Welcome AAJA-NE’s New Secretary

Cindy Atoji (Keene) is a Boston-based freelance writer, editor, and project manager who specializes in healthcare, technology, and business coverage. She is a veteran newspaper journalist, having served as magazine/supplements editor at the Boston Herald and assistant lifestyle editor at the Lowell Sun. She was managing editor for Science and Theology News, and has developed content for several online media companies, including BodiMojo.com and Owner IQ. Cindy currently blogs for the Boston Globe and is a freelance writer for numerous national and regional publications, newsletters, alumni magazines, and websites. Cindy has a B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois and as a copy editor, was awarded the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Scholarship and Minority Internship.

Philippine campaign seeks writers

A message from Felicity Tan:
Calling all Filipino writers/journalists, and other journalists!
Sen Noynoy Aquino (son of the late Corazon and Benigno Aquino of the People Power revolution) is running for President of the Philippines and a new media team is looking for contributors to write original content — essays, reports, news analyses, etc. — on our candidate, or other issues like corruption, democracy, good governance, as well as other hot-button topics relevant to Filipino voters as they make their decision for the May 2010 elections. Bloggers are more than welcome!
Please consider volunteering some of your talent and skill for a clean, democratic election to restore a clean, democratic government. Contact content editor/producer Felicity Tan (AAJA New England, currently based in Manila) at tanfelicity@yahoo.com.ph.

Tell It Like It Is: Storytelling in the Age of Multiplatform Journalism

Journalism training of late has focused on learning the newest technologies, but this discussion returns to the art of compelling storytelling in its various forms. Get pointers from the pros whether you’re studying print, broadcast, or online journalism. The session will also feature a multimedia demo.  And the free pizza isn’t bad, either.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 11/10/09
WHERE: Boston University School of Communications
640 Commonwealth Ave.
Room 107 (Student Lounge)
Accessible by the B Train on the MBTA Green Line
RSVP: Cindy Atoji at atojic@gmail.com by Nov. 6!
COST: Free admission for all journalism students comes with Pizza

Andrew Meldrum is Senior Editor and Regional Editor for Africa for GlobalPost, an online-only international news service that focuses on storytelling and analysis. An award-winning journalist, Meldrum has 27 years’ experience in Africa and has served as Zimbabwe correspondent for the Economist and most recently as Southern Africa correspondent for the Guardian, before being illegally expelled by the Zimbabwean government, which objected to his reports exposing state torture. He has also been Deputy Bureau Chief and Acting Bureau Chief of the Agence France-Presse bureau in Zimbabwe, where he covered eight countries including civil wars in Mozambique and Angola. Meldrum is author of a memoir of his 23 years in Zimbabwe, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, and on NPR.

Sangita Lee Chandra is an Emmy-winning producer-reporter for “Chronicle” and “CityLine” on WCVB TV Channel 5 (ABC). She is a general assignment journalist who especially enjoys producing people profile, travel, and science stories. She is an AAJA New England Board Member at Large, was chapter president from 2002 to 2004, and was co-chair of the 2009 AAJA National Convention.

Chona Camomot is a Boston.com multimedia producer and AAJA New England member.  She has received Emmy Awards in the Arts/Entertainment category for a package of features on an expert yoyo performer, and in the Sports category for a package of videos featuring two Red Sox fans before Opening Day, the Boston Celtics, Gino the Dancer, and the New England Patriots.

Michelle Johnson is a professor of multimedia journalism at Boston University. Johnson is a former editor for The Boston Globe and was a member of the team that launched the Globe’s award-winning website, Boston.com. For more than 15 years, Johnson has taught multimedia workshops for students and professional journalists for a variety of professional organizations including the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Maynard Institute, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and UNITY, Journalists of Color Inc.

AAJA-NE Board Vacancy & Addition

There is a vacancy on the New England Chapter Board for Secretary.  If you are interested in the position, please let me know no later than Tuesday, Oct. 20 at newengland.aaja@gmail.com.  Board members must be paid full 2009 AAJA members.

