AALDEF Launches New Web Campaign on Facebook and YouTube; the Multilingual Voter Hotline is 800-966-5946.
(New York City) The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 34-year old national civil rights organization, announced details of its Asian American Election Protection Project and nonpartisan multilingual exit poll for the November 4, 2008 elections. Attorneys, law students, and community volunteers will cover 200 poll sites in 11 states with these characteristics: 1) areas with a surge in newly-registered Asian American voters; 2) jurisdictions in which Asian-language assistance is provided; or 3) polling places where Asian Americans have reported voting barriers or intimidation in recent elections.
Margaret Fung, AALDEF executive director, said: "We want to ensure that all eligible Asian Americans can participate in the electoral process and have their votes counted in this critical Presidential election." She said that AALDEF plans to poll 15,000 Asian American voters on Election Day in 11 states with large Asian American populations: New York, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.
AALDEF will monitor 200 poll sites for compliance with the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act. Volunteer attorneys check to see whether Asian-language voting assistance is provided (such as ballots, interpreters, signs and voting materials), whether...
Want a job in Journalism? Invaluable tips from Ernest R. Sotomayor, Director of Career Services at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan, Dean of Students, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism shares an online chat with Ernest R. Sotomayor, Director of Career Services and Assistant Dean of Students Melanie Huff addressing job hunting at the J-school and more.
Ernest Sotomayor, who joined the J-school in Jan. 2005, was a long-time editor at Newsday and served as president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, the most influential organization of minority journalists in the the U.S. A widely respected veteran newspaper professional, his insights and extensive contacts provide Columbia students with an important advantage in their job hunts. He heads a three-person Career Services office.
Sree Sreenivasan: Good afternoon (good morning, good night, etc). Its 1:03 pm, Columbia time. If I or Mr. Sotomayor use at the end of one of our messages, that means theres more to come. If we put a period, we are done, and ready for you
Sree Sreenivasan: This is the fifth such session and we are very excited to have Mr. Ernest Sotomayor join us. He will address various Career Services related questions.
Ernest Sotomayor : Welcome to all of you, on behalf of me and our Deputy Director of Career Services, Julie Hartenstein. Many thanks for your participation.
Some opening thoughts: Your time at Columbia will be enormously fulfilling and is intended to prepare you...
Note: July 29, 2017
Journalist Ann Curry's comments back in 2013 are as current and urgent as ever.
If anything, journalists are being challenged now more than ever.
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Veteran broadcast journalist Ann Curry inspired and encouraged journalists to 'hang on.' She says while there is strain in the journalism industry there will also be opportuniity.
The NBC network television reporter, anchor and international correspondent was the keynote presenter at the closing night gala of the Asian American Journalist Association's 23rd annual convention in New York City August 24, 2013.
The seven-time Emmy award-winner, wife and mother of two opened the gala with her passionate commentary about the state of journalism.
WPIX-TV's Arthur Chi'en introduced her to the audience. Here are excerpts of Curry's remarks (with more coverage of the convention to be posted soon):
Arthur: Let's get right into it. What is the state of journalism?Ann: I think journalism is in a very interesting state of change. I say interesting because there is strain, and there is also opportunity. People are very concerned about the future of journalism and yet did you know that enrollment in journalism schools is up? So there is this kind of awareness that there's an opportunity ahead. Curry acknowledged the struggles of the journalism industry but said, "Rather than be afraid and close...
October 12, 2011:
Peace Boat will be holding a special event on October 13, reporting and looking back on the activities in the 200 days since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and announcing the launch of the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Leader Training Programme. This programme will train people in disaster relief skills to ensure that the effects of future disasters can be mitigated. Please join us to learn about our work, our future goals, and to connect with other Peace Boat supporters. For more information on this event and about Peace Boat click here.
August 18, 2011:
Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami created huge Icebergs in Antarctica.
Satellite image evidence show icebergs broke off in Antarctica, collectively the size of 50 square miles approximately, or two times the surface size of Manhattan, in about 18 hours from the time the initial Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit 8,000 miles away in Japan on March 11, 2011.
The findings were published online in the Journal of Glaciology. It is the first known direct observation of a connection between tsunamis and icebergs. Click here for the story on the NASA website, and to view the multimedia satellite images taken by the European Space Agency/Envisat, MODIS Rapid Response/NASA, and NASA/Goddard.
July 10, 2011:
A major earthquake with the magnitude of 7.1 has hit off Japan's northeastern coast Sunday July 10, 2011. The U.S. Geological...
As violence is escalating against journalists working in war-torn countries, low profile or nearly invisible still and video cameras, and content capture and distribution technologies are becoming necessary survival gear.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has reported an unprecedented number of casualties: eleven journalists have been killed this year worldwide, eight of the eleven in the Middle East, one in Vietnam, one in the Philippines, and one in Mexico. CPF reports that there have been more than 300 attacks on journalists covering the recent political unrest in the Middle East.
CNN's Anderson Cooper and his camera crew were attacked by pro-government supporters on February 2, 2011 in Cairo while covering the Egyptian conflict. A video shot by Cooper for CNN's AC360 can be seen on this link. Cooper was able to keep his small Flip video camera recording, as he was escaping from his attackers. While Cooper was able to broadcast his reports and fly back to New York, many other journalists have not been as lucky. Some have been jailed, brutally beaten, stabbed or shot, their equipment destroyed, or worse - killed.
The large, conspicuous shoulder mounted video cameras have quickly been replaced by low profile gear such as the miniature Flip video cameras. Laptops are being replaced in the field by iPhones and other cell phones which can transmit still images, audio and video, and update blogs, Twitter and Facebook accounts.