Meeting Minutes: May 1, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday May 1, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, David Zahniser

I.               Approval of minutes from April 3 board meeting

Postponed until the June 5 board meeting

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

a.     Bluestein reported she attended the annual journalism advisory committee meeting at Santa Monica College on April 20. She said it was a worthwhile meeting that included professional journalists and journalism educators.

b.     Bellman participated on an April 19 panel about fake news hosted by Nonprofit Communications and Media Network. Bluestein was asked, as chapter president, to attend, but was unable to go due to a family funeral. Bellman filled in as the chapter’s representative.

c.      Bluestein gave a recap on the Regional Conference she attended hosted by the San Diego Chapter on April 28 and 29. Bluestein attended along with Linda Bowen and Richard Saxton. During an informal gathering of SPJ chapter leaders on Friday, regional director Matt Hall explained proposed changed to reduce the size of the national board. There was also a discussion about our chapter hosting the reginal conference next year. On Saturday, a keynote speech was given by Lynn Walsh, national SPJ president. Each breakout session on Saturday had three different sessions to choose from and there was a luncheon to present the Mark of Excellence awards to college students. NPR’s Kelly McEvers gave a speech to end the presentation-portion of the conference.

d.     Bluestein reported that Favot and she met to go over the Chapter’s annual report, which is due May 30. She will reach out to committee chairs to ensure we haven’t missed any events to be included in the annual report this year.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Hendrickson reported the Bank of America balance as of April 1, 2017 was $37,270.45 and as of May 1, 2017 was $37,116.85.  A total of $506.38 is outstanding in uncashed checks. The balance on the books as of May 1 is $36,610.47. The Morgan Stanley balance as of May 1 is $71,782.58 which includes a gain of $190.14 from the previous month.

Vote to accept the financial report postponed until the June 5 board meeting.

b.     Henrickson reported that two people have already reviewed our annual financial report (both are members of SPJ who are not on the board as required). He is now seeking a third person, as per the requirements from national.

IV.            Standing Committees

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

No report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

Marcellino is waiting to hear back from RTNA on court access issues in federal court.

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report

e.     Ethics – Bellman

·  Plans for June 22 event

Bellman reported that Joe Saltzman from USC will be a panelist. Bellman needs to secure a location. The board discussed possible panelists and topics to be discussed about the issue of journalists as advocates.

f.      FOI – Zahniser

·  Re-cap of April 5 investigative reporting (FOI) panel at USC

Zahniser reported Hendrickson and Bellman put together a successful event. About 65 people attended.

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

·  Mentoring Santa Monica College J students

Bluestein reported Santa Monica College faculty asked her if board members would be interested in mentoring students from the college. Bluestein also reached out to the college to see if they are interested in starting a student chapter there.

h.     Membership – Nonahal

No report

i.       Nominations – Favot

No report

j.       Scholarships – Audi

·  Scholarship application deadline: June 9

V.              Old Business

a.     Media literacy event in May

Marcellino reported the event will be May 17 at LA City College. Jim Newton with UCLA Luskin School, Evan George, of KCRW, and NBC4’s director of integrated media Kelly Whitney will be panelists. Tammy Audi will moderate, if available. Marcellino said the college won’t provide AV equipment for free. It will cost about $180 to rent. Bellman said he believed because the event is in two weeks, this vote constituted an “emergency” under the bylaws, which would allow the board to vote without a quorum.

Bluestein declared an emergency.

Hendrickson moved to authorize Marcellino to rent AV equipment for up to $250 (which will Marcellino will pick-up and set-up and return herself) for the media literacy panel that will take place before the next regularly scheduled meeting. Bellman seconded. Approved.

b.     Mega-mixer—July 12

Bluestein reported that Richard Saxton is working on this.

VI.            New Business

a.     Regional conference in Spring ‘18

Bluestein reported that she would like to form an ad-hoc committee to plan the conference.  She believes that members who work on the banquet should not work on the conference because the events will be within a few weeks of each other. Bluestein said that we should offer 2-3 panels for each session. Hendrickson and Bellman offered to be on the ad-hoc committee. Bluestein and Wax have said they will be on the committee.

