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2014 SPJ/LA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS / Application deadline: July 15, 2014

2014 SPJ/LA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Application deadline: July 15, 2014

 

“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 September 2014.

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 2013 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, Sunday, July 15, 2014

Applications by e-mail to Tami Abdollah and Tammy Audi

abdollah@gmail.com

auditammy@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Presents “Meet The Mayor”

May 8, 2014 SPJ Events No Comments

Save the Date: Monday, June 2

SPJ/LA Presents “Meet The Mayor”

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presents an informal mixer featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who will make a brief speech, take questions, and meet with journalists on June 2. His “Back to Basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.

Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as the president of the Los Angeles City Council, from 2006 to 2012. He served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District, which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village, from 2001 until he took office as mayor last year.

WHAT: 
SPJ/LA Mixer with the Mayor

WHO: 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

WHEN:          
Monday June 2, 2014
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Pour Haus, outdoor patio
1820 Industrial Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90021

COST:
Free of charge.

RSVP:
RSVP required, as seating is limited.
Please RSVP to spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:
Street parking is available.

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

SPJ/LA and NPPA Present “The Right to Photograph and Record in Public”

April 14, 2014 News, SPJ Events No Comments

SPJ/LA and NPPA

Present

“The Right to Photograph and Record in Public”

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association, in cooperation with the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA), present a panel discussion, sponsored by the SDX Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists, on the right to photograph and record in public.

Ever since 911, there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet. An expert panel will discuss such things as:

  • What are the rights of citizens and the press to photograph and record in public?
  • Can police seize and view those images or order them to be deleted?
  • What is some of the most recent case law regarding these issues?
  • How can we foster a better understanding of our respective rights and responsibilities in order to have a greater appreciation for the roles that everyone plays in newsgathering and free speech?

WHAT:
SPJ/LA, NPPA and PPAGLA host a panel discussion on the right to photograph and record in public

WHO:

  • Cmdr. Michael Parker, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, North (County) Patrol Division
  • Cmdr. Andrew Smith, LAPD Media Relations and Community Affairs Group
  • Jean Paul (JP) Jassy, Esq., Partner Jassy, Vick, Carolan LLP
  • Paul Buck, President PPAGLA and Staff Photographer European Press Photo Agency (EPA)

Mickey H. Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association, will moderate.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 17
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Deaton Hall Auditorium
Across from City Hall
100 W. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

COST:
Free of charge.

RSVP:
RSVP required, as seating is limited. Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-right-to-photograph-record-in-public-tickets-11042280759

CONTACT:
Richard Hendrickson, SPJ/LA
(323) 806-1427
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234

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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April 10, 2014 News No Comments

 

SPJ/LA’s 38th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

 Thursday, April 10

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold its 38th annual Distinguished Journalists awards banquet April 10, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

This year’s banquet honors Sandy Banks, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; Jon Regardie, executive editor for Los Angeles Downtown News; John Brooks, retired reporter and anchor at KNX 1070 Newsradio and KFWB News Talk 980; and Oswaldo Borraez, reporter at “Noticias Univision 34.” Damien Newton, founder and editor of Streetsblog Los Angeles, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, for his dedication to providing access to reporters.

Ron Sylvester, editor of the soon-to-be launched Los Angeles Register, will be the speaker.

Frank Mottek, reporter for KNX Newsradio, will be Master of Ceremony.

WHAT:           

SPJ/LA’s 38th annual Distinguished Journalists awards dinner

WHEN:

Thursday, April 10

6 p.m. silent auction and cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner

WHERE:          

Omni Hotel, 251 South Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ron Sylvester to Speak at SPJ/LA’s 38th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

March 25, 2014 SPJ Events No Comments

 

Editor of Soon-to-be Launched Los Angeles Register to Speak at

SPJ/LA’s 38th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

 

Ron Sylvester, editor of the soon-to-be launched Los Angeles Register, will be the speaker at the April 10, Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet.

Sylvester, having covered just about every beat available at a newspaper, from sports writing, to arts and entertainment, medicine, health, science and technology, crime and legal affairs, is currently leading the news team of reporters and editors who will launch the Los Angeles Register on April 16.

Open records, specialty and beat reporting, writing, emerging uses of technology in journalism, and online journalism are Sylvester’s specialties, although he has extensive experience in on-line multimedia reporting and social media journalism.

Sylvester has helped develop innovative ways to cover the news including becoming one of the first to cover trials live from the courtroom on Twitter.

As SPJ’s Region 7 Director, representing Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, between 2004 – 2008, Sylvester led efforts to revitalize dormant chapters in St. Louis and Des Moines. He started the Technolo-J blog to help others learn about online and multimedia journalism. He presented workshops and seminars about multimedia reporting and social network journalism at regional and national conferences. Sylvester was named Regional Director of the Year in 2007.

Five local journalists will be honored at the event, which will be held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The Distinguished Journalist honorees are Sandy Banks, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; Jon Regardie, executive editor for Los Angeles Downtown News; John Brooks, retired reporter and anchor at KNX 1070 Newsradio and KFWB News Talk 980; and Oswaldo Borraez, reporter at “Noticias Univision 34.” Damien Newton, founder and editor of Streetsblog Los Angeles, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, for his dedication to providing access to reporters.

