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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

SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Officers and Newly Elected Board Members

January 24, 2014 News No Comments

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has elected its 2014 officers.

Navid Nonahal, the chapter’s vice president who is a freelance journalist and contributing writer to Tehran magazine, will become president on Jan. 1. Richard Hendrickson, who teaches journalism at California State University, Northridge, John Carroll University in Cleveland and UCLA Extension, was elected vice president. Rina Palta, a crime and safety reporter for KPCC-FM who was just elected to the board, will serve as secretary, and long-time board member Joel Bellman, press secretary for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, was elected treasurer. Alice Walton, a political reporter for KPCC-FM and a part-time faculty member at California State University, Northridge, will be immediate past president.

SPJ/LA also elected five members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board. In addition to Palta, incumbents Walton and freelancer Richard Saxton were reelected. Members also elected Tami Abdollah, a law enforcement reporter at The Associated Press, and Jason Kandel, senior producer/mobile lead, Digital Media, at NBCUniversal. Kandel resigned from the board after the election because of increased responsibilities at work, and Andrew Lopez, a digital producer at NBCLA.com, was appointed by the board to fill his term. There were seven candidates on the ballot for five spots, and Lopez received the sixth most votes.

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 was chartered 25 years later in 1934.

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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Celebrate With Us at Our Holiday Party!

November 22, 2013 News No Comments
McCormick & Schmick's is on Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills

McCormick & Schmick’s is on Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills

 

You are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a festive holiday party in the heart of Beverly Hills. Enjoy the beautiful holiday season atmosphere of Via Rodeo, as we gather to celebrate the season at McCormick & Schmick’s, on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, across the street from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The party includes generously served hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, mini desserts and a no host cash bar. Space is limited.

RSVP now to join your friends, SPJ/LA members, print, online, and broadcast journalists on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

What
SPJ/LA Holiday Party

When
6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Where
McCormick & Schmick’s Pacific Seafood Grill
206 N. Rodeo Drive
On the Via Rodeo
Beverly Hills, CA  90210 (map)
Phone: 310-859-0434

Cost
$25 for SPJ/LA members
$40 for non-members
Non-members who join SPJ/LA the night of the event will enjoy the member price.
Give yourself the gift of SPJ/LA membership at www.spjla.org.
No host cash bar


Tickets




Parking
$5 after 6 p.m. with a two-hour validation. Otherwise, $7 flat rate after 6 p.m. in the Via Rodeo parking structure with elevator to the party. Metered parking also available.

RSVP
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

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

Photo: St Stev/Flickr/Creative Commons License

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

Know a Journalist Deserving of Recognition? Nominate Them for the SPJ/LA Awards!

October 16, 2013 News 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)

2014 Banquet Awardees (See awardee list here)

Do you know tough, hard-working reporters, writers, producers and editors who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding careers? Nominate them for the annual Distinguished Journalists Awards handed out by the Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

We are looking for nominees in the categories of:

  • Print
  • Television
  • Radio
  • New Media

The chapter also hands out a Freedom of Information Award to a non-journalist who is fighting to shine a light on press access.

Nominations may be submitted by email to Julia Seifer at Julia.C.Seifer@abc.com no later than Friday, Oct. 18.

The awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2014.

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.

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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