Members suggested that Bluestein send board members agendas and schedules for previous regional conferences, so we can be informed when we are making decisions about our conference at the next board meeting. Favot will call hotels in the Universal City, Glendale and Burbank areas to get estimates for about 150 attendees. Tentative dates are the evening of Friday, April 27 and all day Saturday April 27.

b.     Recording/broadcasting via social media future panel discussions

Bluestein raised the question of whether we should broadcast our panels on Facebook Live and/or post recordings to our website. Board members agreed this should be done whenever possible.

VII.          Next board meeting: June 5 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

Respectfully Submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: April 3, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday April 3, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Sarah Favot, Elizabeth Marcellino, Irene Moore, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Robi Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

Called to order by Bluestein at 7:13 p.m.

I.               Approval of minutes from March 6 board meeting

a.)   Bellman moved to approve the March 6 board meeting minutes. Seconded by Wax. Nonahal, Windsor, Zahniser and Mottek abstained. Approved.

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

a.)   Bluestein reported the Santa Monica College Journalism Department reached out to her to see if she wanted to participate with their annual advisory committee on April 20 where they bring in professional journalists to discuss their curriculum. Nonahal said the students could be encouraged join our chapter as students. Board members encouraged Bluestein to attend.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Bluestein reported on behalf of Hendrickson. The Bank of America balance as of March 1, 2017 is $35,530.89 and as of April 1, 2017 is $37,270.45.  A total of $10.08 is outstanding in uncashed checks. The balance on the books as of April 1 is $37,260.37. The Morgan Stanley balance as of April 1 is $71,592.44 which includes a gain of $44.12 from the previous month. (Need to say who moved to accept the report and who seconded it.)

IV.            Standing Committees

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

Nothing to report. Wax suggested we start discussing awards in July.

b.     Banquet – Walton

Nothing to report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

·   Update on federal courts was sent via email by Marcellino.

Bluestein reported on behalf of Marcellino and gave an update. Bellman said our attorney offered to make himself available if needed. We will be posting the local rules for federal courts on our website to serve as a resource for reporters covering the courts in LA.

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

Nothing to report

e.     Ethics – Bellman

Nothing to report

f.      FOI – Zahniser

·  Re-cap of March 16 Sunshine Week mixer with L.A. Times reporter Ben Welsh at the Redwood Bar & Grill

Zahniser reported that Welsh provided detailed information to 18 attendees about the CA Civic Data Coalition. The event was timely because they are working to make CAL-Access, the state’s campaign finance website, more user-accessible. He said they think it’ll be another year before something is ready. Welsh said he’d be happy to come back to us and do training opportunities to promote the new site.

·  April 5 investigative reporting (FOI) panel at USC

The next event is in two days. Hendrickson and Bellman planned the panel discussion and Bellman will be moderating. Panelists will be Matt Doig , the LA Times’ newly hired investigations editor; Joel Grover from NBC4; Alexandra Berzon, the Wall Street Journal’s investigative reporter; and Vince Gonzales, a journalism professor at USC. We have more than 40 RSVPs. Nonahal suggested sending another press release tomorrow. Bellman has some sample questions and said he’s open to suggestions from board members for questions that he should ask the panelists about where investigative journalism is today, what’s its value and importance, ways to improve it and how is it changing.

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

No report

h.     Membership – Nonahal

No report

i.       Nominations – Favot

No report

j.       Scholarships – Audi

Audi is planning for a June 9th deadline and vote on the awardees in July at our board meeting. Nonahal suggested the initial news release should be sent by mid-April.

V.              Old Business

a.     Media literacy event in May

Marcellino reported she reached out to LA City College and they are very interested in allowing us to host an event there. The board discussed the best format and talked about drawing students and members of the public to the event

b.     Ethics event in June

Bellman proposed looking at whether reporters should stay out of politics on their personal time, in light of the resistance movement that has formed since the election with the Women’s March, for example. The discussion would explore whether news organizations have hard rules and enforce them, and/or monitor social media posts or if any organizations explicitly make it clear that journalists can take part in these events. Mottek suggested SAG AFTRA in Mid-City as a possible venue.

c.      Professional development event

Bluestein said we could push this event to the fall since we are focused on Ethics and Media Literacy events. Wax suggested we could do another video editing type event that Mike Fleeman hosted last year. Streifler mentioned an event that AAJA is doing an event on new to mid-career journalists.

Bluestein suggested doing something for freelancers, which are usually popular. Mottek suggested social media tools training.

