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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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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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AAJA Seattle member Marian Liu writes on AAJA leadership program

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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 “potential,” yet I was never able to realize this “potential.” But, the Executive Leadership Program provided me the blueprint to gain that footing to climb upwards.

In August,  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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