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Nicole Gaddie on AAJA National Convention: ‘… exhausting, but also rejuvenating’

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Nicole Gaddie (far right), a recent graduate of Seattle University, with Yazhou Sun, a recent graduate of Boston University, left, and KJ Hiramoto, a student at the University of Washington, at the AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. earlier this month

Nicole Gaddie, a recent graduate of Seattle University and a AAJA Seattle student member, attended the  AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. earlier this month. She is a recipient of the Founders Scholarship, which provided registration and a travel stipend. She shares her convention experience in this post. 

It’s hard to explain the importance of face-to-face interaction. Some call it networking. I call it building relationships.

That is exactly what happened at the AAJA National Convention in Washington D.C. I formed relationships with people I never guessed I would meet.

We spoke about the industry, how they rose to their current jobs and what motivates them to continue in their profession. The entire week was exhausting, but also rejuvenating.

As a recent graduate, my days were primarily spent at the job fair where a multitude of prestigious companies were represented. ESPN, NBC, FOX, Gannett, Reuters, Bloomberg, WSJ and Sinclair were just some of the big name media companies with booths.

When I wasn’t speaking with recruiters I attended convention-hosted workshops. Topics ranged from vocal training to media diversity advocacy. One of my favorite workshops was focused on data visualization. It took place at NPR’s headquarters (a place I had always dreamed of visiting) and after the session I was able to tour NPR’s facilities.

I won’t say that I landed a job at the convention, but I did make an enormous amount of connections and friends that I know will benefit my future career.

One of my favorite memories took place in the lobby of our hotel, where I stayed up until 5 a.m. with ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor David Ono, MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui and Comcast Sportsnet editor Cameron Kim talking about the future of journalism.

Overall, it was a great experience that I will never forget. I would like to give a big shout out to my AAJA Seattle family who prepped me for convention. I couldn’t have taken advantage of all the opportunities without help from friends like Sharon Chan, Lori Matsukawa, Chris Casquejo, Peter Sessum, Mai Hoang  and many more.

To all those thinking about attending convention next year, do it. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made for my professional career.

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AAJA congratulations ad to Lori Matsukawa on her induction into the Silver Circle

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Congratulations to KING5 anchor Lori Matsukawa, who was just inducted into the Silver Circle by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Lori co-founded the Seattle chapter of AAJA, has mentored countless aspiring Asian American broadcast journalists and been a guardian angel of our chapter. AAJA congratulated Lori with a full-page program ad at the regional Emmy dinner on June 7.

The AAJA Seattle chapter and AAJA members around the country bought this ad together.

Congratulations Lori! You totally deserved it. (And it’s about time.)

From:
AAJA Seattle
Debby Abe
Frank Abe
Judy Averill
Sanjay Bhatt
Frank Blethen
Ryan Blethen
David Boardman
Paula Bock
Niala Boodhoo
Venice Buhain
Brent Champaco
Sharon Chan
Shawn Chitnis
Mimi Gan
Susan Han
Chris Jose
Mimi Jung
Ken Kashiwahara
Doug Kim
Curtiss Kim
Lloyd LaCuesta
Owen Lei
Robert Mak
Assunta Ng
David Ono
Hari Sreenivasan
Janet Tu
Su Ring Vitue

AAJA Seattle also thanks TJ Mullinax, an online news producer for Good Fruit Grower in Yakima, for volunteering his time to design the ad.

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Lori Matsukawa inducted into the Silver Circle

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Longtime KING5 anchor and AAJA Seattle co-founder has been inducted in the Silver Circle by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Silver Circle includes a group of standout media professionals who have started their careers at least 25 years ago and have made a significant contribution to both the television industry and their communities.

Lori’s contributions for AAJA Seattle and the Asian American journalist community are numerous. She has mentored countless young journalists who are now in successful careers of their own. She play an instrumental role in the launch of the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, which has helped fund the journalism studies of more than 130 students since its inception in 1986.

