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Sources: Who Can We Really Trust?

March 30, 2015 News Comments Off

Sources: Who Can We Really Trust?

Sources. Who are they? We, as journalists, need to know, but sometimes those sources don’t want to be known. Is this a risky practice? Who is that source really being loyal to? How do we know the answers to these questions?

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion on the ethical dilemmas in identifying trustworthy sources and knowing when to run with anonymously-sourced information.

NBC4 Southern California’s managing editor, Matt Goldberg, will moderate the panel, featuring: Elizabeth Aguilera, Senior Health Care Reporter for KPCC; Andrew Blankstein, reporter for NBC News Investigations; Kim Bui, journalist for Reported.ly; and Justin Pritchard, reporter for the Associated Press.

The event will be held at: NBC4 Southern California in Universal City.

We hope to answer the 5 Ws (and H) of Anonymous Sources:
Who: Who is the source?
What: What is the risk of using it? What if they’re wrong? What is it worth?
Where: Where are they getting the info? Where is their loyalty?
When: When do we need anonymous sources?
Why: Why do we trust them?
How: How will it affect us? How will it affect them?
 
WHAT:  
SPJ/LA’s panel at NBC4 on using both trustworthy and anonymous sources
 
WHO:
Elizabeth Aguilera, senior health care reporter for KPCC
Andrew Blankstein, reporter for NBC News Investigates
Kim Bui, journalist for Reported.ly
Justin Pritchard, reporter for the Associated Press
 
Matt Goldberg, NBC4 News managing editor, to moderate.

WHERE:
NBC4 News
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 2120
Universal City, CA 91608

 NBC4

WHEN: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00-8:30 p.m.
 

COST: Free. Parking, as well as light dinner and refreshments will be provided.
 
RSVP is requested, as seating is limited. Email spjlosangeles@gmail.com by April 14

Contact:
Christina Cocca
cmcocca@gmail.com
818-738-0084
 
Stephanie Bluestein
stephaniebluestein@earthlink.net

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

Join SPJ/LA for Booze & Board Games on April 8

March 27, 2015 News Comments Off

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a different kind of mixer.

No name tags, no standing around, and no uncomfortable chitchat.

At Booze & Board Games, you can just hang out with fellow journalists and enjoy a drink while engaging in some friendly competition.

The games begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 8
7 p.m.

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

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
There is street and lot parking throughout the area.

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

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

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

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

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

March 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

It’s your last chance to reserve a spot for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet on March 26.

RSVP by Friday, March 20 to join SPJ/LA as the chapter recognizes the career achievements of five local journalists.

The banquet, held at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles, will start at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and no-host cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Time Warner Cable is the 2015 banquet sponsor.

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The Distinguished Journalist honorees are:

  • Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service
  • Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly
  • Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN
  • 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 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

Contact: Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

 

Public Memorial for Stan Chambers

March 12, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Los Angeles Press Club, and KTLA in a public memorial for and tribute to Stan Chambers on Thursday, March 12.

Few newsmen were so admired by their colleagues and the public. Chambers worked at the same job and at the same station, KTLA, Channel 5, for more than four decades. During that time he filed tens of thousands– probably more than 30,000 stories in total. He did it all and saw it all…from fires to riots, presidents and premiers, reporting on the famous, the infamous and the unknown, movie stars and mass murderers, and through it all he never lost his enthusiasm.

Speakers include:
Jaime Chambers (grandson/ reporter, Fox 5 San Diego)
Gege Chambers (widow)
Jason Ball (current news director at KTLA)
Diana Chi, news writer, KTLA
Jon Fischer, media consultant (formerly supervisor, news technical operations at KTLA, and Stan’s cameraman)
Councilman Tom LaBonge
Former Mayor Richard Riordan
Jeff Wald (former news director at KTLA)

If you want to say a few words, or know someone who does, please contact Diana Ljungaeus at Diana-AT-lapressclub-DOT-org.

WHAT:
A public memorial and tribute to Stan Chambers

WHEN:
Thursday, March 12, 2015
6.30 p.m. reception
7.30 p.m. remembrances
Reception continues

WHERE:
The Los Angeles Press Club @ Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

COST:
Free. Please RSVP, as space is limited.

RSVP:
Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Free. Enter from Berendo.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA President
(818) 317-2234

RSVP Now: Send in the Drones

March 9, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

In Los Angeles, the paparazzi work the streets and TV news helicopters take to the skies. But will we soon see the day when journalists routinely rely on drones to get the job done?

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion on the implications of adding the tiny aircraft to the news gathering arsenal: What are the opportunities? How will they be regulated? What about air safety and personal privacy?

