Thanks to AAJA Seattle member Caroline Li, who publishes earthwalkersmag.com, for coordinating this year’s Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship program. Meet this year’s award recipients!
Peter is a business and journalism major at Edmonds Community College and is the current editor in chief at the Triton Review, his campus newspaper. He says, â€œAs a journalist of color, last year I thought it was important to report from a different perspective, especially writing about those of us of mixed heritage and how we feel trapped in the middle. Now as the editor in chief, I encourage the reporters to report on their own ethnic perspectives. Diversity now has a voice on campus.â€
Peter is also part of the Washington National Guard and recently transferred to a public affairs unit, which specialized in journalism. Through that program, he will be trained in broadcast journalism. He says, â€œ I am not young and idealistic, yet I am excited to see the direction journalism will take in the coming years and I look forward to being a part of it.â€
One of our scholarship judges said, â€œ Peter is doing something different by going into journalism via the military route. He is also running a paper and taken it to the next level.
Martha Flores Perez
Martha is an English and Spanish and Latin American Studies major at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. Sheâ€™s been a teacher and mentor to the local community youth through various programs that she is involved with. She says, â€œOne of my goals is to work for a bilingual publication, whether it is a newspaper, online media or literary magazineâ€¦My experiences as an immigrant, as my familyâ€™s translator and with struggles to continue with my education have taught me about social injustices that often go unreported in the mainstream media.â€
One of our scholarship judges said, â€œMartha shows a lot of initiative by her intern work and going to UNITY. She obviously has a drive. Sheâ€™s going to be a reporter whether or not she gets this scholarship.â€
Kassiopia is journalism major at Seattle University. Sheâ€™s also a volunteer writer at the Spectator, Seattle Uâ€™s campus newspaper and a current intern at the Seattle Weekly. Last summer she participated in a study abroad program to India called, Mass Media in modern India, where she was able to interview the local journalists there.
She says, â€œ Committing to a career in journalism means falling in love and staying in love. You are your craftâ€¦I hope that with my hard work and dedication, I can inspire women of all backgrounds and show them that money should never be a determining factor when it comes to their own future.â€
One of our scholarship judges said, â€œKassiopa has both experiences as a writer and a blogger. She knows what students need to succeed in todayâ€™s journalism world.â€
Ilona is a senior at Sammamish High School in Bellevue and plans to attend the University of Washington next year.
She says, â€œI am fascinated with the unknown and unfamiliar; I crave the smells and sounds of distant countries, the sights of novel faces and metropolises. I welcome culture shock- I need it.â€
One of our judges said, â€œIlona has strong opinions and huge potential.â€