Events and opportunities: January

2017 is kicking off with an abundance of great events to attend!

15727223_1197137203700817_875976112456113114_nAAJA Seattle Speed Mentoring
January 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is hosting a speed mentoring at the Seattle Times building from 7 to 9 p.m. This a great  opportunity for young journalists to learn and network, as attendees will have the chance to meet with some of the area’s top editors and journalists. Attendance is free for members of SPJ, AAJA, and NABJ/SABJ, and $30 for the general public (attendees can sign up for AAJA at the event).

More information and event signup can be found here.

Foreign Intrigue 2017 Information Session
January 12 at 3:30 p.m.

Per the UW Communications Department:

The Journalism Foreign Intrigue Scholarship was established by a UW Journalism alum, and provides financial support for a journalism student to work as an intern reporter at a foreign media organization and to travel after the internship. The donor’s goal is to give journalism students exposure to another culture and a more thorough understanding of journalism and culture.

Former participants have worked in locations as diverse as Sierra Leone, Jordan, and Indonesia, to name a few.

An information session will be held January 12 at 3:30, CMU 302. Applications for the program are due by 9 a.m. on January 23.

To RSVP for the information session, email More information can be found here.


Pitch & Pour: A Community Gathering
January 12 at 7 p.m.

Per the People’s Press Club of Seattle:

Everyone has an idea for a story that the local media should be covering … or at least a few thoughts about the stories that the local media has chosen to tell. The People’s Press Club invites you to share both at this quarterly community gathering.

Join editors from the Seattle Globalist, Seattle Weekly, and the South Seattle Emerald, along with our special guests from Uncoded Media, for an evening of pitches and pitchers that will bring the community together and help make our local media more responsive and accountable.

The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Columbia City Alehouse.

The People’s Press Club of Seattle puts on some of the coolest events relevant to journalism, and these events are great opportunities to expand both your professional network and your thinking. If you enjoy interesting and important conversation (with or without alcoholic beverages), this is sure to be a good time.

Facebook pages for the event and the People’s Press Club can be found here and here.

Mark of Excellence Award Applications
January 16

Submissions are almost due for this year’s Mark of Excellence Awards, which honor the best in student journalism. There are categories for print, radio, television, and online collegiate journalism.

Mark of Excellence entries are judged regionally, then nationally. Regional winners advance to the national competition and are honored at regional SPJ spring conferences. National winners are showcased on and honored at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference in Anaheim, California.

Check out the rules and regulations and submit your best work by Jan.16.

Submissions here:

$9 per entry for SPJ members $18 for non members

Panel: Race and Police Brutality
January 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Spectrum Dance Theater and Crosscut will be hosting a panel on “police brutality, racial bias, and its impact on the Seattle community.”

The panel will include representatives from the Seattle King County NAACP, the Seattle Community Police Commission, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, and Spectrum Dance Theater. The panel will be moderated by Marcus Green, founder of the South Seattle Emerald.

The event will take place at Washington Hall in Seattle.

Registration for the event can be found at

Here is the event’s Facebook page.

There are a lot of events taking place just within the first few weeks of 2017. To keep up with future events, make sure to check out our calendar.


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