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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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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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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

Share Your Thoughts About Whether the SPJ Code of Ethics Should Be Updated

November 3, 2013 SPJ Events No Comments

Screenshot of SPJ's Code of Ethics webpage.SPJ is considering revising its Code of Ethics, and the national Ethics Committee is seeking feedback from members around the country as it discusses and evaluates possible options.

The current version of the code was adopted at the 1996 SPJ National Convention. SPJ will work over the next year to discuss and evaluate any ideas and will present any proposed changes during the 2014 Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville, Tenn.

WHAT: Discussion about whether the Code of Ethics should be updated.

WHO: Lauren Bartlett, national Ethics Committee member, past president of SPJ/LA and past national board member, will lead the discussion.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. light dinner, 7 p.m. panel discussion,Thursday, Nov. 21

WHERE: RAND Corp., 1776 Main Street
, Santa Monica, CA 90401

COST: Free.

PARKING: Available in RAND’s parking lot.

RSVP: E-mail spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Detail of SPJ’s Code of Ethics webpage. | Photo by Zach Behrens/SPJ-LA

Oct. 10 Panel: Beyond Snowden, When Free Press and National Security Clash

September 20, 2013 SPJ Events No Comments

journalism-1st-amendment-national-security-snowdenThe Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will sponsor a panel discussion the First Amendment and how it applies to journalists who report on issues of national security.  Should a reporter who obtains confidential information from a government official be forced to testify before prosecutors pursuing a case against that individual? How would a national shield law protect reporters in these situations? Truthdig editor Robert Scheer and attorney Elizabeth Martinez will be among the panelists at the Oct. 10 event, hosted at KPCC public radio’s Crawford Family Forum. SPJ/LA board memberJoel Bellman will moderate the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public.

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SPJLA Attends National Conference in Anaheim

September 9, 2013 SPJ Events No Comments

 

Richard Saxton, Alice Walton, Lauren Bartlett, Navid Nonahal

SPJ-LA Board Members Richard Saxton, Alice Walton, Lauren Bartlett, Navid Nonahal

The Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was well represented at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim. Chapter board members Alice Walton, Lauren Bartlett and Richard Saxton served as the chapter’s delegates.

SPJ’s final business session included consideration of nine resolutions. The Society approved a resolution rejecting Congress’ efforts to define a journalist. Delegates also agreed to review SPJ’s Ethics Code. Finally, a resolution to rename SPJ as “Society for Professional Journalism” was rejected by the delegates. However, SPJ President Dave Cuillier will appoint a task force to look at the issue.

EIJ 2014 will be held in Nashville. Details are available here.

SPJ-LA Board Member Stephanie Bluestein with Kai Ryssdal of "Marketplace"

SPJ-LA Board Member Stephanie Bluestein with Kai Ryssdal of “Marketplace”

June 27 Panel: Media Coverage of the Transgender Community

June 13, 2013 SPJ Events No Comments

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The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to join us for a discussion regarding media coverage of the transgender community on Thursday, June 27.

Panelists will discuss what reporters should be aware of when reporting on the transgender community. They will also give their insight into media coverage, tips for reporters, and potential story ideas. The event is co-sponsored by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the L.A. chapters of the Asian American Journalist Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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Join Us at Our Mixer Honoring Sandi Gibbons

March 22, 2013 SPJ Events No Comments
L.A. District Attorney SealThe Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to join us for a mixer honoring Sandi Gibbons of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. After 24 years with the DA’s Office, Gibbons is retiring on March 31.

Prior to joining the DA’s Office, Gibbons was a reporter for City News Service. She was at the Ambassador Hotel the night Sen. Robert Kennedy was assassinated, and went on to cover the trials of Sirhan Sirhan and Charles Manson.

The mixer is free and open to all! Please let us know you’re coming by sending an e-mail to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

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A Few Photos from the 2013 Awards Banquet

March 21, 2013 Awards, SPJ Events No Comments
Banquet Awardees (L-R): Beverly White (NBC4), Jean-Paul Jassy (attorney, counsel for SPJ/LA), Sharon Waxman (The Wrap), Jeff Fager (CBS News Chairman and banquet speaker), Marty Sauerzopf (City News Service), Dan Evans (Los Angeles Times community newspapers), Andy Ludlum (KNX 1070 Newsradio, KFWB News Talk 980)

Banquet Awardees (L-R): Beverly White (NBC4), Jean-Paul Jassy (attorney, counsel for SPJ/LA), Sharon Waxman (The Wrap), Jeff Fager (CBS News Chairman and banquet speaker), Marty Sauerzopf (City News Service), Dan Evans (Los Angeles Times community newspapers), Andy Ludlum (KNX 1070 Newsradio, KFWB News Talk 980)

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