Save the Date: Our Annual Journalism Mega Mixer Is July 11

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to mix, mingle, mega schmooze, socialize, have fun, and network all at the same time. The July 11 mixer will feature complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. 

The Journalism Mega Mixer is hosted by:

  • Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Online News Association
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California/National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – L.A.

WHAT:
Annual Journalism Mega Mixer
 
WHEN:
Tuesday, July 11
6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
575 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

COST:
The mixer is free and open to all. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

PARKING:
Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available. Free parking at LACMA after 7p.m. – 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Petersen Museum parking is $12. 
 
RSVP:
Please RSVP by sending an email to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA Board Member 
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Hosts Panel Discussion: “I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Can Reporters Also Be Activists?”

In the era of Donald Trump, American journalism finds itself under attack as never before in modern times. Routinely assailed by the president and his surrogates as “fake news,” “enemies of the American people,” and even singled out by name for harsh personal criticism, journalists are responding in myriad ways. These range from aggressive investigative reporting and a more confrontational stance to outspoken criticism in social media and even signing petitions and joining demonstrations.

Can reporters also be activists? Traditional journalism says no: a national SPJ Ethics Committee position paper says flatly that for journalists, “whether they’re covering politics or not — political activism should be avoided.” But many younger journalists, especially digital natives, argue that given the direct challenges to a free and independent press, activism is not only permissible, it’s essential.

WHAT: 

SPJ/LA’s panel discussion: “I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Can Reporters Also Be Activists?”

WHO: 

The panel moderated by writer/columnist and SPJ/LA board member Joel Bellman will include:

CARLA HALL, editorial writer, Los Angeles Times

MARC COOPER, journalist, author, editor, journalism professor

EFENEL AZARCON-BARKER, digital show host/producer, KSCI/LA18

WHEN:

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:

The Association Bar

110 E. 6th Street

Downtown Los Angeles

COST:

Free and open to the public.

RSVP:

Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:

Secure 24-hour parking available at 545 S. Main St., $4/20 min., $12/max.

CONTACT:

Joel Bellman, jbellman@ca.rr.com

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s Media Literacy Panel: “Fighting the Fakers”

“Fake news” is an accusation leveled almost daily by pundits and politicians, while conspicuous fact-checking has become a mainstay of political coverage. Public confidence in the press has fallen to single digits. And Facebook is gearing up efforts to fight “information operations” designed to “distort … political sentiment.”

  • How can the average reader sidestep spin and sort out the truth?
  • Identify what’s left out of a story?
  • Fact check the fact checkers?
  • How can reporters avoid bias and signal the authority of their sources?
  • Identify the narrative within the chaos of social media?
  • What are media outlets doing to fight back?
  • What’s the long-term impact on the free press?

Join our panelists for a discussion on media literacy in an age of instant and endless information, followed by Q&A.

Panelists:

  • Jim Newton is a veteran journalist who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times — working as an editor, bureau chief and columnist — before joining the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and founding Blueprint magazine. Jim has authored three critically acclaimed and best-selling biographies.
  • Evan George is the managing producer for public radio station KCRW’s “To the Point,” the live, nationally syndicated show hosted by Warren Olney, which provides a daily in-depth look at national and international issues driving headlines. Before radio, Evan covered health care and courts as a newspaper editor and reporter.          
  • Kelly Whitney, director of integrated media for NBC4, oversees the station’s digital news coverage and social media strategy. Kelly began her career as a print reporter and has covered beats ranging from courts to biotech.

When:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where:  Chemistry 3 Room, Los Angeles City College

Parking: Free parking is available in the faculty lot at North Heliotrope Drive and Monroe Street (campus address is 855 N. Vermont Avenue)

Note: The Chemistry Building is at the north end of campus on Willow Brook Avenue (see campus map here: http://www.lacitycollege.edu/public/cmap/LACC-Campus-Map.pdf) and Chem 3 is on the basement level
 
Cost: Free to the public. Students are encouraged to attend.
 
RSVP: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA’s 2017 Scholarship Awards Application Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017

“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 Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be awarding 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 July 11, 2017.
 
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 – 2017 Scholarships
 
NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________
STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________
E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________
 
Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:
 
o Ken Inouye Scholarship – Ethnic diversity scholarship ($500 – $1,000).
 
o 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, June 9, 2017
Applications by e-mail to Tammy Audi                                              
auditammy@gmail.com
NOTE: Please write “SPJ Scholarship 2017 Application” in the subject line!