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2017 Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Reception – May 11 at KIRO-TV

Join Seattle’s Asian American Journalists Association, the Seattle Association of Black Journalists and KIRO 7 as we award the aspiring student journalists who have won this year’s Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarships, the Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship, the AAJA Seattle Founders Scholarship and the Northwest Journalists of Color-KIRO 7 Internship.

We’ll hear from keynote speaker Amina Al-Sadi of KUOW’s The Record, and we’ll also invite each of the scholarship winners to briefly speak about their career ambitions. This year’s NJC winners are Hailey Robinson, Ronnie Estoque, Elizabeth Alvarado, Agatha Pacheco and Starla Sampaco, who is also the winner of this year’s Founders Scholarship.

Rhea Panela has been selected as the KIRO-TV/Northwest Journalists of Color summer intern.

Peter Choi will also be recognized for his outstanding service.

Light appetizers will be served.

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday May 11 at KIRO-TV. Please RSVP to this Facebook invitation so we have an approximate head count before the event.

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Join AAJA Seattle at the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship reception Friday

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It’s that time of year again! Join AAJA Seattle and the Seattle Association of Black Journalists on Friday for a celebration of our scholarship winners!

During the reception, we will recognize the winner of the Northwest Journalists of Color & Patricia Fisher Endowed scholarships.  We will also reveal the winner of the Founders’Scholarship, which provides funds for a student to attend the 2015 AAJA National Convention in San Francisco.

Northwest Journalists of Color recipients

Ashley Walls – University of Washington
Brady Hitoshi Wakayama – Washington State University
Bailey Williams – Central Washington University
Mohamed Adan – Seattle Central College

Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship recipients
Ashley Walls – University of Washington
Merdie Nzanga – American University

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Brady Hitoshi Yakayama – Washington State University

The reception will also feature a keynote speech from Seattle-based broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley and a meet-and-greet with our scholarship recipients!

Can’t make it? You can still support NJC by making a donation today for next year’s scholarships.

Details:
2015 NJC SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION
KIRO 7 News
2807 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Friday, June 5th
6:30 PM
FREE
Light drinks and food will be served

Hope to see you there!

 

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Lori Matsukawa inducted into the Silver Circle

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Longtime KING5 anchor and AAJA Seattle co-founder has been inducted in the Silver Circle by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Silver Circle includes a group of standout media professionals who have started their careers at least 25 years ago and have made a significant contribution to both the television industry and their communities.

Lori’s contributions for AAJA Seattle and the Asian American journalist community are numerous. She has mentored countless young journalists who are now in successful careers of their own. She play an instrumental role in the launch of the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship, which has helped fund the journalism studies of more than 130 students since its inception in 1986.

Earlier this week, Lori was the keynote speaker at the annual Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship reception. Here a snippet of her speech:

When aspiring journalists ask me what it takes to be a journalist — the answer doesn’t involve what apps you use (though that helps) or how many friends you have on Facebook or followers on Twitter (though that helps, too). Rather, what it takes — is entirely within yourself.  Your attitude, your determination, your willingness to try and try again. 

Lori has been a living example of this in her long and amazing career. All of us at AAJA Seattle are inspired by Lori daily.

Lori and the other Silver and Gold Circle inductees were recognized in a special reception Friday night and will also be recognized during the 2014 Northwest Emmy Awards. A live stream of the Awards can be found here and starts at 4 p.m. this evening.

Congrats, Lori!

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Six students honored at the 2013 Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship reception

Front row (L to R): Elyse Tan, Joella Charis Ortega, Seungkyul Joseph Park, Seungkyul Joseph Park, Ashley Walls and Holly Martinez. Back row (L to R): AAJA Seattle board members Mai Hoang, Caroline Li and Tiffany Wan, Lori Matsukawa of host KING 5 and Steve Kipp, vice president of communications for Comcast Washington.

Front row (L to R): Elyse Tan, Joella Charis Ortega, Seungkyul Joseph Park, Seungkyul Joseph Park, Ashley Walls and Holly Martinez.
Back row (L to R): AAJA Seattle board members Mai Hoang, Caroline Li and Tiffany Wan, Lori Matsukawa of host KING 5 and Steve Kipp, vice president of communications for Comcast Washington.

Several students were recognized during the Northwest Journalists of Color (NJC) Scholarship reception on June 4.

$5,000 in scholarship were presented to the four NJC scholars:

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Joella Ortega discovered her passion for journalism during her junior year in high school while working on the yearbook staff. When she got to Western Washington University she quickly transformed into a full-fledged reporter. She realized she could no longer live without the rush of investigating, reporting, writing and editing: “The process of creating and publishing an article thrilled me like nothing had ever thrilled me before. I became a mad newswoman, eager to take on all aspects of this 24/7 lifestyle of living. I can make a change by using any medium available to me.” Joella’s goal is to pursue a career in new media journalism. She wants to live and breathe investigative reporting, create works that cannot be ignored, works that wake up a sleeping society to the heartbreak of far away lands – and she is confident she will not fail: “My generation will be the one to alter the face of journalism as America knows it; I know my hope for being a part of this shift is not in vain. I can make a substantial change along with my peers. I want to be a part of this new and improved system of reporting. I will succeed in my education, and I will succeed in my future career as a journalist.” She was chosen specifically for the Comcast Multimedia Scholarship, which was funded by Comcast.

