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SPJ/LA’s 2015 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS/Application deadline: March 16, 2015

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SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
Greater Los Angeles Chapter

2015 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS/Application deadline: March 16, 2015

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced in April 17, 2015.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

- Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)
- Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).
- Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
- Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

 If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
 Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
 Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
 Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit http://spjla.org/

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
COVER SHEET (see below)

Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

STANDARD RESUME
This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

 You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES
Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.
 Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.
Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

ESSAY

Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2015 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE¬¬___________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

 Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($500-$1,000).

 Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($500-$1,000).

 Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

 Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($500-$1,000).

________________________________________

ACADEMIC INFORMATION
University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________
Major ___________________________Minor ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA) ___________Journalism GPA ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation ___________________
Date of birth _________________________________
High school from which you graduated ______________________________
City and state of your high school __________________________________
Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, Monday, March 16, 2015
Applications by e-mail to Tami Abdollah and Tammy Audi

abdollah@gmail.com
auditammy@gmail.com

2014 SPJ/LA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS / Application deadline: July 15, 2014

2014 SPJ/LA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Application deadline: July 15, 2014

 

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced in September 2014.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

-      Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)

-      Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).

-      Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).

-      Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

 

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

 

In addition, applicants must:

- Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

- If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.

- Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.

- Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.

- Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

- Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit http://spjla.org/

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

COVER SHEET (see below)

Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

 

STANDARD RESUME

This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

 

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES

Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

 

- Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.

- Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.

- Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.

- Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

 

ESSAY

Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)
APPLICATION COVER SHEET

Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2013 scholarships

 

NAME ________________________________________________________

MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________

CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________

TELEPHONE ____________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________

TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________

 

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

__ Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($500-$1,000).

__ Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($500-$1,000).

__ Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

__ Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($500-$1,000).

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________

Major ___________________________Minor ________________________

Grade Point Average (GPA)  ___________Journalism GPA ______________

Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______

Anticipated date of graduation ___________________

Date of birth _________________________________

High school from which you graduated ______________________________

City and state of your high school __________________________________

Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Deadline is midnight, Sunday, July 15, 2014

Applications by e-mail to Tami Abdollah and Tammy Audi

abdollah@gmail.com

auditammy@gmail.com

And the 2013 Scholarship Recipients Are…

August 23, 2013 News, Scholarships No Comments

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Supporting the next generation of journalists, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded scholarships to six students from Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties pursuing careers in journalism.

  • Ken Inouye Scholarship: Abraham Jauregi, CSU Fullerton
  • Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship: Alexander Campbell, CSU Long Beach and Ivana Nguyen, CSU Fullerton
  • Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship: Sarah McClure, Chapman University
  • Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship (shared): Jennifer Luxton, CSU Northridge and Arceli Gutierrez, Cleveland High School, Reseda

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SPJ/LA Announces 2013 Scholarship Opportunities

March 26, 2013 Scholarships No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships. High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The application deadline is June 10, 2013 and the awards will be announced in July 2013.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

  • Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)
  • Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).
  • Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
  • Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

The scholarship application is available here.

Questions? Please contact SPJ/LA Scholarship Chair Tammy Audi at auditammy@gmail.com

Society of Professional Journalists/LA Announces 2010 Scholarship Winners

August 2, 2010 News, Scholarships No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded scholarships to six students at colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties.

The winners are:

**Ken Inouye Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a journalist of color and aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms.

Yazmin Cruz: Cruz is a journalism student at Cal State University, Northridge and is spending an extra year in school to serve as the editor-in-chief of the student-run Daily Sundial. Cruz is the first of her family to go to college. She is fluent in Spanish and has also worked for the student-run Spanish publication, El Nuevo Sol.

** Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – Two $500 scholarships awarded to students pursuing broadcast and multimedia journalism.

Natalie Yemenidjian: Yemenidjian is a student at Pierce College and interns at KPCC, where she has produced multimedia pieces for KPCC’s website. She was also one of the student founders of KPCRadio.com, Pierce College’s first Internet radio station. She has interned at the Glendale News-Press/Burbank Leader, and served as editor-in-chief of the student-run Bull Magazine and Roundup Newspaper.

Regina Graham: Graham is a graduate of Spelman College and will be attending USC as a journalism graduate student in the fall. She was a CNN Summer Trainee, where she worked in CNN’s Newsource department and currently works as a freelance assignment coordinator. She was an anchor for Morehouse College’s TV news station, and also has written for the student-run newspaper, The Maroon Tiger.

** Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – $1000 awarded to a student pursuing investigative or political reporting.

Ariel Edwards-Levy: Edwards-Levy is a student at USC majoring in journalism and political science who has shown a strong interest in political reporting. She has worked at the student-run Daily Trojan, where she served as a staff writer and city editor. She has also expanded her skills to radio and online as a  reporter at the Annenberg Radio News.

** Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – Two $500 scholarships awarded to two students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism.

Derrick Taruc: Taruc is a student at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in communications with an emphasis in journalism. Since transferring from Mt. San Antonio College, Derrick has wasted no time pursuing his goals to becoming a magazine writer. He’s a writer for the student newspaper, the Poly Post, and the student-run magazine, Title Magazine.

Jiyoon Jane Yu: Yu is a graduate of UCLA and will be attending Northwestern University for her master’s in journalism this fall. She entered college as a pre-med, but became a communications major after discovering her passion for writing and reporting. Yu has written for Korean newspapers on both sides of the Pacific, as a reporter for The Korea Daily in Los Angeles and as an intern at the Chosun Ilbo Newsper in Seoul.

SPJ/LA scholarships announced

April 11, 2010 News, Scholarships No Comments

Students at colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties have until midnight, May 7, 2010 to apply for a variety of scholarships awarded by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Four awards, valued at up to $1,000 each, will be made to successful applicants in the following areas: journalists of color, broadcast journalism, investigative or political reporting, and general journalism majors.

Students can apply through an essay or propose a project for funding. Requirements include cover sheet, resume and journalism work samples. Applications will be accepted by regular mail or electronically. For application rules and additional details, click here.

Scholarships

April 11, 2009 Scholarships No Comments

Students at colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties are eligible  for a variety of scholarships awarded by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The deadline for the 2010 awards has passed. Keep checking back for updates for the 2011 awards.

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