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Apply today for multimedia training fellowships for journalists

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We know you’re hungry for training, but you may not have enough funds.

AAJA Seattle is here for you.

This year the chapter will fund three AAJA Seattle / 911 Media Arts fellowships for professional members in good standing. Details below!

The fellowships, a new member benefit this year, offer up to $250 in reimbursement to professionals who are AAJA MEMBERS for covering half the cost of classes, equipment rental, or lab time at 911 Media Arts in Seattle’s U District.

If you’ve let your membership lapse or aren’t a member, join AAJA today.

To apply, email a resume and a statement of up to 1,000 words to aajaseattle@gmail.com by 5 p.m., March 24, with “911 Media Arts fellowship” in the subject line. Applicants should state how the fellowship will help them move towards their career goals and a specific project they plan to undertake for their newsroom, a news publication/website, or the AAJA Seattle website, using the skills they learn in 911 Media classes.

Because this is the first year of the fellowships, the chapter board will determine how many fellowships to award in the first six months of this year. The board may elect to hold another fellowship application cycle after June.

Questions? Email Sanjay at sbhatt@seattletimes.com

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JOB LISTING: Digital Media professor position at Washington State University

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash is looking for an assistant professor of communication that specializes in digital media.

The position’s responsibilities include teaching undergraduate classes that involve hands-on training in digital media content creation across multiple media platforms, including broadcast, print and Internet. Areas of expertise or research emphasis may include digital media, journalism, social media, advertising, public relations, marketing, and/or visual communication.

Click here for more details.

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JOB LISTING: Windows Web Services & Content writer for Microsoft

Microsoft’s Windows Web Services & Content Team is looking for an experienced writer who can combine good writing with social media and multimedia skills to write about the latest technologies out of Microsoft and how it can help in people’s every day lives.

The job is based in its headquarters in Redmond.

More details are here.

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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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Join us in Vancouver, Sept. 18-19

Posted on by sbhatt

AAJA Seattle has partnered with fellow journalists at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Vancouver Sun, and University of British Columbia journalism school to bring you a historic meetup on Sept. 18 and 19 in the city that will host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together AAJA members from Portland and Seattle and peers in Vancouver who are interested in diversity in journalism.

While we’re there, we plan to tour newsrooms, meet members of the mainstream and ethnic media and participate in a workshop hosted by UBC’s journalism school. A meetup of journalists wouldn’t be complete without a few drinks at a bar after work, so be sure to check back for details on evening excursions.

HOTELS: Once we have an idea of how many people are committed to attending, we can see if a group discount is in order and help coordinate carpools.

PLEASE RSVP no later than Monday, August 24, if you’re seriously interested in attending. Send an email to aajaseattle@gmail.com with “Vancouver” in the subject line. Thank you.

And if you don’t mind, join our AAJA Seattle Facebook group and RSVP on our “AAJA Goes to Vancouver” event page. You’ll receive automatic updates on the event as we finalize the details.

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