Apply for AAJA-DC convention stipend application

AAJA-D.C. is offering two stipends for local members (one professional and one student) to help defray the cost of attending the annual convention this summer. Register by June 30 for the pre-registration discount rates: $325 for professional members and $150 for students. The deadline to apply for a stipend is July 5.

Must be an AAJA member in good standing, registered with AAJA’s DC chapter.

Please submit your materials by Sunday, July 5, at 5 p.m. Winners will be required to contribute a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer time to AAJA-DC before the end of the conference.

Apply here.

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D.C. Journalism Job Fair on March 21

January 21, 2015

Chapter Members,

We, the Washington, D.C. chapter presidents of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Association of Black Journalists, are pleased to announce our 2nd annual joint job fair.

The Washington, D.C. Area Journalism Job Fair hosted by Georgetown University’s Master’s in Journalism Program will be held Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Washington. Doors close at 1:30 p.m.

The job fair will take place at the Georgetown Downtown campus, located at 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW, just two blocks from the Gallery Place Metro Station.

We confirmed four people were hired from our job fair last year. This year, we are adding registration deadlines. This will give us a better understanding of how many of you will attend the job fair. Once again, you will have access to meet with hiring managers here in D.C. and beyond.

Our early-bird registration fee is $10. You can register beginning Monday, January 26. Registration is $15 beginning Monday, March 2 –Friday, March 13. We encourage you to register online. You can still register on-site for a fee of $20.

We also need your help securing recruiters. In the next few days, we will request that you ask your employer to recruit at the fair. The early-bird special for a table is $100 from now until Sunday, February 1. Registration is $150 beginning Monday, February 2 – Sunday, March 1. Last-Call is $200 which is March 2 – March 6. We will strictly follow these deadlines. We encourage you to have your employer register early. We will send a letter you can give to your hiring manager or human resources representative. Thanks for your help!


Melissa Macaya
President, NAHJ D.C.

Donna Walker
President, WABJ

Curtis Tate
President, NLGJA D.C.

Seung Min Kim
President, AAJA D.C.

Julie Asher
President, SPJ D.C. Pro

To register:

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Board meeting: Feb. 1 at 3 p.m.

Members of the AAJA-DC Board will meet at 3 p.m. Feb. 1. Members are invited to attend; e-mail Seung-Min Kim (seungmin(dot) kim1 (at) gmail (dot) com) for details if you are interested in coming.

Want to join the AAJA-DC Board? Several positions are open for the new term, which began Jan. 1: vice president-print, vice president-broadcast and community liaison. Please e-mail Seung-Min Kim . All open positions are two-year terms, except for community liaison, which is currently a one-year term. Click here for descriptions of the open positions.

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Special Election: National Advisory Board representative

AAJA-DC is seeking to fill the national advisory board representative position on its board. This person represents the interests of the D.C. chapter to the national board and acts as a liaison between the two groups. He or she will be required to attend the two national board meetings; this year, both will be held in Washington, D.C. One is the weekend of March 22 and the other is during the national convention, Aug. 13 to 16. This position begins immediately and completes a two-year term that began Jan. 1, 2014.

The candidate in the special election for National Advisory Board representative is Scott Wong, a reporter at POLITICO. Ballots will be e-mailed to current members March 11; members may write in candidates. The election will begin at 1 p.m. March 11, and run through 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16.


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Seeking nominations for 2015 Board Elections

AAJA-D.C. is taking nominations to fill the following positions on its board: president, vice president of broadcast, vice president of digital, vice president of print, secretary, treasurer, and community liaison.

All positions, except for secretary and community liaison, are two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Secretary and community liaisons are currently one-year positions.

Nominations are due Friday, Oct. 31, by 6 p.m. Please send a 250-word statement that includes a brief biography and explanations of why you want to run and what you want to accomplish on the AAJA-D.C. board to

The online election will take place between Sunday, Nov. 2, to 6p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Members will get their ballots on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Eligibility rules: The treasurer can be an associate or full member of the D.C. chapter. For all other positions, you must be a full member of the D.C. chapter.


President (two years)
The president, in conjunction with the rest of the board, sets the strategy and overall direction for the chapter, chairs chapter board meetings and is the public face of the chapter. Other responsibilities include:

–Serving as the main spokesperson on behalf of the chapter; represents the chapter in the community.
–Working with secretary to prepare meeting materials in advance.
–In general, ensuring board operations run smoothly.

Vice President of Digital Media (two years)
This person will work closely with online journalists to energize this segment of membership and use his/her background in digital media to suggest and host chapter events. Duties include mentoring students and online journalists. They also work with the president and other officers to set overall direction for the chapter. They may also be designated to assume the responsibilities of the president in his or her absence.

Vice President of Broadcast (two years)
This person will work closely with broadcasters (TV and radio) and is responsible for energizing this segment of the membership. He/she will also suggest and host chapter events, while taking the lead in mentoring broadcast journalists and students. They also work with the president and other officers to set overall direction for the chapter. They may also be designated to assume the responsibilities of the president in his or her absence.

Vice President for Print (two years)
This officer is a liaison for chapter members who work in newspapers and magazines as well as online. Duties may include organizing a career development session and/or working with students. They also work with the president and other officers to set overall direction for the chapter. They may also be designated to assume the responsibilities of the president in his or her absence.

Secretary (one year)
The secretary prepares and sends out the weekly email newsletter, posts messages on the chapter’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, updates the chapter’s website, and takes minutes at board meetings.

Treasurer (two years)
The treasurer keeps the financial records of the chapter, submits financial reports required by the AAJA national office and helps set direction for the chapter. Other responsibilities as follows:

–Takes the lead in developing any budgets and forecasts of spending and income.
–Ensures financial concerns are brought to the attention of the board.
–Ensures the proper use of funds and the sound management of finances.
–Submits mid-year and end-of-year reports to the national office.

*The treasurer can be an associate member.

Community Liaison (one year)
This person is a bridge from AAJA-DC to community groups, building contacts and offering suggestions about which groups the organization should work with.

If you have any questions, please email

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