RSVP for the Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater L.A. Chapter of SPJ

LOS ANGELES – Don’t miss your opportunity to support local journalism by attending the 42nd annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on March 1, 2018.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. 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 have achieved a record of career accomplishments.

This year’s Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter; Robin Abcarian, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; 89.3 KPCC reporter Sharon McNary; ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Miriam Hernandez; and Norberto Santana, founder and publisher of the Voice of OC.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Kelly Aviles of Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to open government, free speech and protected reporting.

MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff will be the speaker at the dinner.

Sponsorship opportunities and program ads are available. The three levels of sponsorship are:

Platinum ($5,000): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, logo included on banquet website and in emails, one complimentary table at the event.

Gold ($2,500): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, five complimentary tickets to the event.

Silver ($1,500): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, two complimentary tickets to the event.

You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:
Back cover of the program: $500
Full page inside program: $350
Half-page inside program: $250
Quarter-page inside program: $150

If you can’t make it to the banquet, please consider sponsoring a student. For $80, your donation will cover a journalism student’s attendance at the event.

The awards banquet will be held March 1, 2018, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for the event are:
$100 for SPJ/LA members
$140 for non-members
$80 for students
Tables of 10 are available for $1,000
A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

SPJ/LA Announces Newly Elected Board Members

Sandy Mazza, Tom Bray and Julia Wick.

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists elected five members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board, beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Sandy Mazza, city reporter for the Daily Breeze, and Tom Bray, senior editor at the Southern California News Group, were newly elected to the board.

Three incumbents were reelected. They are: Roberta Wax, freelance writer; Frank Mottek, business news anchor for KNX 1070 Newsradio; and freelance journalist, Richard Saxton.

Julia Wick, freelance journalist and former editor-in-chief of LAist, was elected to a two-year term to fill a seat vacated earlier this year.

SPJ/LA Announces MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff as Speaker for the Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

LOS ANGELES – MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff will be the speaker at the 42nd annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on March 1, 2018.

Soboroff is a Los Angeles-based MSNBC correspondent and anchor who reports across NBC News and MSNBC.

Most recently he was a part of NBC and MSNBC special coverage of major news events, including the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the opioid crisis, the solar eclipse, the Charlottesville attack, Hurricane Irma, the Global Citizen Festival and the Las Vegas mass shooting.

In addition, Jacob hosted two hour-long MSNBC original documentaries in 2017, The Trump Equation, about the factors that led to President Trump’s victory, and One Nation Over Dosed, about fentanyl, the drug fueling America’s record-breaking overdose death rate.

In 2016, Jacob was part of the network’s group of “Road Warriors,” traveling across the nation to cover the 2016 election and the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions.

During the campaign, Variety said Jacob’s “dispatches from around America have the vibe of a hipper, latter-day Charles Kuralt — commiserating with a hover boat driver in the Everglades and an ice fisherman atop a lake in New Hampshire, or riding a bike with an immigrant ‘dreamer’ to get her to confide how it feels to meet other immigrant children on the campaign trail.”

Before joining MSNBC in 2015, he hosted a variety of projects for platforms including Vanity Fair, YouTube, Participant Media, The Huffington Post, MTV, AMC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

This year’s Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter; Robin Abcarian, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; 89.3 KPCC reporter Sharon McNary; ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Miriam Hernandez; and Norberto Santana, founder and publisher of the Voice of OC.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Kelly Aviles of Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to open government, free speech and protected reporting.

The chapter will also recognize Rob Eshman, former editor-in-chief and publisher of the Jewish Journal.

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 have achieved a record of career accomplishments.

The awards banquet will be held March 1, 2018at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for the event are:

  • $100 for SPJ/LA members
  • $140 for non-members
  • $80 for students
  • Tables of 10 are available for $1,000

A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, as are program ads to congratulate this year’s honorees.

Be Eligible To Vote For Your SPJ/LA Board Members

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host an online election for its Board of Directors soon.

National members who are also a part of the local Los Angeles chapter are eligible to vote in the election. Don’t miss your chance to be counted! Log onto SPJ’s website to make sure your information is correct.

Since only SPJ/LA chapter members may vote, if you joined SPJ national but haven’t yet joined the L.A. chapter, please log onto the national website’s membership page and join today. Annual dues for the Greater Los Angeles Pro chapter are $20.

Like everything in journalism, there’s a deadline: please update your contact information before Dec. 14 to be included. The online election will be open from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21.

If you need to renew your membership soon, why not do it now? Get that professional business expense deduction onto your 2017 returns!

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Favot via email at sarah.favot@gmail.com.