AAJA-NE offers grants to attend UNITY

THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER will be offering two $500 grants to AAJA-New England members to defray the cost of attending Unity. We know many media companies are cutting back, so we want to help. If you are interested in applying for the grant, please send a note to aaja.newengland@gmail.com. Include your name, contact info, and a 300-word essay on why the chapter should help underwrite your costs to attend Unity. DEADLINE: JUNE 15

In order to register for UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention in Chicago July 23-27, you’ll need to be an AAJA member and you’ll need your membership number, which is found in your 2008 membership letter. Go to aaja.org to renew or join, and click on New England chapter. If you can’t find your number, please e-mail AAJA Administrative Assistant (Mr.) Epee Rafanan at national@aaja.org. Most AAJA events will be at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on 151 East Wacker Drive. Go to 2008unity.org to register.

Job opening at ASPIRE

(The following is a part of the lengthy job opening announcement. For full details, please contact via the e-mail address at the end.)

ASPIRE is looking for a Boston-based full-time Executive Director (ED) who can start in summer 2008. The ED should be willing to make a long term-commitment (at least 2 years) to the organization. The ED is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of ASPIRE, specifically ASPIRE’s two largest programs: The annual Asian American Women in Leadership Conference (AAWIL) and Youth Leadership Program (YLP). The ED will also be responsible for leading and managing the ASPIRE Program Committee – a team of approximately 20 women volunteers in charge of creating and producing various ASPIRE programs for high school, college and professional women.

The ED oversees all program strategies and ensures the ASPIRE mission is upheld throughout all programs and communications. The ED also reports directly to the Board of Directors, working closely with the Board members, and plays a crucial role in overall growth and development strategies for ASPIRE. The ED should be a visionary and strategist that is committed to the growth and sustainability of ASPIRE and also experienced with execution to ensure ideas can be implemented.

Qualifications
o At least 1-2 years of previous leadership experience – managing programs and/or people and some knowledge of board structure and working with a board of directors.
o Passionate and committed to growing the mission of ASPIRE
o Interest in Asian American youth, women and leadership issues
o Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and quality
o Has visionary ideas but also able to execute ideas
o Proactive, flexible, energetic and self motivated
o Responsible, responsive, and has strong integrity
o Strong team player – has a passion for working with people of varying ages, ethnicities and backgrounds
o Comfortable with “service” mentality – essentially, underserved youth are “clients” we are “serving”
o Entrepreneurial mindset and likes to be involved with a start up atmosphere
o Bachelor’s Degree
o Competence in fiscal management and organization strategy/development
o Background and experience in event planning, fundraising & grant writing preferred
o Outstanding communication skills (writing, public speaking, group facilitation)
o Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), QuickBooks

Competitive Salary plus full Medical Benefits. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to search@girlsaspire.org

“Government and Politics: Making an Impact”

Asian Women’s Connection presents “Government and Politics: Making an Impact”

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2008
At the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston in Cambridge, MA

Panel featuring: Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg; Grace H. Lee, first deputy treasurer and general counsel for Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill; and Alona Abalos, board member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and director of corporate programs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Asian Women’s Connection, Inc. (AWC) celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with “Government and Politics: Making an Impact.”

The population of Asian Americans in Massachusetts is growing rapidly. Many are realizing the financial and voting power they have and are recognizing they must become engaged in order to be heard. The government and political process are keys to ensuring that the unique concerns and needs among diverse Asian American communities are addressed. Many Asian professional women, who are successful in their businesses, industries and charitable interests, are looking for guidance and resources to do more or make a bigger impact. On May 22, Asian American women leaders will describe their personal journeys, provide information about different levels of engagement, and identify resources and opportunities for engagement and impact by Asian American professional women.

The event is sponsored by Burns & Levinson LLP. Cost for the event is $35 for non-members and $25 for members. To register for the event, please e-mail events@awconnect.org. Registration is preferred in advance of the event.

About AWC
Asian Women’s Connection, Inc. (AWC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a preeminent network of professional Asian women who inspire one another to greater levels of professional and personal growth. AWC aims to provide Asian women with opportunities to strengthen their voice, exchange resources and explore new interests. AWC events are open to non-members. AWC members receive a discount on events and program fees. For more information about AWC, please visit www.awconnect.org.

