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.



How can nonprofits use media to promote their work and highlight their mission? Attend AAJA SF’s Community Access Workshop to learn about the most effective ways to connect with media organizations and get coverage, or learn how to use social media and other tools to create your own content.

The workshop runs from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on March 29 at the Academy of Art University, 79 New Montgomery St., in San Francisco. Our sessions will cover media literacy, media access and Op-Ed writing.

8:45 a.m. – Registration and breakfast 

9:30 a.m. – Welcome

9:45 a.m. – Session 1:

In this session, we will provide a overview of how the media media works and what tools are available to help nonprofits get their message out to the public. This includes pitching to media outlets as well as producing content through alternative channels like social media.

10:15 a.m. – Session 2:  

We’ve assembled a panel of experts who will explain how to pitch stories and what types of stories to pitch. Our panelists include David Steinberg, copy desk chief and Stylebook editor for the San Francisco Chronicle; Amanda Stupi, engagement producer for KQED’s Forum; and Alexa Lee, a former CNN reporter who is currently director of public relations for StartX, a technology nonprofit affiliated with Stanford University.

After the panel, KTVU Channel 2 reporters/anchors Claudine Wong and Mike Mibach will provide tips on how to speak on-air and conduct mock on-camera interviews for those who want to give it a try.

12 p.m. – Lunch break

12:30 p.m. – Practice pitch group session:

We’ll split into small groups and discuss possible story ideas and how to improve on specific pitches.

1:30 – Session 3:

Sharon Pian Chan, associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times, will talk about op-ed writing. These are the articles written by individuals who are not on a publication’s editorial board. Sharon will explain how nonprofits can use this forum to promote their message in a relevant and timely manner.

Please RSVP here.

Thanks to a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the event is free to all nonprofits. The day also includes a light breakfast and a lunch break. Questions? Contact Kevin Lee at eelnivek@gmail.com or Donna Tam at donnaytam@gmail.com.

Note: This schedule has been updated.

AAJA SF is hosting a panel on immigration at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’s regional conference on March 22.

The panel, titled, “Uncovering the Hidden Stories of Immigration,” discusses immigration reform. The topic is one of the most pressing issues affecting Latino and Asian Americans, the two largest immigrant groups in this country. A panel of immigration reporters and attorneys will discuss the nuances of covering immigrant communities as well as some of the underreported stories of undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

The conference takes place on March 22 at the SF LGBT Community Center, located at 1800 Market Street in San Francisco. It’s an all day event, but our panel is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Panelists: 1) Monica Campbell, PRI immigration reporter 2) Momo Chang, freelance journalist 3) Anoop Prasad, Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights Program, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus 4) Ling Woo Liu, Director of Strategic Communications, Asian Americans Advancing Justice ( moderator)

To attend, sign up here. Early-bird registration runs thru Feb. 22, and after that the price goes up. AAJA members qualify for the partner organization price. For other questions about NAHJ or the conference, please contact Vicki Adame: latinabrendastarr@gmail.com.

Read more about the event here.


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