Los Angeles Leaders in Media Luncheon

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Leaders in Media event scheduled for October 20, 2017, has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 


The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Junior League of Los Angeles invite you to a media appreciation luncheon, Los Angeles Leaders in Media, to celebrate the members of the media who work tirelessly to tell stories that effect change in our communities, particularly the challenges facing foster youth.

Christine Devine, KTTV Fox 11 News anchor, will be the keynote speaker. The program will also include speakers from JLLA.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA and JLLA host a media appreciation luncheon: Los Angeles Leaders in Media

WHEN:           
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch will be served)

WHERE:         
Junior League of Los Angeles
630 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

COST:
The luncheon is free for SPJ/LA members.

PARKING:     
Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available.

RSVP:
Space is limited. Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com by Oct. 17, 2017.

Contact:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes: September 11, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday Sept. 11, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present:

Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino Frank Mottek, Julia Seiiefer, Lori Streifler, David Zahniser, Robi Wax, Natalie Windsor

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:17 p.m.

I.          Approval of the minutes from the July 10, 2017 board meeting

Cocca moved approval of the minutes, Favot seconded. Approved. Hendrickson abstained.

II.         President’s Report — Bluestein

Bluestein reported that board member Irene Moore resigned from the board last month because she is attending graduate school in London, England. Her position will be filled when the board holds its election in December.

Bluestein and Navid Nonahal were the chapter’s delegates at SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim that took place Sept. 7-9.

Bluestein noted that Lauren Bartlett, a past chapter president, won at-large director in crowded field of candidates.

With a delegate vote of 86 to 14, the national board size will be reduced to 9 from 23 members. There will be a phased downsizing over two years. One of the benefits of a smaller board is discussion will be more focused and the board will be more nimble when responding to issues. One student was pushing for student representation.

The resolution coming from the Florida Chapter about free speech ended up not being considered by the delegates.

Other election results: Alex Tarquinio was elected president-elect, Sue Kopen Katcef was elected VP of campus affairs. Hayley Harding and Rahim Chagani were elected student reps, and Ethan ChungMatt Hall was re-elected to represent Region 1011. The other races only had one candidate.

Our Chapter donated two baskets to the silent auction: one went for $55 and another went for $14 to benefit SDX, the Sigma Delta Chi foundation.

Bluestein gave board members a tote bag from the conference, courtesy of Linda Hall, office manager in the national SPJ office.

Bluestein reported that our chapter does not have Directors and Officers liability (D&O) insurance, which would protect the board in the case of a lawsuit. For example (i.e., if an attendee tripped and fell at one of our events and sued the board.) Bluestein has spoken to the San Diego Chapter board members, who do have this insurance coverage. She has one insurance broker getting us a quote and will seek a second quote as well to consider at our October board meeting. Several people have told Bluestein that we should have it. Board members were interested in finding out what the premiums and deductible would be.

III.        Treasurer’s Report — Hendrickson

Hendrickson reported on the Aug. 1 Treasurer’s Report. The BofA balance as of July 1, 2017 was $$38,010.64 and as of August 1 was $32,294.40.  There was one outstanding uncashed check for the $500 room deposit at Molly Malone’s for the Mega Mixer in July, so the balance on our books was $31,794.40. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Aug. 1 is $72, 256.23, which includes a gain of $152.24 from the previous month.

Hendrickson reported on the Sept. 1 Treasurer’s Report. The BofA balance as of Aug. 1, 2017 was $32,294.40. and as of Sept. 1, was $31,786.41. There were no invoices owed or due, so the balance on our books was $31,786.41. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Sept. 1 is $72,557.22, which includes a gain of $300.99 from the previous month.

Hendrickson reported on the different organizations that contributed money to the Mega Mixer held in July: Chicano News Media gave $150, NABJ gave $150, AAJA gave $150, ONA gave $150 and IRE gave $200 totaling $800 in contributions. The total cost for the Mega Mixer was $913.09: a $500 rental fee and $413.09 for food and name tags. The Chapter’s contribution was $113.19.

Zahniser moved to receive the Treasurer’s Report, Wax seconded. Approved.