VI.            New Business

a.     Mega-mixer—July 12

Bluestein reported that Saxton is looking at locations and is planning this event for July 12.

b.     Bluestein reported that Linda Bowen suggested a panel about the survival of local reporting.

c.      Streifler suggested that Craig Newhope as a banquet speaker. Mottek suggested Willow Bay of USC.

d.     Wax reported the 8-Ball Foundation, which gives out donations to struggling journalists and journalism students, has requested to send letters to our members advertising what they do in an effort to solicit donations. Anyone who donates money is considered a “member” of the foundation. Wax has been on the board for three years. Streifler is also on the board.

Bellman moved to allow 8-Ball Foundation to mail our members. Nonahal seconded. Wax and Streifler abstained.

Approved

VII.          Next board meeting: May 1 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

Marcellino moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:39 p.m. seconded by Zahniser. Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: March 6, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday March 6, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: America Arias, Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Irene Moore, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, and Roberta Wax.

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

i.                Approval of minutes from Jan. 7 retreat and Feb. 6 board meeting

a.  Wax moved to accept the Jan. 7 retreat minutes and Bellman seconded. Approved.

b. Wax moved to accept the Feb. 6 minutes and Bellman seconded. Approved.

ii.              President’s report – Bluestein

a.     Bluestein mentioned Bellman’s two appearances on KCAL 9 on Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 representing the chapter discussing the president’s efforts to destroy a free press and limit news outlets’ access to the White House. The links were shared on our social media accounts. Bluestein will send the links to national’s Ethics Committee chair and FOI Committee chair and will include the appearances as part of our annual report.

b.     We received an inquiry from someone who wanted to become a member of our chapter, but while registering online, the form noted that potential members had to be working as a journalist or journalism educator 50 percent of the time. Bluestein reached out to national who said it was OK for her to join as a professional member. We should address at national as the role of journalism/journalists in society has become part of a larger discussion and as more people have taken an interest, we should be more inclusive in our membership. There was consensus that the 50 percent requirement should be removed.

c.      Bluestein received an email from Daryl Cagle, a syndicated editorial cartoonist, who has just joined our LA Chapter after being a longtime SPJ member. He is interested about programming opportunities.

iii.             Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     One amendment was proposed to change FB “push” to FB “boost”

b.     Hendrickson reported the BofA balance as of Feb. 1, 2017 is $28,772.17, and as of March 1, 2017 is $35,530.89.  A total of $59.88 is outstanding in uncashed checks and $1,831.86 in invoices are due in accounts receivable. The balance on the books as of March 1 is $37,302.77. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Feb. 1 is $71,548.32 which includes a gain of $15.80 from the previous month.

c.      Hendrickson reported it appears as though we’ll be able to fund our scholarships without dipping into Morgan Stanley account.

d.     Hendrickson has started emailing the first pages of our bank statement along with the Treasurers’ Report every month

e.     Streifler moved to receive the Treasurer’s Report with the noted amendment, Walton seconded. Approved.

iv.             Standing Committees –

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

i.     No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

i.     No report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

v.               Walton reported some concerns that Peschiutta detailed in an email about issues in downtown federal court. One has to do with access to public documents in the Baca trial that are not online in the PACER system. The judge’s clerk said the judge would not accept a letter from ABC7 seeking to resolve the issue. KPCC, KFI, Daily News and ABC7 reported problems getting access to the documents. There is a secondary problem with the U.S. Marshals who provide security in federal court. There were complaints about marshals threatening to confiscate cell phones in court even though they were shut off. There have also been issues with conducting interviews in hallways and with bringing equipment into the court. Peschiutta has reached out to RTNA of Southern California. Marcellino has reached out to the Marshals before regarding the equipment issue and thought it had been worked out because she hadn’t heard of more problems. Marcellino said she’d reach out to RTNA of Southern California and reach out to Peschiutta. Hendrickson suggested that Marcellino reach out to our attorney for advice.

a.     Diversity – Arias/Nonohal

·   Re-cap of Feb. 23 immigration panel event

i.     Arias reported there were about 65 attendees, as more people attended than RSVP’d. During the discussion portion of the night there was a good mix of attendees including students and non-journalists, which made for a good conversation because people were genuinely curious about our industry. There was a huge interest in just talking about journalism in general. Arias sent a thank you letter to Sarah at the Association who helped organize the event and also provided microphones. The panelists were happy with the event. Their parking and drinks were paid for. The Association was happy to work with us again. The venue felt intimate and good for panel discussions. Arias did notice the venue doesn’t have signs, so she stood out front to direct people inside.

