AAJA-SF Student Scholarship Winners

The AAJA San Francisco Bay Area chapter announced the recipients of its 2008 student scholarships. AAJA San Francisco extends many thanks to our scholarship judges this year:  Jon Kawamoto, editor of the Piedmonter and Montclarion; Laura Oda, chief photographer at the Oakland Tribune; Harry Mok, online producer at Bay Area News Group-East Bay and Editor in Chief of Hyphen Magazine; and Randall Yip, a senior producer at KGO-TV/ABC7 News. The chapter also would like to thank KGO for hosting the judging panel for the second year in a row.

SONIA NARANG – Sonia has been awarded the chapter’s highest honor, the Ken Wong Memorial Scholarship, for her work in multimedia and print. She graduated from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in May and is working as a business reporting intern at the San Jose Mercury News this summer. In fall, she will start her job as a television news associate at NBC in New York City. Her award is $3,500.

ALANA GOMEZ DONG – Judges awarded Alana $1,500 and the Willie Kee Memorial Scholarship, given to the most promising broadcast or photojournalism student. Alana recently graduated from Stanford University, where she helped create a school television news program from scratch. She writes for NBC11 in San Jose and also has completed multimedia projects for the station.

MARNETTE FEDERIS – Marnette, a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, has won a $1,500 award.  This summer she is working at the Thomson Reuters Philippines bureau and will return to finish her masters degree in fall with an emphasis on multimedia. Prior to graduate school, she wrote for Roll Call, a premiere political reporting site.

GERRY SHIH – Judges awarded Gerry $1,500. This summer he is working with the Associated Press in Asia. In fall he will return to finish his senior year at Stanford University where he is majoring in economics. He took a year off from school this past year to work at the Cox Washington D.C. news bureau.


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