EVENT: How to Make It as a Freelancer

No full-time job? No problem. At next month’s AAJA Philly event, learn from AAJA members and other local journalists who are making a living freelancing. Their stories, videos and photos have been published in outlets like The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, NPR, Philadelphia Magazine, and WHYY. In this panel discussion, we’ll go over how to get your start, how to pitch and how to make sure you get paid. Coffee and donuts will be served.

When: 3 to 5 PM, Sunday, April 19
Where: Temple University, in Annenberg Hall, basement, room 3 (on 13th Street, between Norris and Diamond)
Cost: Free for chapter members, $3-5 donations for public
RSVP: By Friday, April 10 to aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com.

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John Curley Scholarship Fund

The AAJA National Convention in San Francisco — from August 12 to 15 this year — will be a wonderful opportunity to network with other journalists from around the country, to participate in panel discussions with seasoned journalists, and to attend a career fair and résumé critique sessions.

For the sixth year in a row, AAJA-Philadelphia will be offering the John Curley Scholarship. This year, we will offer one scholarship, to help pay the expenses for one member to go to the annual convention.

Our ability to do so comes from the kind generosity of our donor, John Curley, the former president, chairman and CEO of the Gannett company, who has been a strong supporter of the Philadelphia chapter of AAJA. Continue reading

Mentor of the Month: Alex Lewis

Instead of a traditional paired mentor-mentee program this year, we are featuring monthly Q&A’s with mentors about how they broke into journalism, what their day is like, and any advice they have for young journalists. From there, students or anyone else (“mentees”) can email the mentors with any questions or set up informational interviews.

Our second Mentor of the Month is Alex Lewis (@alexjrlewis), an independent radio producer who has worked on stories for Marketplace, All Things Considered, and NewsWorks. Ask him anything via alexjrlewis@gmail.com.

Q: What is your current position, and how long have you been working there?

I’m an independent radio producer based here in Philadelphia. Currently, I work part-time as a producer at WHYY, produce several podcasts, make freelance public radio stories, and I’m helping to start a youth radio station at a local non-profit. So, depending on how you look at it, you could say I work for myself or that I work for a bunch of different organizations.  I’ve been a full-time freelancer since June 2013. Continue reading

Mentor of the Month: Romy Varghese

RomyInstead of a traditional paired mentor-mentee program this year, we are featuring monthly Q&A’s with mentors about how they broke into journalism, what their day is like, and any advice they have for young journalists. From there, students or anyone else (“mentees”) can email the mentors with any questions or set up informational interviews.

Our first Mentor of the Month is Romy Varghese (@romyvarghese) of Bloomberg News. Ask her anything via romyvarghese@gmail.com.

Q: What is your current position/outlet? How long have you been working there?

I’m the Pennsylvania correspondent for Bloomberg News, focusing on financial and political topics. As part of a national team, I help cover breaking news and municipal bond stories. I started at Bloomberg in 2011. Continue reading

Drew Lazor and Neal Santos on Filipino food, journalism and embarrassing moments in their careers

(Photo by Stephen Jiwanmall)

Last spring, we got journalists Neal Santos and Drew Lazor in a room to talk about how they got their start, their favorite projects and, duh, their most embarrassing (career) moments.

Below, find highlights from the talk, moderated by AAJA board members Yowei Shaw and Juliana Reyes, or listen to the conversation in full.

Big thanks to our sponsors: Cambodian dessert company Koliyan Philly, Yards Brewing Company and The Headroom Philadelphia for the recording equipment (and hat-tip to audio producer Jeff Towne for helping us record the conversation). Continue reading

WINNER: Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship Awarded

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Congratulations to AAJA-Philadelphia’s 2014 Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship winner, Marianna Sann, a freshman at Temple University!

Marianna, who lives in South Philadelphia, is the first in her family to attend college. Her grandparents and father came to this country after escaping the Cambodian genocide in 1975. She has been an advocate and member of Boat People SOS and aspires to be a broadcast journalist. Continue reading

EVENT: Holiday Dinner (Sunday, Dec. 7)

Come out and celebrate the end of the year with AAJA-Philadelphia at our holiday dinner get-together!
When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7
Where: Tai Lake Restaurant, 134 N. 10th Street (between Race and Arch streets), Philadelphia’s Chinatown
What: A casual, dinner get-together so we can socialize, meet new members and catch up with old pals.
RSVP: By Thursday, Dec. 4, to aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com
(Each person will pay for his/her own meal. Reservation is under “Julie.”)