2011 Heartland Emmys nominations

The 2011 Heartland Emmy nominations were released earlier today. Here’s a look at local Asian-American journalists who were nominated (Names are bold and italicized). For the complete list, go to www.emmyawards.tv//share/_2011_Nominations:

Category 03A — Evening Newscast – Larger Markets
“Fourmile Fire Devastation”
KDVR – FOX31 – Denver
Jonathan Stone, Executive Producer
Frances Algeo, Producer
Brian Tetzler, Producer
Libby Weaver, Anchor
Deborah Takahara, Anchor
Chris Nagel, Sports Director
Dave Fraser, Chief Meteorologist

Category 5 — Breaking News
“Fourmile Canyon Wildfire”
KUSA — Denver
Adele Arakawa, Reporter
Mark Koebrich, Producer

Category 15A — Specialty Assignment Report – News Single Story
“Food From Scratch”
KUSA — Denver
Nelson Garcia, Producer
Byron Reed, Photojournalist

Category 16D — Sports – One-Time Special
“Behind the Wheel: Colorado’s Passion for Speed”
KUSA-TV, 9News — Denver
Adele Arakawa, Producer/Writer/Talent
Christy Tetzler, Producer, writer and director

Category 23B — Public/Current/Community Affairs Feature/Segment
“Have You Been Tested?”
Takeda Entertainment, Inc. — Denver
Scott Takeda, Director
Ben McCoy, Director of Photography
Brock Sherman, Co-Director/Art Director
Dawn Martin, Executive Producer
Cynthia Aadal, Co-Executive Producer
Yvette Manculich, Production Manager

Category 39A — Anchor – News
“Adele Arakawa – Compilation”
KUSA-TV, 9News — Denver
Adele Arakawa, Anchor


Denver chapter of AAJA to host Asian Community Media Training Workshop

Learn from members of the media on how get the word out about your community’s or organization’s event, or your group’s performance!

Who: Denver chapter of Asian American Journalists Association
What: Asian Community Media Training for leaders within the local Asian and Asian communities, as well as performers and leaders within groups and organizations interested in media outreach
Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Where: 9News Training Room, 500 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80203
How Much: Early bird price is $25 per person; $35 after April 30
Contact: AAJA Denver Vice President Joe Nguyen, joe@asiaxpress.com, 303-378-9832



Asians are often under-represented in the mainstream media, unless there’s a story about a tragedy (like currently in Japan), a gang-related crime, or a stereotypical story about model-minority Asian students getting straight A’s. If you’ve ever wondered how to get your community’s news on the air, or reported in the newspapers, here’s your chance to learn from the pros: Professionals who work in television stations and newspapers.

Join members of AAJA Denver, the Association of Asian American Journalists, as we offer an introduction to reaching out and creating relationships with the local media outside your communities.

The Asian Community Media Workshop will be designed to help you get the word out about your community, event or performance.

We’ll help you understand how the media work, how to tell if you have a good story, and how to write a press release that grabs the attention of a reporter, editor or assignment desk. There will be hands-on breakout sessions so you can have your own press releases critiqued in one session, or get help putting together a press release in another. You’ll learn how you need to adjust your approach if you’re contacting TV instead of print media.

AAJA Denver’s Asian Community Media Training will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21 at 9News, 500 Speer Blvd. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Space is limited but you can reserve your attendance at http://bit.ly/media-training. Send in your check before April 30 and take advantage of our Early Bird special, $25. The fee will be $35 after April 30 and at the door. Contact Joe Nguyen, joe@asiaxpress.com, 303-378-9832 for more information.

This workshop is sponsored by AAJA Denver, 9News and the Asian Chamber of Commerce.


AAJA Denver members find new jobs

Congratulations to our members who are starting new jobs!

Audra Ensign
Audra now works at High Noon Productions. She had previously worked as a reporter at KWGN and attended Colorado State University.

Brandon Iwamoto
Brandon is the new photographer at the Farmington Daily-Times in Farmington, N.M. He had previously attended Colorado State University.

Joe Nguyen
Joe is a new community journalist at Your Hub. He had previously worked at The Aurora Sentinel and attended Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Denver becomes 21st AAJA chapter

LOS ANGELES – The Asian American Journalists Association board of directors voted unanimously to approve Denver as its 21st chapter on Aug. 8 during the organization’s annual convention at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

“We just added another star to the flag,” AAJA National President Sharon Chan wrote on her Twitter feed.

Photos from AAJA and CABJ’s ‘Women of Color in Broadcast Journalism’ panel

Check out more photos from AAJA and CABJ’s “Women of Color in Broadcast Journalism” panel on March 20, 2010 at the 9News community room in Denver.

AAJA-Denver meeting/mixer on May 21

Come join AAJA-Denver for our next meeting/mixer.

Place: Katie Mullen’s
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202
Date: Friday, May 21
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Price of your own food and drinks.

For more information, e-mail aajadenver@gmail.com.