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February 11, 2018 Chapter Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
Feb. 11
11 a.m.
Honolulu Design Center

Note: No meetings were held September, October, November or December of 2017, as well as January of 2018.

Call to Order: 11:19 a.m.
Attendance: Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama, Noelle Fujii, Kristen Wong, Jason Ubay

President’s Report: Renew your membership. Ronda Ching Day (via email) invited members of AAJA-Hawaii to go to an event. Ronda Ching Day says her organization AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) will comp 2 AAJA Hawaii members for their local conference. No one from our chapter was able to attend.

She wanted to give us an award and said she will try again at a summer event. She is the mother of Lauren Day, the SPJ intern that worked at KHON with Linda. She got an AAJA scholarship in California and works on a morning show. If any of the members are interested, please let Jason know. We could also partner for events.

Treasurer’s Report:
Here’s my treasurer’s report.

The year end report from July to December was sent to AAJA National.

Our business annual report is due on March 18 to the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Business Registration Division.

We need to update the officers on our First Hawaiian Bank account.

The current board members are not on the First Hawaiian Bank account. Linda will follow up. In order to access the account for certain transactions, we will need to add the current board members to the account. A copy of the meeting minutes needs to be submitted that shows the names, and titles of the current board members to be on the account.

Our officers are: Linda Dela Cruz – Treasurer
Wes Nakama – National Representative
Jason Ubay – President
Kristen Wong – Secretary
Noelle Fujii – Board Member

Old Business: We went to “Finding Kukan” screening in September by AAJA member Robin Lung, a filmmaker, at the Pacific Aviation Museum.

New Business: Noelle Fujii has expressed interest in becoming a board member. The board has voted for Noelle to become a member of the board as of this meeting.
Jason has collected a few golf items for silent auctions. Please let him know if we have any other items. Our chapter got a free registration for convention for having the highest ticket item. I nominated Linda for the free registration. She will consider it.

Approval of Minutes: A unanimous vote approved the August 2017 minutes.

National Board Representative: As of 2016 attendance at the Spring meeting was encouraged but not mandatory. Wes will go anyway but cover his own expenses. Sports Task Force: Christian Faria co-hosts a radio show in Boston called Sports Talk Radio. He made an inappropriate impression of Tom Brady’s Asian agent: Don Yee. The New England Chapter and the Sports Task Force and AAJA’s media watch are releasing a joint statement. Wes reminds us to keep our eyes out for items in the media that are questionable regarding race. Don Yee was a panel speaker for AAJA and donated a $2,000 scholarship. Wes received an email from the New England chapter board representative regarding the statement. Wes recommended that the message should be run by national. Media Watch was aware.

New Business: Our chapter is responsible for judging for two broadcast categories for scholarships. They wanted broadcast members from AAJA Hawaii. However, we have nine members as of Sept. 29 so it was difficult to find qualified judges with experience who were also AAJA members. Linda as well as Nestor Garcia and Marisa Yamane of KHON volunteered to judge the competition for the Hawaii chapter.

Original email below:

I hope you all had a happy holiday season! Your chapters have been assigned to the AAJA scholarships committee for 2018. As you know, AAJA offers several scholarships and internship grant opportunities each year. As chapter presidents, your duties are to assign judges to your scholarships/internship grants and help out with promotion.

I’ve assigned the awards as follows (please let me know by this Friday, January 12 if you would rather find judges for different awards):

Hawaii – Broadcast News Internship Grants (Lloyd LaCuesta Award & Sam Chu Lin Award) to fund students’ expenses during summer internships.

Jason– can you find 3 judges from your chapter with experience in broadcast to judge both of the broadcast grants? That is, 3 judges total, not 3 judges for each grant.

Washington, DC – Vincent Chin Scholarship and the Print/Online News Internship Grant (William Woo Award) to fund a student’s expenses during a summer internship.

Gene– can you find 3 judges from your chapter with experience in print/online news to judge for Vincent Chin and the print/online grant? Again, 3 judges total to judge both.

Los Angeles – CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship and Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship

Ashley – can you find 3 judges from your chapter, preferably veteran journalists, to judge both of these scholarships? Again, 3 judges total to judge both.

Ideally you can all identify 3 members each from your chapters who can serve as judges for your assigned awards (that means 3 judges total from each chapter, not 3 judges per scholarship) and send their names/contact info to me by January 31, 2018.

