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Need multimedia training? AAJA Seattle has you covered

I’m thrilled to announce a NEW member benefit for AAJA Seattle members.

Members in good standing are now eligible for discounted rates on classes, computer lab time and rental equipment at 911 Media Arts, Washington state’s premiere non-profit for new media art and documentary film.

Why is this important now?
In today’s tough job market, media professionals with multimedia skills have the edge. 911 Media Arts offers classes in video and audio editing, Adobe Creative Suite 4, documentary film production and web design and programming. 911 Media also rents video cameras and time in its Mac lab.

What does this mean for AAJA members?
Members can take advantage of the benefit in two ways: They can immediately get big discounts on 911 Media’s classes, obtaining the same rate as 911 Media’s members, who pay $45 a year for membership. In addition, AAJA Seattle will offer scholarships to professionals and students in 2010 to defray the cost of classes, equipment rental and lab time.

What classes can I take at 911 Media?

Check out 911 Media’s website for the list. Bare Bones iMovie starts Monday, Feb. 21. Beginning Final Cut Pro starts March 11. “Integrating Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro” starts March 22. If there’s a topic or skill you’re interested in but don’t see on their site, let AAJA Seattle know because 911 Media has agreed to develop customized classes for our members’ training needs.

I’m unemployed. Can AAJA help with the cost of training?
There are lower cost online training sources as well, but AAJA Seattle has decided to offer three $250 scholarships to professional members this year that cover half the cost of their 911 Media classes. For student members, AAJA Seattle and 911 Media also are providing for two $500 scholarships that cover the entire cost of their 911 Media classes.

How do I make sure I get the discounted rate?
Go to the class listing on 911 Media’s website — http://www.911media.org/education/classes — and click on the link to the class you’re interested in. For example, click on “Beginning Final Cut Pro,” and when the class detail page is loaded, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you’ll see Google Checkout. You’ll select the “Member Price” when you check out. 911 Media will verify with AAJA Seattle that your membership is current.

How do I apply for a scholarship to take a 911 Media class?

We will likely use the same process that we use for our other scholarships. Applicants will be required to write a 250-word statement that describes how the scholarship will help them in their career and how they could use their skills or volunteer time to benefit the chapter. Stay tuned for more details.

If you have any questions, send an email to aajaseattle@gmail.com and use keyword “911 Media” in the subject line. We hope our members will enjoy this new benefit! We are in the middle of our membership renewal drive, so if you could please renew your membership or encourage your colleagues to join AAJA, I would appreciate it. It’s more important than ever before that we sustain our community of journalists and support each other.

Cheers,

Sanjay Bhatt
President, AAJA Seattle chapter

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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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Apply by October 30 for Web 2.0 training at UC Berkeley

The Knight Digital Media Center, located at the University of California, Berkeley is still accepting applications from mid-career journalists interested in fellowships for its Web 2.0 Training for Journalists, which will be held on December 14-18, 2009; and February 22-26, 2010.

There will be 20 fellowships per workshop. Applications to apply for either workshop is due Oct. 30.

The workshop is open to professional print, radio, broadcast and online journalists who want to develop Web 2.0 technology and techniques to support their publication`s Internet publishing effort. Fellowships include lodging, meals and instruction. All equipment is provided. Cost of travel to the workshop must be paid by the applicant’s news organization.

During five days of intense, hands-on instruction the fellows selected for the Web 2.0 training will:

• Blog breaking news using Twitter.
• Post photos in interactive news maps.
• Produce and publish photo galleries and audio slideshows.
• Create and edit videos with Final Cut Pro
• Incorporate user-generated content in breaking news stories.
• Use Facebook and publication widgets for news distribution.
• Learn technical specifics for optimizing breaking news rankings in Google.

An application form and instructions are available on the Knight Center’s Web site.
For questions, please contact Alisha Diego Klatt, program specialist, at kdmcinfo@journalism.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-3892.

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Oct. 30 deadline: Residencies for budding audio artists

Source: 911 Media

THE JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs.

Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2009
Applications must be postmarked or delivered by 5:00 pm on the due date.

Applications and more information online at www.jackstraw.org.

There are three different types of residencies: A writers program, a new media program and an artist support program. Check out the website for details.

About Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions is a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to the creation, production and presentation of all forms of audio art. Jack Straw Productions’ history began in 1962, when a group of artists, educators, and journalists formed the Jack Straw Foundation, which founded KRAB-FM, one of the first community radio stations in the United States. Jack Straw continues to assist artists, educational institutions, and community organizations that are interested in working creatively with sound through our audio production services and recording studios, artist residency programs, educational programs, and community partnerships. Jack Straw Productions has been open to the public in Seattle’s University District since 1989.

Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
www.jackstraw.org
(206) 634-0919

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Schedule for Saturday’s Choppy Waters conference

Please plan to arrive early to find parking and the conference room at Haggett Hall on the north side of campus. If you did RSVP for the networking luncheon, please plan on paying $15 cash when you check in, and help us out by bringing exact change. Thanks!! We look forward to a stimulating day of discussion.

LOCATION: Haggett Hall – Glacier Room, University of Washington

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