SPJ/LA Will Discuss Covering Immigration In A Trump Era On Feb. 23

Covering immigration in a Trump era: How news organizations are finding unique ways to tell the stories of their immigrant communities

Under the new federal administration, covering immigration is more important than ever in Southern California. Talk of The Wall, The Travel Ban and the Refugee Crackdown has pushed local news to get creative and use social media to tell the stories that impact a large majority of their listeners, viewers and readers.

And as the Trump administration makes plans for a border wall, how to fix the country’s immigration system and how to defend its controversial travel ban in the courts, there’s a growing hunger in SoCal for engaging coverage about how policy changes will impact their lives and their communities.

Join the Greater L.A. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on Thursday, February 23 to explore this complex issue. Our panel will look into how journalists are telling the unfolding immigration story in our communities with sensitivity, depth and context. How reporters negotiate time and resources with editors and producers who may not understand the ongoing demographic changes in the nation and state. And much more.

Panelists will be:

The moderator will be:

What:  SPJ/LA’s panel discussion on covering Immigration in a Trump Era

When:  Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7 p.m.

              Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Where:  The Association, 110 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014  

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

Parking: Garage and valet parking are available.

RSVP: EventBrite

Contact:  Navid Nonahal, (818) 317-2234

Business Anchor Frank Mottek to MC Journalism Awards Dinner on Jan. 26

Journalist Frank Mottek, often dubbed “the voice of business news in Los Angeles,” will be the master of ceremonies at the Jan. 26 Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
 
The event, which will take place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, honors journalists in print, broadcast and digital media. The keynote speaker will be Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of Snopes.com.
 
Mottek, an award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 30 years of experience, anchors the morning drive business reports on CBS station KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. He also hosts a weekly one-hour business and consumer news program, Mottek On Money. Mottek provided daily coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, the Great Recession and stock market updates.
 
This year’s honorees are: Hector Becerra, editor with the Los Angeles Times; R. Scott Moxley, investigative reporter for the OC Weekly; Greg Habell, editor for KNX 1070; Adrienne Alpert, general assignment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Ken Bensinger, Jeremy Singer-Vine and Jessica Garrison of BuzzFeed News.  


 
The Distinguished Journalists Banquet will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. 
 
Tickets for the event are:

  • $100 for SPJ/LA members
  • $140 for non-members
  • $80 for students
  • Tables of 10 are available for $1,000

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The three levels of sponsorship are:
 
Platinum ($5,000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, logo included on banquet website and in emails, one complimentary table at the event.
 
Gold ($2,500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, five complimentary tickets to the event.
 
Silver ($1,500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, two complimentary tickets to the event.


 
You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:

  • Full page inside program: $350
  • Half-page ad inside program: $250
  • Quarter-page ad inside program: $150

 
For details on sponsorship or to make a reservation, please contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.



Snopes.com Editor to Speak at SPJ/LA’s 41st Annual Distinguished Journalists Banquet on Jan. 26

Brooke Binkowski, managing editor at Snopes.com, will be the keynote speaker at the 41st annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Jan. 26 event honors local reporters in the fields of print, radio, television and digital media.
 
Binkowski, a longtime reporter, has worked in and around Los Angeles for more than a decade, including stints at KNX 1070 Newsradio, Southern California Public Radio and CNN. Binkowski likes to say when she is not telling people they’re wrong on the internet, she’s probably covering immigration and humanitarian issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.
 
The Distinguished Journalists Banquet will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. 
 
Tickets for the event are:
· $100 for SPJ/LA members
· $140 for non-members
· $80 for students
· Tables of 10 are available for $1,000
 
This year’s honorees are: Hector Becerra, editor with the Los Angeles Times; R. Scott Moxley, investigative reporter for the OC Weekly; Greg Habell, editor for KNX 1070; Adrienne Alpert, general assignment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Ken Bensinger, Jeremy Singer-Vine and Jessica Garrison of BuzzFeed News.  


 
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The three levels of sponsorship are:
 
Platinum ($5,000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, logo included on banquet website and in emails, one complimentary table at the event.
 
Gold ($2,500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, five complimentary tickets to the event.
 
Silver ($1,500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, two complimentary tickets to the event.


 
You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:
· Full page inside program: $350
· Half-page ad inside program: $250
· Quarter-page ad inside program: $150
 
If you can’t make it to the banquet, please consider sponsoring a student. For $80, your donation will cover a journalism student’s attendance at the event. 
 
For details on sponsorship or to make a reservation, please contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.



