Join us May 18 for Asian Pacific Heritage Month event


Edited transcript of the event: Chang, Wu, and Koh are blazing trails in Boston

An evening to celebrate
Asian Pacific Heritage Month
with Michelle Wu, Dan Koh, & Tommy Chang

See flyer here

Wednesday, May 18
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
China Pearl
9 Tyler St., Boston (MBTA, Orange line Chinatown)

koh wu chang
Dan Koh,
Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Michelle Wu,
President of the Boston City Council
Tommy Chang,
Superintendent of Boston Public Schools
  • Networking starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Program at 6:30 p.m., moderated by Shirley Leung, Columnist of the Boston Globe


The event is free, but please RSVP. Seating is limited.
Register here:

Sponsors: Asian American Journalists Association New England Chapter ( and New England Japanese American Citizens League (
with support from Coulter Foundation’s civic engagement grant

Questions? Contact Daigo Fujiwara, President of AAJA New England at or 617-688-2051


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AAJA / BABJ Mixer on March 2

Please join us for a festive, fun, and casual Asian American Journalists Association and Boston Association of Black Journalists mixer on March 2.

Get to know fellow journalists and media professionals in our area, especially those representing communities of color. Come meet new people, snack on delicious Korean fusion dishes, and shape the direction of our chapters!

WHEN: 7pm on Wednesday, March 2.
WHERE: Koy Restaurant, 16 North St, Boston, MA 02109 (across from Faneuil Hall, MBTA: Haymarket or Government Center)
COST: $15 per member at the door, includes food.

The event is open to all — be sure to bring other journalists that aren’t in AAJA or BABJ, as well as your friends and loved ones.

Please e-mail RSVP by Feb. 29 so we can get an accurate headcount. Thanks, and see you soon!

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I hope many of you will attend the below event at NESN on October 17, 2015…FREE. Please let me know if you are attending since I would like to meet new and old members.
New England JACL, NESN, and New England AAJA
Come hear Asian Americans from newspaper, television, and digital media talk about their experiences as an Asian American in sports media, stories of Asian American athletes, career advice, and thoughts on the hot sports topics of today.
Panelists include:
Fluto Shinzawa, reporter/Boston Bruins beat writer, The Boston Globe
Gary Striewski, anchor/reporter, NESN
Ben Watanabe, digital content editor, NESN
Al Young, media consultant, the first Asian American metro daily sportswriter
Saturday, October 17, 2015
11:00 am-1:00 pm
NESN Studios
480 Arsenal St., Building 1
Watertown, MA 02472
(NESN Studios is in an office park on the Westbound side of the street. Driveway is next to Auto Zone)
(Free on-site parking. MBTA 70/70A bus stop one block away at Watertown Mall/Arsenal Mall)
Reception will be held after panel discussion.
Free Admission
Limited seating for 50
RSVP required by Thursday, October 15.
Co-Sponsored by the New England Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), New England Sports Network (NESN), and New England Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
Susan Choi


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Membership Renewal and more

It’s time to renew your 2014 AAJA membership.
Please join as a member or renew your membership today!
Members will receive substantial discounts on AAJANE events and discounted registration for the AAJA National convention.
Full Membership: $65
Students: $25
Click on the following link:
Join more than 850 journalists, news executives, photojournalists, media researchers and community leaders at the 24th Annual AAJA National Convention.
Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
August 13-16, 2014
Early-bird registration deadline is April 15.
Members: $250 for professionals, $100 for students.
Clink on the following link to register for the convention:
Clink on the following link for hotel registration:
Join us for AAJANE Day at Fenway Park.
Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays
Sunday, September 7
1:35 pm
Our Seat Location: RF Box 87
Tickets: $60 for members, $80 for non-members and guests
To buy tickets, email:
President: Susan Choi
National Board Representative: Hanah Fadrigalan
Secretary: Cindy Atoji (Keene)
Treasurer: Dolores Kong
Vice President of Print: Shirley Leung
Vice President of Broadcast: Sangita Chandra
Vice President of Professional Development and Student Programs: Veronica Chao
Vice President of Membership: Brian Wong
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WGBH Educational Foundation job openings

From the WGBH Educational Foundation:

In accordance with WGBH’s Diversity Program and our commitment to equal employment opportunities, attached is a list of our most recent job postings along with the job descriptions of the newest openings. For further information, please visit our Careers website at

Please encourage qualified candidates to apply online via our Careers website. If candidates are unable to apply online, please mail cover letter and resume to the following address:

WGBH Educational Foundation
Human Resources Department
10 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135

WGBH Boston informs, inspires, and entertains millions through public broadcasting, the web, educational multimedia, and access services for blind and deaf awareness.


JOB REQ #: P-1209
DATE POSTED: 11/7/2013
TITLE: Caption News Broadcast Coordinator DEPARTMENT: Media Access Group TYPE OF POSITION: AEEF, Part Time

Department Overview:

The Media Access Group creates captions, subtitles and descriptions for a variety of media clients, including PBS and commercial television networks, movies, DVDs, and digital media. The Media Access Group (MAG) is a pioneer in making media accessible for people with sensory disabilities. The Caption Center (TCC) was the first captioning agency in the world. We helped pioneer the development of line-21 closed captioning for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing and we remain on the forefront of caption technology.
Our audio description unit, Descriptive Video Service (DVS), provides important information to individuals who are blind and visually impaired about the visual elements of movies, television programs, theme park attractions, art pieces and museum exhibits through the use of narrative audio tracks.

