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Mix and mingle with members and supporters of AAJA starting at 6 p.m. this Thursday at Amber Restaurant & Lounge in Belltown at 2214 1st Avenue.
Connect with local journalists
Find out about upcoming AAJA events
Hear what journalists are doing outside of the newsroom
This event is FREE. Get your ticket at EventBrite.com: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1469317769/
Got a burning industry question you want us to discuss? Send your question to Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to address it at the mixer.
Help us continue to host free events by supporting AAJA through membership (you do not need to be an employed journalist to become a member).
Register/Renew your membership today!
AAJA is a national organization that supports diversity in the media. AAJA’s Seattle chapter is a strong and active chapter. We encourage members and supporters to register/renew their membership by the MARCH 30TH and look forward to seeing you throughout the year!
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The Year of the Rabbit is underway. And that means time to renew your membership! Our 2011 membership drive is on and runs through the end of March.
If you’re wondering whether you are current on your membership, just look in the far right-bottom corner for a list of chapter members in good standing. The list is current as of Feb. 11, 2011.
To renew your membership or join us for the first time, please visit aaja.org/membership.
We had a memorable Lunar New Year Banquet at the Tea House in Renton. More than 65 people attended our annual fundraiser, including members of the Seattle Glee Club — courtesy of AAJA member Athima Chansanchai (thank you).
And our karaoke contest featured several brave souls, including Candace Heckman’s daughter Evelyn singing “Yellow Submarine,” David Boardman with “All the Way,” Karen Gaudette Brewer and Athima with “Son of a Preacher,” and Sanjay Bhatt with “Brown Eyed Girl.” Of course, Evelyn stole the show, winning the karaoke contest. Way to go, Evelyn!
Our Silent Auction, in addition to dinner ticket sales, raised more than $2,000 in funds for the chapter’s programs and operations. Many thanks to all the donors. Our youngest donor was Peter Sessum’s daughter, Anna, who blogs on cooking and donated a home-cooked dinner.
Check back here later in the week for photos, courtesy of student member Ava Van, who runs her own photography business. Thank you, Ava!
We’ve got some cool plans for 2011. Your membership is a vote of confidence in AAJA’s mission to sustain diversity from newsrooms to boardrooms in the media industry. Your chapter is what you make of it, so if you have ideas for programs or events, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
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Chapter Presidentâ€™s Report
Happy holidays! As 2010 draws to a close,Â our chapter hasÂ many accomplishments to celebrate this year. It’s also that time of yearÂ to renew your membership and make a tax-deductible donation.
The chapter is blessed with a dedicated core of active members who see the value of this community. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of journalists, promote diversity and support media entrepreneurship. We focused our resources in 2010 on outreach, training and mentoring â€“ and you responded.
Our membership increased from about 80 members in 2009 to more than 100 members in 2010. More students are joining our chapter, as are non-traditional journalists, such as Alex Stonehill, co-founder of the Common Language Project and our keynote speaker at our Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction.
Last yearâ€™s Lunar New Year fund-raiser at Tea Palace set a new attendance record, with more than 70 attendees. The chapter board was so pleased with the turnout, weâ€™ve decided to hold our 2011 event there on Jan. 29. Save the date!
One of our key strategies in 2010 was partnering with other organizations to broaden our reach and expand local benefits to members.
The boards of SPJ Western Washington and AAJA Seattle agreed to offer each groupâ€™s members reciprocal rates on events to increase attendance and diversity. That gave our AAJA Seattle members access to SPJâ€™s fall training series and freelancerâ€™s workshop at SPJ member rates.
AAJA Seattle also signed a partnership agreement with 911 Media, a non-profit provider of multimedia training, which provided our members with discounted rates and fellowships for students and professionals. Our first recipient of the fellowship was Carina del Rosario, a freelance photographer, who applied the fellowship toward a class in audio recording.
And our chapter collaborated with other local journalism organizations to broaden our reach and relevance: We provided financial or in-kind support to three regional conferences â€“ Journalism That Matters, SPJ Regional Conference, and the Northwest Video Workshop.
We also provided financial and in-kind support to the newly launched Sea Beez ethnic media consortium, and the William O. Douglas SPJ chapter in co-hosting a â€œChoppy Watersâ€ workshop for students at Central Washington University.
Finally, we collaborated with the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Asian-American Professionals (NAAAP) on two of their events and promoted the kickoff event of the local chapter of Hacks/Hackers, a journalism innovation group.
Speaking of innovation, our AAJA Seattle chapter held our inaugural Innovation Salon at the Seattle Art Museum in May. The classy event at SAMâ€™s TASTE restaurant offered attendees appetizers, wine and tips on Twitter. We plan to hold another Innovation Salon in 2011. Stay tuned.
Acting on another strategic priority, the chapter this year stepped up its efforts to support the next generation of journalists: We held two student pizza nights (including a multimedia journalism night at the UW), judged student work at the Washington Journalism Education Association state conference and awarded four Northwest Journalists of Color scholarships and two Founders scholarships.
Three of ourÂ scholarship winners attended the AAJA National Convention and blogged about their experiences. Read what Peter Sessum, Mary Pauline Diaz and Katelin Chow wrote.
And after returning fromÂ a fantastic AAJA National Convention in Los Angeles, Â we held an end-of-summer potluck in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park.
