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Attention students: Just a few days left to apply for scholarships from AAJA Seattle

With May 1 quickly approaching, here’s another reminder to apply for one of three scholarships from AAJA Seattle.

Scholarships include the Northwest Journalists of Color, which offers college scholarships of up to $2,500; the Founders Scholarship, which provides registration for the upcoming AAJA National Convention and the AAJA Seattle/911 Media Arts Student Scholarship, which provides funds toward rental equipment or classes at the 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle’s University District.

More details and a easy-to-use application form can be found here.

Hurry! All applications must be postmarked by the deadline.

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Hey, students! Apply today for scholarships offered by AAJA Seattle

AAJA Seattle is now accepting applications for its scholarships. For the first time this year, students need only one form to apply for all three scholarships.

About the scholarships:

Northwest Journalists of ColorNorthwest Journalists of Color Scholarship: Since its inception in 1986, more than 100 students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds have received grants to support their studies. This program awards up to $2,500 in scholarship money to students who intend to pursue careers in journalism. Eligible applicants are students who will attend a college or university in Washington in the fall and Washington state residents or seniors attending a high school in Washington who will attend an accredited college or university in the fall.

Founders’ Scholarship: The Founders’ Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Frank Abe, Ron Chew and Lori Matsukawa, who founded the AAJA Seattle chapter in 1985. The scholarship covers a student registration fee for the 2010 AAJA National Convention, which will be Aug. 4-7 in Los Angeles. A small stipend for travel and accommodations is available. For more information about the convention, click here.

AAJA Seattle/911 Media Arts Student Scholarship:  AAJA Seattle has partnered with the 911 Media Arts Center, the state’s premiere non-profit in new media art and documentary film, to help members looking to develop digital media skills. Though this partnership, the chapter will award two scholarships in 2010 to AAJA Seattle student members for up to $500 in costs of a recipient’s classes, computer lab and rental fees at the 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle’s University District.

Click here to download a copy of the application. Deadline for all three scholarships is May 1. For more information contact scholarship co-chair Venice Buhain at vbuhain@theolympian.com.

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VIDEO: 2010 Lunar New Year Banquet

For higher image quality, watch it in HD! After you hit play, select setting next to volume control and on the submenu, change it from 360p to 720p.

Background

On Jan. 23, 2010, the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association held its annual Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction. Nearly 80 people attended this year’s event at Tea Palace Asian Restaurant in Renton.

The chapter raised more than $2,500 from the event to support its non-profit programs, including the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship. Thanks to all who attended and supported this event!

Video produced by Sanjay Bhatt/Hot Chai Media.

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VIDEO: Two journalists reflect on JTM

Thanks to Carina and Tima for agreeing to sit down with me for a quick interview! Both of them took part in a robust discussion of media access for ethnic communities.

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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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