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AAJA-SF is excited to announce that we are hosting the 2015 National AAJA Convention! Although it’s a year away, plans are already underway to make sure the Bay Area gives our colleagues from the rest of the country (and Asia!) the best experience possible.

AAJA-SF will present a promotional video of next year’s convention this August at the national convention in Washington D.C., and we’ve decided to do a bit of crowd-sourcing for our video.

The idea, inspired by AAJA National President Paul Cheung, is a parody of the viral video “#SELFIE,” by The Chainsmokers (AKA “But first, let me take a selfie”).

For the next two weeks, AAJA-SF is gathering #AAJAselfie photos/video for our convention video. We’d really love to see members taking selfies at their favorite Bay Area landmarks or in their newsrooms/offices, but most of all, we want to include as many members as possible. So, please, got out there and take those selfies. Tag them #AAJAselfie and have fun! Put them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or just email them to us.

We’ll take whatever selfies are taken by July 28th and put them in our video. If you have any questions, contact 2015 Convention Co-chairs Donna Tam and Kevin Lee at donnytam@gmail.com and eelnivek@gmail.com.

Need some ideas? Here’s a few Bay Area “landmarks” we’d love to see photos of:

Golden Gate Bridge
Chinatown
Japan Town
Little Saigon
Union Square
Ferry Building
Alcatraz
Angel Island
Embarcadero (in front of the Bay Bridge)
UC Berkeley
Jack London Square
Google campus (in front of the Androids)
Facebook campus (in front of the “like” thumb sign)
Twitter (in front of the Twitter sign)
foodie photos
newsroom photos!
Thanks in advance to participating in this project. We can’t wait to see your selfies!

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is offering grants of up to $500 each to help local members attend this year’s AAJA Convention in Washington DC.

This year’s convention is your chance to go to the nation’s capital and connect with other AAJA members. Interested in developing your mobile reporting skills? Considering a move into the freelance world? Need your resume critiqued? The convention program has you covered.

Register for the convention here.

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter offers convention grants each year to help our members pay for registration, travel and lodging expenses. The awards are based on need and your interest in helping out the chapter. (Interested in volunteering? Email board member Tomio Geron at tgeron AT gmail dot com).

Deadline to apply for a convention grant is MONDAY, JULY 1, 2014 TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014! 

To apply for a grant, please fill out and submit your application online. You will be notified that your application has been received. You will be required to show proof of registration for the conference and be asked to volunteer at the convention.

We’re holding a student mixer with San Francisco State University and University of California, Berkeley, on April 30.

If you’re a student who would like to network with other students and professionals, come join us! The event follows the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter’s Student Resume Round Robin at The San Francisco Chronicle. The round robin is an RSVP only event, but our mixer is open to any students who want to learn more about AAJA and meet other journalists. The SPJ event goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and our mixer will begin after at the Pacific Media Workers Guild, located behind the Chronicle building.

What: AAJA-SF Student Mixer

Where: Pacific Media Workers Guild, 433 Natoma St. in San Francisco (in the back of The Chronicle building, next to The Tempest bar)

When: April 30, 7 to 8 p.m.

Questions? For the student mixer, contact Donna Tam at donnaytam@gmail.com. For the resume round robin, contact Michelle Devera at deveramichelle@gmail.com.

More information on the round robin can be found on this flyer.

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