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Rain gear comes in handy for Lori Matsukawa's job as a Seattle news anchor.
Name: Lori Matsukawa
Lives in: Bellevue, Wash.
Born: Honolulu, Hawaii
Education: B.A. from Stanford University, masterâ€™s degree from University of Washington
Work: news anchor, KING-TV, Seattle
Formerly: Anchor/reporter at KOMO-TV, Seattle; KPIX-TV, Portland, Ore.; KRCR-TV, Redding, Calif.; college intern, Honolulu Advertiser.
AAJA member since: 1983. Co-founded Seattle Chapter in 1985.
Must-reads: Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times. Often checks out TIME Magazine, Honolulu Magazine, Twitter, Facebook.
Print or online news? Both.
Go-to website: KING5.com
Best journalism moment: Documenting Gov. Gary Locke’s first trip to China in 1997.
Worst journalism moment: â€œWhen my photographer was arrested at Pearl Harbor covering the 50th anniversary.â€
Twitter handle: @LoriMatsukawa
Languages: English and â€œtouristâ€ French. â€œI can order a beer in Japanese.â€
Canâ€™t put down: â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ trilogy.
Favorite Seattle restaurants: Tie: Kaname and Wann Izakaya.
Must-see TV: â€œ60 Minutesâ€
Fave flick: Tie: â€œGone With the Windâ€ and â€œThe Terminatorâ€
Heaven on a plate: Spam musubi.
Top toy: â€œMy golf clubs.â€
You might not know: â€œI decided to study journalism during my year as Miss Teenage America 1974. I was always being interviewed by reporters and decided this was the job for me: getting paid to talk to people!â€
Main motivation: â€œJournalism is the first draft of history. It’s the only job thatâ€™s protected by the First Amendment, so we’d better take it seriously.â€
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Chapter Presidentâ€™s Report
This has been a year of great accomplishments for our Seattle chapter in the face of the worst recession in our lifetime. Itâ€™s because of you that we continue to take a stand for diversity in journalism, nurture students and support media entrepreneurship.
As we all know, 2009 was the year of convulsions for our industry as advertisers retrenched and everyone was affected either directly or indirectly by newsroom layoffs. Hearst Corp.â€™s Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the cityâ€™s oldest newspaper, published its last print edition on March 17 and laid off most of its staffers. Despite layoffs in 2008, The Seattle Times itself was on the brink of bankruptcy, and the staff agreed to painful concessions. Local television stations imposed wage freezes and eliminated jobs as well. Freelancers had a tougher time getting paid their usual rates and finding outlets for their work.
Yes, there were challenges and setbacks, but they didnâ€™t extinguish our spirit.
Here are some of the highlights of 2009:
- In February, AAJA Seattle held one of its most successful Lunar New Year fundraisers ever. Karen Johnson, managing editor of Seattlemag.com, coordinated a team of volunteers who pulled off the classy event, which was emceed by Q13â€™s Lara Yamada. Our National Board representatives generously covered our biggest costs: Athima Chansanchai donated the cost of renting the Wing Luke Museum’s gorgeous space, while Chris Nishiwaki donated the cost of wine.
- Our “Choppy Waters” conference in January at the University of Washingtonâ€™s Haggett Hall and “Reboot Your Career” workshop in March at Microsoft were a hit with attendees. A big shout-out to the UWâ€™s Department of Communications for making Choppy Waters possible and to freelance writer James Tabafunda for working with me on organizing the entrepreneurship-focused program. Doug Kim, managing editor for Microsoft Office Online, took the initiative to offer a resume workshop for members hunting for jobs.
- For the first time, AAJA Seattle partnered with the Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ) to develop a video to inspire the next generation of journalists of color. Amy Phan, an editor for NorthWest Cable News, and Jessica Boyd, a former Northwest Journalists of Color recipient, produced the video. Lisa Youngblood-Hall, SABJâ€™s president, supervised the young producers.
- We screened the video in June at the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship reception at KING TV. The NJC scholarship program, run this year by Caroline Li, who publishes earthwalkersmag.com, awarded grants to Peter Sessum, Martha Flores Perez, Kassiopia Rodgers and Ilona Idlis.
- At the AAJA National Convention in Boston, our Seattle chapter had a stellar turnout with 16 attendees, including Whitworth University student Yong Kyle Kim, this yearâ€™s recipient of the Founders scholarship. President Sharon Chan delivered an inspiring speech, and Marian Liu led the Voices Student Project with aplomb.
