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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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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.


Sanjay Bhatt
President, AAJA Seattle chapter

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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.


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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Applications due Jan. 11 for Executive Leadership Program

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The deadline for applying to the AAJA Executive Leadership Program is coming up!

The AAJA Executive Leadership Program (ELP) looks at how Asian American and Pacific Islander values relate to high-level decision-making processes and leadership development. The two-session program explores the responsibilities and challenges in the newsroom. Each participant will develop individual career paths to leadership positions. There are 381 graduates of the Executive Leadership Program since the program began in 1995.

This year’s ELP introductory session will take place March 10-14, 2010 in New York City. The Newspaper Association of America Foundation offers a minority fellowship to send a newspaper journalist to attend ELP.

The cost for tuition and most meals is $1,200. See details here. Both the chapter and National can provide stipend support to those selected for the program. (This is why we raise money and you need to buy a ticket to our Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction.)

We have several ELP grads right here in the Seattle chapter who can tell you about their experiences in the program: Marian Liu, Sanjay Bhatt, Athima Chansanchai and Sharon Chan, to name a few.

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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
(206) 634-0919

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