Tickets for the 38th annual event are $90 for members, $110 for non-members; tables of 10 are $900. To make a reservation, contact Roberta Wax at (818) 993-7027 or spjbanquet@gmail.com. The reservation deadline is April 5.

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Frank Mottek, reporter for KNX Newsradio, will be the master of ceremonies.

Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction 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.

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Replay of Third District Supervisor debate

March 21, 2014 News No Comments

Watch a replay of the March 20 debate between candidates for Los Angeles County Supervisor. The debate, co-sponsored by SPJ/LA and KCRW, featured Third District candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver and Pamela Conley Ulich, and was moderated by Waren Olney of “Which Way LA” and “To the Point.” The debate was held on the UCLA campus.

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SPJ/LA, KCRW TO PRESENT COUNTY SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE DEBATE ON MARCH 20

March 18, 2014 News No Comments

WHO:
Third District County Supervisorial candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver and Pamela Conley Ulich

WHAT:
Will take part in a debate jointly sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists/Greater Los Angeles Chapter, KCRW 89.9 and their on-campus partners, University Communications and UCLA Extension; Warren Olney, host of KCRW public affairs programs “Which Way LA” and “To the Point” will moderate, and the debate will be edited for subsequent radio broadcast at 89.9 FM and streamed on-line at http://spjla.org/.

WHERE:
Auditorium of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA
570 Westwood Plaza, 3200 CSNI Building
UCLA campus
Map: http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/?locid=88913

WHEN:
Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:30 p.m.

COST:
Admission is free; parking will be discounted

RSVP:
Seating is limited; a video wall in the lobby will also carry the event to accommodate any overflow.
Email: SPJLosAngeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Joel Bellman (323) 683-1160 c
John Schwada (310) 709-0056 c
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter

spjlosangeles@gmail.com 

SPJ/LA and KCRW to present Supervisorial debate

March 18, 2014 News No Comments

Third District county supervisorial candidates John Duran, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver and Pamela Conley Ulich will take part in the first debate of the campaign on Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The debate will be jointly sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists/Greater Los Angeles Chapter, KCRW 89.9, and their on-campus partners, University Communications and UCLA Extension.

The debate will be held in the auditorium of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, which is located at 570 Westwood Plaza, 3200 CSNI Building on the UCLA campus (map here: http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/?locid=88913). Warren Olney, host of KCRW public affairs programs “Which Way LA” and “To the Point” will moderate, and the debate will be edited for subsequent radio broadcast at 89.9 FM and streamed on-line at http://spjla.org/.

The open primary election for this non-partisan office will take place on June 3, 2014; if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, a top-two runoff will be held on November 4, 2014, with the new term beginning on December 1, 2014.  The four candidates are competing to succeed retiring incumbent Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is termed out of office after representing the Third District since he was first elected in 1994. Yaroslavsky previously served from 1975-1994 representing the Fifth District on the Los Angeles City Council.

The five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is widely considered the most powerful local government body in the nation, serving a jurisdiction of 10 million constituents with a workforce of roughly 100,000 employees and an annual budget of $25.4 billion.

County Supervisors oversee a vast County bureaucracy responsible for such vital public services as health and mental health care, public health protection including communicable disease prevention and restaurant inspections, public assistance, child welfare and foster care, law enforcement and fire protection in the unincorporated areas and in dozens of small cities who contract with the County for local municipal services, regional flood-control protection, and operating such iconic arts, culture and recreational venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Museums of Art and Natural History, Disney Hall, the Music Center, various parks and many other facilities. In addition, the five Supervisors also serve on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a public transit agency with an annual budget of $5 billion responsible for operating the region’s bus system, and building and operating light-rail and subway lines across a jurisdiction of 1,433 square miles.

SPJ/LA Will Discuss Media Coverage of the Transgender Community

February 10, 2014 News, SPJ Events No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is taking a deeper dive into media coverage of the transgender community with an interactive panel dissecting a Grantland magazine piece that sparked a national discussion last month.

SPJ/LA hosted its first transgender media coverage panel last fall and will use the Grantland piece, “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” as a case study to advance the conversation on ethical issues.

What went wrong? What should reporters do when they’re in a similar situation? What responsibility did editors at Grantland have in treating the subject with sensitivity and fairness?

 

WHAT: Discussion on covering the transgender community and Grantland’s piece, “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.”

 

WHO:

  • Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com
  • Nick Adams, associate director of communications for GLAAD

    Ricardo Lopez, of the L.A. Times will moderate.

 

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 27
6:30 p.m. networking reception
7 p.m. discussion

 

WHERE: L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza’s Renberg Theatre
1125 N. McCadden Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

COST: The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

 

PARKING: Free parking is provided at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

 

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

 

CONTACT: Adolfo Flores
SPJ/LA
323-519-9540
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

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