The Next Step: Panel Discussion and Mentoring For Aspiring Professional Writers & Journalists

Looking for advice and inspiration as you take the next step toward your goal of a career in writing, journalism, or communications? The Asian American Journalists Association Seattle, Northwest Science Writers, and the Seattle Association of Black Journalists are organizing a virtual mentoring event. Meet experts who work in various fields, from broadcast to print and online. There will be a panel discussion and Q and A, followed by discussion in breakout rooms.

This free virtual (and interactive!) student-focused career event is sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association Seattle, Northwest Science Writers Association, and the Seattle Association of Black Journalists.

When: Saturday, January 30, 2 to 4 p.m. PT.

Where: Virtual meeting. A link will be sent to all who have registered for the event.

Register: Advanced online registration is required. When you register, please indicate which field you are interested in by picking two different fields. This will be the two breakout sessions that you’ll join during the event.

We’ll start off with a panel of people working in five different areas. Then we’ll open up breakout session where students can chat with journalists and communication professionals in a variety of fields.

Panel presenters:

Corinne Chin, Visual Journalist, The Seattle Times

Andrew Hammond, Sports Reporter, Tacoma News Tribune

Naomi Ishisaka, Assistant Managing Editor / Social Justice Columnist, The Seattle Times

Sarah E. McQuate, Science Writer and Public Information Officer, University of Washington

Essex Porter, Government and Politics Reporter, KIRO 7

Break out sessions by field and mentors,

Broadcast (television, radio, podcast)

* Essex Porter (KIRO7)

* Florangela Davila (KNKX)

* Lori Matsukawa (formerly at King 5)

* Kevin P. Henry (KBCS)

* Ryan Yamamoto (KOMO)

* Jenny Asarnow (formerly KUOW)

Visual (photographers, videographers, illustrators)

* Emily Eng (Seattle Times)

* David Ryder (Freelance)

* Erika Schultz (Seattle Times)

* Corinne Chin (Seattle Times)

Media and communications

* Sarah E. McQuate (University of Washington)

* Peter Sessum (Writer and former military PIO)

* Molly McElroy (Fred Hutch)

* Rachel Tompa (Allen Institute)

* Keith Seinfeld (Public Health – Seattle & King County)

Newsprint (newspapers, magazines)

* Hannah Weinberger (Crosscut)

* Andrew Hammond (Tacoma News Tribune)

* Mark Harris (IEEE Spectrum, The Guardian)

* Ashley Braun (Freelance/Hakai Magazine, Science News, DeSmog)

* Wayt Gibbs (Writing/editing/consulting for Scientific American, Anthropocene, IEEE Spectrum, Spectrum News)

* Anika Varty (Seattle Times)

Alternative communications careers in nonprofits or corporations

* Cameron Stahl (Castor)

* Chris Tachibana (Health Services Research)

* Dhiya Gerber (Microsoft)

* John Roach (Microsoft, Freelance)


* Eric Scigliano, author of The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World and others)

* Steve Olson, author of The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age, and others)

* David Williams, author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City and others)

*Reagan E. Jackson, author of Still Here: A Southend Mixtape from an Unexpected Journalist

*Lola E. Peters, author of The Truth About White People

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