Position Overview:

Under the supervision of the caption operations supervisors, the Caption Broadcast Coordinator will produce captions and subtitles. Duties include (but are not limited to) supervising encodings; coordinating activities with WGBH production units and other client facilities; troubleshooting equipment and software problems; and mastering knowledge of Caption Center procedures and systems.

The Caption Broadcast Coordinator will provide realtime caption services, coordinating activities with WGBH Master Control and other broadcast clients; establishing monitoring via satellite downlink, audio line, or web; establishing caption transmission connection via modem or web; cleanup of scripts to match established caption styles; realtime line-by-line transmission of captions; coordination with on-site and remote stenocaptioners for live writing of captions; review and cleanup of completed captions for archiving and file delivery; and other duties as required.

The Caption Broadcast Coordinator will also produce offline caption files, primarily transcription of programs and cleanup of scripts to match established caption styles; timing captions to video; digitizing or transcoding media; and other duties as required.

This position is classified as essential personnel.
The primary responsibility for this 25 – 30 hours/week position will be weekend coverage of realtime programming on both Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule will also include weekday assignments as necessary.

Skills Required:

– Flexibility to meet the scheduling demands of realtime commitments.
– Knowledge of video/audio equipment and computer software packages used by The Caption Center.
– Thorough understanding of captioning procedures, tape routing, computer systems, and filing systems used by The Caption Center.
– Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing, including high level proofreading skills.
– Fast and accurate typing skills for extensive transcription.
– Ability to meet short deadlines as a member of a highly organized team.
– Ability to work independently with little supervision.
– Attention to detail, ability to work rapidly and excellent problem-solving skills.
– Good leadership and interpersonal skills

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required.


JOB REQ #: P-1205
DATE POSTED: 11/7/2013
TITLE: HTML Email Producer DEPARTMENT: Digital Marketing Products Svc TYPE OF POSITION: Management, Full Time

Department Overview:

The Digital Marketing Services Department collaborates with local and national teams to maximize engagement and revenue in three key digital areas:

Platform strategy and execution: recommend and drive technology due diligence and platform strategy specializing in one-to-one relationship building which includes four core platforms: CRM, marketing automation, e-mail, social media, digital analytics and integration with CMS.

Direct Marketing Strategy and Execution: recommend and execute digital marketing and social media/community management (online, email, mobile, social) to increase one-to-one relationship engagement and revenue. Aggregate data across platforms to recommend strategies and to maximize effectiveness for local, national and CDP.

Engagement and Content Strategy and Execution: recommend and execute digital content and new media strategies to help drive engagement and increase one-to-one relationship building and revenue.

Position Overview:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Digital Marketing the Digital Marketing HTML Producer’s primary goal is to leverage the day-to-day usage of the platform ecosystem, including e-mail, marketing automation, mobile, social, web publishing, and others as needed, to ensure that DMS meets revenue and engagement goals for WGBH. The ideal person for this role is an html production expert, for both email and web pages, who excels at executing marketing email.

The Digital Marketing Email Producer works closely with the entire Digital Marketing Services team to ensure that our online goals are met by utilizing the platform ecosystem.

This role gathers creative assets, such as copy and images, and utilizes them to construct email and webpages, as well as scheduling and executing test sends, deployment of email and verification of sends.

This role will finalize design assets in support of DMS, including construction of email and webpages in Dreamweaver and/or hardcoding HTML webpages to meet design standards.

This position will support the execution of client’s digital fundraising and engagement campaigns. They will support overall DMS work as a service bureau, including creation of new HTML email templates for clients based on Photoshop design mock-ups.

Additionally this role will execute email campaigns and generate reports. Troubleshoot HTML rendering issues and make suggestions for coding improvements to enhance the renderability across a wide range of popular email clients (Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail etc.). Conduct quality assurance reviews, including monitoring of metrics, and other activities to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of email deployments.

This position will also assist with website a/b tests via Optimizely software, including replacing or altering graphics, text alterations and other experiments as directed. Gather data and generate reports from a/b tests.

Tasks such as the resizing of images and other content modifications will also be handled by this person.

Skills Required

• Three to four years of manual HTML coding and CSS experience required, two to three years of Dreamweaver experience preferred.

• Two to three years of digital marketing experience required, including one to two years with marketing automation software preferred. Marketing and fundraising experience preferred, but not required.

• Must be proficient in Photoshop

• 2+ years working with content management systems

• 1+ years working with enterprise-level email marketing systems and marketing automation platform.

• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

• Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects; multi-tasking while meeting tight deadlines

• Ability to analyze data and translate findings into meaningful reports, including email performance, email deliverability and a/b website testing

• Ability to work independently and be self-motivated and proactive in achieving individual and team objectives

• Strong interpersonal skills, including collaborative working relationships; intercultural skills and experience a plus, along with strong customer orientation

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience is preferred. Experience with marketing automation software preferred.


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Invitation to The Jungle Book

RSVP for tickets to

For a sneak peak, visit

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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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