And the 2013 Scholarship Recipients Are…

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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

Abraham Jauregi, an undergraduate at California State University, Fullerton University who is from Bellflower, Calif. Jauregi won the Ken Inouye Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a journalist of color and aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms.

Jauregi has as wide appetite for stories, and a passion for sports writing. As a staffer for the Daily Titan, he has chronicled everything from Planned Parenthood and Apple, to Hall of Famer Gary Carter—all as student, new husband, and fulltime employee.

Alexander Campbell, a student at California State University, Long Beach who is from San Clemente, Calif. Campbell was one of two winners of the Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship, awarded to students pursuing careers in broadcast and multimedia journalism.

Campbell followed a long and winding road through computer science classes and service in the Marine Corps that eventually led him to journalism. Campbell became captivated with photography while in the Marines. “I realized that someone can change the world with a camera,” he wrote. The young veteran dedicated himself to pushing photography past its traditional limits into a multi-media format, adding speed, sound and narratives to still photos – with an eye toward shifting between the worlds of print, broadcast and web.

Ivana Nguyen, a broadcast journalism major at Cal State Fullerton, from Diamond Bar, Calif., also won a Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship.

Nguyen does it all — whether it’s behind the camera on the Red Carpet, or in front of it for a piece on a local dog park. She has ambitions to jump into LA’s entertainment journalism industry. Hailing from Diamond Bar, California, Ivana interned with Tonight/OMG! Insider working with host Nancy O’Dell and reporter Brooke Anderson who gave her the insight and passion to pursue this niche in broadcast journalism.

Sarah McClure, a Chapman University graduate who will be attending UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in the fall who is from Laguna Beach, Calif. McClure won the Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing investigative or political reporting.

McClure is the person uber-travel journalist Peter Greenberg turned to when he needed helicopters in Mexico for a PBS piece featuring Mexican president Felipe Calderon. The Los Angeles Daily Journal turned to her for a legal affairs column, fact checking and the kind of in-the-trenches work that makes a newsroom run. As a freelancer, her work has appeared in half a dozen publications. And all of these accomplishments came before the Spanish-speaking young journalist starts her graduate studies this fall. McClure is driven by a deep desire to pursue investigative reporting, especially in Hispanic communities.
Jennifer Luxton, a student at California State University, Northridge who is from Reseda, Calif. Luxton was one of two winners of the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship, which is for demonstrating a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism.

Luxton knows what news looks like and what it should look like – on the web and print. Luxton is visual editor for the Daily Sundial at Cal State Northridge. She’s racked up awards for her page designs, while making the dean’s list. Her focus is on the digital age of journalism, and how design and presentation online can boost investigative reporting.

Arceli Gutierrez, who graduated from Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif., and will be a freshman this fall at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, also won a Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

Gutierrez started writing stories for a bi-monthly newspaper as a sophomore at Cleveland High School. Soon the teen, who also speaks Spanish, would dive head first into her high school paper as a writer and editor, eventually becoming chief editor. Her feature stories delve deep into the lives of her subjects. For a story on a fellow high school student stabbed to death on a handball court, Gutierrez talked to a wide section of the boy’s friends, who revealed his flaws as well as the brighter parts of his personality.

SPJ/LA’s awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need was considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants were equal.

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 celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

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