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate the panel featuring Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California; Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist; Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University; and Gary Scott, program director at KCRW. The event will be held at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, butreservations are requested because space is limited. Please RSVP here. 

WHAT:   
SPJ/LA’s panel on drones and newsgathering

WHO:  

  • Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California
  • Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist
  • Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University
  • Gary Scott, program director at KCRW

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate.

WHEN: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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 and open to the public.

RSVP:
RSVP is requested, as seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Street and lot parking is available.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

March 5, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

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

Five local journalists will be honored at the dinner, 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
  • 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 75thanniversary 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.

Contact: Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: Feb. 9, 2015

March 5, 2015 Meeting Minutes Comments Off

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Board members present: Tami Abdollah, Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Michael Fleeman, Khalil Garriott, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Jeff Wald, Robi Wax, Natalie Windsor and David Zahniser.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Wald made a motion to approve the minutes from the Jan. 17 board retreat. Mottek seconded. Minutes approved unanimously.

II. PRESIDENT’S REPORT:

* 8 Ball Welfare Foundation: Robi Wax discussed the SPJ’s participation in the annual solicitation sent out by the 8 Ball Foundation, a charitable arm of the LA Press Club. The foundation provides financial help to journalists who have fallen on hard times. LA Press Club covers the cost of the mailing.

Bellman made a motion to have SPJ/LA assist with the solicitation, but with an amendment to have SPJ/A and the Press Club look at migrating the solicit ion over to email to reduce the cost. Bluestein seconded the motion. The motion was approved with Wax abstaining.

* SPJ/LA 2013 Tax update. Nonahal said she met with SPJ/LA’s tax preparer and expressed her concerns about the cost. He agreed to prepare the group’s taxes for $300, which is within the group’s budget.

* SPJ/LA Roster. Nonahal reported that she has emailed the roster to the board and wants to know if any corrections are needed.

* SPJ/LA Calendar update: Nonahal said she also emailed out the calendar, and wanted to make sure board members were aware the next mixer is scheduled for Feb. 25, not Feb. 28.

* New Associate Board Member: Saxton nominated Claudia Peschiutta as a new associate board member. Hendrickson moved, Windsor seconded. The motion was approved.

III. TREASURER’S REPORT: Hendrickson said he had made a revision to his report to reflect the fact that he was able to include information from the Morgan Stanley Account. Windsor moved to accept the report, Bellman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

IV. STANDING COMMITTEES:

*Awards. No report.

*Banquet. Nonahal asked the board to spread the word about the banquet, which costs $90 for SPJ/LA members, $110 for non-members. Windsor raised the issue of the silent auction, and what do to do about items that are donated but not bid on. Abdollah and Wald suggested a raffle. Wax said the invitations will be email only this year. Board members said they wanted to make sure the official Evites break through all the other messages that flood our members’ inboxes.

*Courts. No report.

*Diversity. No report.

*Ethics. Cocca said the upcoming April ethics event will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at NBC. The board brainstormed ideas for the program. Abdollah suggested a Q&A with a panel of media attorneys. Cocca proposed a discussion of the issue of unnamed sources.

*FOI. Nonahal said the FOI panel discussion on drones will be held mid-March at KPCC, with a panel on Charlie Hebdo tentatively slated for September. The LA Press Club already did a similar program a few weeks ago. Hendrickson said it was very good.

*Generation J. No report.

* Membership. No report.

* Nomination. No report.

*Scholarships. No report.

V. OLD BUSINESS:

No report.

VI. NEW BUSINESS:

*Quick reminder that the mixer featuring Steve Lopez will be held Feb. 25 at Traxx, the bar located within Union Station.

* Home for SPJ/ office space. The board discussed the search for dedicated office space. Marcellino said a representative of Los Angeles County said SPJ/LA could use some of the space at the Criminal Courts building, as long as a news organization like KNX or the LA Times agrees. Bellman agreed to look into space at the Hall of Administration Building.

ADJOURNMENT:

The board adjourned in memory of Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov, longtime newspaper columnist Al Martinez and author and former Los Angeles Times reporter Laurie Becklund.

Send in the Drones

March 3, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

In Los Angeles, the paparazzi work the streets and TV news helicopters take to the skies. But will we soon see the day when journalists routinely rely on drones to get the job done?

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion on the implications of adding the tiny aircraft to the news gathering arsenal: What are the opportunities? How will they be regulated? What about air safety and personal privacy?

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate the panel featuring Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University; Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California; and Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist. The event will be held at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested because space is limited. Please RSVP here.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s panel on drones and newsgathering

WHO:

Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University
Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California
Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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 and open to the public.

RSVP:
RSVP is requested, as seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Street and lot parking is available.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234

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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