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SPJ offers travel writing seminar on Monday

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THE BASICS OF TRAVEL WRITING

MONDAY, May 2, 7 p.m., Seattle Times auditorium

Learn what it takes these days to make a go of travel writing, get tips on producing compelling travel stories and find out what editors are really looking for – and how to pitch them.

Free for members of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.  $10 for non-members.

Free parking and pizza included.

This program is part of the SPJ’s Spring continuing education series. For all the classes go to http://www.spjwash.org

The Seattle Times is located at 1120 John St., Seattle, in the South Lake Union area. WA 98109. Free parking is available in the visitors lot across John St. from the main entrance.

Please RSVP to Hilary Reeves at hilary.j.reeves.com

Speakers for this seminar:

Paul Frichtl, editor, Alaska Airlines Magazine

Cathy McDonald: freelance writer, author of The Seattle Times’ popular Walkabout column and editor/researcher for Rick Steves

Joe Myxter, travel editor, MSNBC.com

Chris Solomon, who writes for New York Times travel section, Outside, Ski Magazine and other publications

Moderator: Kristin Jackson, a travel writer and editor at The Seattle Times

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Hacks/Hackers Seattle kicks off Nov. 11 with free food

AAJA Seattle members Sharon Chan and Karen Johnson are joining forces to hold a kickoff event for Hacks/Hackers Seattle on Nov. 11 at Havana in Capitol Hill.

Come out and show your support and learn about this interesting group!

There will be FREE food from Marination Mobile sponsored by Patch.com!

Hacks/Hackers is a group that was started by former AP bureau chief Burt Herman (now CEO of Storify), Aron Pilhofer of The New York Times, and Richard Gordon of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Read a piece Herman wrote about Hacks/Hackers’ origins. Gordon has written on PBS’ MediaShift blog about the first truly national gathering of Hacks/Hackers last spring in San Francisco.

Hacks/Hackers meetups have become common now at national journalism conventions, including at this year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors convention in Las Vegas. (We gathered at the hotel bar, of course.) The group has received sponsorship from the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge and has attracted journalists and technologists from all over the country. Former New York Times reporter and AAJA member Jenny 8. Lee is a key organizer for Hacks/Hackers now.

Hacks/Hackers chapters are forming one by one across the nation, and our own Sharon and Karen have taken the initiative to get the Seattle one off the ground.

Chan, who covers Microsoft for The Seattle Times (and finishing her term this year as AAJA National President), sent out this invitation:

If you’re a journalist who cares about technology and the future of media, you should come. If you’re a technologist who cares about journalism and the future of media, you should come. Journalists call themselves “hacks,” someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds.

Hacks/Hackers Seattle will bring all these people together — those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories. In the age of information overload, all their work has become even more crucial.

We aim to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.

RSVP and get your free ticket at http://seattlehackshackers.eventbrite.com.

For more information about Hacks and Hackers check out http://hackshackers.com.

The event is in partnership with AAJA Seattle and the Western Washington Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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AAJA Seattle student members in action!

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When I was studying journalism at Western Kentucky University in the early 2000s, I was eager to soak every experience I had in college from writing for the school paper to interning at newspapers all over the nation. Though I have been out of school for several years, I still remember fondly how much I grew through all the opportunities that was open to me while I was in college.

So I find great pleasure in hearing about how AAJA Seattle’s student members have made the most of their college experience:

peterPeter Sessum, the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship, won two awards in the 2009 SPJ Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Sessum earned a first place award in in-depth reporting and a second place award in general news reporting for work he did at The Triton Review, the school paper at Edmonds Community College. Sessum’s story on blood donations was also selected as a finalist in the in-depth category for the national Mark of Excellence Awards.