Convention is set for Aug. 8-11 in Houston. Wes is excited because he has never been to Texas. Please consider going to the convention. Fast-growing Asian population there.

Noelle’s ideas: We could have professional development workshops for members and students. A journalist’s guide to branding. When to include race in the news report. How to prepare for a journalism career. Ask members for ideas on what they would like for professional development. Topics include: Resume building, photography, editing.
Professional headshots by Greg Yamamoto, $10 for non-members, free for members.

Planning a workshop for professional development. April 11 5:30-8:00 at UH. Noelle to connect with UH journalism school and HPU journalism school. Noelle to make a pitch for Voices. Wes said April 18 is the early bird registration for the convention. Jason will talk to Greg. If Linda doesn’t want the registration we can give it out as a door prize. Jason will make an itinerary. Wes will reach out to Mark. Linda will reach out. Noelle suggested reaching out to high schools, like Sacred Heart Academy, and the DOE. Kristen suggested a live feed on AAJA Facebook.

The new advisor for Ka Leo is Mark Arakaki since Jay Hartwell retired. Wes said we should have a meet and greet to build a new relationship with Ka Leo. Ka Leo has moved to once every other week. Partially because of revenue and partially because of student participation. Jay used to put on J-Day. Campus center. Wes will approach him for the topic. On a larger note we could try to start relationships with educators.

Next Meeting: March 11 at 11 a.m. at Honolulu Design Center.

Adjournment: 12:16 p.m.

Chapter Minutes August 19, 2017

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
Aug. 19, 2017
11 a.m.

Call to Order: 11:18 a.m.

Attendance: Linda Dela Cruz, Jason Ubay, Wes Nakama, Kristen Wong:

Approval of the minutes: January 2017 minutes approved with correction.

President’s Report: Check on your membership status. AAJA National is moving to a new system. The chapter members may not be accurate. Jason will follow up. Sign on to AAJA database and double check. Jason went to the general membership meeting at the convention. There are currently 1,108 members in AAJA right now. Topics included media watch, Muslim resource guide, criminal justice reporting. If you want to start an Affinity Group, you can. Convention 2018 will be in Houston in August.

Vice President’s Report:

Renewed the PO Box in July.

Renewing CD in August.

Discussion: Fundraising and recruitment. It’d be a good idea to try. San Diego won chapter of the year but had low membership and two board members but Jason wanted to pick their brains for ideas. Sept. 23 “Finding Kukan” at Pacific Aviation Museum. Tickets are available this week.

Wes suggested we invest the CD through a financial advisor. Ask Glen at National about what is appropriate.

Big question: What are we doing for the members?

Wes suggested we try to keep a radar up on events in Hawaii and let the members know.

Jason suggested a survey for the members.

Wes said at the convention there was a Story Slam. They had 20 applicants. Storytelling in a stand-up monologue presentation. They picked six stories in paper form and there was a panel of judges. Three to five minutes each. Resounding, everyone talked about it.

National Representative’s Report: No report. Jason covered main topics.

Contact at least one other person for the museum

Jason will get questions together for survey.

Jason will contact Robin Lung about Finding Kukan tickets.

Next Meeting:

Adjournment: 12:29 p.m.

Note: No meeting in February, March, April, May, June or July 2017

October 16, 2016 Chapter Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
11 a.m.

Attendance: Wes Nakama, Jason Ubay, Kristen Wong

Call to Order: 11:32 a.m.

Approval of Minutes: September 2016 minutes were approved with changes by all board members present.

President’s Report: Please renew your membership. Kristen will email the membership to remind them. Elections coming up for local chapters! Send out a call for elections 10/24-10/31 and by Nov. 5 send to National. Ask Stan to check the email to tally the votes.

Jason to ask Ann Auman how the “Recent Changes in Honolulu’s Media Landscape” event went. AAJA Hawaii missed the event, and Wes noted that it would be useful to know what was discussed at the event as the topic is part of our mission.

Vice President’s Report: Linda unable to be present. She emailed her report.
Asian American Journalists Association’s College Night has been rescheduled from Thursday, October 27 to Thursday, November 10 from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
RSVP on eventbrite http://bit.ly/2edOzS4 by Monday, November 7, 2016 as seating is limited.

We can have up to 25 attend including college students, college advisors, and AAJA board members.

