Portland AAJA’s Bill Church named McGruder diversity leadership winner

Portland AAJA gold member Bill Church, executive editor of the Statesman Journal, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership.
The leadership awards were given at the recent Associated Press Managing Editors conference Oct. 20-22 at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Both Bill and Arizona Republic editor and vice president Randy Lovely were award recipients.
Congratulations to Bill and his commitment to AAJA and diversity! Portland AAJA is so proud.

Ruth Liao

More information from the APME news release:

The awards are given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, a graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.


Church’s nominating letter said, “It is understood that newspapers in general have struggled to reset themselves in this unsettled climate. The economy and changing digital audience have forced newsrooms to downsize and rethink their operations.Yet, despite these challenges, Bill has maintained a Braveheart-like pursuit of ensuring our staff is diverse, developing our talented journalists of colors and being vigilant in growing the Statesman Journal’s relevance for readers of all backgrounds.”

Church became executive editor of the Statesman Journal in June 2006 after serving in the same role at the Star-Gazette at Elmira, N.Y. Prior to working in Elmira, he was managing editor of the Palladium-Item at Richmond, Ind.

Church started his career in 1981 as sports editor and managing editor of Review News Co., in Oklahoma City. He joined Gannett in 1990 as local news coordinator of the Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald. He was named managing editor of the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer in 1992 and managing editor at Richmond in 1998.

Location change for Sept. 21 membership meeting

The next Portland AAJA membership meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Asian Reporter Newspaper, 922 N Killingsworth Street, Suite 1A (Thanks, Jason Lim, for stepping in to host!)

What we’ll discuss: LA convention recap and our next holiday fundraiser on Dec. 2, a joint effort with the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. Also joining us will be guest Bill Lascher with Oregon News Incubator.

Power of One updates

Way to go Elizabeth Suh and Shanna Mendiola for their awesome fundraising efforts as part of the Power of One campaign! The Power of One directly benefits AAJA professional and student programs such as J Camp, Executive Leadership Program and Voices.
Thanks so much to our contributors!
Plus, the Portland chapter received a portion of donations and membership renewals – wahoo!!!

Other notable convention highlights for the Portland chapter:
-Chapter member Maya Blackmun was honored for her efforts as interim executive director in 2009 during the convention banquet.
-Chapter member Stacy Austin received the Stanford Chen internship grant. The late Stanford Chen was one of the founding members of the Portland chapter.

-Chapter member Bill Church, executive editor of the Statesman Journal, was a panel speaker on digital watchdog journalism during the convention.

Meet our Stanford Chen internship stipend recipient

Portland AAJA member Stacy Austin is this year’s Stanford Chen internship stipend recipient.
Stacy used the stipend this summer as a web intern with Portland Monthly. Stacy worked on the website, uploading web-only content, such as blogs, videos, audio and photos.
Stacy currently is in Busan, South Korea and hopes to work on her master’s thesis and graduate with a Masters in Communication from Portland State University by June 2011.
Her thesis currently concentrates on Korean Americans’ experiences in South Korea.

Apply now for the Portland AAJA internship stipend!

The AAJA Portland chapter is offering a $2,000 stipend to fund an academic intern working at an Oregon media outlet this fall semester.
The stipend is designed to offset costs of required college credit or housing and transportation needs. Any student must first secure an internship with an Oregon media outlet before applying for this stipend. Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs are eligible; recent college graduates may be considered.
The intern must meet AAJA’s goal of increasing diversity in newsrooms. AAJA Portland strongly encourages any student interested in applying for the stipend to become an AAJA member.
Applicants must submit name, resume, internship supervisor at media outlet and an essay (500 words) on the importance of diversity in the media.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 15. E-mail portland.aaja@gmail.com.

Volunteer opportunity: just one hour of your time!

The national office is setting up a phone bank during the convention to call lapsed members and folks who are not attending the convention for the Power of One fundraising campaign.

