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Deciphering Presidential Messages

Political media expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center will present a free public lecture on examining and deciphering the hidden messages concealed by campaign ads and presidential speeches across American history.

Jamieson is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC runs FactCheck.org, a nonprofit devoted to examining the factual accuracy of political campaign advertisements. Jamieson is the author or co-author of 16 books, including “The Obama Victory: How Media, Money and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election,” “Presidents Creating the Presidency,” and “Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment.”

This could be an enlightening address, considering the recent national discussion being had over political rhetoric in light of the Arizona murders.

The lecture will be at the East-West Center this Tuesday, Jan. 18. The program begins at 5 p.m. at the center’s Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall, 1777 East-West Road), with a reception to follow the address.

Seating is limited, so reserve one today by calling (808) 944-7111 or e-mail ewcinfo@eastwestcenter.org. Parking is available at the Manoa campus for $5.

In with the new …

This is the old website for AAJA Hawaii. Click on it to visit the site!

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! I’m happy to introduce you to the new website of Hawaii’s Asian American Journalists Association chapter!

My name is Gene Park, and I’m grateful to be the 2011 chapter president. I’ve been on vacation for the past week. What better use of my time, then to dedicate a few hours building and updating our web presence? I hope you like!

I want the new AAJAHawaii.org to be a one-stop resource for many of your needs. I’ll continue to update the site with national and chapter news, news on past and current members, and the ever-important job flashes.

Although we live in the islands, no chapter should be an island. I believe partnership with other journalism organizations is key to surviving and thriving as the industry reinvents itself. That is why I will be keeping you in the loop on events not only with our chapter, but with other groups like the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and the Hawaii Publishers Association.

Don’t forget that we also have presence on Facebook and Twitter. This year’s convention theme is all about engagement, an appropriate theme that I will strive to uphold in our little Pacific paradise.

In keeping with national President Doris Truong’s New Year’s message, we also want to hear from you about the changes we could bring about together. Whether it’s this site, the chapter, or what you need from us, we will listen and respond. Feel free to contact me via e-mail, Twitter or by leaving a comment on this site. Feel free to add me on Facebook as well!

Last but not least, I’d like to thank a few people.

Blaine Fergerstrom has been very kind to host this site on his personal server. He is a new member of AAJA, but he is no stranger to the web and journalism. He pioneered web journalism in during the 1990s, making the first news website in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

I’d also like to thank Valentino Valdez of Valdezign.com for his assistance on the logo you see above.

I want to add a final mahalo to Kaz Endo, entrepreneur and owner of Inhouse Creative, a leading ad agency on Guam. Kaz was kind enough to lend me some office space during my vacation so I could work on this site.

Until we meet again, I wish many blessings to you and yours this year. Imua!

With warmest aloha,

Gene Park
2011 chapter president

A New Year’s Message from Doris Truong, AAJA President

Dear AAJA Family:

Best wishes for a new year full of exciting scoops, newsworthy moments and prize-winning storytelling!

Do you remember the first time you connected with other Asian American journalists? For me, it was in 1996 at the national convention in St. Paul–and it felt like a homecoming to meet people who not only shared my cultural values, but also my passion for the craft of journalism.

Now, 15 years later, I consider myself personally and professionally to be a product of AAJA. I’ve connected with mentors throughout the industry because of the expansive network of our members. And I’ve formed deep bonds with those mentors by spending long hours collaborating with them on AAJA projects–on the “Voices” convention news project, preparing group presentations for the Executive Leadership Program or hammering out policies with the National Board.

So many of you have shared with me stories that bear the same outline: You felt adrift until you discovered the kinship and the resources of the AAJA family–resources that include programs designed to foster personal growth and professional success for a lifetime, and that offer the newest Asian American journalists the same kind of mentorship that I received.

When I look at those who are stepping up to lead AAJA today, I’m excited to see a fresh generation of go-getters working side by side with familiar veteran faces. Together, they reflect the spirit of AAJA: We are an organization that is steeped in tradition, but one that always keeps an eye on the horizon so nothing that the future brings comes as a surprise.

As incoming president, I’m committed to fostering this spirit for generations to come. But I’ll need your help to ensure that AAJA–in the heartfelt words of my predecessor–continues to reach out and lean in.