IV.        Standing/ Ad Hoc Committees

a.) Awards – Streifler

Since Moore has left the board, Seifer said she will help Streifler with awards that will be given out at next year’s banquet. They will send out a press release seeking nominations soon. March 1, 2018 is the date of the banquet

b.) Banquet – Walton

No report

c.) Courts – Marcellino

Marcellino said everything is quiet at the courts. No issues. No complaints, she checked in with RTNA.

d.) Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report

e.) Ethics – Bellman

No report

f.) FOI – Zahniser

Zahniser reported he is trying to plan an FOI event in November. We have a game night mixer planned in November. Zahniser will check with Claudia Peschiutta to see if she would mind moving the event so we can have a FOI event and not have two events so closely together.

g.) Generation J – Bluestein

Bluestein reported that she heard of a Chapter doing a “lunch with a journalist” event so students can have lunch with a journalist as a way of reaching out to students who are interested in the profession and getting them aware of SPJ. It could happen at colleges or high schools. Some board members were interested in participating.

Bluestein told board members that Oct. 21 is CSUN’s High School Journalism Day, which the Chapter co-sponsors.

h.) Membership – Nonahal

Marcellino reported there are still some outstanding discrepancies between national’s data and our Chapter’s membership data. We have 147 members, according to our count. Membership is down significantly over the past couple of years, which mirrors the trend at the national level and among local chapters. The good news is we’ve had six new members sign up within the past few weeks. We’re targeting national members who haven’t signed up for the Chapter fee, which is only $20. There are 100-200 people who are national members who aren’t SPJLA members. The committee is working on another campaign for lapsed Chapter members. We’re reaching out to people who attended any of our events who aren’t members. For recent grads, we would like to offer them a one-year Chapter membership for free as an incentive to get them to join our Chapter.

Cocca mentioned that some recent grads could pay the three-year membership fee, so we would have to reach out to them individually after one year to get them to pay the Chapter dues in the second and third years.

Wax moved to allow the Membership Committee to start a campaign to waive the Chapter membership fee for recent college graduates who sign up for a professional membership within a year of graduation. Cocca seconded. Approved.

Marcellino reported the Membership Committee is considering offering a 20-percent discount on the registration fee for the regional conference our Chapter is hosting in April 2018 for new members joining the Chapter, as an incentive to join the Chapter.

Marcellino will circulate a draft by email to be considered by the board.

i.) Nominations – Favot

Favot will start reaching out to members who are up for re-election to see if they would like to run. We will have one open seat to fill Moore’s vacancy.

j.) Regional Conference – Hendrickson/Favot

Hendrickson reported that the regional conference ad-hoc committee met before the meeting and discussed potential topics for six panels that we will offer and possibilities for the opening session and closing session potential speakers, in addition to a Mark of Excellence student awards luncheon speaker.

Members discussed several of the potential panels that would appeal to journalists.

k.) Scholarships – Audi

No report

V.         Old Business

a.) Re-cap on Mega Mixer

We had more than 100 people at the mixer on July 11 at Molly Malone’s. It was a successful event with numerous other journalism organizations participating, as mentioned during the Treasurer’s Report.

VI.        New Business

a.) SPJ LA Participation in USC Fall Career Fair on Sept. 14

USC asked Bluestein if SPJLA wanted to be part of their job fair. In addition to employers, there will be other professional groups. The initial cost to participate is $500. The price for non-profit organizations is $350. Members said there was not enough notice and the price was too high to participate. Bluestein will decline and say we might be interested next year.

b.) Video editing workshop with Mike Fleeman on Oct. 7

Bluestein reported Fleeman will host a video editing workshop at CSUN on a Saturday in a computer lab. He hosted this event last year and it was very popular.

Windsor moved that SPJLA, seconded by Marcellino to host the event and charge $10 for non-members. Approved.

c.) Freelancers Job Fair

Bluestein has an idea for the Chapter to host a job fair for freelancers. Cocca suggested we consider it at next month’s meeting due to the late hour.

d.) Nov. 15 game night mixer

Zahniser will check with Peschiutta about this event.

e.) Windsor brought up the new restaurant Fu’s Palace Restaurant, which has a private room. Bluestein encouraged members to visit.

VII.       Next board meeting is Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Adjournment

Wax moved to adjourn at 9:05 p.m., Windsor seconded. Approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: July 10, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday July 10, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

 

America Arias, Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Lori Streifler, Sarah Favot, Robi Wax, Navid Nonahal, Alice Walton, David Zahniser

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

I.               Approval of minutes from the June 5 board meeting

Bellman moved approval of amended minutes, seconded by Nonahal. Approved. Zahniser abstained

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

Bluestein reminded the board members that tomorrow is the deadline for the early bird registration fee for the Excellence in Journalism conference taking place Sept. 7- 9 in Anaheim. She noted that the conference is in Baltimore next year.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

Favot reported on behalf of Hendrickson that the BofA balance as of June 1, 2017 was $37,626.47 and as of July 1 was $38,010.64.  There are no outstanding invoices owed or due and there are no uncashed checks, so the balance on our books is $38,010.64. The Morgan Stanley balance as of July 1 is $72, 103.99 which includes a gain of $32.26 from the previous month.

