Save the Date: SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Banquet Is Jan. 26, 2017

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown.

Local journalists will be honored at the 41st annual event. Honorees will be announced in November.

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, please 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.

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 career accomplishments. For four 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, now simply the Distinguished Journalist award in the digital category, was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses digital media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.

The Freedom of Information award honors a non-journalist who has helped promote First Amendment issues. Previous winners have worked in the legal profession, academia, government and nonprofit organizations.

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.

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

Did you read, see, listen to or click on a great news story this week? Maybe it’s time to recognize that reporter, broadcast anchor or editor for a career’s worth of great stories.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2016 Distinguished Journalists Awards and 2016 Freedom of Information Award.

The five journalism categories are:
  • print: 90,000+ circulation;
  • print: less than 90,000 circulation;
  • television broadcast;
  • radio broadcast; and
  • digital media.
Nominees may include reporters, news anchors, behind-the-scenes writers, editors or producers. Awards recognize a body of work rather than an individual story.

The Freedom of Information Award honors a non-journalist who has helped promote First Amendment issues. Previous winners have worked in the legal profession, academia, government and nonprofit organizations.

Nomination forms or emails with the relevant information must be submitted to Elizabeth Marcellino at eliz.marcellino@gmail.com no later than Friday, October 21, 2016.

Awards will be presented at the annual SPJ/LA awards banquet in January 2017.

Nomination forms can be downloaded here: SPJ/LA Distinguished Journalist Nominee

Contact:
Elizabeth Marcellino, SPJ/LA
eliz.marcellino@gmail.com
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Wins National Honor

The Los Angeles Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was honored yesterday at SPJ’s national Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans with a 2015-2016 Large Chapter “Circle of Excellence Award,” for outstanding contributions and excellence in the area of chapter communications.

SPJLA’s communications efforts include regular announcements of programs and other matters of interest to Southern California journalists via email, the chapter’s website (SPJLA.org) and the chapter’s social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. The flow of information is maintained by the chapter secretary, Christina Cocca, with the assistance of the chapter president, Navid Nonahal.

Professor Stephanie Bluestein of California State University, Northridge, chapter board member, accepted the award. Dr. Bluestein is one of two Los Angeles delegates to the conference, the other being Lauren Bartlett.

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Last Chance to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Don’t miss your chance to attend the 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff will be the event’s speaker. Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The event will honor five local journalists, a First Amendment lawyer, the founder of a radio news website and a former reporter and longtime journalism teacher at its 40th annual awards banquet.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Theodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

RSVPs are due Friday, April 8

SPJ/LA would like to thank the banquet sponsors for their generous support:

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Gold sponsor: Time Warner Cable
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Silver sponsor: City National BankCNBr_RGB

CEO of Zillow Group to Speak at SPJ/LA’s 40th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

The chief executive officer of Zillow Group, Spencer Rascoff, will be the speaker at the annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 14.

As CEO of Zillow Group, Rascoff oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Rascoff joined Zillow in 2005 as one of its first hires, and served various roles including chief operating officer, until his appointment to CEO in 2010. Since becoming CEO, Rascoff has led Zillow through its 2011 IPO and 11 acquisitions. In 2015, Rascoff co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times’ Best Seller “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.”

Last year, Rascoff wrote a piece for Fortune.com on how his high school journalism instructor, SPJ/LA honoree Kathleen Neumeyer, prepared him to lead a major corporation.

Fortune and Forbes both listed Rascoff as one of America’s most powerful CEOs under 40 and he is a recipient of Ernst and Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Before joining Zillow, Rascoff was vice president of lodging for Expedia. In 1999, at the age of 24, Rascoff co-founded Hotwire.com, a leading Internet travel company, which a few years later he sold to InterActiveCorp (the parent company of Expedia). Before his consumer Web career, Rascoff was in investment banking and private equity. He worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman Sachs and an associate at TPG Capital. Rascoff graduated cum laude from Harvard University.

Rascoff is on the boards of directors of TripAdvisor and privately held online beauty company Julep. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and is on the advisory board of Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go toTheodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton atAliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

The annual awards banquet will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.