Speed networking!

Disclaimer: I [the president] am very much aware of how this is mostly just a group of white dudes (-2.5) as mentors, but I assure you I reached out to many others. It just so happened that these mentors were the ones who could fit it into their schedules. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out otherwise.  If you would like to get in touch with journalists of color or women journalists, please contact me! I have tons of people I would be happy put you in contact with.

Our speed-networking event is something SPJ puts on at least once every year so that aspiring journalists of all sorts can get in contact with potential future mentors, further connections, and people who can get students an in for possible jobs and internships.

We call it speed networking because the event itself is set up like speed dating, but clearly we’re not setting you all up on dates. Depending on how many people show, you each will get a certain amount of time to talk one-on-one or in small groups with one of the mentors (listed below), and then time will be up to go to the next mentor. This will be repeated until everybody’s met everybody.

We suggest you bring along business cards, a notebook and pen, and your resume. Feel free to email spjuw@uw.edu if you have questions or want some ideas for what to discuss. USE THIS AS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOURSELF, PLEASE. We put these things together to help you, and I [again, President here] am living proof that they certainly helped me — not just with SPJ but with jobs, too.

When: Friday, May 26
Where: The Communications building (CMU), room 242
[There’s free pizza and drinks]

Check out the speed networking mentors:

Joe Veyera
Joe Veyera is currently the editor of the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a weekly neighborhood newspaper, and a columnist for Grand Salami Magazine. A Seattle native, he graduated from the UW in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily his senior year. After graduating, he served as staff reporter for Pacific Publishing Company’s chain of neighborhood papers, before becoming editor in April 2016. He also spends far, far too much time on Twitter.

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Mike McCormick
Mike McCormick is the Public Affairs Coordinator at KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle, where hehas produced the public affairs show “Mind Over Matters” since 1996. He has also been a public access TV producer since 1994 where he has directed, produced, and hosted both live and pre-taped shows at Seattle Community Media (previously known as SCAN-TV). He has a background in commercial photography, does freelance video work, and is currently in the process of building a new News & Public Affairs Low Power FM (LPFM) station in Seattle’s University District.

Clare McGrane
Clare McGrane is a GeekWire reporter who covers life sciences, biotechnology and general assignment technology stories, in addition to producing the GeekWire radio show and podcast. A graduate of the University of Washington, she is passionate about nonfiction storytelling, particularly stories about how science impacts our daily lives. In her spare time you’ll find her singing with the Seattle Peace Chorus, volunteering with DJ Darek Mazzone at KEXP, or hiking around the Pacific Northwest.

Thomas Wilburn
Thomas Wilburn is the newsroom developer for The Seattle Times’ Interactives team, part of the paper’s graphics desk. He works on data visualizations and digital storytelling, including this year’s investigation into surgery Swedish-Cherry Hill, science reporting on the revival of the Elwha river valley, and realtime election results. Previously, he was the lead for the Multimedia Team at Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C.

Erika Schultz
[Erika may only be able to stay for half the event if she can make it]
Erika shares stories through photography, documentary video and social media. She believes photojournalism has the power to put the viewer in someone else’s shoes, bridge differences and spur social change. As a staff photographer for The Seattle Times, her work has been recognized by the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, Pictures of the Year International, National Edward R. Murrow Awards, The Alexia Foundation, Best of Photojournalism, SPJ, and was a finalist for the 2010 ASNE Community Service Photojournalism award. She also was part of The Seattle Times’ 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning team for Breaking News Reporting. Schultz also works as a part-time visual journalism professor at the UW, serves on SPJ’s Western Washington Board and is the co-founder of NW Photojournalism. 

Casey Jaywork
A graduate of the Evergreen State College, Casey Jaywork covers city hall and homelessness, among other beats, for Seattle Weekly.

Amanda Snyder
Amanda grew up in a pile of snow that is Minnesota. After dabbling in different fields of journalism, Amanda combined her love for photography and her ambitions to tell impactful stories, and studied Photojournalism at the University of Minnesota. She’s traveled around the world from the islands of New Zealand, to the ancient city of Rome and Europe.  Previously, Amanda has photographed for Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune and Tiger Oak Media. She was also formerly the Multimedia Editor for the Minnesota Daily. She has her work featured in previously mentioned outlets as well as Associated Press, FOXSports, Pioneer Press, Forum of Fargo Moorhead, USA Today and New America Media. Currently, Amanda is a digital producer at CBS Radio but also freelances.

Alex Garland
Alex Garland, 33, is a freelance photojournalist published in most media outlets around Seattle. He worked for five years with Capitol Hill Seattle as a reporter and photographer. Currently, he’s freelancing for Seattle Weekly, South Seattle Emerald, Real Change News, and Crosscut. Alex started the blog “The Dignity Virus” to document social and environmental justice issues. He’s worked from Haiti to Bangkok, and Arkansas to Texas to Washington.

Gene Balk
The Seattle Times’ FYI Guy! Gene crunches the numbers and has worked at The Seattle Times since 2002. He is a native of New Jersey, and earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Rutgers University. Before coming to The Times, he worked for the Orange County Register and the Baltimore Sun.


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