I think we should provide enough pizza for the students, as well as the PBS crew involved in helping us with this event.

Stan has about 8 to 10 AAJA bags which he can get to Jason — so we can give those away — perhaps at College Night — unless you want to save it for the 30th anniversary.

6:45 p.m.-6:50 p.m. arrival time

6:50-7:15 p.m.
Pizza and soft drinks.
A few words about what AAJA is, an invitation to join AAJA.
Self Introductions of those in attendance
Noelle can share her experience at Voices

7:15-7:40 p.m. PBS station tour

7:40 p.m. Seated for the hour-long live show Insights

8-9 p.m. Insights show

9 p.m.-9:30 exiting
Thank everyone for coming, and again invite them to join AAJA.

So far we have two students who RSVPed.

The following have been contacted about college night.

Bart Asato – Kapiolani Community College

Kim Baxter Kapiolani Community College

Michael Tsai – Kapiolani Community College

David Putnam

Jay Hartwell

Kimberlee Bassford – Windward Community College

Stan Lee – Leeward Community College

Mike Leidermann Honolulu Community College

Submitted to UHWO in an online form.

Chaminade University newspaper

Jan Martin – Chaminade University
assistant to the Director

BYUH ICS Department Chair
• Tēvita ʻŌ. Kaʻili
• Email: tevita.kaili@byuh.edu

BYUH Academic Advisor
• Rowena Reid
Email: reidr@byuh.edu

Jeannie Manzano HPU
Administrative Assistant
Department of Communication
Office & Phone: FS 210, (808) 543-8044
E-mail: jmanzano@hpu.edu

James D. Whitfield, Ed.D. HPU
Teaching and research fields: public relations, organizational communication, and journalism.
Office & Phone: FS 210, (808) 543-8044
E-mail: jwhitfield@hpu.edu

Lewis Trusty, M.B.A. & M.A. HPU
Teaching and research fields: photojournalism, video production and documentary film making.
Office & Phone: MP 139-D (Sharky’s Cove), (808) 566-2462
E-mail: ltrusty@hpu.edu

John Barnum, Ph.D. HPU
Mass Communication Program Chair
Associate Professor
Teaching and research fields: public relations, journalism, communication research.
Office & Phone: FS 212, (808) 544-0822
E-mail: jbarnum@hpu.edu

John Hart, Ph.D. HPU
Chair, Department of Communication
Teaching and research fields: media criticism, persuasion, rhetoric, argumentation, and debate.
Office & Phone: FS 214, (808) 544-0805
E-mail: jhart@hpu.edu

Treasurer’s Report: Wes to email Craig about the ONA event. We decided it would be better to take Craig’s second suggestion: if he buys all the food and the cost is split among SPJ, ONA, and AAJA Hawaii. Jason is going to contact some UH folks. We need Jason to RSVP for College Night for accounting purposes. The rest of the board will RSVP as needed later if space allows. Still checking if Noelle can make it for her presentation.

Old Business: 30th Anniversary event. Focus on College Night and Elections first. Talk to Jennifer if she’s interested in being a board member. Have a beach day or a picnic day for the anniversary event. Have maybe a family event and better plan it when we have time.

New Business: Finding Kukan is premiering on Nov. 5. Should we get a group together? $14 for tickets, 5:45 p.m. and another showing on Friday Nov. 11 3:45 in the afternoon. 75 minute long film. Share on social media.

Next Meeting: TBD

Adjournment: 12:30 p.m.

November 27, 2016 Chapter Minutes

AAJA-Hawaii Board Meeting
Honolulu Design Center
11 a.m., November 27, 2016

Meeting started 11:14 a.m.

Attendance: Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama, Jason Ubay

Approval of Minutes: October 2016 minutes reviewed and approved.

President’s Report: Jason asked board to remember to renew membership. Short discussion on 2017 board recruitment. Jennifer Kelleher of the Associated Press and Laurie Kawakami of the New York Times have attended previous board meetings and would be good candidates. Nicole Tam, a UH student who interned at KHON during summer 2016, can also be approached as a student member. Silent auction 2016. Hawaii chapter raised the most money in silent auction items. Chapter will receive a complimentary entry to the 2017 convention in Philadelphia. Jason proposed giving the entry to Linda for her work in securing auction items. Linda said she will think about it.