Earlier this week, Lori was the keynote speaker at the annual Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship reception. Here a snippet of her speech:

When aspiring journalists ask me what it takes to be a journalist — the answer doesn’t involve what apps you use (though that helps) or how many friends you have on Facebook or followers on Twitter (though that helps, too). Rather, what it takes — is entirely within yourself.  Your attitude, your determination, your willingness to try and try again. 

Lori has been a living example of this in her long and amazing career. All of us at AAJA Seattle are inspired by Lori daily.

Lori and the other Silver and Gold Circle inductees were recognized in a special reception Friday night and will also be recognized during the 2014 Northwest Emmy Awards. A live stream of the Awards can be found here and starts at 4 p.m. this evening.

Congrats, Lori!

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NAHJ’s departure from UNITY: Journalists for Diversity; Statement from AAJA National President Paul Cheung

As many of you know, the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists recently voted to leave UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, which has been the umbrella of several minority journalism organizations, including AAJA.

In a statement on its website, NAHJ President Hugo Balta explains the organization’s decision:

It’s a bitter sweet decision.The board believes in the concept of UNITY, but feels the organization needs to reform to meet the new challenges minority journalists are facing in an industry that is continuously changing.

AAJA National President Paul Cheung has issued the following response to NAHJ’s decision:

While many of us are understandably reflecting on the future of UNITY, it’s important AAJA leaders and members be patient.
UNITY formed as the news media flourished in the 1990s, amid rising revenues and growing newsrooms. But those days are gone, forever changed by rapidly evolving technology and beset by a catastrophic financial meltdown. Over recent years, newsrooms have struggled. As a result, many lost jobs and some newspapers folded. It’s no surprise UNITY has also struggled. AAJA, fortunately, has weathered those headwinds by fundraising, cutting expenses and making structural changes.

The UNITY we knew in 1994 is  gone. The newsroom you knew in 1994 is also gone. That’s a fact. But the same battles remain, as long as the issue of diversity remains a problem in our industry.

I personally don’t believe retreating to silos will advance our cause for greater diversity. Since July, the alliance presidents have been working on several proposals to fundamentally restructure UNITY — so we can be more nimble, flexible and financially sound. AAJA has taken a key leadership role in coming up with solutions. In the coming weeks, we hope to address these critical issues — including revisiting UNITY’s mission, finances and governance. 

 
Our next UNITY board meeting is in December, and I will update our membership with details so that AAJA can examine what our roles should be in the future.
 
Your feedback will inform our work at the UNITY board meeting. Feel free to email me, your chapter presidents, board representative and AAJA-UNITY board representatives regarding your concerns and thoughts on UNITY.

Change is never easy or painless. And yes, this is very emotional for many of us who have attended UNITY conventions and value UNITY’s mission. These are especially challenging times for the cause of diversity, and we must continue to address those challenges — not only for us, but for the next generation of journalists.

Paul has also encouraged members to give their feedback this form.

In addition, I would like to extend an offer for AAJA Seattle members to contact me, as well as our national board representative Sanjay Bhatt. It is important to me that the concerns of our chapter members are heard.

You can reach me at maisurvey@gmail.com and Sanjay at sbhatt33@gmail.com.

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TV anchor tunes into Spam, the First Amendment and what you can learn at a beauty pageant

 

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, master’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: “When my photographer was arrested at Pearl Harbor covering the 50th anniversary.”
Twitter handle: @LoriMatsukawa
Languages: English and “tourist” French. “I can order a beer in Japanese.”
Can’t put down: “The Hunger Games” trilogy.
Favorite Seattle restaurants: Tie: Kaname and Wann Izakaya.
Must-see TV: “60 Minutes”
Fave flick: Tie: “Gone With the Wind” and “The Terminator”
Heaven on a plate: Spam musubi.
Top toy: “My golf clubs.”
You might not know: “I 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!”
Main motivation: “Journalism is the first draft of history. It’s the only job that’s protected by the First Amendment, so we’d better take it seriously.”

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