Join AAJA for BlogTalkRadio Shows in May

Besides featuring notable AAJA members during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, AAJA plans a series of BlogTalkRadio Q&A sessions highlighting topics of interest to the journalism community.

The BTR series will be on Mondays at various times:

For the full schedule of AAJA’s upcoming BTR sessions (and to find previous programs), go to

Join AAJA every day in May to learn more about our organization’s outstanding journalists and to broaden your knowledge of the journalism industry.

See below for more information about our BTR lineup and the featured guests:

May 7, 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific (#AAJArecruit)

“Standing Out in a Crowded Field of Job Candidates”Brooke Camp of CNN and Lars Schmidt of NPR will offer expert advice on what grabs recruiters’ attention. They will talk about how to keep your skills and portfolio fresh after layoffs/buyouts, and they will discuss how to make your next move.

Brooke Camp is a Senior Recruiter for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. She works with CNN executives and manages strategic efforts to recruit top talent for mid- to senior-level editorial positions within CNN prime time, DC Political and truTV production. As an ambassador of CNN’s Diversity Council, she actively mentors students in journalism workshops and participates in CNN’s community efforts. She is Vice President of Broadcast for the New York chapter of AAJA and will co-chair AAJA’s 2013 national convention in New York City. Brooke has a BS in communications-productions from the University of Florida. She is on Twitter at @BCeenbyme.

Lars Schmidt is the Director of Talent Acquisition at NPR, where he is responsible for providing leadership and advocacy for talent acquisition strategies that align with NPR’s strategic mission and core values. Prior to NPR, Lars was the VP, Human Resources with Ticketmaster where he spent seven-plus years leading global talent initiatives. Lars has more than 14 years of recruiting and human resources experience across a broad range of industries including technology, web, media, nonprofit, e-commerce and consulting. He is on Twitter at @ThisIsLars.

May 14, 11 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific (#AAJAbooks)

“Getting a Book Deal, Then Marketing Yourself”Journalist-cookbook author Anupy Singla and mystery writer Ed Lin will provide tips on how to become a successful self-promoter once you have your publishing contract. Topics will include ways to get a publishing house to see the value of your proposal as well as whether you need an agent.

Anupy Singla is an award-winning journalist turned foodie turned author. Her first cookbook, “The Indian Slow Cooker,” has been the No. 1 Indian cookbook on Amazon since its release in September 2010. Her second book, “Vegan Indian Cooking,” will be released in July 2012. It was her passion for good, healthy food, that convinced Anupy to leave daily television reporting to teach her young girls how to appreciate and eat good Indian food – much as her mother had done for her through the years. Her quest to cook every Indian recipe she grew up with and her girls’ reaction to it is a real-life experiment that she blogs about on Anupy is a member of AAJA-Chicago, and she is on Twitter at @indianapplepie.

Ed Lin is the author of several books: “Waylaid” and “This Is a Bust” were both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively, and both won the Members’ Choice Awards in the Asian American Literary Awards. His third book, “Snakes Can’t Run,” was published by Minotaur Books in April 2010 and also won an Asian American Literary Award. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. His latest book, “One Red Bastard,” was published by Minotaur in April 2012. Ed is a member of AAJA-New York, and he is on Twitter at @robertchow.

May 21, 1:30 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Pacific (#AAJAESPN)

“Diversity for the Worldwide Leader in Sports”ESPN Senior Vice President Rob King will be on the line to offer his perspective as a top-level manager for a worldwide company — how diversity among athletes is being reflected in the newsroom, and how sports journalism is evolving in the 24/7 news cycle. Sportscaster Howard Chen will moderate the discussion.

Rob King was named SVP, Editorial, ESPN Digital and Print Media in May of 2011. He is responsible for supervision of all content and the overall editorial direction for the leading portfolio of digital sports properties, including all text, audio, video and multimedia content. He also oversees the management of the award-winning team of more than 400 editors, writers and designers across and its network of related sites, ESPN the Magazine and ESPN’s Mobile Web products. Rob previously served as vice president and Editor In Chief of since June 2007. He began his career in the newspaper business after receiving a BA in English from Wesleyan University in 1984. He is on Twitter at @ESPN_RobKing.

Canadian-born, Texas-raised and Syracuse-schooled, Howard Chen realized at an early age that he had more the physique of a sports broadcaster than an NFL athlete. He’s been chasing his sportscasting dream ever since that time. For the last seven years, Chen worked in the sports department for WUPW-TV FOX Toledo and spent the last four years as the station’s Sports Director. Before that, he spent 2.5 years at WHIZ-TV NBC in Zanesville, Ohio. Chen is co-president of AAJA-Michigan and is on Twitter at @ho_chen.

May 29, 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific (#AAJAstepup)

“Maximizing Your AAJA Membership”You’ve made it through college and locked down a full-time job. Now you’re looking to get the most out of being an AAJA member. Hear from young AAJA leaders who have stepped up to lead locally and nationally. AAJA-Seattle President Sona Patel, AAJA-Seattle VP-Events Lauren Rabaino and Asian American Small-Market Broadcast Journalists Co-Chair Archith Seshadri will offer tips and advice.

Sona Patel is a producer for social media at the Seattle Times. She joined the Times in November 2009 and was part of the team that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Patel had been a reporter and Web producer for the Tribune, a 40,000-daily circulation McClatchy newspaper in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She has been awarded fellowships for the 2011 Kiplinger Program for Social Media, the 2011 Maynard Multimedia Editing Program and the 2009 Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia Training for Journalists. She has been president of the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association since January 2012, and she is on Twitter at @sona.

Native Californian Lauren Rabaino is an associate producer at the Seattle Times and a blogger at 10,000 Words. She previously worked with journalism start-ups Publish2 and She is on Twitter at @laurenrabaino.



Archith Seshadri joined WJBF-TV in Augusta, Ga., in May 2010 as a digital journalist/reporter. He was promoted to weekend anchor/digital journalist in April 2012. Seshadri graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and a master’s in industrial engineering. He spent six years as a business consultant at Accenture before shifting gears to journalism. He is on Twitter at @archithseshadri.