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Holly Martinez is currently attending Seattle University, majoring in journalism. She is the first in her family to go to college: “I want to prove to my younger siblings that they can do it too, no matter how hard it is and no matter how big their dream may be.” In addition, “The fact that I am a woman in a traditional Hispanic Catholic household also contributed
greatly to my desire to write and to be given the tremendous honor of serving as a voice for groups that are oftentimes left voiceless. I’ve learned to embrace my culture while also challenging it.” She started writing poetry in elementary school and was first published in third grade. She says as  time progressed she became more interested in journalism and advocacy work. She has written for the school paper and was hired as a freelance writer for Equal Voice News after being awarded a fellowship opportunity with them. She also did internships with former Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, KOMO-TV and Comcast. Holly said she would like to be political analyst and one day run for office where she plans to use journalism to reach voters and constituents and attempt to make real changes in the community.

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Charmaine Riley Is a student at Western Washington University where she is majoring in journalism and writes for the campus paper. She says for years, she thought college was a gateway to money, and that was the only reason why anyone went to college. But now she knows journalism is where she belongs: “I am studying journalism at Western Washington University because I love learning. Learning  is a stereotypical answer but I am not studying journalism to learn about stereotypical topics or ideas. I want to learn by researching topics, investigating contentious issues, and telling the stories of people who
are unable to tell the stories themselves.”  She says journalists may be innovative by posting on Twitter or interviewing sources from halfway around the world on Skype, but promoting new ideas to fight ignorance would be a significant and simple advancement within the industry.

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Elyse Tan currently attends Western Washington University where she is majoring in Journalism and writes for the college newspaper. She is also online editor for the student publication, Klipsun Magazine. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a member of Western Washington University’s Public Relations Organization.  rowing up she spent the majority of her time after school at the cash register of my mother’s restaurant with a jar for college funds. She is the first in her family to attend college. Since her first creative writing  class she has been using writing as a personal and professional outlet. She is not deterred by the challenges of the industry: “I find it exciting that new technological advancements and social media have made news more accessible than ever before. Although some may suggest that print publications are dying, I have faith in the profession and know that there will always be a demand for efficient, truthful news in whatever medium readers choose to get it.”
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Seungkyul Joseph Park of Highline Community College was chosen for the Founders’ Scholarship. The scholarship pays for airfare and registration to attend the annual AAJA Convention, which will be held this year in New York City. Park is currently studying communication, journalism, art history and minoring creative writing at the community college, with plans to transfer to the University of Washington. He has worked at the student-run newspaper at Highline Community College, The Thunderword since last year and became the paper’s arts editor last fall. Joseph’s passion is in fashion journalism and he jokes that in the future, he will execute a hostile takeover of Vogue, Vanity Fair, or The New Yorker. One project that that he is very proud of was when he organized a fashion editorial in honor of Referendum 74, which legalized gay marriage in Washington state. He and his friends decided to organize a photo shoot that represented gay love through the lens of fashion to complement an editorial column on why the referendum should pass. The piece was titled, “GLITTER AND BE GAY: An editorial on Referendum 74.”

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Along with the NJC and Founders scholarship, the Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ), a longtime NJC supporter, presented the Patricia Fisher Scholarship to Ashley Wells. Wells is a freshman at the University of Washington. She is majoring in journalism and plans to pursue a business sales certification. She writes for a newspaper for the Greek community, volunteers in the community and is active in multiple student organizations.

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Along with the presentation of the scholarships, Monica Guzman, a digital life columnist for The Seattle Times and Geekwire, presented a keynote speed on how she survived and learned from her early job experiences. “Journalism is a set of carefully-managed relationships,” she said. She also explained why she was excited about the contributions of the current generation.

The Northwest of Journalists of Color scholarship and reception would not be possible without our sponsors:

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Comcast came on as a sponsor for the second year in a row, this time funding one of the scholarships.

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During the reception, Steve Kipp, vice president of communications for Comcast’s Washington region, spoke and explained why Comcast supported the program. Comcast has played an instrumental role not only in sponsoring this year’s Comcast multimedia sponsorship but providing valuable job experience to students, including several NJC alumni. Thank you for your support!

An already great reception was even better with delicious food from Pho Bac. The Vietnamese restaurant has several locations throughout the Seattle area.

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KING 5 hosted this year’s reception. Assistant news director Cheryl Carson greeted the audience during the reception.

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Finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended this year’s reception. See you next year!

 

 

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