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Ethnic media web project, “Sea Beez,” launches

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Sea Beez project

On Wednesday evening, a new ethnic media web project held its launch party at The Seattle Times.

The project is led by AAJA member Julie Pham, who is managing editor of the family-owned Northwest Vietnamese News.

Sea Beez has its seed funding from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and represents the newest “hive” for New America Media, the nation’s first and largest collaboration of 2,000 ethnic media organizations reaching 51 million adults. The NOLA Beez launched in January. The other hubs are LA Beez and San Jose Beez. LA Beez is part of a New America Media’s Digital Divide initiative, funded by the Ford Foundation.

Our AAJA Seattle chapter, the Seattle Association of Black Journalists and Chen Communications all co-sponsored the party.

About 80 people attended the event.  They included ethnic media executives:

  • Assunta Ng, founder and publisher of the NW Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post
  • Gustavo Montoya, president and CEO of El Mundo, a Spanish-language weekly newspaper
  • Olga Kazakova, a journalist with Russian World Newspaper
  • Andrew Taylor, president of Japan Pacific Publications, which publishes The Soy Source Seattle, a Japanese biweekly newspaper
  • Mohamud Yussuf, publisher of Runta, the largest East African language newspaper in Seattle.
  • Grace Zhang, Seattle bureau chief for The China Press.
  • Sandy Close, executive director of New America Media.
  • The evening began with networking and attendees admiring The Seattle Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning stories. Thanks to AAJA student member Peter Sessum for shooting photos.

    Attendees read about previous Seattle Times Pulitzer Prizes

    The evening gave AAJA student members, like Andrew Doughman, a chance to practice networking and connect with editors looking for freelance contributors.

    UW journalism student Andrew Doughman is networking

    During the presentations, Julie explained the overall goals of the Sea Beez project.

    Journalism That Matters goes to Detroit, June 3-6

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    AAJA Seattle was a proud co-sponsor of the Journalism That Matters event at the University of Washington in January. Check out a video put together by a documentary filmmaker who was at the event.

    The video features interviews with three AAJA Seattle members (Sanjay Bhatt, Mike Fancher and Ranny Kang) and you might spot other chapter members who were there, including Athima Chansanchai, Joaquin Uy, Alex Stonehill, Sam Louie, David Boardman, Caroline Li, Ava Van, Naomi Ishisaka and Carina del Rosario.

    Journalism That Matters will be holding a similar forum in Detroit with a special focus on diversity and communities of color.

    Here’s the invitation from the JTM site:

    Participate in “Journalism That Matters Detroit — Create or Die: Forging communities that initiate, incubate and innovate.”

    This focused, three-day gathering of results-driven, action-oriented participants will discover, assess, shape and create forward-looking enterprises focused on key elements of community — diversity, shared values, tolerance, participation and developing youth.

    JTM especially invites persons of color — journalists, entrepreneurs, programmers, technologists, bloggers, videographers, venture capitalists, artists, funders, educators and all who have an interest — to explore how voices often unheard or misrepresented can reshape the future of journalism.

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    Seattle University fellowships seeking journalists interested in family homelessness

    The Seattle University Center for Strategic Communications is offering four fellowships to support original journalism on family homelessness in the state of Washington to encourage more and better reporting about family homelessness to foster greater public understand of its causes and cures.

    Each of the four fellowships, which are made possible by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides $15,000 to support in-depth reporting during the spring of 2010 on any aspect of family homelessness in Washington. Projects may be in any medium. Fellows will also attend seminars on family homelessness.

    Independent and freelance journalists are eligible to apply as well as those employed full-time. Deadline for applications is March 5. For more information, go to the fellowship’s Web site.  

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    High School Students: Apply to AAJA’s J Camp!

    AAJA’ers: Encourage, nurture and inspire the next generation of journalists by recommending they apply to the FREE, multicultural program that is J Camp!

    AAJA’s signature training program for aspiring young journalists is geared toward high school freshmen, sophomores or juniors (who are at least 16 years old by July 30, 2010) who are interested or thinking about journalism as a career.

    It is held the week before the annual convention. This year, the program will run from July 31 – August 4 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

    This program houses the students on the university campus while they receive hands-on training in writing, photography, broadcasting, online media, and reporting from professional journalists. The program comes at no cost to J-Campers thanks to the generous support of funders such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bloomberg, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund; AAJA chapters (sponsoring and/or subsidizing a student from their region when one is chosen for the program); and also from individual members, such as Jennifer 8 Lee and AAJA Governing Board member, Frank Witsil.

    J Camp scholarship includes return airfare, transportation, university housing, and access to some of the brightest and best media minds in the country.

    DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION!

    Take a look at what past J Camp students had to say about this life-changing experience:

    “What’s All the Hype About?”

    “It Will Change Your Life”

    “Who Will You Meet?  Connections of a Lifetime”

    You can also visit us at AAJA J Camp Facebook.  For more information, go to AAJA or contact Nao Vang, AAJA National Student Programs Coordinator at (415) 346-2051 x102 or programs@aaja.org.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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    Are the news needs of ethnic communities here being met?

    It’s amazing to me that there’s never been a meeting convened of all the ethnic media in the Pacific Northwest. We tried to get some editors and news directors to attend a recent conference at the University of Washington.

    The conference –  Journalism That Matters: Re-Imagining News & Community in the Pacific Northwest — brought together more than 200 people who have more than a passing interest in journalism. Many were former newspaper writers. Many also were community activists, artists, and educators. There were hardly any business development or marketing people present, and we really needed their voices in the conversation.

    Yours truly represented AAJA Seattle, and I was encouraged to see some people of color there. AAJA National Board representative Athima Chansanchai was there for most of the conference, as was Naomi Ishisaka, communications director for OneAmerica. So was Yuko Kodama, a producer for Reclaim the Media. There were visits from Assunta Ng, publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly, and Diem Ly, editor-in-chief of The International Examiner.

    I organized a breakout session on Saturday morning by asking this question: What does the news ecology look like for AAPI communities in the Pacific Northwest and what new possibilities can we create?

    More than a dozen people joined the discussion. I am listing them all (in no particular order) because I am so grateful they took the time to participate (apologies to any latecomers I left out):

    • Kenneth Gillgren of Gillgren Communication Services
    • Caroline Li, AAJA Seattle VP of Events
    • Derek Wing, communications director for the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
    • Sam Louie, a counselor at Asian Counseling and Referral Service
    • Rosalinda Mendoza, WA State Farmworker Housing Trust
    • Nicole Ciridon, Features Editor, The Daily (UW)
    • Tima Chansanchai, AAJA National Board representative
    • John Spady, CommunityForums.org
    • Jonathan Lawson, Reclaim the Media
    • Joaquin Uy, News and Public Affairs Director, KBCS 91.3 FM
    • Carina del Rosario, freelance writer/photojournalist
    • Naomi Ishisaka, communications director for OneAmerica

    We concluded with several important directions in which to go:

    – AAJA Seattle should convene a meeting of all ethnic media executives in the Pacific Northwest to discuss our needs and explore gaps in serving our communities. The mapping exercise may lead us to new possibilities.

    – Young minority students could be trained as part of Story Corps to carry out storytelling from their communities, and given opportunities to publish online. These youth could conduct valuable oral history projects by examining their own family and culture.

    – If time and resources were available, it would be useful to bring together community-based organizations, ethnic media and mainstream media for a wider ranging discussion about how do we improve media access. We agreed that a first step is to piggyback on an existing survey process to learn more about AAPI media access and usage in our market.

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