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From left to right: Karen Johnson, managing editor of SeattleMag.com; food writer Matthew Amster-Burton; PR-pro Hsiao-Ching Chou; and chef Becky Selengut.
AAJA Seattle held its first Innovation Salon on May 25 at TASTE Restaurant at Seattle Art Museum.
These salons are aimed at getting journalists outside their comfort zones. By hearing from innovators in marketing, media, technology and other fields outside traditional media, journalists can learn about innovative concepts, integrate this thinking into their own work and become innovation leaders in their organizations.
Our first salon, not surprisingly, focused on the culture of Twitter and how various users wield it to have conversations, cultivate sources and disseminate their messages – all of them outside traditional newsrooms.
The stylish downtown restaurant, between the foodie suppliers at Pike Place Market and the social-media startups in Pioneer Square, was the perfect setting for journalists, foodie bloggers, marketing executives and tech analysts to gather for an evening of stimulating conversation.
The event was co-sponsored by AAJA Seattle, TASTE Restaurant and Seattle Magazine. About 40 people attended the event, which was designed to be small to encourage meaningful conversations and networking.
After chowing down on delicious appetizers prepared by TASTE chef Craig Hetherington, the audience heard from a panel moderated by Karen Johnson, online managing editor of SeattleMag.com.
The panelists were food writer Matthew Amster-Burton; PR-pro Hsiao-Ching Chou; and chef Becky Selengut.
Shoutouts to Johnson, online managing editor of SeattleMag.com, for organizing the panel and venue; chapter treasurer Nicole Tsong for providing support; and volunteer Jillian Dinnie, who sold tickets and collected money for AAJA Seattle at the door.
Want to learn more? Read AAJA student member Peter Sessum’s post on 10 things he learned about Twitter etiquette from the salon.
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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”Â 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 BeezÂ and San Jose Beez. LA Beez isÂ part of aÂ 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.Â 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.
The evening gave AAJA student members, like Andrew Doughman, a chance to practice networking and connect with editors looking for freelance contributors.
During the presentations, Julie explained the overall goals of the Sea Beez project.
Sandy Close told the audience that all of the “hives” have a Queen Bee, looking at Julie with a smile. Great work to all involved!
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AAJA Seattle’s 2010 INNOVATION SALONS:
Join us for a lively evening of food, drinks, networking and twitterific conversation at TASTE Restaurant at the Seattle Art Museum.
â€œEATING WHILE TWEETING: SOCIAL MEDIA LESSONS FROM SEATTLEâ€™S FOODERATIâ€
For AAJA Seattleâ€™s inaugural Innovation Salon series, we bring together a group of the cityâ€™s hungriest tweeters: PR-pro Hsiao-Ching Chou, food writer Matthew Amster-Burton and chef Becky Selengut.
Journalists, businesses owners and just about anyone else with a message is scrambling to carve a presence in emerging social media markets. This panel represents a micro-community that adopted social media and pushed its boundaries since before it was cool.
Moderated by Karen Johnson, Seattle magazine online managing editor, this intimate salon will focus less on the Twitter basics and more on the broad lessons, stories and musings from a foodie community that has embraced, and in turn, been transformed through social media
Event: â€œEating while tweeting: Social media lessons from Seattle’s fooderatiâ€
When: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Where: TASTE Restaurant at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 FIrst Ave., Downtown
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $25/$20 for AAJA Seattle members (includes appetizers provided by TASTE)
Buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112278
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
â€¢ Matthew Amster-Burton Food writer and author of Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Fatherâ€™s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
â€¢ Hsiao-Ching Chou Partner and social media director at Suzuki+Chou Communimedia, writer and former food editor at the Seattle P-I
â€¢ Becky Selengut Chef and co-author of The Washington Local and Seasonal Cookbook
Taste Restaurant at Seattle Art Museum
The Asian American Journalists Association-Seattle chapter is a local, non-profit professional and organization. Since 1985, the chapter has provided scholarships for students, professional development for journalists and service to the community in the Pacific Northwest. For more info on AAJA Seattle visit: www.aajaseattle.org
(Images courtesy of CIO.com, Flickr Creative Commons: photos by The Mooncake Box, smcgee, highway.skylines. Graphic by Hot Chai Media)
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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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Take advantage of a brand new benefit for AAJA Seattle members by registering for the regional conference of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 9-10 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in downtown Seattle.
The regional conference gives journalists in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana an opportunity to network and receive hands-on training. The conference includes a social hour on Friday night and training sessions, workshops and an expoÂ on Saturday.
Under a new reciprocity agreement with the Western Washington SPJ chapter, AAJA members pay the sameÂ discounted conference rate as SPJ members. Professional members pay $75 while student members pay $35. That’s a savings of $15 from the nonmember rate.
The deadline to register for the conference is March 31, but for those looking for a place to stay, a discount price for rooms at the Hotel Monaco (at $119 a night plus tax and parking) expires Friday. To reserve a room book through the hotel’s Web site or call 206-621-1770.
Check out the conference Web site for more information or to register.
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