Advice to college students: How to write with voice and get published

Thank you to the University of Washington Department of Communication and Prof. Sarah Stuteville for inviting me to talk to college students about writing with voice. Here is a replay of the March 10, 2015 presentation with links to all the opinion columns I mentioned.

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The winner of the #dannyis40 birthday challenge is…

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Thank you to everyone who joined the social media party to celebrate Danny O’Neil’s 40th birthday! He was completely surprised and really touched by all of your posts.

It was a tough call to pick the best out of so many posts but the grand prize package will go to Seattle Times sports columnist Larry Stone for his wit, consistency and ability to weave in the most shameful stories in Danny’s past. Larry wins a $100 gift card to 13 Coins and bragging rights. Follow him on Twitter @StoneLarry.

Thank you again to everyone for celebrating Danny’s birthday with him on social media. Relive all the tweets in this Storify:

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Danny O’Neil turns 40 today. Join the social media birthday party at #dannyis40

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Danny O’Neil, my husband and 710 ESPN Seattle on-air host, is turning 40 today, Nov. 25. Let’s bomb him on social media. And let’s make it good. The person who creates the best post will win a $100 gift card to 13 Coins. Here is how you can participate:

Text: Complete this phrase: “You know you’re 40 when… ” Post it to Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #dannyis40. (If you aren’t following him, he is on Twitter @DDMon710.)

Text + Photo: Post a photo of yourself (or a photo collage of you and Danny) to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In the status update, complete the phrase “You know you’re 40 when…” and include the hashtag #dannyis40

Video: Record a video of yourself completing the phrase “Danny, you know you’re 40 when…” Post to Facebook, Instagram, Vine or Youtube with the hashtag #dannyis40

It’s not a competition… but the creator of the best post (judged by spouse Sharon) will receive this prize package:

Danny O'Neil, my husband and 710 ESPN Seattle on-air host, is turning 40 today, Nov. 25. Let's bomb him on social media....

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Op-ed writing session at AAJA Media Institute

Thank you for joining Jeff Yang and me for the session on op-ed writing at the AAJA Media Institute in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 16, 2014.

Here is a replay of our presentation and links we referenced during the session below.

Opinion pieces mentioned in Q&A and “Op-ed Idol”:

Opinion columns about “The Mikado”:
Sharon Chan in The Seattle Times: “The yellowface of ‘The Mikado’ in your face”
Jeff Yang in CNN: “Yellowface staging of ‘Mikado’ has to end”
Angry Asian Man: “Real-life yellowface! Now playing in Seattle”

Op-ed about Amy Chua, Indian CEOs by Jennifer Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan in The Seattle Times: “Satya Nadella, ‘Triple Package,’ and the resurrection of the model minority stereotype”

Op-ed about child border crisis and Vietnamese refugees by Daniel J. Evans in The Seattle Times: “This is not America’s first immigration crisis”

Real Clear Politics article: “America is not for black people”

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Seattle Times director of journalism initiatives: A new job for me

Exciting news! I will be starting a new job at The Seattle Times this fall as director of journalism initiatives. This release has been posted at The Seattle Times company website.

For Immediate Release – August 14, 2014

Contact: Jill Mackie
206/464-2028
jmackie@seattletimes.com

The Seattle Times Names Director of Journalism Initiatives

Sharon Pian Chan has been named director of journalism initiatives for The Seattle Times.

“This new role builds on our success at developing new funding sources to expand our storytelling, commentary and community engagement beyond what we could otherwise afford,” said Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen. “As one of the country’s last independent metro dailies, we are fiercely committed to our journalism/public service mission. Anything we can do to grow nontraditional revenue to expand our journalism is of significant benefit to our community.

“As an experienced and highly regarded journalist, Sharon is the ideal fit for this new role. She already has extensive experience in the nonprofit journalism community.”

Chan will focus on funding journalism by building partnerships between The Seattle Times, nonprofits and philanthropy. This special assignment reports to the publisher. Chan will begin in October.

“This is an incredible opportunity to create new pathways for high-impact journalism,” said Chan. “I’m honored to have the chance to do that at The Seattle Times. In an era of aggregated commodity news, cat photos and what-state-are-you quizzes, this news media company is investing in journalism that matters and building the partnerships to deliver it.”

The new position builds on Chan’s community engagement work for Education Lab in 2013-14. Education Lab is a year-long partnership with the nonprofit Solutions Journalism Network, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Knight Foundation and highlights promising approaches to education’s greatest challenges. It showcases community voices online and in print, convenes community events in partnership with nonprofit groups and creates regular forums for online dialogue through live chats and Google+ Hangouts.

In creating this position, The Seattle Times is formalizing its successful efforts to develop nontraditional funding for quality, independent journalism. Examples of recent and ongoing projects that have received foundation funding include reporting on the environment – the “Sea Change” series in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, reporting on the rollout and impact of the Affordable Care Act -funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation, international reporting and commentary funded by the Seattle International Foundation, as well as the innovative Education Lab.

Currently, Chan is associate opinions editor/digital for The Seattle Times. She is responsible for guest column submissions, and oversees The Times’ innovative Education Lab opinions, newsletter and engagement efforts. She led development of The Times robust digital opinion blog, which along with the popular letters to the editor blog, Northwest Voices, has become among The Times’ most popular blogs. Chan serves as deputy editor of the editorial page and as a member of the editorial board.

