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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

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March 19, 2014 Awards, News, PayPal No Comments

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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.

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