Zahniser moved to receive the July Treasurer’s Report and Bellman seconded. Approved.

IV.            Standing/Ad Hoc Committees

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

No report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

No report

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report

e.     Ethics – Bellman

Bellman reported he is part of a group called Jews United for Democracy and Justice formed by former LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The group is involved in advocating for a free press in the wake of the attacks on the press by Trump, in addition to supporting other First Amendment issues. Bellman is involved specifically with First Amendment, access and transparency issues. He wants to make it clear that he is speaking out on behalf of JUDJ and not SPJ/LA. Journalism organizations wouldn’t be involved in other aspects of JUDJ’s organization, just transparency, First Amendment and access issues. JUDJ might ask our Chapter for support on a specific issue, (such as to sign on to an op-ed about freedom of the press issues for example), at which time Bellman would recuse himself. Bluestein said any letter of support or protest that she should sign would be voted on by the board.

f.      FOI – Zahniser

No report

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

∙  Request for funding for annual high school J fall competition

Bluestein reported the competition at CSUN brings together 100 journalism students who write news stories on the spot and are judged by professionals, journalism professors and college students. The money is used to provide the students with doughnuts and muffins for breakfast and Subway sandwiches for lunch. In previous years, the chapter has given $500. The CSUN Journalism Department sponsors the event, in collaboration with Southern California Journalism Education Association (SCJEA), SPJ/LA and the Los Angeles Times’ HS Insider. There’s no cost for the students to participate.

Cocca moved to donate $500 to the annual high school journalism competition, Bellman seconded. Approved.

h.     Membership – Nonahal

The committee will meet to consider strategies to improve membership on July 22.

i.       Nominations – Favot

No report.

j.       Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot

∙  Approval of regional conference venue

Favot reported on the conference and the search for a venue for the regional conference that our Chapter will sponsor on April 28, 2018, with an evening networking reception on April 27. The ad hoc committee had discussed detailed proposals that we received from two hotels, which were narrowed down from a list of five hotels. The committee recommended the Universal City Hilton, which was the most expensive option, but it was decided that this hotel could potentially attract attendees and sponsors due to its location near Universal City and sponsors because of the caliber of the location. The other option was the Embassy Suites Glendale. Reviewing the proposal from the Universal City Hilton, we discussed that the wifi cost at $15 per device for up to 100 devices and then $20 thereafter, was one of the more expensive aspects of the proposal. Walton suggested having a sponsorship level for the wifi.

Bluestein encouraged all board members to attend the conference.

Bellman discussed the that ad-hoc conference committee discussed the benefits and downsides to hosting the event at the more expensive location.

Windsor moved to accept the Universal City Hilton as the location for the 2018 Regional Conference. Walton seconded. Approved.

∙  Creation of ad-hoc committee to oversee sponsorships

Favot reported that Bluestein suggested creating an ad-hoc committee to organize and solicit sponsorships specifically for the conference, since we will relying on sponsorships to offset costs.

Former SPJ/LA board member Jeff Wald has committed to helping. Bluestein will reach out to Frank Mottek.

Bluestein said she would like to have sponsorships secured by Nov. 1.

The first task is to determine the levels of sponsorship and prepare a one-sheeter to send to potential sponsors.

Bluestein asked board members to send any ideas they have about panels and speakers we could have at our conference by July 30. We are planning to have opening speaker, a keynote speaker, a speaker at the Mark of Excellence luncheon, and a total of six panels.

Wax suggested picking out the top panels that we hosted during the year and doing an updated version of them.

Zahniser suggested a covering disasters panel.

Wax said panels for freelancers usually have good attendance. She also suggested an LGTBQ panel and a panel on entertainment reporting.

Walton has a list of attendees of the last regional conference that our Chapter hosted in 2012 that she will share with the committee.

k.     Scholarships – Audi

∙  Vote on scholarship applications

Windsor reported there were 27 students who applied for the scholarships, which was more than in previous years. She brought copies of some applications for reference and for board members to review if they wanted.

Bellman moved to approve the scholarship awardees recommended by the Scholarships Committee, Favot seconded. Approved.

