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Leadership changes at AAJA New England

Our chapter president, Swati Sharma, recently left The Boston Globe for a job at The Washington Post.  We wish her the best, and thank her for her work at AAJA-NE.
Susan Choi, a long-time AAJA member, has been appointed to serve as president and graciously accepted.  Susan is a freelance photographer who has helped me with numerous AAJA events in the past.  She photographed the 2009 AAJA convention in Boston and our Ming Tsai fund-raiser, helped me plan student events, secured silent auction items for AAJA National, and most recently represented New England at the presidents’ meeting at the AAJA convention in New York.  She brings energy and enthusiasm, and I am confident she will lead our chapter well.
Please welcome Susan and contact her at with any ideas or offers of help — let her know if you’re willing to pitch in at a chapter event, mentor a student, etc.
–Shirley Goh
Former AAJA-NE president
Boston Globe copy editor & staff writer
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AAJA Member News: Long-time AAJA member Al Young retires, and more

Long-time AAJA member Al Young has retired and would like to bid farewell to his colleagues. He penned the below:

As the self-appointed “valedictorian” who will now turn off the lights on the “Buyout Class of 2012,” I’d just like to say:

Logging off Thursday night (12/27/12) for the last time here at the Globe after 13 years also marks the end of a 42-year newspaper career that has spanned 5 dailies as a sports writer/columnist/editor, and here on Morrissey Blvd. as an Assistant Living/Arts Editor, short-stint Names writer, and Copy Editor.
It’s been a great ride … albeit a bit bumpy from time to time.
But when I peer into the rearview mirror, I can’t help but marvel at how lucky I’ve been for the opportunities this business has afforded me over four decades — from the people and events I’ve covered to the places I’ve worked and traveled to the stories I’ve edited and headlines I’ve written. (Oh, and let’s not forget all my photo-ops, too!)
And the technology … OMG! I can’t believe how far this craft has evolved and how I’ve managed to survive it all: Internet? E-mail? Twitter? iPhones? COMPUTERS?
Methode (and even those boxy Atex screens with that little green type) was light years away from a newsroom, where manual Smith-Corona typewriters, carbon paper, pica rules, and teletype machines were the tools of the trade when I “banged out” (read: hunt & pecked — not Gangnam, but — 2-finger-Style) my first byline story on deadline.
But what makes many of those experiences and memories worthwhile are the relationships I’ve established along the way with fellow writers, editors, and designers — coworkers who could share, understand, and relate to the everyday ups and downs of this exciting, crazy-houred, unpredictable, but wonderful profession.
I’m proud to have worked with all the talented people here at the Globe and feel fortunate to have wound up my career at one of the most venerable, bastions of journalism in the country.
And a hat’s off to new Editor Brian McGrory, a former colleague dating back to our days at the New Haven Register who I know will keep up the Globe’s great newspaper tradition and Pulitzer Prize-winning excellence.
Now, with apologies to Edward R. Murrow …
I bid you all good night, good luck, and goodbye.
Al Young            

In other member news:

Daigo Fujiwara has left his position as graphics designer at the Globe in the fall, and is now a web developer at the Harvard Business Review.
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Handel and Haydn Society – job opportunity

Handel and Haydn Society is looking for a communications and PR manager. Here’s a link to the job listing.

Communications and PR Manager

Department: Marketing
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications

Job Summary/Purpose

The Communications and PR Manager reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications and works within the Marketing Department to ensure coordination of institutional communications, marketing and development materials, and consistency of messaging across the organization. The Manager serves as the main editor and copywriter for institutional publications, as well as acts as the primary press contact and coordinator.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as editor of publications such as program book, newsletter, Bicentennial materials, capital campaign materials, and all other external communication vehicles and ensures established standards are upheld.
    • Act as copywriter, editor, and proofreader for the institution.
    • Act as program book coordinator and editor.
    • Write copy for institutional communications, including E-newsletters, special email offers, programs, invitations, brochures, etc.
    • Collaborate with the Development Department to ensure consistency of messaging across all communications to donors and prospects for Annual Fund, gala, capital campaign, and other initiatives.
    • Collaborate with the Education Department on writing and editing Education materials.
    • Work with Creative Services Manager to coordinate proofing and routing of materials to necessary departments and individuals.
    • Work with other departments to determine needs for materials and publications.
    • Coordinate and edit Bicentennial publications, including coffee table book and promotional materials.
  • Serve as content coordinator for H&H website.
    • Develop and write content for Season, Education, and Bicentennial.
    • Work with Creative Services Manager to ensure all web content is accurate and up-to-date.
    • Seek opportunities to enhance site with additional content/articles/copy.
    • Work with Director of Marketing and Communications and Creative Services Manager to develop and create content for a Bicentennial microsite.
  • Serve as H&H’s primary press contact.
    • Implement press and PR plans as directed by the Director of Marketing and Communications.
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with all media and media outlets.
    • Research new media outlets and opportunities.
    • Seek and pursue opportunities for story placement with print, online, television, and radio outlets.
    • Write and send all press releases and related materials.
    • Maintain the press list and the institutional press kit.
    • Coordinate with the Marketing Assistant to maintain press archives and clippings as well as an active “quotes” document for use in promotional materials.
    • With assistance of the Marketing Assistant, coordinate RSVPs and seating requests for press attending concerts and events.
    • Seek and pursue opportunities to create awareness and visibility for H&H’s educational and artistic programs to the audience and community through advertising, press, partnership, public relations, and other prospects.
  • Write occasional communications from the Executive Director/CEO and other leadership as delegated.
  • Additional duties as assigned.