We also elected new officers for 2011. Here are your officers for next year:
President: Sanjay Bhatt, reporter, The Seattle Times
VP, Events: Caroline Li, editor, EarthWalkers.com
VP, Programs: Owen Lei, reporter, KING 5
Treasurer: Mai Hoang, reporter, The Yakima Herald-Republic
Secretary: Venice Buhain, editor, Bellevue Patch
As you know, our National Board Representative Athima Chansanchai was elected to AAJA National Secretary to fill the remaining term of Doris Truong, who was elected AAJA National President. The chapter board is discussing its next step to fill Timaâ€™s seat for the remainder of her term.
Speaking of national AAJA affairs, it’s been aÂ challenging year. Fiscal crises threatened AAJA’s future, and all chapters, including ours, gave funds to stabilize the organization.
We can all be proud of our AAJA National President Sharon Chan and AAJA National Treasurer Candace Heckman for steering the national organization through the crisis and making tough decisions. Today AAJAÂ has a strong executive director and is on steadier fiscal ground.
And in what could become an annual tradition, Sharon, Candace and Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman, who is also an AAJA Seattle member,Â organized an all-mediaÂ Holiday Scoop party at Nectar that benefitted the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship endowment.
I’d like to thank everyone who helped support the chapter in accomplishing its goals this year. Our event chairs deserve huge kudos: Caroline Li (Lunar New Year Banquet), Nicole Tsong andÂ Mai Hoang (student workshops), Mai HoangÂ and Venice Buhain (scholarship application and judging),Â Karen Johnson (innovation salon),Â and Naomi Ishisaka (scholarships reception).
Our AAJA Seattle community is strong. We canÂ meet any challenge byÂ working together. Our continued success rests on your support, so please renew your membership, bring a colleague to our events and tell us how youâ€™d like to get involved!
If youâ€™re not already, I encourage you to follow us @aajaseattle on Twitter, join our Facebook group and check us out at aajaseattle.org.
I wish you and yours a memorable holiday season and prosperity in the New Year!
President, AAJA Seattle chapter
Reporter, The Seattle Times
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[Organizers and emcees kick it at The Holiday Scoop, an all-Seattle media party to raise money for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship on Dec. 17, 2010 at Nectar: Sharon Chan, Seattle Times technology reporter; David Boardman, Seattle Times executive editor; Candace Heckman, senior editor at Nyhus Communications; Bill Radke, KIRO FM Radio host and Lori Matsukawa, KING 5 anchor. Photo by Erika Schultz]
By Sharon Pian Chan and Candace Heckman
AAJA National President and National Treasurer
Journalists packed the house at The Holiday Scoop, the first all-Seattle media party for broadcast, radio and online journalists on Friday, Dec. 17.
More than 200 people broke out their holiday finest for the party at Nectar, a nightclub in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, representing current and former journalists from more than 40 news outlets in the Puget Sound.
[Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman skewers Seattle media in a poem at The Holiday Scoop, which he help organize. Photo by Erika Schultz]
The highlight of the night? Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman’s version of “Twas the Night before Christmas” skewering local media, LOLcats and newsmakers. If you missed it, it will live on only in our memories.
[Emcees Bill Radke and Lori Matsukawa deliver a poem about Seattle “snowmageddon.” Photo by Erika Schultz]
Emcees Lori Matsukawa of KING5 and Bill Radke of KIRO FM Radio opened the event, exchanging some very special holiday gifts with each other (also for our memories). They also recognized newsrooms that won national awards this year: The Seattle Times (Pulitzer Prize), Puget Sound Business Journal (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Knight-Risser Prize), KIRO FM Radio (RTDNA), KOMO TV (RTDNA), MSNBC.com (ONA) and West Seattle Blog (ONA).
The event benefited AAJA Seattle’s Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, a 24-year program that has awarded more than 100 scholarships to student journalists. NJC scholarship winners Rachel Solomon and Peter Sessum volunteered at the event. Other former winners also showed up: Seattle Times religion reporter Janet Tu and Seattle Magazine online managing editor Karen
[Seattle Times reporter Dominic Gates (center) and Sports Press NW soccer reporter Stanley Holmes were among the 200 journalists who attended at The Holiday Scoop, an all-Seattle media party to raise money for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship. Photo by Erika Schultz.]
Here are all the newsrooms represented: 710 ESPN Seattle, AOL FanHouse, AOLNews, Associated Press, CBS Interactive, Crosscut, Intersect, InvestigateWest, KBCS 91.3 FM Radio, KING TV, KIRO Radio, KIRO TV, KUOW/NPR, Maple Leaf Life, MSN Money, MSNBC.com, My Green Lake, Neighborlogs, Northwest Vietnamese News, Puget Sound Business Journal, Q13 FOX, Ravenna Blog, Renton Reporter, Patch.com, Reuters, Roosevelt Neighborhood Blog, Seattle Bride, Seattle Business, Seattle magazine, Seattle PostGlobe, Seattle Weekly, Seattlepi.com, Sportspress Northwest, The Associated Press, The Daily (Everett) Herald, The (UW) Daily, The Seattle Times, The (Tacoma) News Tribune, Three Sheets Northwest, USA Today online, Xconomy, Northwest Asian Weekly.
The masterminds behind the event were David Boardman, AAJA National Treasurer Candace Heckman and AAJA National President Sharon Chan. See you next year? Maybe.
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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.
Vice president for events
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.
Vice president for programs
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
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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