SPJ/LA Hosts Video Editing Workshop

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is hosting a free, hands-on workshop aimed at news professionals with zero experience in video editing. You’ll sit at a Mac and use iMovie to create those lively, short, snackable videos popular on AJ+, NowThis, ATTN: and other social-media-driven news organizations.

Video clips, still photos, music and other assets will be provided, though feel free to bring your own loaded onto an iPhone. Some experience on a Mac would be helpful but is not mandatory.

WHAT:
Video editing workshop that will teach you how to:
— Import video and still photos into iMovie
— Edit video clips and crop photos
— Place video and photos into a “timeline”
— Use transitions, including a dissolve, blur and spin-in (in which a photo tumbles into view)
— Add the “Ken Burns Effect” panning and zooming into photos
— Make titles
— Put music in the background
— Store your video and get it onto Facebook or YouTube

By the end, you should be able to create your own video that looks something like this:http://bit.ly/1RWxACQ

The workshop will be led by Michael Fleeman, an associate board member and managing editor-digital for Connection III Entertainment, which produces videos for its Made in Hollywood brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube andwww.MadeinHollywood.tv.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 11
9 a.m. to noon

WHERE:
Cal State Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91311
In a Mac computer lab on west side of campus (exact location given when you RSVP)

COST:
Free for workshop; $6 parking fee

PARKING:
Go to the Information Booth #2 on Prairie Street to purchase a $6 parking pass. If the booth is closed, buy a pass from a machine on the ground floor of parking structure B3. Park in B3 and walk five minutes to the building.

RSVP:
Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com
Space is limited.

CONTACT:
Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com

Keith Goldstein, former SPJ/LA distinguished journalist awardee, dead at 61

Keith Goldstein, KCSN news director for nearly 30 years and SPJ/LA 2015 Distinguished Journalist, died Wednesday, May 18, at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. Memorial services are pending.

Goldstein’s industry and educational leadership dates to 1987, when he joined California State University, Northridge. He had been hospitalized in Intensive Care for more than two weeks, suffering from complications of influenza. He was 61.

His daughter, Katy Goldstein, who lives near Sacramento, had spent much of that time with him. She said he was buoyed by the visits, cards and other well wishes sent by CSUN faculty, staff, friends and his broadcast students.

Ms. Goldstein was especially glad that her dad had been honored in a March 2015 ceremony for his extensive contributions to journalism education. Goldstein was among five Southern California journalists recognized for lifetime achievement by the Greater Los Angeles professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Goldstein often referred to himself as an “old-school journalist.” And, he devoted his life to teaching CSUN journalism students the all-important foundational skills needed in the workplace. Under his guidance, student journalists amassed more than 450 awards. His students picked up several more awards in April at SPJ’s Region 11 conference in Phoenix, including sweeping the Radio Sports Reporting category.

Many of his former students can be heard on local/regional broadcast outlets and include those who also teach or have taught in our program. Students and alumni have taken to social media to pay tribute to their professor/mentor.

“He made waking up at 3 a.m. worth it because the passion for his craft was endless and it carried over,” Camilla Rambaldi, recent graduate and broadcaster at WOAI in San Antonio,
Texas, wrote on Facebook. “… He inspired all students to thrive for greatness no matter what. I will always remember Keith by this one Edward R. Murrow quote, ‘We can’t make good news out of bad practice.’ ”

Colleagues also were appreciative of Goldstein’s passion for preparing budding broadcasters.

“That wall of Golden Mics is a testament to his work and his dedication to teaching students the fundamentals of sound reporting,” said Zoe Walrond, longtime broadcast journalist and journalism instructor in Los Angeles.

Goldstein spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN- FM, he led his California State University, Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to hundreds of professional local, regional, state and national awards, including 49 Golden Mikes in Division B from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California and 34 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Through his leadership, KCSN News was recognized four times for overall excellence.

Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, student reporters and writers have received a dozen first- place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Goldstein created a six-part series on domestic violence that received first-place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and The Associated Press.

He earned three statewide AP awards in the category of investigative reporting, including in- depth stories on staged accidents and the mental health funding crisis in Los Angeles County. A native of Philadelphia, Goldstein was a graduate of Temple University and did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University.

Meeting Minutes: April 4, 2016

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 4, 2016

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Jeff Wald, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser.

I.               Approval of minutes from March meeting

a.     Wax moves to approve the March minutes. Wald seconded, Zahniser abstained. The motion carried.

