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Last Chance to RSVP: SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

February 24, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

It’s your last chance to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s mixer with LA Times’ Steve Lopez at Traxx Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2015.

Lopez is a California native who has been an LA Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns, and a nonfiction work called “The Soloist,” which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the subject of a DreamWorks movie by the same name. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike Awards, and a share of the duPont – Columbia University Award.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA Mixer

WHO:
Steve Lopez, LA Times Columnist

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 25
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Traxx Restaurant at Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, #122
Los Angeles, CA, 90012.
Phone: (213) 625-1999

COST:
The event is free and open to the public. No-host bar.

RSVP:
Please RSVP to spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:
Valet parking and convenient self-parking is available.

CONTACT:
Dan Evans, SPJ/LA
(818) 637-3234
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

February 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

It’s not too late to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s mixer with LA Times’ Steve Lopez at Traxx Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2015.

Lopez is a California native who has been an LA Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns, and a nonfiction work called “The Soloist,” which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the subject of a DreamWorks movie by the same name. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike Awards, and a share of the duPont – Columbia University Award.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA Mixer

WHO:
Steve Lopez, LA Times Columnist

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 25
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Traxx Restaurant at Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, #122
Los Angeles, CA, 90012.
Phone: (213) 625-1999

COST:
The event is free and open to the public. No-host bar.

PARKING:
Valet parking and convenient self-parking is available.

RSVP:
Please RSVP by sending an email to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Dan Evans, SPJ/LA
(818) 637-3234
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

For more information about SPJ/LA, visit www.spjla.org

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

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SPJ/LA Expresses Grief and Sorrow on the Loss of Veteran KTLA Reporter Stan Chambers

February 13, 2015 News, Statements Comments Off

SPJ/LA Expresses Grief and Sorrow on the Loss of Veteran KTLA Reporter

Stan Chambers

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the passing of veteran KTLA reporter, Stan Chambers.

“Los Angeles has lost a legend, a reporter who invented live television news,” SPJ /LA President Navid Nonahal said.  “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Stan’s family and colleagues.”

Chambers passed away today at age 91, at his home in Holmby Hills, surrounded by his family. He worked at KTLA for 63 years, retiring at age 87 in 2010.

Colleague and SPJ/LA board member, Jeff Wald, said Chambers was known for his storytelling skills and particularly his ability to report news events live. In 1949, Chambers invented live television coverage of breaking news, reporting the tragedy of a little girl named Kathy Fiscus who had fallen down an abandoned well in San Marino. He was on the air for more than 27 hours.

Some 40 years later, Chambers provided live coverage of a light plane that had become entangled in high-tension wires. “Two men were trapped upside down in their private plane.  The plane never moved as firemen worked to rescue the pilot and passenger.  This went on for hours. Stan’s reporting was gripping and our viewers couldn’t turn away,” Wald said.

In his 63 years at KTLA, Chambers covered the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968 and countless fires, floods, riots, and human-interest stories.  All of the stories — some 22,000 of them — were presented with accuracy, consistency and solid reporting.

In honor of Chambers, here’s the link to a collection of interviews from the Archive of American Television, including a short clip on how he’d like to be remembered. http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/stan-chambers

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism.  Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.  The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

SPJ/LA Accepting 2015 Scholarship Applications

February 12, 2015 News, Scholarships Comments Off

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The application deadline is March 16, 2015. The awards will be announced April 17, 2015.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

  • Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)
  • Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).
  • Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
  • Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

  • If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
  • Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
  • Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
  • Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit http://spjla.org/

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
COVER SHEET (see below)
Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

STANDARD RESUME
This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

  • You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES
Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

  • Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.
  • Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.
  • Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

ESSAY

Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2015 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($500-$1,000).

Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($500-$1,000).

Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($500-$1,000).

ACADEMIC INFORMATION
University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________
Major ___________________________Minor ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA)  ___________Journalism GPA ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation ___________________
Date of birth _________________________________
High school from which you graduated ______________________________
City and state of your high school __________________________________
Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, Monday, March 16, 2015
Applications by e-mail to Tami Abdollah and Tammy Audi
Please note in subject line “SPJ SCHOLARSHIP”

abdollah@gmail.com
auditammy@gmail.com

 

SPJ/LA Minutes, Board of Directors Retreat: Jan. 17, 2015

February 11, 2015 Meeting Minutes Comments Off

SPJ/LA Minutes, Board of Directors Retreat
Jan. 17, 2015
9430 Wish Ave., Northridge