Renew your 2008 membership or Join Today

If you haven’t done so, please renew your AAJA membership. So far about 40 New England chapter members have renewed this year, but we know there are more than 40 Asian American journalists in New England. Your dues help fund AAJA’s numerous programs and services — and sign up for two years before dues go up.

To renew your membership: https://www.aaja.org/membership/register/

With the membership, you’ll get those benefits:

  • Member savings on registration fee for AAJA National Conventions and Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc. conventions
  • Eligibility to apply for AAJA and Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc. scholarship, fellowship, internship and mentor programs
  • Free subscription to AAJA publication and newsletters
  • Free subscription to DateLine AAJA newsletter
  • Free subscription to AAJA Online, the email listserv which brings you job postings, media alerts and membership news. Available to members only. To join AAJAOnline, email national@aaja.org.
  • Regular mailing of news media-related surveys, publications and information on professional development opportunities
  • Free 30-minute consultation with AAJA’s legal counsel.

Renew your membership online at www.aaja.org/membership/join.

Summer interns report

Bina Venkataraman (print) and Nayna Sasidharan (broadcast) received AAJA-NE scholarship/internships last summer.
Here are their thoughts:
Bina Venkataraman (Christian Science Monitor)

The AAJA scholarship position at The Christian Science Monitor allowed me to spend the summer between graduate school years working on the national news desk of a major publication – an experience that helped me improve my writing, editing, and pitching skills. It was also an important career opportunity. It allowed me to further my journalistic experience, even though my master’s degree will be in public policy. The relationships I formed at the Monitor have proven invaluable, and the reporting experience I gained propelled me to a much higher level in terms of the quality of my work.

Nayna Sasidharan (WCVB-TV)

The AAJA New England/WCVB-TV scholarship provided me with the opportunity to experience a hands-on, real-world internship at a large-market television station. It also helped me assess the possibilities that are out there for a broadcast journalism graduate student. The internship experience included producing my own 30-minute show on the news program CityLine. This process taught me the finite details that go into producing a show and it has left me with the expertise needed to go anywhere. Now, with firm goals and quality material on my reel, I am ready to apply for those jobs that go beyond entry-level.

Hartford Courant 2008 summer internships

The Hartford Courant is offering three to four summer reporting internships that pay $12.50 an hour for 40 hours a week over 10 weeks. Interns are also reimbursed for expenses and mileage.

In addition, there are up to 10 additional reporting internships that come with a stipend plus reimbursement for expenses and mileage. These are part-time internships; the hours and weeks worked are negotiable.

Interns get hands-on experience writing stories from The Courant’s regional news bureaus, the City Desk in Hartford, the Business News Desk and the Features Department.

TRAINING: All interns work closely with editors to learn how to cover a beat. They also attend weekly seminars on such topics as covering a town, writing for Courant.com, conducting investigations and spotting and writing great feature stories.
Successful interns leave at the end of the summer with numerous clips for their portfolio.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Applicants should have internship and/or college newspaper experience. Preference for the full-time internships will be given to the most experienced candidates. Candidates must also pass a pre-employment drug-screening exam.

HOW TO APPLY:
Send cover letter, resume and a few good clips to Manchester Bureau Chief Kate Farrish, The Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06115. Deadline: Jan. 1, 2008

OTHER INTERNSHIPS: For more information on a sports internship at The Courant, contact Sports Editor Jeff Otterbein at jotterbein@courant.com or Deputy Sports Editor Jeff Smith at jsmith@courant.com.

Prospective photography interns should contact Director of Photography John Scanlan at jscanlan@courant.com.

For more information about a graphic artist internship, contact Director of Graphics Melanie Shaffer at mshaffer@courant.com.

Boston Selected as 2009 AAJA Convention Site

The AAJA Governing Board at its Dec. 1-2 meeting in San Francisco voted to accept the AAJA New England Chapter’s bid to host the 2009 AAJA National Convention. The convention will take place at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston on August 12-15, 2009. In their proposal, the New England chapter described Boston as one of America’s oldest cities “in the midst of reinventing itself as diversity’s new hub … today Boston is a city in which minorities are the majority — and Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group.”
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The last time the New England chapter hosted a convention was in 1997. It was fabulous and well attended. If your media company would be interested in making a financial contribution, please email me, sleung@globe.com.