Sessum is now a student at the University of Washington and writing for its school paper. AAJA members will also see him in action at the 2010 AAJA National Convention in Los Angeles as a member of the AAJA Voices staff.

resizesAnother winner in the regional Mark of Excellence Awards was Yong Kyle Kim. He won a third place award in online in-depth reporting for a project on pornography on campus for the website of the Whithworthian, the school paper at Whitworth University in Spokane. Last summer, Kim was able to attend the 2009 AAJA National Convention in Boston as a recipient of the Founders Scholarship. Kim blogged about his convention experience on this website, reporting on a session about the dangers of international journalism and what news recruiters look for in students. And if all that wasn’t enough — Kim is currently in the middle of a year abroad in Sydney, Australia studying journalism at Macquarie University.

gerald 2Gerald Patriarca, a student at Seattle Pacific University, recently was profiled in the university’s paper for his internship with KOMO-TV’s problem solvers team. The article, which also mentions his previous internship at KING 5, also quotes Akiko Oda, an AAJA member who interned at KOMO-TV before graduating from University of Missouri this month.  And not only is Patriarca learning from his experience, he’s inspiring other students to do the same.

Who wouldn’t be inspired by these students awesome stories? I certainly am!

Photos: AAJASeattle.org file photo, Yong Kyle Kim’s website and Danielle Knight, The Falcon newspaper at Seattle Pacific University.

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“Choppy Waters” at Central Washington University was a success!

Athima Chansanchai critiques Central Washington University journalism students resumés. Photo by TJ Mullinax.

Athima Chansanchai critiques Central Washington University journalism students' resumés. Photo by TJ Mullinax.

About 15 students at Central Washington spent last Thursday evening (April 15) with SPJ and AAJA Seattle learning how to navigate the job market in last week’s “Choppy Waters” pizza night event.  AAJA Seattle and the William O. Douglas chapter of SPJ co-sponsored the event while the Central Washington SPJ chapter hosted the event and helped promote it.

During the program, panelists Athima Chansanchai, TJ Mullinax and Debra Yergen discussed a variety of aspects of getting into the job market including using  social media to establish your brand, showing how existing journalism skills can apply to a variety of journalism and non-journalism jobs and the importance of good storytelling especially during the job interview.

The panelists stuck around to critique students’ resumés, cover letters and clips and as well as answer more questions. The event lasted until 11 p.m., but nobody seem to mind.

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AAJA Seattle and SPJ to co-host “Choppy Waters” pizza night program at Central Washington University

It’s a tough job market out there for students, but AAJA Seattle and SPJ are working together to help.

The two organizations are working together to organize “Choppy Waters: Navigating the job market through change and transition.” The program’s title pays homage to an earlier program AAJA Seattle organized last year to help professional and student journalists throughout the Seattle area deal with the challenges of the journalism industry.

This program, which includes a panel discussion and resume and clips critique, will give current and graduating college students career strategies as they enter our changing profession.

“Choppy Waters” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 15 at Bouillon Hall Room 144 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Panelists
Athima Chansanchai — A year ago, Athima was out of the job after the closure of the print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Since then, Athima developed her own business, Tima Media. She’s done everything from writing press releases to writing more than 1000 trivia questions in 5 weeks. She also is continuing to edit books and write freelance articles. Her latest project is a new Web site called thegirlsnightout.com, designed to help women in Seattle find things to do for an evening out. Athima also serves as a member of the national board of directors for the Asian American Journalists Association.

TJ Mullinax — TJ is the news producer for the Yakima Herald-Republic. His skills in photography, graphic design, video editing and Web production (among other things) has helped him earn jobs at the Yakima Herald-Republic, KATU-TV in Portland and the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau. In November, he organized the Northwest Video Workshop to help news reporters and photographers learn the basics of shooting and editing video. TJ also serves as the Region 11 chair for the National Press Photographers Association.

Debra Yergen — Debra is director of marketing at Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center. Debra’s desire to find a job led to the creation of the “Green Light Scoring Model,” a process developed to help people determine their ideal job and career based on several criteria including income, creativity, flexibility and longevity. She shares that model in her book, Creating Job Security. Debra has degree in broadcast news /communications from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. Her skills has helped her in a variety of jobs including television producer, technical writer and a freelance magazine writer.

For more information or to RSVP and sign up for the critique, please e-mail Mai Hoang at mhoang@yakimaherald.com.

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