Board members present: Tami Abdollah, Tammy Audi, Linda Bowen, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Dan Evans, Michael Fleeman, Khalil Garriott, Elizabeth Marcellino, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Julia Seifer, Lori Streifler, Jeff Wald, Alice Walton, Robi Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Wald made a motion to approve the minutes for the Dec. 1, 2014 board meeting. Bowen seconded. Minutes were approved unanimously.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  • New associate board member: Walton nominated writer Michael Fleeman to become an associate board member for 2015. Nonahal moved for approval, Saxton seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
  • Chapter bank account: Nonahal discussed the paperwork changes necessary for the changeover in SPJ/LA treasurer from Joel Bellman to Dick Hendrickson. Nonahal said she and Hendrickson will go to the Bank of America in February to add him as a signer.
  • 2013 taxes: Nonahal is concerned about the cost of tax preparation. She will look into the idea of finding a less costly tax preparer.
  • Posting of minutes: Nonahal said she wants board minutes to be posted on the SPJ chapter web site starting in 2015. Under the new procedure, minutes would be posted once they are approved by the board.
  • Home for SPJ/LA: Nonahal said she wants to focus this year on finding formal office space for the chapter. Not having an actual office complicates the chapter’s effort to secure an insurance policy. Wax asked if it was possible that SPJ’s attorney would have some room. Nonahal said the LA Times offices would be difficult because of all the security and badges involved. Abdollah said she would inquire about space at Associated Press. Audi brought up the possibility of space at the downtown courthouse pressroom. Marcellino said she would look into the courthouse option. Bowen pointed out that an office would ensure that chapter records are preserved long term.

INTRODUCTIONS
Board members spent half an hour introducing themselves and discussing why they are involved in SPJ. Among the answers: the First Amendment; free speech issues; the chance to examine ethical issues; networking; seeing the big picture in journalism; staying on local issues, like the access to the council chamber at Los Angeles City Hall; supporting locally generated news. Those who work in academia said they also enjoy staying connected to the profession.

BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
Committees: Nonahal distributed information on new committee assignments for board members in 2015.
Generation J: Bowen discussed the Generation J program, co-sponsored by SPJ/LA, which is held every fall for high school students at Cal State, Northridge, and whether to expand the chapter’s involvement in Generation J beyond the one yearly program. Marcellino suggested a program that would allow would-be reporters to shadow a journalist for a day.

CHAPTER TREASURY
Nonahal said SPJ/LA’s attorney, who handled the chapter’s past treasury issues, recommended having the board treasurer sign a contract spelling out his or her responsibilities, etc. Bowen said this is part of the larger effort to update the group’s financial policies following the problems with the SPJ/LA bank account in 2012. The chapter has already made other changes, including having two signers on SPJ/LA checks. The board reviewed the contract and made wording edits. Windsor made a motion, and Bowen seconded, to approve the use of the new contract. The motion carried unanimously.

LUNCH
Lasagna.

MEMBERSHIP
Outreach: The board had a lengthy discussion on ways to improve outreach. Ideas included: providing access to job listings; keeping closer contact with new members; offering training sessions to help journalists improve their craft/skills/knowledge base; expanding email distribution. Board members also pointed out that membership can be expensive for younger journalists.

PROGRAMMING
NBC4: Christina Cocca discussed upcoming ethics event to be held April 23 at NBC4.
Brainstorming: The chapter already has the annual banquet and the Linda Deutsch roast on the calendar for the first half of the year. Other event proposals included a panel discussion on the Sony hack (and the ethics of reporting on unlawfully obtained records); a panel discussion on Charlie Hebdo massacre and the publication of religious imagery, etc; a February mixer; an April ethics event; and a June workshop, possibly on a weekend day, with details TBD.
OTHER BUSINESS

NEXT MEETING
Next board meeting is Feb. 2 at Louise’s in Los Angeles.

ADJOURNMENT
The board adjourned the meeting in memory of Fred Stassel and Sidney Wald. Windsor made the motion, Wax seconded. Motion unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted,

David Zahniser

Reserve Your Spot for the SPJ/LA 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

February 9, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Reserve your spot now for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet on March 26.

Five local journalists will be honored at the event, which will be held at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and no-host cocktails; dinner will be at 7 p.m. The reservation deadline is March 20.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They are: Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service; Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly; Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN; and Cheryl Kunin Fair, vice president and news director at KABC. Michelle Levander, editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist for her valued contribution to journalism. Edwards, through her illustrations, brings viewers and readers into the courtroom when cameras are not allowed.

Frank Mottek of KNX 1070 Newsradio will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the 39th annual event are $90 for members, $110 for non-members; tables of 10 are $900. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at (310) 595-5612 or AliceMWalton@gmail.com

Below please find the banquet’s sponsorship levels. Please note that proceeds from the chapter’s annual banquet help fund Greater L.A. chapter activities, including scholarships.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Los Angeles professional chapter marked its 75th anniversary in 2009.