Treasurer’s Report: College Night recap – 16 total people attended, including board and students. Leslie Wilcox and Jason Suapaia of PBS Hawaii helped with tour. Noelle shared her AAJA Voices experience. Group saw a live broadcast of Insights on political ramifications of election; we were the first group to sit in during a live broadcast.

National Rep’s Report: No new business

Old business: 2017 30th anniversary event. Discussed that best time would be early April event on the weekend, either the 1st or 8th. It would be ideal to promote the convention, have people sign up. The event would be a fundraiser. Chapter should figure out how much it will cost per head before deciding on venue and price to charge for attendance to event. Discussed that goal is 50 people. It was tough to get 100 people to the convention. Also look at a smaller venue and not a ballroom so it can seem more like an intimate setting.

Possible venues. Jason to ask what the max capacity for each venue. What is the average price per head? When would the venue need a deposit?
Jade Dynasty. Private room for 50.
Japanese Cultural Center
Okinawan Center
Honolulu Elks Club 616
Hawaiian Food. Not that expensive?
YWCA downtown

Event should honor the founding members. Possibly with plaques. Linda will contact Sandee Oshiro and Paula Akana for availability, and we can plan around that.

Mixer for Lunar New Year: January 29, Sunday. Go smaller than other event. Mandalay, Maple Garden, Jade Dynasty, Legends, Little Village. 20 people. Guests to contribute $5, AAJA to pick up the rest.

No new business.

Next meeting. Dec. 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Honolulu Design Center.

Meeting ended at 12:05 p.m.

December 11, 2016 Chapter Minutes

AAJA Hawaii Chapter Meeting
December 11, 2016
Honolulu Design Center

Attendance: Jason Ubay, Linda Dela Cruz, Wes Nakama, Kristen Wong

Call to Order: 11:17 a.m.

Approval of Minutes: All board members present approved the November 2016 minutes.

President’s Report: Jason reminded everyone to renew their membership.

National Representative’s Report: Wes still needs to turn in receipt for National Advisory Board meeting in March. Spokane to Vegas and one night hotel. Next advisory board meeting is definitely in Philadelphia because of hotel agreement for convention.

Old Business: 30th anniversary event early April. Linda sent an email to Sandee Oshiro and Paula Akana about availability. No response yet. Linda to call to follow up. Jason called Jade Dynasty they have a large room for 60 people, $25.80 per head. For a table of 10, it’s $250.80. Menu is diverse, reasonable prices. Deposit depends on the size of the room. Can get a refund in 30 days. If RSVP is not going well, we can ask about the smaller room. Jason called the Manoa Grand Ballroom. Their starting is $31.95 per person. Filipino Community Center charges $26 per person. $50 per person, lunch or dinner. Promoted as a fundraiser, charge $50, profit margin is $25. Jason looked into Elks’ Lodge. $20 a head but parking may be a challenge. There’s a medium room that holds up to 50 people. Wes asked if we could have the 30th Anniversary event be a membership drive in addition to the fundraiser. Should we have tickets? Eventbrite takes a portion. It may be easier than a physical ticket.

Honor the founders
We can go over chapter activities
Wes can make a speech about National activities.
We can ask Noelle to come and share her experiences.
Ask one of the founding members to talk.
Have two emcees from the news stations. Ask Yunji Di Nies.

Wes to look into getting plaques for the founders.
Leis for emcees, speakers and founders.

Regarding tickets: Look up how much each would cost. Jason to ask.

Tentative price for members: $40
Tentative price for non-members: $50

Jason to ask about an A/V system.

Half an hour for a program.
Have colleagues, friends, family come up and share anecdotes and tributes for founders.
Visuals about the founders’ history

Door prize: Must be present to win. Drop business card in a bowl. Wes suggested it pertain to AAJA.
Photo shoot with a photographer (Greg Yamamoto, Kent Nishimura)
Membership fee paid for
Dinner or lunch with a food reporter (Catherine Toth-Fox)
AAJA bags

Sell tables to TV stations (KITV)

Cover founders and spouses
Cover one or two emcees

Saturday evening event

Advertise on social media and email.
Kristen to make a flier. Flier would explain that we’re honoring the founding members.

New Business: None.

Next Meeting: January 29, 2017 Little Village Noodle Shop 11 a.m. Meeting first, then lunch. Guests contribute $5, chapter picks up the rest.

Adjournment: 12:13 p.m.


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