“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.


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

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.

Now open: Registration for UNITY 2008

Early bird registration for the UNITY ’08 Convention in Chicago is now available by clicking www.2008unity.org/registration.cfm.

Unity will feature professional development workshops, plenary sessions and the largest Media Showcase and Career Expo in the industry — including more than 400 recruiting and exhibiting booths, as well as a variety of networking events. Unity will be held this year at McCormic Place West in Chicago, July 23-27, 2008. For more information:  http://www.2008unity.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.