- In another first, the Seattle chapter went to Vancouver, B.C., in September to support journalists of color there and establish ties with major media. Jennifer Chen, associate producer for CBCâ€™s Early Edition, and Alden Habacon, manager of diversity initiatives for CBC Television, worked hard to put together a packed two-day itinerary that included newsroom tours, a panel discussion at the University of British Columbiaâ€™s Graduate Journalism School and a Lunar New Year-style dinner that brought out 60 local journalists.
- And in November, AAJA launched the Asian American Small Market Broadcast Journalists group. Chapter member Shawn Chitnis, a reporter for KNDO TV in Yakima, is co-coordinator of the group.
These and other members of our Seattle chapter are the reason why AAJA Seattle is one of the best chapters in the country. Our members are also lucky to have an extremely dedicated board, and I want to thank this year’s officers for their service. If you’re interested in serving on our board in the future, please drop me a note.
We have reorganized and expanded our board, dropping the co-presidency and establishing two new positions â€“ vice president for events and vice president for member programs. Many thanks to Venice Buhain, board secretary, for managing the restructure and chapter elections. Here are the chapterâ€™s officers in 2010:
- President: Sanjay Bhatt, reporter, The Seattle Times
- Vice president for member programs: vacant
- Vice president for events: Caroline Li, founder, Earthwalkers Magazine
- Treasurer: Nicole Tsong, reporter, The Seattle Times
- Secretary: Venice Buhain, reporter, The Olympian
- National Advisory Board representative: Athima Chansanchai, founder/president, Tima Media
The board held a retreat recently at the home of Lori Matsukawa and Larry Blackstock and developed a roadmap for the chapter in 2010 and beyond.
As we look ahead, we will inspire the next generation of journalists, promote diversity and support media entrepreneurship. We will focus our resources on outreach, training and mentoring. We will strengthen the relationships weâ€™ve built and develop new ones.
Next year we plan to launch a training series, hold social events with other professional groups, and sponsor pizza nights with journalism students at colleges and universities. We plan to send one, maybe even two, students to the AAJA National Convention, Aug. 4-7, in Los Angeles (and hope to see you there).
Have an idea for a chapter event? Come to a chapter business meeting! We plan to hold them every other month on the second Saturday. Subscribe to updates at www.aajaseattle.org.
There are many ways you can support AAJA: Become a member. Attend an event. Volunteer your time or expertise. Make a tax-deductible donation. This is your community.
Thank you and happy holidays!
President, AAJA Seattle
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Shawn Chitnis, co-cordinator of the Asian American Small Market Broadcast Journalists group, with Lori Matsukawa, AAJA Seattle chapter founder and KING 5 anchor, at the AAJA National Convention in Boston. (Photo submitted by Shawn Chitnis)
On Nov. 1, AAJA launched the Asian American Small Market Broadcast Journalists (AASMBJ) group. The group, which will be advised by George Kiriyama, AAJA’s vice president for broadcast and a reporter for NBC Bay Area, was created to provide support and guidance for AAJA members who are in their first job, either at a small media market or in an entry-level position at a larger media market.
AAJA Seattle member Shawn Chitnis is serving as co-coordinator for the group. Chitnis, 23, is currently a reporter for KNDO-TV in Yakima. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Southern California and a Seattle area native. Before coming to KNDO, he spent several summers working on the assignment desk for ABC News in Los Angeles and New York.
Chitnis met with fellow Yakima reporter and AAJA Seattle member Mai Hoang recently to answer questions about the group.
Q: Why did you want to get involved?
I am in a small market, so I can certainly empathize with the struggles of being in that situation. I believe very strongly in AAJA. I’ve been a member for two years, since I was a senior in college. In the limited time Iâ€™ve been a part of it, I feel I got a lot out of it and been able to connect with amazing people. (I want to do) anything I can to give back to the organization, and this is a first step toward that.
It’s very difficult to be in a small market in general. I think those who are members of AAJA may have additional challenges because they might be from larger cities and are adjusting to a smaller town or a part of a country they’re not familiar with and, honestly, a community that isnâ€™t as exposed to Asian Americans as where they’re from. Take my situation, for example, (moving from) Seattle to Yakima. They’re both relatively diverse areas, but understanding of Asian culture is substantially different.
Q: What are some things from your small market broadcast journalism experience that you will share with the group?
The first thing is understanding what is needed in a smaller market and what small market news directors and small market TV stations are looking for. My experience was fairly exclusive to large markets, having grown up in Seattle, going to school in LA and interning in those (larger) markets. So perhaps I wasnâ€™t properly exposed and didnâ€™t know what small market news looked like and what was going to be expected of me in a small market.
Feedback and guidance is very difficult to get at any stage in your career, forget about being in a small market. Once you land that job, which in itself is a difficult step, you have to make sure you have the proper network to give you the right critique so that you are advancing; that you are improving. And so whatever your next goal may be â€“ it might be staying in that small market and taking on a larger responsibility or it might be moving to a larger market â€“ you need to have someone or a group of people who can help you do that.
