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Hurry! May 1 application deadline for multimedia fellowships

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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 offer three AAJA Seattle / 911 Media Arts fellowships for professional members and two fellowships for student members in good standing. Details below!

The professional 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.

The student fellowships cover the entire cost – up to $500 – of taking classes, renting equipment and using the editing suite at 911 Media’s office.

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

Professional members who want to apply should email a resume and a statement of up to 500 words to aajaseattle@gmail.com by 5 p.m., May 1, 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.

Students have the same deadline but should use the one-stop student scholarships application form. Download it here.

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

Questions? Email Sanjay at sbhatt@seattletimes.com

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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.

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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Q&A with Mei-Mei Chan, new publisher of The News-Press

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AAJA Seattle members took Mei-Mei Chan out for a farewell breakfast on March 23, 2010.

Mei-Mei Chan, vice president of advertising at The Seattle Times and former National AAJA Vice President, has been named president and publisher of The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., effective March 29. Mei-Mei has been vice president of advertising at The Seattle Times since 2004. She succeeds Carol Hudler, who was named president and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville late last year.

Read The News-Press story about Mei-Mei being named its next publisher.

As many of you know, Mei-Mei started as a reporter in 1981 in Illinois, became an editor at USA Today, and served as executive editor of the Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In 1997, she switched to the business side of newspapers, becoming head of circulation at The Seattle Times. She was instrumental in The Times’ conversion to a morning circulation and was named Sales Executive of the Year for large newspapers by the Newspaper Association of America in 2003.

Read more about her career path on the AAJA National website. You can also read the National Association of Multicultural Media Executives’ Q&A with Mei-Mei in 2003.

AAJA Seattle chapter president Sanjay Bhatt did a short Q&A with Mei-Mei on March 23.

Q: Why did you move from the news side to the advertising side and how was that transition?
A: I wanted to keep growing, contributing and being challenged… and [Seattle Times Publisher] Frank Blethen gave me the opportunity to do so! I became head of the Circulation department in 1997, then head of Advertising in 2005. I loved applying my journalistic skills to learning new disciplines, probing and diagnosing core issues, and identifying patterns among the chaos. Certainly there have been many a news day when I missed being in the intense creative frying pan cooking up a fabulous story!

Q: How do you keep yourself inspired and hopeful during these hard times?
A: I’ve had the privilege of working with incredibly talented, dedicated teams. Their creativity and courage on behalf of The Seattle Times energizes me and everyone around us. There are many successes to celebrate nearly every day, reinforcing that we are on the right path to excellence. And, my family remains my most important foundation.

Q: As you’ve progressed in your career, what’s enabled you to keep a balance with family life?
A: When I work, I work very, very efficiently and intently. When I’m home, I’m intent on the family. Or I try really, really hard to be! Of course the two intersect and overlap and push and pull on each other. You have to be clear on your priorities, and on what’s most important to you at the end of the day. You want to encourage your family to remind you of those priorities. And one of the unique attractions about The Seattle Times is that it embraces the strength of families.

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Register soon for the SPJ Regional Conference in Seattle April 9-10

Take advantage of a brand new benefit for AAJA Seattle members by registering for the regional conference of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 9-10 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in downtown Seattle.

The regional conference gives journalists in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana an opportunity to network and receive hands-on training. The conference includes a social hour on Friday night and training sessions, workshops and an expo  on Saturday.

Under a new reciprocity agreement with the Western Washington SPJ chapter, AAJA members pay the same  discounted conference rate as SPJ members. Professional members pay $75 while student members pay $35. That’s a savings of $15 from the nonmember rate.

The deadline to register for the conference is March 31, but for those looking for a place to stay, a discount price for rooms at the Hotel Monaco (at $119 a night plus tax and parking) expires Friday. To reserve a room book through the hotel’s Web site or call 206-621-1770.

Check out the conference Web site for more information or to register.

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