Chan served as national president of the Asian American Journalists Association from 2009 to 2010, where she worked with foundations to create journalism projects to engage the Asian American community. She served as vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity alliance from 2011 to 2012.

Prior to joining the Times editorial board, Chan was a senior producer for The Seattle Times home page and mobile platforms. Chan has extensive experience as a Times news reporter, most recently covering Microsoft for the business section. She has also covered Seattle City Hall, King County and the University of Washington.

She grew up in Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree in literature from Pomona College. She lives in Seattle with her husband Danny O’Neil, an on-air radio host for 710 ESPN Seattle, formerly a Seattle Times sports reporter.

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The Seattle Times serves the Northwest with thoughtful, independent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism. As the region’s most trusted news media companies, The Seattle Times provides clarity above the information clutter, engaging readers across print and digital platforms with news, information and entertainment when and how they want it. Founded in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen and now led by the Blethen family’s fourth and fifth generations, The Seattle Times also owns and operates the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, the Yakima Herald-Republic, the Issaquah Press, the Newcastle News, the Sammamish Review and the SnoValley Star.

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Learn about opinion writing in D.C. on Aug. 15

Are you in Washington, D.C. and working on your opinion writing? Join a few opinionated writers and me for a session on Friday at 10 a.m. at the downtown Renaissance “Everybody’s Got One: How to do opinion journalism that matters in an era of digital chaos.”

I’ll be on a panel with Wall Street Journal and CNN opinion columnist Jeff Yang, Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung and Stiff Jab managing editor Anna John. This session is part of the national Asian American Journalists Association Convention.

You’ll need to register for the convention ($400 for AAJA members and $525 for non-members). Registration gets you access to two full days of workshops, a gala banquet Saturday night and 800 journalists from all over the country in print, broadcast and online media. The convention kicks off with a Wednesday night reception at 6 p.m. Here is more information about registering for the convention.

Here are details about the opinion session:

Friday, Aug. 15
10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Renaissance Hotel
Meeting Room 14
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington D.C.

It’s impossible to go anywhere online without running into someone’s opinion about a new restaurant or last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones.” In this chaos of opinion, how can you develop commentary that matters? How do you distinguish your voice and expertise on air, in print and online? Lift your work above the sea of digital noise by combining opinion and journalism. We’ll share advice on how to break into mainstream outlets such as newspapers and radio, and how to produce work that has an impact.

Jeff, Shirley, Anna and I don’t just have opinions about the world, we’ve got opinions about what makes for distinctive opinion writing in a digital world.

anna-john-headshotAnna John
Managing Editor, Stiff Jab
@suitablegirl
Anna John is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and managing editor of Stiff Jab, a boxing and MMA magazine. Her work has appeared on TheAtlantic.com, NPR, The Raw Story and The Sacramento Bee. Most recently, she was a senior reporter at WAMU/88.5 FM.

byun_leung03_inhouse.jpgShirley Leung
Business Columnist and Associate Editor, The Boston Globe
@leung
Shirley Leung is a business columnist and associate editor at The Boston Globe. Previously she served as The Globe’s business editor. A graduate of Princeton, Leung also has worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Baltimore Sun. Leung is a AAJA New England chapter board member and former president.

jeff-yang-headshotJeff Yang
Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
@originalspin
Jeff Yang is an American writer, journalist, businessman and business/media consultant who writes the “Tao Jones” column for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, he was the “Asian Pop” columnist at The San Francisco Chronicle. He has also authored books, including “Once Upon a Time in China: A Guide to the Cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China.”

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A session on how to ‘Share Your Story with Guest Opinion Columns’ in L.A. on June 21

Rachel Uranga

Rachel Uranga

On June 21, I’ll be doing a new, more in-depth kind of opinion-writing workshop with Rachel Uranga, an editorial board member for the Los Angeles News Group, at V3Con, a digital media conference organized by the L.A. chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

The session, “Share Your Story with Guest Opinion Columns,” will cover the basics of op-ed writing and pitching that I discussed in Chicago and San Francisco earlier this year. The second part of the session will be interactive and we’ll be working with participants to develop an op-ed idea to develop, write and pitch to a news publication.

If you’re a community leader, grassroots activist or a writer looking to get your work published in more places, join us at our session on Saturday, June 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

This is what attendees will get out of it:

  • A foolproof structure for op-eds
  • Ideas for different types of op-eds from nonprofit and community leaders
  • The DOs and DON’Ts of pitching to editors
  • The four most important questions to ask before writing

This is a unique opportunity to meet Rachel, who edits local op-eds, and get her personal feedback on your idea for an opinion column.

The conference starts with a Friday reception on June 20 and will feature a full-day of sessions on Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum. Check out the V3Con schedule online.

If you would like to attend the conference, the professional registration rate is $50 plus a $3.49 fee. Register online here.

On a personal note, I look forward to sinking back into the crazy soup of cultures in the Southland. I’m a Southern California native — born in L.A., grew up in Cerritos and Orange. It’s been rainy in Seattle for a week and I need to fill up on some vitamin D.

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