This year brings an important milestone for us: We will mark 30 years since our founding in Los Angeles by six visionary pioneers. We commemorated our debt to Dwight Chuman, David Kishiyama, Frank Kwan, Bill Sing, Tritia Toyota and Nancy Yoshihara when AAJA returned to its birthplace for the 2010 convention.

Now, it’s time to pay that debt forward.

To highlight how far AAJA has come since 1981, we’re planning a variety of ways for members and other supporters to help strengthen AAJA, by taking the Power of One and multiplying it by 30. And we’ll be asking you to help us by contributing, whether that means 30 seconds to introduce AAJA to a new funder, 30 days volunteering with your local chapter or 30 testimonials that you collect to inspire a student to pursue journalism as a profession. And, yes, we’ll be asking you to reach into your wallets–whether that means $30 or $30,000, we want you to donate an amount meaningful to you. If you’re ready to pledge yourself to our 30th anniversary, I’m only an e-mail away:aajadoris@yahoo.com.

In the next two years, I’ll be on a 21-chapter Listening Tour, which began with my recent visits to our members in Asia and Hawai’i. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to get the attention of an organization’s leadership, especially one as far-flung as ours. So I’m committed to bringing AAJA’s leadership to you.

I want to hear your ideas for how we can better serve you. And I will do my part to help extend our chapters’ outreach into your communities – to raise AAJA’s profile, and to broaden our pool of supporters both within and beyond journalism.

To that end, I’m thrilled to be at the helm as we bring AAJA to brand-new territory: Michigan. We’re motoring to Motor City for our 22nd annual convention, and I hope you’re saving the dates of August 10 to 13 to be in Detroit, where our theme will be a relevant one: “Time to Engage.”

Because there has never been a more exciting time to be engaged with AAJA. Under the leadership of my predecessor, Sharon Chan, and our outstanding executive director, Kathy Chow, our organization has regained firm financial footing. With that secure foundation in place, there’s no limit to how far we can travel in the next two years – and beyond–if our collective hands are rowing the ship in the same direction.

Before I close, I’d like to thank The Washington Post, which has enthusiastically offered its support to me and to AAJA as I take up this awe-inspiring responsibility. In a challenging time for our industry, I’m proud to work for a company that still puts diversity and its advocates at the forefront of its priorities.

I’m eager to hear from you about where AAJA needs to go next. Not just this year or in 2012, but 30 years from now: Where do you imagine AAJA should be? Please share with me your vision, your hopes and your goals, because the job of getting there is something that will take all of us, working together. And as we do, I am certain that we can leave a legacy from AAJA’s first 30 years that will carry us well beyond the next 30.

Yours in AAJA,
Doris Truong
National President

JOB FLASH: Online/Associate Editor at Hawai’i Magazine

PacificBasin Communications, Hawaii’s largest locally-owned magazine publisher, is seeking an Online/Associate Editor to work on HAWAI`I Magazine, a bi-monthly national magazine targeting the west-bound U.S. traveler to Hawaii. Its assets are the print product, website, e-newsletter, Facebook account, Twitter account and other ancillary products.

The online/associate editor of HAWAII Magazine will report to the editor, and his/her primary responsibility will be to develop content for multiple platforms to appeal to an active group of Hawaii visitors. Success will be determined by the following factors:

* Ability to produce a magazine, maintain a website, social network presence and monthly e-newsletter

* Also important is the online/associate editor’s ability to work in concert with the publisher and editor to create content that will help build ad revenue; maintain a highly trafficked website for visitors seeking to enhance their Hawaii experience; build a social networking fan base; and produce a monthly e-newsletter.

* These initiatives and the online/associate editor’s performance will be measured in part by online revenue, online traffic statistics, reader surveys, focus groups, industry feedback and subscription renewals and newsstand sales.

Responsibilities include the following:

*Work collaboratively with the Editor and Art Director to help develop strategies that define the editorial future of the magazine, website, social networking platforms, events and ancillary products including mobile and smartphone applications.

*Work with the editor to articulate, plan and execute a multi-platform future for HAWAII Magazine, identifying current and prospective audience markets and products to serve the needs of those markets, identifying core travel content where HAWAII Magazine will lead the discussion.

* Work with the editor and others to continuously improve editorial content to maintain the highest degree of relevancy and interest to the readership. Develop relevant content to respond to existing and new reader segments as determined in concert with the publisher. Budget content and set the mix of editorial products to most efficiently meet reader needs.

