In Seattle media, it’s still #JournalismSoWhite: An update on the state of Seattle’s newsroom diversity

Seattle’s news publications have a diversity problem. Late last year, The Seattle Times caught hell from its readers after a story about local musician Hollis Wong-Wear’s band, The Flavr Blue, went viral. The story’s headline, “Warmth and intimacy from The Flavr Blue, with Macklemore sidekick Hollis Wong-Wear,” unfortunately undermined an otherwise thoughtful review of the […]

Welcome to a new year with SPJWash!

An introduction from Caley Cook, president, SPJ Western Washington PRO chapter: It turns out that journalism can be a lonely place. We casually know this, of course, but you can also Google “journalism + loneliness” and quotes from dozens of famous reporters will pop up. And that’s just the easy-to-find ones. It must be all those […]

A night of camaraderie and recognition at the 2016 SPJ Awards Gala

By Sara Lerner, SPJ Western WA Pro Chapter board member Last night was beautiful. Getting about 160 journalists together to meet each other, recognize one another’s hard work, and raise money to support young journalists is a gorgeous thing. We were honored to see you all there. We want to give a nod to just […]

Congratulations to this year’s Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest, for stories reported in 2015! Award recipients were announced tonight at our annual Region 10 SPJ Gala, hosted by the SPJ Western Washington Pro chapter, and all are listed below.  This SPJ Region 10 contest is the largest of its kind in the nation, with […]

Announcing the 2016 Passion Projects winner: Meryl Schenker!

  The Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington chapter is excited to announce the 2016 Passion Projects grant winner: Seattle photojournalist Meryl Schenker for her proposal “The Hidden Face of Mental Illness.” We’ll honor her and other winners of our special chapter awards at Saturday’s 2016 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala and Auction. “According to […]

Your emcees for the 2016 gala: Austin Jenkins and Sonya Green

We’re happy to announce our emcees for the June 18 awards gala, the Northwest News Network’s Austin Jenkins and KBCS’s Sonya Green. Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. […]

Gala Award winners include Kathy Best, Anna King and Seattle Globalist

The SPJ Western Washington Pro Chapter is proud to announce this year’s Gala Award winners: Kathy Best, Anna King, Kate O’Connell Walters, Casey Jaywork, Ashley Stewart, The Seattle Globalist and Andrew Wahl. These exemplary journalists are being recognized for their considerable contributions to the profession and to the public. They will be honored along with […]

Meet the 2016 SPJ Student Scholarship Winners!

A HUGE round of applause for our four fabulous SPJ Student Scholarship recipients: Julia-Grace Sanders, Starla Sampaco, Samantha Chapman and Genny Boots. You can have the pleasure of meeting the fab four in person at the SPJ Gala on June 18 at Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle. Genny Boots is a homegrown Alaskan. She just […]

SPJ members: Vote for the next SPJ Western WA Pro board!

If you’re a current SPJ member, please check your email for a link to your ballot for the next SPJ Western Washington Pro Chapter board. We’ve got 12 people running for seven seats. Two candidates are running to fill leadership positions, and 10 candidates are running to fill five open general board seats. Thanks to the incumbents […]

Tickets now available for June 18 awards gala and regional conference

Join the Western Washington Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists June 18 at the Hyatt Olive 8 as we recognize winners of the 2015 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest, gala award winners and scholarship recipients. Members from across SPJ Region 10 (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska) are encouraged to join us in […]