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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

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SPJ/LA Announces 2013 Distinguished Journalist Honorees

December 11, 2013 Awards No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor five local journalists at its 38th annual awards banquet next spring.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They are: Sandy Banks, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; Jon Regardie, executive editor for Los Angeles Downtown News; John Brooks, former 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.

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 accomplishments over the course of several years. For the past three 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 2014, 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.

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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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Don’t Miss Out on SPJ/LA’s 2013 Awards Banquet

February 19, 2013 Awards No Comments

Tickets are still available for the 2013 Distinguished Journalist Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The event will be held Thursday, March 14 at the Hilton Hotel in Universal City. The banquet speaker will be CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager. Tickets are $90 for SPJ members and $110 for non-SPJ members. A table of 10 can be purchased for $900. To RSVP, please email SPJBanquet@gmail.com or contact the chapter’s Roberta Wax at (818) 718-8184. Checks and credit cards accepted.

timewarnerlogoTime Warner Cable is the event sponsor. KNX 1070’s Frank Mottek, the voice of the KNX Business Hour, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

This year’s Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They include: Marty Sauerzopf, city editor at City News Service; Dan Evans, editor for the Los Angeles Times community newspapers; Andy Ludlum, director of news programming at KNX 1070 Newsradio and KFWB News Talk 980; and Beverly White, general assignment reporter at NBC4. Sharon Waxman, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of TheWrap.com, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award. Jean-Paul Jassy, attorney and counsel for SPJ/LA, will receive the chapter’s Freedom of Information Award.

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 accomplishments over the course of several years.

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.

When

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Where
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608

Cost
SPJ Members: $90
Non-members: $110
Tables of 10 available for $900


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RSVP
E-mail SPJBanquet@gmail.com or
Call SPJ/LA’s Roberta Wax at (818) 718-8184

Contact
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CBS News Chairman to be 2013 Banquet Speaker

January 27, 2013 Awards, SPJ Events No Comments

cbs-news-chairman-jeff-fagerThe Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager as the speaker for its 2013 awards banquet.

The annual event will be held Thursday, March 14 at the Hilton Hotel in Universal City. Tickets are $90 for SPJ members and $110 for non-SPJ members. A table of 10 can be purchased for $900. To RSVP, please email SPJLosAngeles@gmail.com or contact the chapter’s Roberta Wax at (818) 718-8184.

Jeff Fager became the first chairman of CBS News in February 2011, after re-shaping its flagship broadcast, 60 MINUTES, into an editorially more vibrant and news-conscious program that regularly makes Nielsen’s Top 10 and wins unprecedented amounts of awards. His efforts to improve the hit program online have also made the 60 MINUTES brand a hit on the Internet and the model of successful electronic journalism in the digital age. In January 2012, Fager guided the re-launch of the network’s morning news program, CBS THIS MORNING, into a broadcast critically acclaimed for its fresh focus on harder news and its new team of talent.

In recognition for these and his other achievements, he received the Paul White Award, the highest honor given by the Radio, Television, Digital News Association. … Continue Reading

KPCC’s Madeleine Brand to Serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for SPJ/LA’s 36th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

April 17, 2012 Awards, SPJ Events No Comments

Madeleine Brand, host of the innovative radio news magazine program, The Madeleine Brand Show, will be the mistress of ceremonies at the 36th annual awards banquet on May 8, presented by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Madeleine Brand Show, which launched in September 2010 on Southern California Public Radio, 89.3 KPCC, is described as having an original sound that is thought-provoking and intimate. Brand describes it as “a new form of public radio journalism that combines a Morning Edition sensibility—the news and current events—with the sensibilities of Fresh Air and This American Life—the best in story-telling.”

Five local journalists and an attorney will be honored at the event, which will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The Distinguished Journalist honorees are Bob Pool, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times; Howard Fine, a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles Business Journal; Bob Moon, senior business correspondent, Marketplace; and Lisa Bartley, investigative producer at ABC7, Eyewitness News. Jesus Sanchez, editor and publisher of The Eastsider LA, is the  recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award. Don Zachary, attorney and counsel for RTNA, will receive the chapter’s Freedom of Information Award.

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SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

October 17, 2011 Awards No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2011 Distinguished Journalists Awards, 2011 Distinguished Work in New Media Award and 2011 Freedom of Information Award.

Nomination forms must be submitted by email to Julia Seifer at Julia.C.Seifer@abc.com or faxed to Roberta Wax at (818) 993-5971, no later than Friday, Oct. 21.

The awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2012.

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 Award Nominee Form 2011

SPJ/LA honored by Society of Professional Journalists

August 13, 2011 Awards No Comments

Noting the importance and impact of the chapter’s website, press releases and social media, the Greater Los Angeles Pro chapter was honored earlier this month with a Circle of Excellence award. From the SPJ press release:

Chapter Communications
The Greater Los Angeles Pro chapter is commended for its efforts in chapter communications. The chapter’s creative communications via email, a chapter website, press releases, standard mail and Facebook have helped make this chapter’s programming active and successful.

For a list of winners in all categories, please click here.

SPJ Announces 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Winners

May 10, 2011 Awards No Comments

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce recipients of the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

Judges chose the winners from over 1,400 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2010.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

The awards banquet will be Sept. 24 in New Orleans during the joint SPJ-RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well- informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.

Winners after the jump.

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