landing his first job at The Times Leader, a daily in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He juggled covering 12 school districts and loved turning out enterprising, investigative pieces. Within a year, he got hired by The Palm Beach Post of West Palm Beach, Fla., where he spent the next six years building a reputation as a top health reporter. The biggest story he covered there was the 2001 anthrax investigation. In 2003, he joined The Seattle Times, where he has examined public schools, neighborhood issues, the economic crisis and local government. He enjoys producing mini-documentaries, trying new ideas online and learning new technologies. View all posts by sbhatt →
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