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SPJ/LA Presents “Uncovering the Campaign: What the Media Missed in the 2014 Elections”

October 9, 2014 SPJ Events No Comments

 

SPJ/LA Presents “Uncovering the Campaign”

What the Media Missed in the 2014 Elections

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion, “Uncovering the Campaign: What the Media Missed in the 2014 Elections,” at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP here.

KPCC politics reporter Frank Stoltze will moderate a panel featuring:

  • Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC
  • Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA

WHAT:   
SPJ/LA’s “Uncovering the Campaign”

WHO:  
KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze, USC’s Dan Schnur and Raphael Sonenshein with the Pat Brown Institute

WHEN: 
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
KPCC
Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

COST:     
Free but RSVPs are required

RSVP:
Required as seating is limited.
Please RSVP to KPCC here

PARKING:
Street and lot parking is available

CONTACT:
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 the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

October 8, 2014 Awards, News No Comments

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for

Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2014 Distinguished Journalists Awards, 2014 Distinguished Work in New Media Award and 2014 Freedom of Information Award.

Nomination forms must be submitted by email to Lori Streifler or to Alice Walton, no later than Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

The awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2015.

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 the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Download the form here: SPJ/LA Award Nominee Form

Contact:
Lori Streifler, SPJ/LA
lori@socalnews.com
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA and PRSA-LA Host Combined Mixer

September 23, 2014 SPJ Events No Comments

SPJ/LA and PRSA-LA Host Combined Mixer

 

You are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in conjunction with the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, for a mixer at Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles. Meet and share a pint with your PR counterparts representing L.A.-area corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofits. It’s an opportunity to have fun and connect with sources.

Enjoy the fun atmosphere of this local brewery that specializes in old world, small-batch craft brewing. The mixer includes complementary appetizers, soft drinks, mini desserts and a no host cash bar.

RSVP now to join your friends, SPJ/LA members, print, online, and broadcast journalists and public relations professionals on Thursday, Oct. 2.

What
:
SPJ/LA and PRSA-LA host combined mixer

When
:
5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2

Where
:
216 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles 90012
Phone: 213-622-1261
Directions: http://angelcitybrewery.com/visit/directions/

Cost
: The mixer is free for SPJ and PRSA-LA members; $15 for non-members and guests. Non-members who join SPJ/LA the night of the event will enjoy the mixer for free. SPJ/LA membership is available at www.spjla.org. No host cash bar.

Parking: 
 Free parking for this event available at the L.A. County-owned parking structure at 321 Hewitt Street (about one block east from Angel City Brewery – between E. 4th Place and Traction Avenue, across from Art Share L.A.). Click http://bit.ly/YA2dFI for map to parking structure.

RSVP
: Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

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

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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Purchase Tickets for SPJ/LA’s 2014 Banquet

March 19, 2014 Awards, News, PayPal No Comments

SPJ/LA 2014 Banquet

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