  • Position requires a Bachelor‘s Degree (or equivalent experience) and minimum of 5 years experience with copyediting, copywriting, and communications; press and PR experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working within a performing arts institution is strongly preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication and documentation skills required, including the ability to convey the mission and messages of the institution to a variety of audiences, regardless of their level of familiarity. A superb knowledge of Baroque and Classical music is essential. Extensive experience with institutional copywriting and messaging.
  • Candidate should be affable, articulate, and comfortable speaking with all types of people, from patrons to press to Board.
  • Candidate must be able to successfully handle multiple priorities in high stress situations and be able to work well independently and with a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Windows applications required.
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, meeting multiple deadlines and managing multiple projects, is essential.
  • Position requires regular office hours (Mon-Fri, 9-5) as well as some evening and weekend meetings and events. Requires occasional light lifting as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer.

Position requires occasional lifting of heavy printed materials, large boxes and retail merchandise as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer, digital camera, and other electronic equipment.

The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.


Competitive benefit package; salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:


Kerry Israel
Director of Marketing and Communications
Handel and Haydn Society
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

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Postponed! AAJA Holiday Potluck

Due to a low response, this event will be postponed until early 2013.

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UNITY Holiday Party

Celebrate the end of the year and enjoy the holiday spirit with fellow AAJA journalists and members! NAHJ and NABJ will also be joining us at The Banshee in Dorchester.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
Where: 934 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02125
The Banshee in Dorchester 
**Street parking available.
For public transportation, the location is about a five minute walk from the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line.
RSVP: Shirley Goh at
This year, we decided not to have a cover charge, so food and drinks will not be provided.Please join us and let us know if you have any questions.

Send any questions to

We are very excited to see you all!

Happy Holidays,

– Shirley, Shirley, and Swati

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AAJA Board Elections – Get Involved!

Step up and make a difference in the AAJA New England chapter!  It’s time for board elections.  If you are interested in a seat on the board or would like to nominate someone else, please let us know by no later than Wednesday, Nov. 28, at  Board members will have to be paid full 2013 AAJA members.
We also have openings for up to 2 student board members, who will have to be paid 2013 AAJA student members.  Please e-mail a note of interest and tell us about yourself at
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Innovative Initiatives in Journalism event

AAJA is hosting an event focusing on different innovative initiatives in journalism and digital media. We will discuss start ups and efforts at various media labs to see anything new that is happening in the field of journalism.

The panelists: 

RadioBDC: This radio station, for, was launched earlier this year and has been extremely popular. Chris Ratty, a driving force behind the project, will speak to the creative efforts behind the scenes. 

MuckRock: Looking to file a Freedom of Information request? MuckRock provides a service for journalists to easily acquire documents. 

Mashery: RSS feeds are old news. Learn how this company is helping digital media companies share their content across multiple platforms using APIs. Here’s a video that explains more:
Date: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Location: The Media Lab at The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd.
Food will be provided.
Please RSVP to get on the building’s security list:  Shirley Goh at
If you have any questions, please contact Swati Sharma at
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Globe Biz Reporting Position – Need Newshound in Biz and Gov

The Boston Globe has a reporting opening in the Business section. It’s a specialty beat covering stories at the intersection of business and government.  Candidates should be experienced reporters who are something of a newshound in both areas of business and government. Must be able to handle dailies and also deliver enterprise stories. Interested? Contact Paula Bouknight at the Globe:

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Boston Globe’s 2013 summer intern program

The Boston Globe runs one of the top programs in the nation, giving 10 interns the opportunity to work as reporters, as well as photographer, designer or copy editor.
The 12-week paid internship places reporter-interns in our Metro, Business, Living/Arts, and Sports departments; the photo intern shoots stills and video for all sections, the design intern creates sections fronts and information graphics for print and online, and the copy editing intern works on local, national, foreign and business copy. We provide guidance and direction, as well as a writing coach dedicated to the interns. Globe interns produce every day and finely polish their journalism skills over the summer.
The application deadline is Nov. 1. More information on the program and an application can be accessed from our website:
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