V.              Old Business

a.     Re-cap on advocacy panel on June 22– Bellman

Bellman reported we had a small, but lively turnout of about 20 people. The venue at the Association was great. They provided free audio equipment. We did a Facebook live-stream from Bellman’s Facebook account. Next time we will use the Chapter’s account.  Zahniser noted there were competing journalism events happening downtown on the same night, which could have contributed to the relatively low attendance.

b.     Mega-mixer—July 11 – Saxton

Bluestein reported that it looks like we will have a full house tomorrow night looking at the RSVPs for the annual mega-mixer at Molly Malones. Bluestein said she will create a Save the Date card for our Regional Conference to hand out to the journalists at the event.

VI.            New Business

a.     Proposals for chapter grant funding

Bluestein reported that SPJ national has $500 grants for chapters to generate excitement about their chapter. The money should be used for an event that the Chapter would normally spend money on like chapter programming. The deadline is Aug. 31, so Bluestein asked for ideas for a grant proposal we could submit.

b. Windsor reported she attended a meeting at Fu’s Palace on Pico Blvd that is nearby and thought it could be a good location for our board meetings. They have a party room that we could use as a meeting room. They also have a free parking lot and are willing to do separate checks. Bluestein said that we could meet at Louise’s in September and then decide if we’re going to try out Fu’s Palace for the October meeting.

c. Windsor reported they are looking for donations for the silent auction for the Excellence in Journalism conference. Bluestein will store items for the auction, which benefits the Legal Defense Fund. Windsor has reached out to Trader Joe’s for a basket.

VII.          Next board meeting: September 11 at 7 p.m. (no August meeting)

VIII.          Adjournment

Windsor moved to adjourn at 8:49 p.m. Zahniser seconded. Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: June 5, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Monday June 5, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Attendance: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Irene Moore, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.

I.               Approval of minutes from April 3 and May 1 board meetings

Windsor moved to accept April 3 meeting minutes, seconded by Wax. Cocca and Walton abstained. Approved.

Bellman moved to accept May 1 meeting minutes, seconded by Favot. Nonahal, Wax, Streifler, Walton, Windsor and Moore abstained. Approved.

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

a.              Annual report

Bluestein reported the Chapter’s annual report was submitted to the national headquarters on time. The Chapter held 19 programs/projects last year that were included in the annual report. The Immigration panel that was held on Feb. 23 was selected as our “Program of the Year.” We had all the required events for Ethics, FOI, and Diversity. FOI programs were our most robust. We had three FOI related-programs and lobbied for FOI on four different occasions. Cocca attended the SPJ/Scripps Leadership Training Seminar. We offered a variety of robust programming last year, including a video-editing workshop and several discussion panels and had fewer mixers. Our membership fell last year.  We are at 140 members, down from 174 the previous year. Bluestein thanked Favot for her help in preparing the annual report.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

Hendrickson reported that the BofA balance as of May 1, 2017 was $37,116.85, and as of June 1 is $37,626.47.  A total of $207.84 in invoices are owed in accounts receivable. The balance on the books as of June 1 is $37,418.63. The Morgan Stanley balance as of June 1 is $72, 071.73 which includes a gain of $289.15 from the previous month.

a.              2016 taxes

Nonahal reported we submitted our financial report to our CPA. We are in good standing with the IRS and we asked for an extension and filed within the extension deadline. Nonahal said our Bank of America account shows a loss $3,085.94 for 2016, but that is because the Chapter paid $8,500 to the Omni Hotel in 2016 for the 2017 banquet that took place on Jan. 26, 2017. In actuality, we had a gain of $5,414.06 in 2016.

Hendrickson reported David Dow, Connie Ho and Jeff Wald reviewed our financial records and they signed off and was included in our Chapter’s annual report, which was sent to national.

Wax moved and Windsor seconded to receive the April and May Treasurer’s Reports. Approved.

IV.            Standing/Ad Hoc Committees

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

No report.

b.     Banquet – Walton

No report.

c.      Courts – Marcellino

Bellman reported that Marcellino reached out to him with a concern through Seifer at ABC7 about a judge in Orange County Superior Court that allows video in court but no audio. The judge is presiding over the Scott Dekraai jailhouse informant scandal. Walton suggested doing a joint letter with RTNA and the Press Club. We will write back to ABC 7 and say we will support working with RTNA.