Here’s the best part:
Members who secure donations (not pledges) will get to have 25 percent of those donations go toward their chapters, plus if they get a new member (or lapsed member) to join, the chapter will get its dues share.
Even if you won’t be at the convention, YOU CAN STILL HELP. Wherever you are, you can dial up folks and ask them to contribute.  National will provide phone lists and scripts. All you need to do is donate the time and your phone. You can even do this in your pj’s.
Please sign up for a shift! You can e-mail candaceheckman@gmail.com and please cc’ portland.aaja@gmail.com so we know that Portland is being represented.
Here are the shifts:
Thursday & Friday, Aug. 5 and 6
11:00am -12pm

Funds for Portland AAJA go toward student internship stipends, travel stipends for professionals and other outreach events. Every bit of help counts!

Angie Chuang workshops in Portland July 5,6

Angie Chuang, former AAJA-Portland officer and Oregonian reporter on ethnic communities, is putting on two really cool-looking workshops in Portland July 5 and 6.

AAJA-Portland is co-sponsoring along with the primary sponsor, APANO, and several other orgs.
Info below. Flyer is attached. Please post and circulate to your networks!!

We hope to get together with Angie for drinks while she’s here, too!
-Elizabeth Suh
AAJA-Portland treasurer
Passive No More!  Oregon’s New Asian Pacific Identity | FREE
Monday, July 5 6:00-8:00 PM
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association 318 NW Davis 3rd floor, Portland OR 97209

Oregon and Portland have very unique and diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  How have things changed over the last decade, and where is it going in the future?  What is the identity of Oregon’s API community, how is it unique, and how can we leverage that to create the best possible community?   Join former Oregonian reporter and American University Professor of Journalism Angie Chuang and APANO Coordinator Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons for a sharing of perspectives on how the Asian Pacific Islander community came to be, what we can learn from that, and where it might be going.   Panelists include Ronault LS Catalani, Office of New Portlanders, Bill Chin, Oregon Commission on Asian Affairs and Lewis & Clark Law School and Jane Mauk, NW Korean Culture Society.


Writing Social Justice – $10


Tuesday, July 6, 2010


9:00am – 12:00pm



922 N Killingsworth Ave 2H

Portland, OR

Cost: $10

Register here. Space limited to 15 participants.

Whether you’re writing a ten-page grant proposal, a one-page press release, or a 140-character entry for your organization’s Twitter feed, words matter — but probably not in the way you think. This workshop is not about vocabulary, grammar, persuasion, or spin. Since the beginning of time, stories have been what move people. We’ll read, write, and workshop forms of writing ranging from poetry to explanatory prose to tweets to find how each can be a form of storytelling that helps compel people to our causes. This workshop is open to the public, and designed for nonprofit staff and leaders.

Angie Chuang (MA Stanford University) brings to the classroom her experience developing one of the first regional newspaper race and ethnicity issues beats. In spring 2008, she developed a new class called Race, Ethnic and Community Reporting. Chuang joined the school of communications in 2007 after a 13-year career as a reporter at The Oregonian, The Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times. She has won many national and regional awards, including one from the Columbia University School of Journalism Workshop on Journalism, Race & Ethnicity.

Asian Game Night on Saturday, May 22

Come join us for AAJA’s Asian Game Night at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 22! The festivities will be held at Elizabeth Suh’s house (thanks, Elizabeth!) at 5255 NE 21st Ave between Alberta and Killingsworth

You can try your hand at games like Mahjong, “yoot-no-ri” from Korea, and, of course, the ultimate Asian sport: karaoke. We’ll also have a raffle with fabulous prizes and a delicious spread of Korean, Chinese, and Filipino food.

A $5-10 suggested donation will help benefit AAJA-Portland, funding student scholarships and member programming.

Please bring friends, family, and anyone else who’s interested in a night of friendly games, food, drinks, and good company!