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SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees

November 13, 2014 Awards, News No Comments

SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees

 

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor five local journalists at its 39th annual awards banquet next spring.

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; and 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.

SPJ/LA presents the Distinguished Journalist awards to members of the profession who demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. Honorees are journalists who have achieved a record of career accomplishments. For nearly four decades, the chapter has recognized reporters, editors and photographers in print and broadcast journalism. Since 1997, the chapter has honored journalists in four categories: television, radio, newspapers with a circulation of less than 90,000 and newspapers with a circulation of 90,000 or more.

The Distinguished Work in New Media award was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses the new media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.

The awards banquet will be held in Spring of 2015, with the date and location to be announced.

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 75th anniversary in 2009.

Distinguished Journalist Award Winners
 
Television
Cheryl Kunin Fair is the longest-serving local television news director in Los Angeles, and the only female news director in the history of KABC-TV. Since she joined KABC in 1994, Eyewitness News has become the local news leader in broadcast, digital and social media. Milestones during her tenure include the only locally owned live radar in Southern California, the first high-definition helicopter, and the first regular newscasts in HD live from the studio and the field. Under her leadership, Eyewitness News has implemented new technology to discover, create, present and distribute news and information content and embraced social media as a way to better communicate with consumers.

Radio
Keith S. Goldstein has spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN-FM, since 1987, he has led his California State University Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to more than 450 professional local, regional, state and national awards including 49 Golden Mikes in Division B from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California and 34 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association including KCSN News being recognized four times for overall excellence. Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, the student reporters and writers have received a dozen first place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Goldstein created a six-part series on domestic violence that received first place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and the Associated Press.  He also earned three statewide Associated Press awards in the category of investigative reporting, including in-depth stories on staged accidents and the mental health funding crisis in Los Angeles County. A native of Philadelphia, Goldstein is a graduate of Temple University and earned his graduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. Goldstein also serves as a classroom instructor at California State University Northridge for the Journalism Department’s advanced radio news class, the Broadcast News Practicum.

Print (circulation over 90,000)
Jacques Clafin has been CNS Overnight Editor for nearly two decades, directing the agency’s overnight news report over a period that has seen the CNS coverage area expand with the addition of San Diego and Riverside counties. Clafin brought a wealth of reporting and management experience gleaned from years of service at United Press International — as Pacific Division Editor, directing news coverage in 10 Western states, including California; foreign editor, during a period when UPI earned the George Polk Award in Journalism, in the foreign reporting category; bureau chief in Salisbury; and correspondent in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His assignments included coverage of the Yom Kippur War, the Rhodesian War and the emergence of Zimbabwe under black majority rule in the former Rhodesia. Clafin has reported from a score of countries and the United Nations. But one of his biggest “scoops” was his most anonymous. It came when, based on a tip, the French-speaking Clafin worked the phones in UPI’s New York office and learned from someone at Monaco’s Royal Palace that Princess Grace had died in a car crash. No other organization could match it for hours. The French-born Clafin attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, Los Angeles City College and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Print (circulation under 90,000)
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, the author of “Orange County: A Personal History” and “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton, and a consulting producer on FOX’s animated show, Bordertown. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. Gustavo is the recipient of awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Los Angeles Press Club and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. He was also recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom was illegal.

Distinguished Work in New Media
Michelle Levander is founding director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and editor-in-chief of its website, ReportingonHealth.org, an online community of journalists, bloggers, health thinkers and practitioners. Reporting on Health, launched in 2008, features commissioned and member blogs and encourages online learning and communication across journalism, health policy and health practice. Two years ago, Levander launched the ReportingonHealth Collaborative under the Reporting on Health banner, which brings together reporters to produce collaborative projects for their news outlets on a shared theme. A veteran editor and writer, Levander previously reported in Asia, Latin America, and the United States for Time Magazine Asia, the Asian Wall Street Journal and The San Jose Mercury News. In Asia, she reported from China, India, South Korea and Vietnam on the region’s technology scene and launched a Technology Journal for the Asian Wall Street Journal.  She wrote about workplace issues and business health policy at the Mercury News, among other topics. She has received journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club of America (Best Reporting in Latin America), the Inter American Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. A former Inter American Press Association fellow, she spent a year in Mexico, studying and researching migrant culture. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

SPJ/LA will also recognize Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist whose drawings help fill the gap when cameras are barred from the courtroom. Edwards’ illustrations have been featured on local newscasts, programs and networks such as KABC-TV, TMZ.com, “20/20,” A&E Biography, ABC, CNN, “Entertainment Tonight” and in numerous publications, including Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. She has illustrated several fashion books and has also created storyboards and sketch art for feature films and TV commercials. She has taught fashion sketching classes at UCLA and other academic institutions.

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

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