Want to bid on a Rock Box karaoke party hosted by Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman? You’ll want to come to the AAJA Seattle Lunar Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Acquabar in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Boardman’s karaoke party will be featured in our silent auction. Ticket pre-sales end Wednesday night. Buy your tickets here. 

Want to bid on a Rock Box karaoke party hosted by Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman? You’ll want to come to the AAJA Seattle Lunar Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Acquabar in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Boardman’s karaoke party will be featured in our silent auction. Ticket pre-sales end Wednesday night. Buy your tickets here. 

Seattle Times hiring for an investigative/enterprise reporter

Enterprise/Investigative Reporter

Job Description

The Seattle Times is looking for an experienced, high-end reporter with proven investigative and writing skills who can help our newsroom demonstrate to readers why our journalism is indispensable. 


Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years experience in a major news organization and a proven track record of writing stories that have made a significant difference in their communities. Reporting openings here are rare, so we are only looking for the best and the brightest. Candidates should be passionate about storytelling, generating their own ideas to take readers where they have not been before through exclusive reporting and imaginative writing. Multimedia skills are a plus.

How to apply

To apply, submit the following materials via this website no later than February 8.   

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Links to no more than 10 stories or packages (If content is behind a paywall, please save a PDF version and upload to this site as an attachment.)

Company Description

The Seattle Times is a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, recognized as one of the best in the country. At The Seattle Times, your work matters. We are a family-owned-and-operated company, dedicated to the community we serve. The Times is a drug-free workplace and equal opportunity employer. Learn more about our company at seattletimescompany.com.


Incoming AAJA President Paul Cheung: My choice for the Unity name is…

Thoughts from AAJA President-elect Paul Cheung on the UNITY name. Friday, Dec. 14, is the last day for AAJA, NAJA, NLGJA and NAHJ to weigh in on a poll regarding UNITY’s name.

He’s right. To be truly diverse, we must create a culture of inclusion.


As a leader who advocates for diverse newsrooms, we must speak up for those who lack a voice, regardless of their gender, race, socio-economic background, ethnicity or sexual identity.

To be truly diverse, we must create a culture of inclusion.

“Unity: Journalists for Diversity” is the most inclusive name.

My passion for diversity is strong.

My commitment to ensure that our industry delivers a complete, fair and representative picture of our communities will not waver.

This is the time for us to listen with an open mind and an open heart.

This is the time for us to embrace our common goals and not be divided by our differences.

This is the time for us to honor our history and build a better tomorrow.

We still have a long road ahead of us, and we must work together. We have a new addition to our family, and, as in any relationship, it needs time to grow.

This is the time for us to stop perpetuating the misconceptions of what broke us up and what will keep us apart.

This is the time for us to show the journalism industry that we are united in the cause of diversifying newsrooms and our news coverage.

I’m not an UNITY board member yet so I don’t have an official vote in this matter. As the incoming AAJA President, it’s important I share with all of you my thoughts.

So, please remember to cast your ballot today and let the UNITY board know what name best represents us!

Thanh Tan is joining The Seattle Times as a multimedia editorial writer

Thanh Tan

Join me in congratulating and welcoming Thanh Tan to The Seattle Times editorial board! Thanh, now a multimedia reporter at the Texas Tribune, is joining our opinion section on Sept. 10 as a multimedia editorial writer. 

Thanh is a strategic hire that positions our opinion section for the future. She brings visual/video talents as a seasoned broadcast journalist, hard-hitting reporting skills from covering Texas and Idaho state government and a digital, engagement mindset from her work at the Trib. 

Plus, she is an Olympia native, an AAJA member and a former winner of the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship. 

Before moving to Austin, Tan worked at Idaho Public Television and was a general assignment reporter for the ABC affiliate in Portland, Ore. Her work has appeared on PBS NewsHour, This American Life and in the New York Times. Check out her appearance on the Rachel Maddow show this month.


Two visual journalism job openings at The Washington Post

I love seeing job openings at news organizations! Here are two for visual journalists at The Washington Post


[Image from Bronx Banter.]

Come work in the heart of D.C. and help us tell visually arresting stories.

Graphics Director

The Washington Post is looking for a hands-on leader to run our top-notch, award-winning graphics department. From charting to cartography, from 3-D modeling to HTML5 interactives, the graphics staff creates innovative visual story approaches that bring clarity to the complex. The team is annually recognized as one of the premier information design groups in journalism. 

The Graphics Director will lead this team’s daily output, focusing on both breaking news turnarounds and high-end, long-range enterprise for print and online. The director will strategize with other Visual Department leaders to chart The Post’s future in visual storytelling, with particular attention to emerging digital and mobile forms. The Post places a premium on self-starters who embrace a collaborative approach.

Required experience: leadership and coaching skills; conceptualizing of visual stories; a solid understanding of data-visualization; a good ability to explain and sell ideas
; proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; solid knowledge of 3-D rendering and interactive programs. 

Graphics is part of The Post’s Visuals Department, which also includes Design, Photography, Video and Digital. It’s a highly collaborative, high-energy group, marked by its creativity, diversity and sense of journalistic integrity. The Graphics Director should be equipped to continue the evolution of a staff rooted in great print graphics to seamlessly execute across multiple platforms. The Graphics Director reports directly to the Visuals Editor.

All inquiries should be sent to David Griffin, Shirley Carswell or Peter Perl.

News Designer

The Washington Post is looking for a news designer to join our digital design team. From conceiving blog experiences to designing Campaign 2012 pages, this person will work closely with senior designers and editors to create advanced storytelling on washingtonpost.com. Experience with information architecture and user experience is required. The successful candidate will also be a strong visual designer, and should be proficient in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. 

Our team is a highly collaborative, studio-like group of specialists that encourages idea exploration through rapid prototyping and experimentation. Our mission is to design highest-quality online and mobile news experiences that increase audience and generate conversation. The Web designer must have a high professional standard and appreciation for the visibility and impact of The Post. Journalism experience is required; a degree in design and/or journalism is preferred. Our work is challenging and rewarding, and our success is measured by the millions of people we serve each day. 

If interested, please contact Sarah Sampsel, David Griffin or Shirley Carswell by Aug. 27.


AAJA President Doris Truong’s speech at UNITY Journalists 2012 Convention opening ceremony


[Here’s looking at you, UNITY12! This is the photo I took while onstage.]

As prepared for delivery at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Aug. 1, 2012:

Good evening! I am Doris Truong, a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post and the national president of the Asian American Journalists Association.

It is an honor to lead the 31-year-old Asian American Journalists Association.

Without the existence of AAJA, editorial cartoonists might believe it’s acceptable to caricature one of their own writers as a kamikaze pilot. Radio talk show hosts might think that mocking native Mandarin speakers will go unchallenged. And, without AAJA, a generation of young Asian Americans might not have considered becoming journalists because they thought the only career paths open to them were those of doctor, lawyer or engineer.

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