II.             President’s report – Nonahal

a.     Annual report – Cocca, Nonahal and Hendrickson will work on the annual report due in May.

b.     Regional Conference in Phoenix April 29 to 30: Nonahal has not yet received requests from any board members to attend the conference with her. Wax moves that the chapter pays expenses for one attendee to the conference, either Nonahal or split between Nonahal and another board member. Mottek seconded, and the motion carried.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Hendrickson said he accidentally copied a January figure when listing the February balance, so he fixed and sent out a corrected version. The account has more money than was originally listed in error.  There is a pending transfer from Paypal of $2,700 and more money is anticipated to come in from the banquet tickets.

b.     The board noticed a small typo in report where one Morgan Stanley account balance was listed as April, but it was from March.

c.      Morgan Stanley account balance as of 3/1 is $70,465.63, an increase of $966.41. Outstanding checks listed as “None” should be “Upcoming Banquet Expenses” and “Upcoming Banquet Income.”

d.     Bank of America balance as of 3/1 is $30,315.46, as of 4/1 $27.492.44, a decrease of $2,822.02.

e.     Windsor moves to receive the treasurer’s report, Bellman seconded. The motion carried and the report was received.

IV.            Standing Committees

a.     Awards – Marcellino

i.     No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

i.     Walton said the current headcount is 123, but this includes comps and honorees. Walton is unclear how many may be at a sponsored table so this may lessen the total. The number will likely fluctuate. People can RSVP until Friday. Three sponsors as of now: Platinum sponsor is Gibson Dunn. Time Warner is gold sponsor, and Citi National Bank is a silver sponsor. Total sponsorship income as of now is $9,000.

ii.     The board has taken in $1,300 in program ads so far, including from CBS Radio, ABC7 and Harvard Westlake.

iii.     Favot is helping with programs and Julia Seifer will help with scripts. Board members who are attending will need to pay in advance to make check-ins faster. Paying at the banquet is an option for attendees.

iv.     Streifler advised the board to be aware there is a PR event at USC the same night as the banquet.

c.      Courts – Marcellino (and Walton)

i.     Walton said an LA Times reporter told her the Riverside County court was going to hand out tickets for the FBI/Apple/San Bernardino hearing for general public and the media, with no guarantees that anyone would make it into the courtroom.

ii.     The reporter asked Walton/SPJLA to write a letter to the court to allow journalists in, but the hearing ended up being canceled and was then a moot issue. However, LA Times has asked SPJLA to help facilitate a new system in the future where a clerk can make sure journalists have access to the courtroom. This case was one of the highest profile cases to be at this particular courthouse so they might have no had to deal with this in the past.

iii.     Streifler suggested reaching out to Thom Mrozek of the US Attorney’s Office to see if he has experienced a similar issue in the past.

d.     Diversity – Flores/Nonahal

i.     Diversity event at USC recap: Hendrickson said the event was highly attended with good concessions. But finding the actual venue inside the campus was a challenge. A map and more signage would be helpful if we do another event there. USC’s diversity officer who attended thanked us and expressed interest in doing more events with SPJLA. Hendrickson said doing more events at journalism schools would be good for the board. About 60 attended.

ii.     Adolfo Flores told Nonahal there was a discussion after the event that was spirited. Nonahal thanks Flores for planning this event even though he left the board, since he committed to it last year.

e.     Ethics – Bluestein/Hendrickson

i.     No report

f.      FOI –Zahniser

i.     No report

g.     Generation J – Bowen/Bluestein

i.     The Journalism Education Association is holding its national conference in downtown LA with several thousand students to talk to professionals. Bluestein encouraged board members to consider attending one of the “Break With A Pro” sessions, where a professional will talk to students interested in their area of the field. The event is April 14 to 17.

h.     Membership – Saxton

i.     No report

i.       Nominations – Bellman

i.     No report

j.       Scholarships – Audi/Fleeman

i.     No report

V.              Old Business

a.     Sunshine ordinance: Nonahal said research pitch letters will go out this week.

VI.            New Business

a.     Mottek told the board about an RTNA event focusing on millennials, which is on Wednesday, April 27.

b.     Nonahal said she is hesitant about sending out releases about non-SPJ/LA events that are around the same time as SPJ/LA events, as well as sending releases about our events back to back. This may have hurt attendance with split focus and too many emails. Bellman suggested we continue to help other journalism organizations but consider the promotion and scheduling conflicts on a case-by-case basis. We can also promote on social media and our website without sending email releases to our subscribers.

VII.          Next board meeting is May 2 at Louise’s at 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

a.     Windsor moved to adjourn the meeting. Bluestein seconded, and the motion passed. The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Christina Cocca

 

 

Reporter Karaoke Is Back At The Redwood

Start warming up your vocal cords because it’s time for some karaoke. If you’re too shy to sing, come watch the rest of us make fools of ourselves and cheer us on!