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report.

e.     Ethics – Bellman

· Plans for June 22 event

The Association confirmed they will host us for our Ethics panel on whether journalists can be activists. A press release will be sent tomorrow. Three panelists who have confirmed are Carla Hall, editorial writer at the LA Times; Mark Cooper alternative journalist and author and blogger former editor at HuffPo; and Efenel Arzacon-Barker, an Asian TV journalist. Bellman will moderate. Admission is free and there is no charge to the chapter to use the location. The event will run from 7-9 p.m. Secure, paid parking is nearby

f.      FOI – Zahniser

No report.

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

No report.

h.     Membership – Nonahal

Nonahal reported we had 174 members last year at this time, now we’re at 140. However, we’re not sure if we have accurate numbers because national has been updating their data and has changed systems. We don’t have access to information we would normally have on national’s website. We’ve been in touch with the leadership committee and they’ve sent us some reports. The Membership Committee is planning to meet within next few weeks. We’ve asked national to send us the names of California members who aren’t affiliated with a local chapter. We’re planning to send hand-written letters to people whose membership has lapsed. Marcellino said 14 people from a previous roster used to be part of our membership, but aren’t showing on the latest roster. They might have renewed chapter membership, but haven’t paid local chapter dues. Membership is also down at the national level as well as local chapters around the country. At the committee meeting, they will try to come up with ideas to increase Chapter membership. The biggest challenge is getting accurate roster lists. Wax suggested contacting the student chapters to encourage them to reach out to graduating college students and reach out to journalism department chairs.

i.       Nominations – Favot

No report.

j.       Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot

Favot reported the regional conference ad-hoc committee met before the regular board meeting and discussed proposals from five different hotels to host the 2018 Regional Conference on April 27-28, 2018. They zeroed in on three hotels in the Universal City/Glendale/Pasadena area that they are going to get more details on so for comparison’s sake. Findings will be discussed by conference call and a recommendation to the board will be made via email to vote on sometime before the July meeting.

k.     Scholarships – Audi

·  Scholarship application deadline: June 9

We’ve been doing outreach, so far, we only have two applications submitted. We will consider moving back the deadline to get more applicants.

V.              Old Business

a.     Re-cap on May 17 media literacy event at L.A. City College– Marcellino (including voting on provisional expenditure for A/V equipment)

Bluestein reported there were approximately 40 attendees, including students, a librarian from LA City College and other attendees. The panelists were excellent and had different perspectives. We had radio, TV and print fields represented. We weren’t able to live-stream it on Facebook as we had hoped because the Wi-Fi signal was too weak.

Bellman moved and Windsor seconded to approve the expenditure for $200 for AV equipment for the media literacy event. Approved.

b.     Mega-mixer—July 11 – Saxton

Bluestein reported on behalf of Saxton, who was absent. Saxton has secured parking near the event. Saxton has reached out to Asian American Journalists, Online News Association, Black Journalists Association, CCNMA, JAWS, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Press Photographers, Radio and TV News Association, 8 Ball Welfare Foundation and AP TV and Radio Association. It will cost $500 for the room rental and we’re estimating $300 will be spent on food. There will be a no host-bar. The costs will be split among the journalism groups that participate. AAJA and ONA have committed to $150 each. Press Club and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association declined to contribute. We’ve received no reply from Press Photog, JAWS, 8 Ball, RTNA, and CCNMA. Nonahal said in the past, we’ve allowed groups to participate even if they couldn’t pay. We’ll also reach out to IRE. We’ll send a press release next week.

VI.            New Business

a.     Approval of delegates for national convention

Typically, our delegates are chapter president, plus another board member. We’ll have three delegates at the upcoming convention. Nonahal said she will be attending and would be willing to be a delegate. Walton suggested sending an email to the entire board asking if anyone is interested in being a delegate for members who are not present.

b.     Approval of convention expenses for chapter president

Bluestein said she is planning on staying three nights in Anaheim.

Nonahal moved to pay Bluestein’s expenses for the national conference for registration and hotel, Bellman seconded. Approved.

Bluestein reported that Connie Ho is interested in putting together a mixer on the Wednesday night before the national conference.

