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AAJA Seattle member Shawn Chitnis participates in 2014 Executive Leadership Program

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The 2014 Executive Leadership Program is underway and we’re proud to provide $700 in financial support to AAJA Seattle member Shawn Chitnis.

Chitnis is a reporter for KREM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Spokane, covering a range of topics including city politics, business, and education. He previously worked as a reporter for KNDO-TV, the NBC affiliate in Yakima. Shawn also worked as a desk assistant for ABC News in New York and Los Angeles while studying broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Lynnwood and often visits his family in Bothell.

Chitnis has been AAJA member since he was a student at USC and has already served in leadership positions for the organization, including as the first co-coordinator of the Asian American Small Market Journalists group.

This year’s Executive Leadership Program, held at Gannett Company Headquarters in McLean, Va., continues though Sunday. The annual program builds the leadership and management skills of mid-career journalists seeking to join the ranks of mid-level and upper management in the newsroom. The program’s curriculum includes a wide variety of topics related to journalism and leadership development.

Congrats, Shawn!

 

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Spend your summer with AAJA Seattle!

Contrary to what our current weather may suggest, summer is just around the corner. And with that comes a few AAJA events and we hope you’ll join us!
Walk for Rice
 
Our first event is Walk for Rice on June 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.
We’ve formed an AAJA Seattle team to participate in this annual fundraiser, which features a 2.5-mile walk or run at Seward Park in Seattle, to help raise money for the Asian Counseling and Referral Service’s (ACRS) Food Bank. The food bank serves more than 5,000 low-income people, who make more than 120,000 visits, each year and is also the only food bank in the area regularly providing cultural staples of the Asian Pacific American diet, like rice, tofu and soy milk.
To find our team, click here. From there, you can join our team by clicking the blue “Join Our Team” button on the right side of the page. Our goal is to have at least 10 members. WE STILL NEED TEAM MEMBERS! Family and friends are also invited to join.
If you cannot make it to the event, you can still contribute by donating on our AAJA Seattle team page and clicking on individual team members’ pages to donate through their pages.
Chapter secretary Samatha Pak is the AAJA Seattle team captain for the fundraiser, so if you have any questions, please let her know (sammipak@gmail.com)! A Facebook event page has also been created for our team, which could be used to keep track of those planning to attend, coordinate carpools to the event, fundraising ideas, etc.
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Three AAJA Seattle members to participate in the 2013 Executive Leadership Program

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Three AAJA Seattle members have been selected to participate in the 2013 Executive Leadership Program.

The three-day program will be held from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, in conjunction with the AAJA National Convention in New York.

The annual program builds the leadership and management skills of mid-career journalists seeking to join the ranks of mid-level and upper management in the newsroom. The program’s curriculum includes a wide variety of topics related to journalism and leadership development.

AAJA Seattle has provided $2,100 in financial support to help cover the cost of the program for all three participants. [Full disclosure: To avoid a conflict of interest, president Mai Hoang recused herself from the voting process.]

AAJA Seattle members attending this year’s program are:

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Venice Buhain, an editor for Patch, is a long-time member of AAJA Seattle and has served in several roles for the chapter, including chapter secretary and co-chair of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program in 2010.

Mai Hoang, business reporter, for the Yakima Herald-Republic, is currently serving as president of AAJA Seattle. She previously served as chapter treasurer and co-chair of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program in 2010.

She also was selected as a recipient of the Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship, which provides a $400 stipend to attend the Executive Leadership Program.

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Thanh Tan, multimedia editorial writer for the Seattle Times, is an alumna of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship and also was the keynote speaker for the NJC Reception in 2011.

Congrats to all three participants!

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Welcome our new Seattle chapter officers

Our chapter is lucky to have a great team as we enter 2011. In our recent chapter officer elections, you elected a new treasurer and vice president for programs, and re-elected a vice president for events.

Caroline Li
Vice president for events
Publisher & Editor, Earthwalkers Magazine

Caroline is founder of social media travel web site Earthwalkersmag.com and its print edition, Earthwalkers Magazine. She freelances stories and has worked for TD Wang Advertising Group, a full-service marketing agency that helps companies reach the Asian-American market. You can find her on Twitter @earthwalkers.

Owen Lei
Vice president for programs
Owen Lei
Owen is a reporter for KING 5 News, which he joined in January 2009, and has more than a decade of experience in broadcast news. Prior to KING 5, Owen reported for KETV in Omaha, Neb., where he provided continuous coverage of several breaking news and weather stories, including the 2007 mass shootings in an Omaha mall and a deadly tornado that destroyed a Boy Scout camp. Owen also reported for KESQ in Palm Springs, Calif., where he covered multiple wildfires in 2005; and KTVM in Butte and Bozeman, Mont., where he wrote about anything from Iditarod sled dogs to national guard deployments to the tallest horse in the world. He participated in the 2010 AAJA Executive Leadership Program with support from the Seattle chapter. You can find him on Twitter @king5olei.

Mai Hoang Parmentier
Treasurer
Mai Hoang Parmentier

Mai has worked as a business reporter at The Yakima Herald-Republic since 2006. She co-chaired this year’s Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship and organized an SPJ-AAJA workshop for students at Central Washington University. She is also president of the SPJ William O. Douglas Pro chapter, which serves journalists in Central Washington and northeastern Oregon. You can find her on Twitter @maiphoang.

I’d also like to thank Nicole Tsong, my colleague at The Seattle Times, for her hard work and contributions these past two years as treasurer for the Seattle chapter. She’s been a key part of our success in fundraising, managing our budget and organizing great programs. Thank you, Nicole!

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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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