Support SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Banquet

It’s never been more important to support the work of journalists. You can help by sponsoring the Distinguished Journalists banquet hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in January. The Distinguished Journalist honorees are longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and digital media. They are: Hector Becerra, editor with the Los Angeles Times; R. Scott Moxley, investigative reporter for the OC Weekly; Greg Habell, editor for KNX 1070; Adrienne Alpert, general assignment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Ken Bensinger, Jeremy Singer-Vine and Jessica Garrison of BuzzFeed News. unnamed-1  unnamed-2 unnamed-3unnamed

Our keynote speaker is Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of Snopes.com

Three sponsorships levels are available: Platinum ($5,000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, logo included on banquet website and in emails, one complimentary table at the event. Gold ($2,500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, five complimentary tickets to the event. Silver ($1,000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, two complimentary tickets to the event. You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:

  • Full page ad on back of program: $500
  • Full page inside program: $350
  • Half-page ad inside program: $250
  • Quarter-page ad inside program: $150

If you can’t make it to the banquet, please consider sponsoring a student. For $80, your donation will cover a journalism student’s attendance at the event. The awards banquet will be held Jan. 26, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for the event are:

  • $100 for SPJ/LA members
  • $140 for non-members
  • $80 for students
  • Tables of 10 are available for $1,000

A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. For details on sponsorship or to make a reservation, please contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

Meeting Minutes: November 14, 2016

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, November 14, 2016

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Michael Fleeman, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Frank Mottek, Richard Saxton, Julia Seifert, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

I.               Approval of minutes from Oct. 10 board meeting

a.     Wax moved, Walton seconded to approve the minutes. Cocca, Zahniser, Hendrickson and Fleeman abstained. The motion carried.

II.             President’s report – Marcellino for Nonahal

a.     SPJ/LA is reviewing the national board structure and has issued a call for feedback and volunteers for online focus-group discussions. Marcellino encouraged the group to participate if interested.

b.     Christina Cocca has been invited to attend SPJ’s Scripps Leadership Program in Las Vegas in December. The board voted to cover her expenses and registration fee totaling $527. Bellman moved and Wax seconded to cover the cost. The motion carried.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson (via email)

a.     The LGBT group’s mega mixer fee finally sent their check and will deposit by the time of the December report. All the scholarships winners have cashed their checks.

b.     Windsor moved to receive the treasurer’s report and Walton seconded. The motion carried.

IV.            Standing Committees –

a.     Awards – Marcellino

i.     The board reviewed the nominees for the 2016 Distinguished Journalist Awards, which were sent out via email to the board prior to the meeting. The board went into closed session for the vote.

ii.     The results are: R. Scott Moxley, Investigative Reporter for OC Weekly, for print under 90,000 circulation; Hector Becerra, California Editor, Los Angeles  Times, for print 90,000 or more circulation; Adrienne Alpert, Reporter, Producer and Host, Newsmakers, ABC7, for television; and Greg Habell, Editor KNX, for radio. The digital category was postponed pending an online vote. No FOI award will be given this year.

1.     UPDATE: The board voted via email to award the digital category to Jeremy Singer-Vine, Ken Bensinger, and Jessica Garrison from BuzzFeed News.

b.     Banquet – Walton

i.     No report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

i.     No report

d.     Diversity – Nonahal

i.     No report

e.     Ethics – Bluestein/Hendrickson

f.      Wax said a photo curator at the LA Public Library shared historical photos highlighting changes in journalistic ethics over time. She gave the example of rape victims’ names and addresses being routinely disclosed in news stories. Wax will review to see if photos could be the basis for an SPJ/LA ethics panel.

g.     FOI –Zahniser

i.     No report

h.     Generation J – Bluestein

i.     Bluestein said the event on Oct. 22 had about 200 high school students in attendance, some from as far as San Diego.

i.       Membership – Saxton

i.     Saxton just renewed his membership and said that renewal was easy online – if you fill out all the information in the form, you can renew chapter dues at the same time. Previously the local chapter did not pop up for him as an option. However, Saxton said, it is still possible to pay a membership fee without being prompted to consider a local chapter, because the completion of the form is not required. Saxton agreed to follow up with national to see if this could be changed.

j.       Nominations – Bellman

i.     Bellman said we have six seats up for nomination this year. Four people are running for reelection. Bellman encouraged the board to suggest candidates within two weeks.

k.     Scholarships – Audi

i.     No report

V.              Old Business

a.     Nov. 2 storytelling mixer at the Redwood – Peschiutta

i.     Mixer was fun!

VI.            New Business

a.     SPJ/LA Holiday Party – Dec. 7 – Mottek

i.     The holiday party will be at the Shanghai Grill on Dec. 7.

VII.          Next board meeting: Dec. 12 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

a.     Windsor moved to adjourn, Zahniser seconded. The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Christina Cocca