If you weren’t able to make our UNITY mixer in Seattle, here’s a virtual recreation of the event.
We had a crowd of about 20 journalists of all backgrounds at Lucid Lounge in the U. District: Asian American, Latina, white, gay, student, professor, digital, TV, radio, nonprofit, ex- and job-seeking journalists.
While everyone was ordering their happy hour drinks and mingling, we projected the #UNITY12 Twitter stream up on a screen and UNITY and alliance presidents Joanna Hernandez, David Steinberg, Doris Truong, Rhonda LeValdo all joined us via Twitter. UNITY Programming Co-Chairs Paul Cheung and Robert Hernandez also joined in the event via Twitter. Here’s a photo via AAJA Seattle President Sona Patel.
We showed this music video of Playing for Change performing “Stand By Me,” which we think captures the spirit of UNITY.
UNITY VP Sharon Chan did a short slideshow about why you should think about coming to UNITY. Here is the slideshow:
We closed the presentation with this “One Love” video, again by Playing for Change. (This one has Asians in it.)
AAJA Seattle President Sona Patel announced a convention grant the chapter will award to help a laid-off journalist attend UNITY. She also highlighted the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarships, deadline April 15. This year the winner will receive a grant to attend the convention as well. Former scholarship winner Peter Sessum spoke about how the scholarships changed his life.
We raffled off two “J” pins and a $50 gift card to Lucid Lounge. Congratulations to the three winners, all students at the University of Washington. Thank you to Lucid for donating the gift card. If you haven’t been to Lucid lately, they have a new elevated stage and a great digital presentation setup (they handed Sharon an iPad to run the slideshow).
Don’t you wish you had been there? You have the chance to relive this UNITY experience… in Las Vegas at the convention on August 1-4!
The early-bird registration rate for UNITY 2012 convention ends on March 16! The early bird rate is $325 for members, $150 for student members, $500 for non-members and $250 for student non-members. After March 16, rates go up $75!
Register now at unityconvention.org.