* Develop content two issues out within the first six months in position, and continue to have content appropriate to HAWAIIMagazine’s editorial vision and strategic focus developed a minimum of two issues in advance going forward.

* Review all editorial content; edit copy, with the editor research and write at least 50% of all stories for each issue while meeting all deadlines and budgetary objectives.

* Monitor layouts, headlines and work with the art director to develop a consistent visual style for HAWAII Magazine.

* Be the lead for developing and writing original content for the website; conceiving and producing multimedia features, including audio, video and still images, either within our sites or for emerging technologies such as wireless, downloadable audio, video or audio-visual broadcasts. Work with the editor to help to develop and write the monthly e-newsletter.

* Communicate with and work effectively with the sales, creative and circulation departments to achieve the business goals of themagazine.

* Perform other related duties based on business needs


* Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism or equivalent experience

* 2-3 years writing/editorial experience with solid, proven researching, reporting and writing skills

* Writing/editorial experience with Hawaii destinations and activities preferred

* Must have working knowledge or strong interest in learning and working with web software and programs including Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Joomla, WordPress, Email Service Providers, and others.

To apply, please respond HAWAI`I Magazine editor Derek Paiva at derekp@hawaiimagazine.com with your resume by Friday, December 24, 2010 or by postal mail to HAWAI`I Magazine ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES, 1000 Bishop Street Suite 405, Honolulu HI 96813.

Sharon Chan’s Year-End Aloha Message

Dear friends,

I still remember waking up to a flood of e-mails in March 2009. An Asian American journalist, Roxana Saberi, had been detained in Iran. We sprang into action. We called for her release.

Two weeks later, another flood of e-mails. Laura Ling and Euna Lee had been arrested in North Korea while reporting along the border. Again, we spoke out. We weren’t sure they would ever be free.

This August, Roxana shared my hotel room and her experience with you. Laura and Euna shared our dinner table and what it was like to wait in a prison cell.

Embracing Laura, Euna and Roxana, surrounded by our founders, members and students where AAJA was founded, was the most profound moment of my term.

Think about how far we’ve come in the past two years. Not just Laura, Euna and Roxana. AAJA.

Thank you for the opportunity and the privilege to serve you.

I have always been passionate about our mission of diversity. But watching newspapers fold and seeing our friends get laid off these past two years made me realize that diversity is more than just important–it’s the answer to fundamental challenges facing our business. This industry needs diversity of perspectives, skills, technology, revenue and platforms.

We rode this economic rollercoaster and AAJA has emerged stronger than ever. We changed executive directors and we are now headed into AAJA’s 30th year with the excellent Kathy Chow at the helm. We are projected to end 2010 with a $399,000 surplus, compared to a $207,000 deficit last year. We repaid our $154,000 endowment loan, plus interest above U.S. prime lending rate. Our membership has stabilized at 1,500. We added another star to the flag–AAJA Denver is our 21st chapter. We continue to innovate with our ELP Media Demonstration Projects with new business models and new platforms for delivering news.

Your new president Doris Truong will take AAJA to amazing new heights. I love Doris for her dedication to AAJA, passion for our mission and gunner work ethic, and I am honored to get to keep working with her as UNITY vice president.

There are so many people to thank–first off, you, for being a member. Also: our dream team of national officers, dedicated AAJA Governing and Advisory Board members, chapter presidents who came in with financial support for AAJA in a tough economy, our passionate J Camp, ELP and Voices program directors, our veteran members who served on task forces and committees, the younger generation of leaders mentoring and supporting each other, our tireless staff and our sponsors who make it all possible.

A very special thank you goes to The Seattle Times, our publisher Frank Blethen and my executive editor David Boardman. In a time of utmost financial duress, the company paid for my travel and gave me the time to serve you. The history of support for diversity here is long and it is steadfast. The people who first folded me into the AAJA flock all came from this newsroom: former AAJA national officers Janet Tu and Mark Watanabe, Doug Kim and grizzly man Alex Macleod.

My final requests to you: Renew your membership. Make a donation to AAJA Power of One. Save the date for our 2011 convention in Detroit, Aug. 10-13.

Reach out and lean in.

In unity,
Sharon Pian Chan
Staff Reporter, Seattle Times
AAJA National President

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