b.     Ethics – Bellman

i.     No report.

c.      FOI – Zahniser

i.     On Thursday, March 16 during Sunshine Week we will have a mixer with L.A. Times data editor Ben Welsh at the Redwood Bar & Grill from 7 to 9 p.m.  to discuss the California Civic Data Project and talk about campaign finance records. He will speak for about 15 minutes and then open it to a Q&A.

d.     Generation J – Bluestein

i.     No report

e.     Membership – Nonahal

No report

f.      Nominations – Favot

No report

g.     Scholarships – Audi

No report.

vi.             Old Business

vii.           New Business

a.     Hendrickson reported our April event will be an investigative reporting and FOI panel on Wednesday, April 5 from 7- 8:30 p.m. We have a reserved Room 106 at USC Annenberg with panelists being the new Investigations Editor at the LA Times, Joel Grover from NBC4 and an investigative reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Bellman will moderate. Bluestein is working on getting a USC professor to join the panel. A press release about the event will be forthcoming.

b.     Professional Development event in May

Marcellino suggested having a media literacy event in May and has reached out to LA City College to see if they have space available and is waiting to hear back. Marcellino believes this event should be more public oriented.

Suggested dates for the media literacy event were a Wednesday or Thursday sometime in the first two weeks of May.

Bluestein suggested a professional development for journalists as a separate event.

c.      Ethics event in June

Bluestein reminded the board we have it scheduled on the calendar and we should begin to think about ideas for the event.

Hendrickson suggested a topic related to fact-checking.

d.     SPJ Regional Conference is April 28 and 29 in San Diego. Bluestein reported the first 25 people who register for the conference can attend a free Google Tools seminar. Bluestein and Saxton said they will attend. The website is up if board members want to see the scheduled program.

viii.          Next board meeting: April 3 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

ix.               Adjournment

Hendrickson moved to adjourn at 7:55 p.m. Seconded by Marcellino. Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: February 6, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Monday Feb. 6, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: America Arias, Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Irene Moore, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:11 p.m.

I.               Approval of minutes from Jan. 6 retreat

a.     Postponed until the March 6 meeting.

II.             President’s report

a.     Bluestein thanked the board members for their participation in the banquet.

b.     Bluestein reported that Andy Weisser, co-president of the Nonprofit Communications Media Network, reached out to Bluestein to participate in a panel in April addressing the topic of fake news.

Mottek moved to allow Bluestein to participate representing the chapter, Cocca seconded. Motion carried.

III.           Treasurer’s report

a.     Hendrickson reported the BofA balance as of Jan. 1 is $27.254.07, and as of Feb. 1 is $28,772.17.  A total of $2,613.13 is outstanding in uncashed checks and $10,519.68 in invoices are due in accounts receivable due to the banquet. The balance on the books as of Feb 1. is $36,678.90. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Feb. 1 is $71,532.52, which includes a gain of $158.38 from the previous month.

b.     Nonahal clarified the “CSUN tickets” expense in accounts receivable is from the “The Roberta Wax Endowment.” Bellman moved to amend the Treasurer’s Report to read “The Roberta Wax Endowment,” Windsor seconded. Motion carried.

c.      Walton clarified the additional Omni $1,291.76 cost was an expected cost.

d.     Bellman motioned to receive the February Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Windsor. Motion carried.

IV.            Standing Committees –

a.     Awards

i.     No report

b.     Banquet

·   Jan. 26 banquet recap

i.     Walton reported that the chapter made a $1,184 profit from the 41st Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards banquet on Jan. 26, 2017. The banquet was challenging this year for a number of reasons, including that it was held earlier in the year than usual, which meant much of the planning had to be done over the holidays when many people were unavailable. In addition, the banquet had just two table sponsors.

ii.     We had guaranteed the hotel 120 guests. The final head count was 106 attendees. Because we had already committed to spend a minimum amount on food, the dessert option was upgraded. Revenue: $10,780 in ticket sales and $1,250 in program ads. Expenses: The total cost to the Omni was $9,791, plaques $773.90 and programs $281.39. The hotel’s banquet coordinator said they will have a credit card machine for the bar next year.

