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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 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

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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March 19, 2014 Awards, News, PayPal No Comments

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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

SPJ/LA Hosts Pre-Oscar Mixer with John Corrigan

February 7, 2014 News, SPJ Events No Comments

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The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a pre-Oscar mixer with LA Times’ John Corrigan and other special guests to discuss this year’s Academy Award-nominated films and covering entertainment news.

WHAT: SPJ/LA’s Pre-Oscar Mixer

 

WHO: John Corrigan, LA Times Assistant Managing Editor in Charge of Arts and Entertainment

 

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 20

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Pour Haus Wine Bar, 1820 Industrial Street, Art’s District, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, 90021.

 

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

 

PARKING: Street 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 Announces 2014 Officers and Newly Elected Board Members

January 24, 2014 News No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has elected its 2014 officers.

Navid Nonahal, the chapter’s vice president who is a freelance journalist and contributing writer to Tehran magazine, will become president on Jan. 1. Richard Hendrickson, who teaches journalism at California State University, Northridge, John Carroll University in Cleveland and UCLA Extension, was elected vice president. Rina Palta, a crime and safety reporter for KPCC-FM who was just elected to the board, will serve as secretary, and long-time board member Joel Bellman, press secretary for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, was elected treasurer. Alice Walton, a political reporter for KPCC-FM and a part-time faculty member at California State University, Northridge, will be immediate past president.

SPJ/LA also elected five members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board. In addition to Palta, incumbents Walton and freelancer Richard Saxton were reelected. Members also elected Tami Abdollah, a law enforcement reporter at The Associated Press, and Jason Kandel, senior producer/mobile lead, Digital Media, at NBCUniversal. Kandel resigned from the board after the election because of increased responsibilities at work, and Andrew Lopez, a digital producer at NBCLA.com, was appointed by the board to fill his term. There were seven candidates on the ballot for five spots, and Lopez received the sixth most votes.

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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