SPJ/LA
2015 Distinguished Journalists Banquet

Sponsorship Levels

Title Sponsor ($5000): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at both dinner and reception, email newsletters, social media, logo and link on SPJ-LA website, 10 banquet registrations

Banquet Sponsor ($3000): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at dinner only, email newsletters, logo and link on SPJ-LA website, 8 banquet registrations.

Reception Sponsor ($2000): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at reception only, email newsletters, logo and link on conference website, 6 banquet registrations.

Distinguished Sponsor ($1500): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, email newsletters, logo and link on SPJ-LA website. 4 banquet registrations.

Table Sponsor ($900): Acknowledgement in the conference program and 10 banquet registrations.

Send sponsorship check or money order to:
Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter (SPJ/LA)

SPJ is a national registered 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit professional organization
Federal tax ID #95-6119058

Contact: Khalil Garriott, SPJ/LA, (703) 863-3777
Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

February 6, 2015 SPJ Events Comments Off

SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a mixer with LA Times’ Steve Lopez at Traxx Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2015.

Lopez is a California native who has been an LA Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns, and a nonfiction work called “The Soloist,” which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the subject of a DreamWorks movie by the same name. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike Awards, and a share of the duPont – Columbia University Award.

WHAT: 
SPJ/LA Mixer

WHO:
Steve Lopez, LA Times Columnist

WHEN: 
Wednesday, Feb. 25
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Traxx Restaurant at Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, #122
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Phone: (213) 625-1999

COST:
The event is free and open to the public. No-host bar.

PARKING: 
Valet parking and convenient self-parking is available.

RSVP:
Please RSVP by sending an email to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Dan Evans, SPJ/LA
(818) 637-3234
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Mourns the Loss of Veteran Los Angeles Daily News Reporter Rick Orlov

February 3, 2015 News, Statements Comments Off

For Immediate Release
Feb. 3, 2015

Contact:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
SPJLosAngeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Mourns the Loss of Veteran Los Angeles Daily News Reporter

Rick Orlov

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the loss of veteran Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov, who died Monday of diabetes complications.

“The Los Angeles journalism community has lost one of its best, who will be truly irreplaceable,” SPJ/LA President Navid Nonahal said. “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Rick’s family and colleagues.”

Orlov, a past SPJ/LA Distinguished Journalist Award recipient, covered local politics at the Los Angeles City Hall for several decades, and through the years, earned a reputation as “dean of the City Hall press corps” both for his long experience, and for his generous mentoring and fatherly advice to younger reporters.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that all of City Hall was in mourning, and City Council President Herb Wesson has announced plans for a motion to name the media room behind City Council chambers in Orlov’s memory. We agree that this would be a fitting tribute to one our most dedicated, respected, and much-loved journalists.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

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SPJ/LA Announces 2015 Officers and Newly Elected Board Members

December 9, 2014 News No Comments

SPJ/LA Announces 2015 Officers and Newly Elected Board Members

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has elected its 2015 officers.

Navid Nonahal, the chapter’s current president and a freelance journalist will begin her second term on Jan. 1, 2015. Stephanie Bluestein, a journalism professor at California State University, Northridge, will serve as vice president. Los Angeles Times reporter David Zahniser will be secretary, while Richard Hendrickson, a journalism teacher at California State University, Northridge, John Carroll University in Cleveland and UCLA Extension, will serve as treasurer.

SPJ/LA also elected five members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board.

The incumbent board members who were re-elected are: Tammy Audi, reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal; Frank Mottek, business news anchor and host of the KNX Business Hour on CBS station KNX 1070 Newsradio; Roberta Wax, freelance writer; and Jeff Wald, executive director of Mobile Generated News. The newly elected board member is Christina Cocca, a digital news producer from NBC4.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter was chartered 25 years later in 1934.

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SPJ/LA’s 2015 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS/Application deadline: March 16, 2015

December 9, 2014 Scholarships No Comments

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
Greater Los Angeles Chapter

2015 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS/Application deadline: March 16, 2015

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced in April 17, 2015.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)
Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).
Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

 If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
 Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
 Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
 Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit http://spjla.org/

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
COVER SHEET (see below)

Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

STANDARD RESUME
This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

 You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES
Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.
 Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.
Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

ESSAY

Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2015 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE¬¬___________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

 Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($500-$1,000).

 Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($500-$1,000).

 Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

 Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($500-$1,000).

________________________________________

ACADEMIC INFORMATION
University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________
Major ___________________________Minor ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA) ___________Journalism GPA ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation ___________________
Date of birth _________________________________
High school from which you graduated ______________________________
City and state of your high school __________________________________
Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, Monday, March 16, 2015
Applications by e-mail to Tami Abdollah and Tammy Audi

abdollah@gmail.com
auditammy@gmail.com

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