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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.

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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Register soon for the SPJ Regional Conference in Seattle April 9-10

Take advantage of a brand new benefit for AAJA Seattle members by registering for the regional conference of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 9-10 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in downtown Seattle.

The regional conference gives journalists in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana an opportunity to network and receive hands-on training. The conference includes a social hour on Friday night and training sessions, workshops and an expo  on Saturday.

Under a new reciprocity agreement with the Western Washington SPJ chapter, AAJA members pay the same  discounted conference rate as SPJ members. Professional members pay $75 while student members pay $35. That’s a savings of $15 from the nonmember rate.

The deadline to register for the conference is March 31, but for those looking for a place to stay, a discount price for rooms at the Hotel Monaco (at $119 a night plus tax and parking) expires Friday. To reserve a room book through the hotel’s Web site or call 206-621-1770.

Check out the conference Web site for more information or to register.

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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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Convention News Project applications due Monday, March 15

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If you’re a student interested in going to our AAJA National Convention and producing some clips, listen up.

If you’re a professional interested in mentoring students during the National Convention, we need your energy!

Monday, March 15, is the deadline for applying to participate in the AAJA National Convention News Project. If you want to learn more, go to

The project director is our own AAJA Seattle member Marian Liu. For questions, email Nao Vang, Student Program Coordinator, at programs@aaja.org.

Download the applications here:

Application for Professionals (mentors): http://www.aaja.org/programs/for_students/journalism_trainings/newsproject/10Convention_News_ProPro.pdf/

Application for Students (mentees): http://www.aaja.org/programs/for_students/journalism_trainings/10Convention_News_Pro_Stu.pdf/

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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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