Elections must be held by Nov. 1.  Paid 2009 AAJA members will receive an e-mail with voting instructions in the event of a contested race.
Hanah Fadrigalan will join as our second student board member.  Hanah is a UMass-Boston student and president of The Filipino Club on campus.  Along with our other student board member, Mary Jo Pham, Hanah has helped organize AAJA student seminars, securing venues and speakers.  She also helped coordinate the volunteer effort during the national AAJA Convention this summer.  Please welcome her on board.

Boston Globe Summer Internships

Information about the program and the application can be found at bostonglobe.com/newsintern.

The Globe’s summer internship program has been giving college students who are interested in journalism a peek into the industry for more than 50 years.

The majority of interns work as general assignment reporters in the City/Region section. Other reporter-interns work in Sports, Living/Arts, or Business. Interns are treated as staffers hired to cover the city of Boston and locales throughout New England; they write breaking news stories as well as craft enterprise pieces. Interns go on daily assignments and leave the program with dozens of clips. Each reporter-intern works with a writing coach, and the program includes weekly educational seminars on journalism issues, including a critique session for the reporters.

The Globe also hires an intern to work on the News copy desk, as well as an intern each for the Design and Photo departments. The copy editing intern works on stories from City/Region, National, Foreign and Business, including Page One stories. Design interns design different sections fronts, as well as informational graphics; the photo intern shoots for all of the sections. Every intern is also responsible for producing online work.

The 12-week paid program has 10 slots, and is open to undergraduate students, graduating seniors, and journalism graduate school students who have not had professional experience as a newspaper reporter.  Because the internship is demanding and fast-paced, applicants must have had at least one prior daily newspaper internship.

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2009.

All applications should be mailed.

2 Job Openings at WCVB TV Channel 5

National Sales Manager
WCVB-TV, Boston, seeks a dynamic National Sales Manager to lead our national sales effort.  Responsibilities include overseeing our national sales team; establishing, servicing and maximizing national client contacts in the local market; packaging, pricing and inventory control; achieving budget for television station and website and working with our entire sales team to grow our television and web revenue.  Candidate must have strong knowledge of pricing and inventory control; strong leadership and communication skills; competitive drive and passion to achieve our goals and serve as a role model for the sales department.  Local television station sales experience preferred.
All interested candidates, meeting these requirements, should e-mail a resume to:  ahoffman@hearst.com  Refer to Job Code: NSM1009.
We are an equal opportunity employer, m/f/d/v.  Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.  No phone calls please.

Account Executive
WCVB-TV a Hearst Television station and the ABC affiliate in Boston, seeks an energetic, highly motivated Account Executive to specialize in new business development while maintaining an account list. If you are interested in pursuing this position, please email your resume to Linda Walsh, lwalsh@hearst.com. Refer to Job Code AE1009.
We are an equal opportunity employer, m/f/d/v. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.

Google for Journalists

Google for Journalists:

Getting the Most From the Web

Every day, millions of people around the world use Google’s search engine to find what they’re looking for.  Journalists, editors, producers, and others in the media have long known just how essential it is to be able to find and use information, and this session demonstrates ways to work more efficiently and effectively on the Web.  Learn how to get the most from Search and other free tools from Google.  Whether you’re in broadcast, print, or digital journalism, this session will introduce ways you can search smarter, keep better tabs on your beat, see what’s hot and what’s not, add a visual edge to your online content, learn about SEO, and use Google on the go when you’re reporting in the field.  Walk away with tips and tricks and an online resource.

We will also be joined by Brian Schmidt, Head of Online Sales & Operations, at Google Boston.  Refreshments will be provided.

Open to everyone!! AAJA membership is not necessary.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 13
WHERE: Google Boston
5 Cambridge Center (3rd Floor)
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Directions via Google Maps at: http://bit.ly/fZmkB
Closest T stop: Kendall/MIT on the Red Line
RSVP: Shirley Goh at newengland.aaja@gmail.com BY OCT. 5!!