iii.     Cocca reported that the chapter’s $80 Facebook boost reached 10,000 people. The boost is not believed to have resulted in any additional ticket sales.

c.      Courts

i.     No report

d.     Diversity

·   Feb. 23 event update

i.     Arias reported that she reached out to The Association, at 110 E. 6th St. in Downtown Los Angeles, to host the chapter’s diversity event. The capacity of the venue is 150 seated and about 250 including standing-room. Tickets will be free and the event will be open to the public. Reservations will be handled through Eventbrite. The Association does not charge a minimum food or beverage requirement. There is a parking garage nearby and valet parking. The overall theme of the event will be “Covering Immigration in the Trump Era.” The event will be held on a Thursday and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Arias reported she had reached out to several potential panelists, including Sarah Parvini from the L.A. Times, Gustavo Arellano, of the OC Weekly, Bianca Graulau, a freelance TV reporter, José Luis Benavides, Ph.D., a journalism professor at CSUN. Bellman suggested Saul Gonzalez, of KCRW could be a moderator.

e.     Ethics

i.     No report

f.      FOI

·   Cal-ACCESS letter

i.     Bellman reported there’s an effort underway to clean-up the state’s online campaign finance reporting system called Cal-ACCESS operated through the California Secretary of State’s office. A bill, SB 1349 sponsored by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg and signed into law last year, requires reforms be made to the system.  SPJ-LA was asked to author a letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla in advance of a public hearing on the reforms.  Some of the proposed reforms will update features and design of the system so that the public and journalists can more easily search information and cross-reference with the other local and county jurisdictions’ campaign finance reporting systems. In developing the recommendations to the system, 15 other states’ campaign finance systems were reviewed and a list of recommendations were made. The letter suggests some guiding principles for the reforms, rather than specific features. A draft letter was examined and discussed.

ii.     Nonahal moved to approve the letter that will be sent by Bluestein to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Hendrickson seconded. Approved.

·  March 15 Sunshine Week speaker/mixer

iii.     Bluestein reported Zahniser suggested that because the previous week is the L.A. city primary election on March 7, the Sunshine Week event be a mixer, such as a 15-minute lightning-round with a speaker on FOI. Walton suggested the Redwood or the Pour House as a possible location. Zahniser requested that committee members email him with any suggestions.

g.     Generation J

i.     Bluestein announced that on Feb. 25 CSUN is hosting the high school journalism write-off event. No financial support was requested of SPJ-LA.

h.     Membership

-No report

i.       Nominations

-No report

j.       Scholarships

-No report

V.              Old Business

i.     None

VI.            New Business –

a.     Relevant programming in 2017

i.     Bluestein suggested something more technical as a series, such as social media. Arias suggested a one-day event or weekend. Wax suggested a nominal fee for the event makes attendees more committed to showing up.

ii.     Cocca suggested a “How to Use Social Media”-type panel. Arias suggested a “60 Hacks in 60 Minutes”-type panel, where attendees could learn several reporting tools.

iii.     Zahniser suggested an event in April on investigative journalism.

iv.     Walton suggested doing an event on media literacy.

b.     Professional Development Series Ad Hoc Committee

i.     Bluestein proposed creating the ad hoc committee to focus on training for working journalists. Hendrickson, Windsor and Arias said they would be members of the ad-hoc committee. Wax said she would join the committee, but would not chair it.

Bluestein suggested an event in May and possibly a Saturday.

Marcellino said she would see if the Crawford Family Forum at KPPC was available in May.

c.      Region 11 conference in San Diego April 28 & 29

i.     Bluestein said she will be attending, representing the chapter. She will be driving there and will be staying one night at a hotel.

VII.          Next board meeting: March 6 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

Nonahal moved to adjourn at 8:15 p.m., Cocca seconded. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: January 7, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Retreat Agenda

Saturday Jan. 7, 2017

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

9430 Wish Ave.

Northridge, CA

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 10:32 a.m. Present: America Arias, Tammy Audi, Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Linda Bowen, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Irene Moore, Richard Saxton, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

I.               Approval of minutes from Dec. 12 board meeting

a.     Henderickson moved to accept the December minutes, seconded by Windsor. Favot and Marcellino abstained. Motion carried.

II.             President’s report

a.     Bluestein welcomed new board members, America Arias and Irene Moore

b.     Bluestein announced the 2017 slate of associate board members: Bowen, Claudia Peschiutta, Julia Seifer, Streifler and Windsor.

c.      Bellman moved to accept the slate of associate board members, seconded by Saxton. The motion carried.