Q: Tell me about your duties as the group’s co-coordinator.
Both Maria (Hechanova, a reporter and producer for KYMA in Yuma, Ariz.) and I, the two co-coordinators, have been tasked to lead the organization. We’re figuring out our social media presence. We’re trying to figure out how to have a show at AAJA-LA in 2010 and we are really working with our peers to figure out what is needed to make AASMBJ a success.
Whatâ€™s neat about our situation is that Iâ€™m a year in working for a small market and Maria is a few weeks, maybe a month, into it. Weâ€™re people who can actively benefit from AASMBJ. Weâ€™re all going to be learning from each other and seeking each others help.
Q: How will AASMBJ integrate into the main AAJA group?
First of all, weâ€™re a sub-group of AAJA and AAJA is what makes this organization alive. Our advisor is AAJA’s vice president for broadcast. Our associate advisors are active in AAJA and are in mid- to large-size markets so AAJA surrounds us and everything we do will be an extension of AAJA.
Weâ€™re working to figure out how weâ€™re going to have a presence at the (AAJA National) Convention in 2010. Maybe it will be a mixer, maybe it will be a panel.
We have folks in small markets throughout the country. When we all come together for our convention, we want people to know that there is a place you can go during that time to connect with those who are going through the same things.
Q: How do you join the group?
We have a created a Facebook group (it can be found by searching for AASMBJ on the social networking site), which is going to be the core of AASMBJ. That is where we will do our primary order of business â€“ putting out information, offering job postings, offering feedback and helping other members of AASMBJ connect with their peers. Weâ€™re also on Twitter right now. Twitter will keep you up-to-date and keep you in the loop, but weâ€™ll push you to Facebook.
If you really want to be involved in AASMBJ, you have to be an active AAJA member, so you can join the Facebook group. And from there, weâ€™ll do everything we can help connect people, create feedback, create forums and create a sense of community.
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[photo from AAJA.org]
Marian Liu, arts and entertainment reporter at The Seattle Times, shared her experience with AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP) in an article posted on the National AAJA Web site.
Liu was the 2009 recipient of the AAJA/Newspaper Association of American Foundation Minority Fellowship, which covered her expenses for the ELP program, which looks at how Asian American and Pacific Islander values relate to high-level decision-making processes and leadership development.
Liu writes about why she became a journalist, what drew her to the ELP program and how the program increased her confidence and leadership skills.
Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
But after years in the industry, I ran into the same walls as those before me. Managers spoke about my â€œpotential,â€ yet I was never able to realize this â€œpotential.â€ But, the Executive Leadership Program provided me the blueprint to gain that footing to climb upwards.
In August,Â Liu directed the first fully multimedia-enabled student project at the AAJA National Convention in Boston. This year’s AAJA Voices staff covered the convention through a variety of media platforms.
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The following is a crosspost written by Yong Kyle Kim, a student AAJA Seattle member.
If a magic genie appeared and granted me any job I desired, I would ask to be an international reporter.
The mix of adventure, excitement and danger with a focus on international issues just sounds so perfect.
Thursday’s morning plenary session at the AAJA 2009 National Convention in Boston addressed the various aspects of international journalism.
And with the recent events of journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling‘s release from North Korea (which they sent a short little video thanking AAJA for their efforts) has led me and others to rethink how reporters are putting their life on the line. They risk themselves for the sake to create compelling news in places where free press is not a guaranteed right. And not only that, the landscape of international reporting is changing.
“The Web opens the door to a new generation of journalists,” Juju Chang, ABC News correspondent said in a panel with two other journalists with experience in international reporting.
Many international reporters today work as mobile journalists â€“ a “one-man band in the finest sense,” she said in the context of ABC’s program.
But this shift from established foreign bureaus to solo backpack journalism is something that is happening more often – especially with the financial state of news organizations.
So international reporters lose a network and safety net of an established bureau. What’s a gain?
“It is a tremendous opportunity to cover stories that won’t normally get covered,” Chang said.
So with the future of international reporting possibly going under reinvention, what should journalists who are seeking to report abroad do? Roxana Saberi, Iranian-American journalist who was arrested in Iran this January and released in May, tells AAJA members five useful tips:
1. If you want to freelance internationally, pick a country with fewer journalists.
2. Know how to tell stories in multiple mediums
3. Become a part of the language and culture. And familiarize yourself with the legal system of the host country.
4. Balance pressures between the press, host government, your boss and self conscience.
5. Have a go-to person. A friend or family member who can check in everyday to make sure you are safe and out of danger.
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