Asian Women’s Connection

Asian Women’s Connection is a new nonprofit dedicated to establishing a network of professional Asian women. They’re inviting AAJA members to an event featuring Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and Deputy Treasurer Grace Lee who will speak on making an impact in government politics.

WHERE: Royal Sonesta in Cambridge
WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 6:30 pm

Join us for an exceptional evening of discovery as we talk with Asian women leaders who are actively involved in government and politics. Explore how to use your power and influence to expand your reach and have a broader impact beyond your professional circles. Hear the personal journey of each panelist, learn about different levels of engagement, and find out about available resources and opportunities.
RSVPs are required. Send an e-mail to events@awconnect.org before May 19.

Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members

AASFE Diversity Fellowship 2008

  The American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors’ membership is committed to developing newsroom staffs representative of the multicultural communities it serves today. Toward this goal, AASFE will  award Diversity Fellowships to talented journalists of color to attend its 62nd annual conference in Houston, Texas, Oct. 15-18, 2008.
  Fellowships are awarded to writers, editors, copy editors, page designers and multimedia journalists in the United States and Canada who produce arts and features content both in print and online, or those interested in pursuing careers in arts and features. Fellows get the chance to meet and network with outstanding journalists who specialize in lifestyles coverage. They also participate in multimedia storytelling opportunities during the conference. And, in order to pass along what they learn at the AASFE conference, fellows will be asked to conduct a brown-bag seminar when they return to their news organizations. AASFE will cover fellows’ registration, airfare, hotel and most meals.
  To apply for a 2008 Diversity Fellowship, applicants must submit THREE copies each of:
* A letter explaining your interest in the fellowship and your perspective about the future of arts/features coverage
* A resume
* A professional letter of recommendation
* Writers must submit five stories demonstrating a versatile writing style
* Editors must submit five samples of sections or pages with comments on how stories were generated and/or edited
* Copy editors must submit five samples of work (three headlines with stories attached; and two stories with editing comments)
* Page designers must submit five samples of work
* For those journalists with online-only work, please list Web links in your application letter
* Applicants also must submit one publishable photo. Photos will not be returned.
  Fellowship applications must be postmarked by June 20, 2008. Selections will be announced in July 2008.
  Please mail your application to Kris Worrell, AASFE Diversity Committee Chair, c/o Beaumont Enterprise, P.O. Box 3071, Beaumont, Texas 77704.
  For more information, call 409-838-2809 or e-mail
kworrell@hearstnp.com. To learn more about AASFE, visit www.aasfe.org.

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

Graphic designer job opening

WCVB-TV/DT Channel 5 (ABC, Hearst-Argyle Television), Boston’s most-watched station for local news, local programming and #1 television website and Boston’s first and only station to broadcast news and local programming in High-Definition, has a rare opportunity for a full-time Graphic Designer.

You should have an excellent eye for design, excellent computer skills and be a solid speller who can meet tight deadlines. We operate Deko Systems, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema 4D. Candidates with animation, flash and web skills preferred.

Rush resume, tape or design samples to: Russ Nelligan, Creative Services Director, WCVB-TV, 5 TV Place, Needham, MA 02494. Refer to Job Code GD0408 .

We are an equal opportunity employer, m/f/d/v. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply. No phone calls please.

“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.

STUDENT PIZZA NIGHT

Back by popular demand, the AAJA chapter is hosting a student pizza night for area college students. Come meet working journalists and get tips on how to get a job and how to make the most of your summer internship. We’ve assembled a panel of print, TV, and online journalists: Paula Bouknight, recruiter at the Boston Globe, Shirley Chan, a reporter for Fox News, and David Beard, editor of boston.com. Plus, you’ll get a tour of the Boston Globe.

WHEN:   Thursday, March 27, 5:30 pm 

WHERE: Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester (parking available or accessible by JFK/UMass Red Line T stop)

Please RSVP Veronica Chao at vchao@globe.com by Monday, March 24.

East Coast Mini-Conference 2008: “Convention of Freedoms”

With lots of brotherly (and sisterly) love, AAJA Philadelphia welcomes you to a “Convention of Freedoms,” the 2008 East Coast Mini-Conference at Temple University on April 5, 2008.

Questioning the role of multimedia in our newsrooms and what you can do? Wondering what paths a former journalist can take? Concerned about race and politics in the media? Excited for UNITY and wanting to learn how to make the best of this year’s conference? The panels at this one-day-only conference cover a diverse range of topics . . . and the evening closes out with a networking mixer at the Pen & Pencil Club, the oldest continuously operating press club in America!Registration (with tentative schedule) is now open at https://www.acteva.com/go/aaja-philly 

When: 8:30 am to 5pm, April 5, 2008.
Where: Temple University, Philadelphia
Cost: $20 for student members of AAJA affinity groups and Temple University;
$35 for AAJA members and affinity groups; and $45 for non-members.
Price includes keynote lunch and mixer.
For more information, contact Ko Im at
chamorrokimchee@gmail.com.

Job opening at Global News Enterprises

Global News Enterprises
Office Manager/Editorial Coordinator
We are seeking an exceptional individual who thrives on deftly handling multiple responsibilities. This individual will oversee administrative matters and conduct editorial research for Global News Enterprises, a new company that is building the first US-based website devoted exclusively to international news. The site will be operational in early 2009 with correspondents in nearly 70 countries in every region of the world.
The ideal candidate will have superb organizational skills, possess an outgoing, energetic personality, be a strong writer and researcher, and have extensive familiarity with the internet. Knowledge of all office and presentation software is essential. Knowledge of other web-oriented software programs would be a distinct advantage.
This position provides administrative support to the Global News Chief Executive Officer and to its Executive Editor, assists in managing communications with our correspondents worldwide, supervises international travel planning, and handles some personnel issues. Candidate must be mature and discrete in the handling of confidential materials.
This candidate should have a record of experience either in journalism or office administration, or both. A college degree is required. Foreign language skills would be a decided plus.
We offer generous compensation and benefits. Our offices are located on the historic Boston waterfront steps from the North End. Help us build international news for the 21st century.

Email: Philip S. Balboni – pbalboni@necn.com

How to make your writing pop with Jack Hart

Jack Hart, recently retired managing editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, will speak to a group of AAJA members on the writing process and techniques — all with the aim to make writing more efficient and less painful. Hart’s talk is the subject of his new book, “A Writer’s Coach: The Complete Guide to Writing Strategies That Work.” Hart edited two Pulitzer Prize winners at The Oregonian and was contributing editor to two others. He is also a lecturer at the 2008 Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism in Boston next month.

WHEN:  Sunday, March 16, 2 pm to 3 pm

WHERE: Boston Public Library, main branch, 700 Boylston Street in Boston

Please RSVP Tracy Jan at tjan@globe.com by Wednesday, March 12.