C. Windsor, joined by the board, congratulated Bluestein for receiving tenure at CSUN

VII.          Next board meeting: Monday, July 10 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

Windsor moved, seconded by Wax to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: May 1, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday May 1, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, David Zahniser

I.               Approval of minutes from April 3 board meeting

Postponed until the June 5 board meeting

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

a.     Bluestein reported she attended the annual journalism advisory committee meeting at Santa Monica College on April 20. She said it was a worthwhile meeting that included professional journalists and journalism educators.

b.     Bellman participated on an April 19 panel about fake news hosted by Nonprofit Communications and Media Network. Bluestein was asked, as chapter president, to attend, but was unable to go due to a family funeral. Bellman filled in as the chapter’s representative.

c.      Bluestein gave a recap on the Regional Conference she attended hosted by the San Diego Chapter on April 28 and 29. Bluestein attended along with Linda Bowen and Richard Saxton. During an informal gathering of SPJ chapter leaders on Friday, regional director Matt Hall explained proposed changed to reduce the size of the national board. There was also a discussion about our chapter hosting the reginal conference next year. On Saturday, a keynote speech was given by Lynn Walsh, national SPJ president. Each breakout session on Saturday had three different sessions to choose from and there was a luncheon to present the Mark of Excellence awards to college students. NPR’s Kelly McEvers gave a speech to end the presentation-portion of the conference.

d.     Bluestein reported that Favot and she met to go over the Chapter’s annual report, which is due May 30. She will reach out to committee chairs to ensure we haven’t missed any events to be included in the annual report this year.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Hendrickson reported the Bank of America balance as of April 1, 2017 was $37,270.45 and as of May 1, 2017 was $37,116.85.  A total of $506.38 is outstanding in uncashed checks. The balance on the books as of May 1 is $36,610.47. The Morgan Stanley balance as of May 1 is $71,782.58 which includes a gain of $190.14 from the previous month.

Vote to accept the financial report postponed until the June 5 board meeting.

b.     Henrickson reported that two people have already reviewed our annual financial report (both are members of SPJ who are not on the board as required). He is now seeking a third person, as per the requirements from national.

IV.            Standing Committees

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

No report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

Marcellino is waiting to hear back from RTNA on court access issues in federal court.

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report

e.     Ethics – Bellman

·  Plans for June 22 event

Bellman reported that Joe Saltzman from USC will be a panelist. Bellman needs to secure a location. The board discussed possible panelists and topics to be discussed about the issue of journalists as advocates.

f.      FOI – Zahniser

·  Re-cap of April 5 investigative reporting (FOI) panel at USC

Zahniser reported Hendrickson and Bellman put together a successful event. About 65 people attended.

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

·  Mentoring Santa Monica College J students

Bluestein reported Santa Monica College faculty asked her if board members would be interested in mentoring students from the college. Bluestein also reached out to the college to see if they are interested in starting a student chapter there.

h.     Membership – Nonahal

No report

i.       Nominations – Favot

No report

j.       Scholarships – Audi

·  Scholarship application deadline: June 9

V.              Old Business

a.     Media literacy event in May

Marcellino reported the event will be May 17 at LA City College. Jim Newton with UCLA Luskin School, Evan George, of KCRW, and NBC4’s director of integrated media Kelly Whitney will be panelists. Tammy Audi will moderate, if available. Marcellino said the college won’t provide AV equipment for free. It will cost about $180 to rent. Bellman said he believed because the event is in two weeks, this vote constituted an “emergency” under the bylaws, which would allow the board to vote without a quorum.

Bluestein declared an emergency.

Hendrickson moved to authorize Marcellino to rent AV equipment for up to $250 (which will Marcellino will pick-up and set-up and return herself) for the media literacy panel that will take place before the next regularly scheduled meeting. Bellman seconded. Approved.

b.     Mega-mixer—July 12

Bluestein reported that Richard Saxton is working on this.

VI.            New Business

a.     Regional conference in Spring ‘18

Bluestein reported that she would like to form an ad-hoc committee to plan the conference.  She believes that members who work on the banquet should not work on the conference because the events will be within a few weeks of each other. Bluestein said that we should offer 2-3 panels for each session. Hendrickson and Bellman offered to be on the ad-hoc committee. Bluestein and Wax have said they will be on the committee.

Members suggested that Bluestein send board members agendas and schedules for previous regional conferences, so we can be informed when we are making decisions about our conference at the next board meeting. Favot will call hotels in the Universal City, Glendale and Burbank areas to get estimates for about 150 attendees. Tentative dates are the evening of Friday, April 27 and all day Saturday April 27.

b.     Recording/broadcasting via social media future panel discussions

Bluestein raised the question of whether we should broadcast our panels on Facebook Live and/or post recordings to our website. Board members agreed this should be done whenever possible.

VII.          Next board meeting: June 5 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

Respectfully Submitted,

Sarah Favot