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a night of FREE karaoke at your favorite pirate bar, The Redwood, on Wednesday, May 4.

IAMNOTAKJ will be taking your requests from 7 to 9 p.m. He’s got everything you could want…torch songs, rock anthems, Spanish hits, etc.

Come on by even if you don’t like to sing. It’s a fun opportunity to catch up with your fellow journalists over songs, food and drinks.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s Karaoke Night

WHEN:
7 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WHERE:
Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
Please be aware that there is construction on Second Street in front of the bar and on Broadway. There is a parking lot available on Hill Street.

METRO:
The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Claudia Peschiutta, SPJ/LA
claudia.peschiutta@cbsradio.com

Meeting Minutes: March 7, 2016

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 7, 2016

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Tammy Audi, Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Michael Fleeman, Richard Hendrickson, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Jeff Wald, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor

I.               Approval of minutes from Feb. 8 board meeting

a.     Wax moves to approve the minutes, Bluestein seconded. The motion carried.

II.             President’s report – Nonahal

a.     Board attendance to events and mixers – Nonahal suggested more board members attend events planned by the board to show support. Traffic and work schedules when planning/choosing the dates were discussed.

b.     Nonahal mentioned the SPJ Region 11 conference in Phoenix, April 29 – 30 and suggested board members to consider going.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Wald moves to approve, Bellman seconded. The motion carried.

b.     Bank of America balance on March 1 is $30,170.67. Balance on books is expected to be $27,838.47 after an Omni hotel deposit for the banquet of $2,332.20 clears.

c.      Morgan Stanley balance as of March 1 is $69,499.22, which is a loss of $62.39 from February. No outstanding debts.

IV.            Standing Committees

a.     Awards – Marcellino

·      No report.

b.     Banquet – Walton

·    2016 Banquet update: The board discussed potential candidates to emcee to event. Favot volunteered to help with the program. Wax suggested reaching out to the Rams for sponsorship. Mottek has reached out to TWC and suggested AEG.

·    The banquet will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni. Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 for members and $140 for non-members. Board members suggested we contact Sandy Banks to ask if she would be the MC. Alice asked board members to contact their newsrooms and PR relations to sell tickets.

c.      Courts – Marcellino

·      No report.

d.     Diversity – Flores/Nonahal

·      Nonahal reported that Flores is organizing the March 24 diversity event, #JournalismSoWhite, at USC. Panelists are set and Flores will moderate.

e.     Ethics – Bluestein/Hendrickson

·      Ethics event recap – Hendrickson said event went well even though we had three panelists instead of four. The board got a sizeable list of new people joining the SPJLA mailing list, and the event had many more attendees than expected from the RSVPs.

f.      FOI –Zahniser

·      No report.

g.     Generation J – Bowen

·      No report.

h.     Membership – Saxton

·      Saxton is putting together a list of bureaus and media offices in LA to recruit for memberships. He emailed national inquiring about promotions or group deals. Hendrickson spoke to Linda Hall, who mentioned the St. Louis chapter getting rid of chapter dues. Hendrickson suggested a possible 50% discount on initial local chapter dues, making them $10 instead of $20. The board initially suggested this topic at the retreat in January. Wax said it might be tough logistically with how national charges people on the sign up. Bellman said it would end up being a net loss in our overall budget. Windsor inquired as to the results by the local chapters that decreased or nixed the local dues.

i.       Nominations – Bellman

·      No report.

j.       Scholarships – Audi/Fleeman

·      Audi said we can announce scholarships at the banquet and proposed a deadline of June 13. Winners potentially announced June 27. Scholarships combined will award a total of $4,000.

V.              Old Business

a.     SPJ/LA’s March karaoke mixer recap – Peschiutta/Walton – Attendance not as high as last karaoke mixer, construction near the venue may have been an issue with commuting, and two mixers with the same theme were back-to-back. Walton proposed partnering with other journalism groups to cross promote, and choosing different themes monthly.

VI.            New Business

a.     The board revisited the discussion about if there is a need for a local sunshine ordinance. Bellman will draft a proposal for professors to possibly get students to help research.

b.     Fleeman said there is an event on May 14 being held by ONA, the same day as a computer workshop for SPJ/LA. The board will keep the date but will let ONA know that the chapter cannot co-sponsor their event.

VII.          Next board meeting: April 4 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

a.     Hendrickson moved to adjourn, Windsor seconded. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Christina Cocca