Thanks to AAJA Seattle member Caroline Li, who publishes earthwalkersmag.com, for coordinating this year’s Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program. Meet this year’s award recipients!
Peter is a business and journalism major at Edmonds Community College and is the current editor in chief at the Triton Review, his campus newspaper. He says, â€œAs a journalist of color, last year I thought it was important to report from a different perspective, especially writing about those of us of mixed heritage and how we feel trapped in the middle. Now as the editor in chief, I encourage the reporters to report on their own ethnic perspectives. Diversity now has a voice on campus.â€
Peter is also part of the Washington National Guard and recently transferred to a public affairs unit, which specialized in journalism. Through that program, he will be trained in broadcast journalism. He says, â€œ I am not young and idealistic, yet I am excited to see the direction journalism will take in the coming years and I look forward to being a part of it.â€
One of our scholarship judges said, â€œ Peter is doing something different by going into journalism via the military route. He is also running a paper and taken it to the next level.
Martha Flores Perez
Martha is an English and Spanish and Latin American Studies major at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. Sheâ€™s been a teacher and mentor to the local community youth through various programs that she is involved with. She says, â€œOne of my goals is to work for a bilingual publication, whether it is a newspaper, online media or literary magazineâ€¦My experiences as an immigrant, as my familyâ€™s translator and with struggles to continue with my education have taught me about social injustices that often go unreported in the mainstream media.â€
One of our scholarship judges said, â€œMartha shows a lot of initiative by her intern work and going to UNITY. She obviously has a drive. Sheâ€™s going to be a reporter whether or not she gets this scholarship.â€
Kassiopia is journalism major at Seattle University. Sheâ€™s also a volunteer writer at the Spectator, Seattle Uâ€™s campus newspaper and a current intern at the Seattle Weekly. Last summer she participated in a study abroad program to India called, Mass Media in modern India, where she was able to interview the local journalists there.
She says, â€œ Committing to a career in journalism means falling in love and staying in love. You are your craftâ€¦I hope that with my hard work and dedication, I can inspire women of all backgrounds and show them that money should never be a determining factor when it comes to their own future.â€
One of our scholarship judges said, â€œKassiopa has both experiences as a writer and a blogger. She knows what students need to succeed in todayâ€™s journalism world.â€
Ilona is a senior at Sammamish High School in Bellevue and plans to attend the University of Washington next year.
She says, â€œI am fascinated with the unknown and unfamiliar; I crave the smells and sounds of distant countries, the sights of novel faces and metropolises. I welcome culture shock- I need it.â€
One of our judges said, â€œIlona has strong opinions and huge potential.â€
This year the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Seattle chapter and the Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ) partnered to produce a new video aimed at young minorities who are interested in pursuing careers in journalism. We wanted to counter the prevailing sense of doom and gloom, highlight outstanding local leaders and show the breadth of job opportunities in the industry.
In the spirit of encouraging young journalists’ creative spark, we handed it to two young women – Amy Phan, a former seattletimes.com intern who is working part-time as a video editor and a school teacher, and Jessica Boyd, a former NJC scholarship recipient who is continuing her education at Harvard in the fall.
Amy and Jessica conducted the interviews and shot the video, and Amy applied her video editing skills to create the final product. Thanks to all the journalists who agreed to participate in this project, and to Seattle University’s Prof. James Forsher, who made it possible for Amy to access the institution’s video editing equipment.
Also a big thanks to those journalists who sent in their own videos to be incorporated into the piece: Paris Jackson and Barbara Serrano. Email the video link to your friends. We hope the video goes viral and inspires many young journalists!
DONATIONS TO NJC
Donations to NJC, which AAJA Seattle administers, are fully tax deductible. Since 1986, NJC has provided scholarships to more than 100 outstanding college students in Washington state with a demonstrated passion for journalism. Make a pledge today! For details, contact Sanjay Bhatt at email@example.com.
At this year’s Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship reception, we honored the life of Vu Nguyen, a former Seattle Times reporter and AAJA Seattle member who died suddenly last month at age 34. We held a tribute to him at the reception because he embodied many qualities that we seek in new journalists – intellectual curiosity, passion for the craft, determination to get the story, and a sense of humor.
A memorial fund is being established in Vu’s name by his family and friends in Orange County. Another is being established in the Midwest where Vu got his master’s degree. If you’d like to make a donation to the Northwest Journalists of Color in Vu’s name, you can know that 100% of your donation will go towards scholarships for young minority college students interested in journalism. Contact Sanjay Bhatt at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
NOTE: Some people wonder why Vu’s byline (Nguyen Huy Vu) put his last name first. That’s the traditional Vietnamese way to honor the family name.
Are you a student who wants to go to the 2009 AAJA National Convention in Boston? We have one convention registration available for students. If you are a student member, please apply for the AAJA Seattle Founder’s Scholarship by June 3.
To apply, please submit a 500-word statement on what you hope to learn at the conference. Send the statement to AAJA Seattle at email@example.com with the phrase “Founder’s Scholarship” in the subject line. Please also include a two to three sentence biography that states your age, what school you attend and your major, when you plan to graduate and your newspaper, radio, online or TV experience.
The recipient will be responsible for airfare, lodging and any other incidentals. He or she may be able to split a room with another journalist attending the conference. The chapter has members going to the convention who may still be looking for a roommate. This year’s convention is Aug. 12-15.
This year’s NJC scholarship reception will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, at KING 5 News’ headquarters at 333 Dexter Ave. N. There is parking in lots on Dexter and Harrison and metered street parking. There are several Metro buses that stop nearby as well. Mark your calendars and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with “NJC2009” in the subject line.