III.           Treasurer’s Report

a.     Hendrickson requested an amendment to Dec. 1, 2016 Treasurer’s Report. The BOA balance as of Nov. 1, 2016 is $32,380.48 and the ending balance as of Nov. 30 is $32,447.49. The actual balance on the books is $27,669.53.

b.     Zahniser moved to receive the amended Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Bellman. Favot and Marcellino abstained. The motion carried.

c.      The BofA balance as of Dec. 1 is $32,447.49, and as of Dec. 31 is $27,254.07.  Balance on the books as of Jan. 1 is $27,254.07. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Jan. 1 is $71,374.14, which includes a gain of $122.07 from the previous month.

d.     Windsor moved to receive the Jan. 7 Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Marcellino. The motion carried.

e.     It was announced that on Jan. 25, Nonahal, Hendrickson and Bluestein will meet at Bank of America to give Bluestein authorization to sign checks, so that the chapter will have three authorized signatories. Two signatures will still be needed on every check.

IV.            Introductions

a.     Each member introduced themselves and said why they are members of SPJ. Reasons included a belief in SPJ principles (like the First Amendment), a place to discuss ethical issues and journalism advocacy, the workshops that our chapter provides for reporters in newsrooms who may not otherwise receive training and staying connected to the broader journalism community outside of one organization. Board members in academia said they enjoyed staying connected to the profession.

V.              SPJ/LA committees and general responsibilities of board members

a.     Bluestein distributed the new committee assignments for 2017. Wax encouraged members to offer to help out on a specific program if they are interested, even if they are not members of the specific committee.

b.     Bluestein asked associate board members to attend meetings as they are able. The chapter’s monthly board meetings will continue to be held at Louise’s Trattoria. Bellman encouraged associate board members to attend as they are eligible voting members.

VI.            Membership outreach

a.     Bluestein distributed a worksheet that was discussed at a seminar she attended during SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in September 2016 about increasing membership in the chapter. Issues included retaining members, getting non-members to become members and encouraging current members to bring in new members. Board members discussed sending out a survey, capturing members of SPJ’s local student chapters as they graduate from college, professional development workshops and digital tools workshops.

VII.          Lunch break

At 12:30 p.m. Waxman moved to adjourn, seconded by Bellman. Approved. The meeting was re-adjourned at 1:21p.m.

VIII.        Brainstorm programming ideas

a.     Attendees discussed programming ideas FOI mixer was suggested for Sunshine Week in March. Digital tools workshop, a workshop for freelance journalists or entrepreneur journalists, suggested a game night for the November mixer, a diversity event related to covering immigration. A suggestion was made to live-streaming some of the workshops so people can participate remotely.

b.     SPJ/LA’s 2017 calendar

Bluestein distributed the calendar. Board members discussed the upcoming calendar and proposed changing some dates.

IX.            Other business

a.     Bluestein distributed language that clarifies chapter delegates’ responsibilities when voting at national conventions on behalf of the chapter.

Hendrickson moved to accept the clarification of delegate responsibilities, seconded by Zahniser. Motion carried.

b.     Walton gave an update of the chapter’s 41st Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. We’ve committed to 125 seats; Our attendance goal is 150. Walton encouraged members to send emails to their contacts encouraging them to buy a ticket to the banquet, a table sponsorship, an ad in the program or a ticket for a student journalist to attend. There was discussion about the keynote speaker. Frank Mottek will emcee.

c.      Bluestein said she had asked Cocca to research boosting a post on Facebook promoting the banquet. Cocca reported that a $15 boost would reach an estimated 1,700 people. A $75 boost would reach an estimated 22,000 people.

d.     Windsor moved to authorize Cocca to spend up to $100 on a Facebook boost for the banquet, seconded by Walton. Motion carried.

·      Next board meeting: Feb. 6 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

a.     Zahniser requested that the board take time at the upcoming meeting to discuss issues in journalism that have surfaced recently, such as whether people trust the news and content farms that are producing fake news and what it means for SPJ-LA programming in the upcoming year. Zahniser would like a board-wide discussion about how the chapter will address these issues.

·      Adjournment

a.     Moved by Windsor to adjourn at 2:51 p.m., Seconded by Cocca. The motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot