Meeting Minutes: December 4, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at 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, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

I. Approval of minutes from the Nov. 6 board meeting
Marcellino moved to approve the November meeting minutes, Windsor seconded. Wax abstained. Approved.

II. President’s report – Bluestein
Bluestein reported about the statement from national regarding the LA Weekly sale. She received an email from a communications director at national about the statement and asked if we would like to post it on our chapter’s website. Bluestein spoke to some board members about whether the chapter should issue its own statement but within hours the paper’s new owners had revealed their identities. National had said they would consider updating their statement with comment from our chapter. Zahniser said our Chapter should weigh in on layoffs that happened at LAist and the Weekly, in addition to the ownership question. Zahniser said there is a hunger for that voice as the LA journalism community has taken such a hit and SPJ-LA needs to be that voice. Walton also expressed frustration about the recent developments and suggested the chapter host a mixer. Zahniser suggested February. Bellman will reach out to Andrew Seaman to see if national will give us a head’s up in the future if they make statements related to our chapter.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson
Hendrickson reported the Chapter’s Bank of America account showed a beginning balance as of Nov. 1 of $30,164.11. The Dec. 1 bank balance was $30,381.13, same as the ending balance on the books. Hendrickson reported that the MB Accounting fee for our 2016 tax return preparation was  $400. We will pay a $10 fee to the state Franchise Tax Board.
Favot moved to pay MB Accounting $400 for the fee to prepare our 2016 tax return, Bellman seconded. Approved.
Hendrickson reported that he will create a separate bank account for the Regional Conference the chapter will host in April. He will transfer $1,000 as a loan to this new account.
Zahniser moved to transfer $1,000 to the new account. Wax seconded. Approved.
Zahniser moved to accept the amended Treasurer’s Report, Marcellino seconded. Approved.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees

a.) Awards – Streifler
Streifler reported we sent out the press release today announcing the honorees. Walton said she will introduce herself to the honorees going forward to prepare them ahead of the banquet on March 1. Streifler thanked Marcellino for preparing the press release.

b.) Banquet – Walton
Walton said Jacob Soboroff of MSNBC has confirmed. She will send out a release announcing him as the banquet keynote speaker next Monday.

c.) Courts – Marcellino
No report

d.) Diversity – Arias/Nonahal
No report.

e.) Ethics – Bellman
Bellman asked board members if they feel the board should issue a statement about journalists who have been accused of sexual harassment. Walton said we could plan programming around the issue, pointing to an op-ed in the NY Times about the men who are directing news programming and what they are doing in their private lives and how their choices in newsroom affect coverage. We will have a panel at the Regional Conference about covering sexual harassment with Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter. Board members expressed we aren’t in a position to give journalists advice about potential sexual harassment. Walton will brainstorm with the Diversity Committee on whether there will be programming before the Regional Conference on this topic.

f.) FOI – Zahniser
No report

g.) Generation J – Bluestein
No report

h.) Membership – Nonahal
Marcellino reported the Membership Committee would like to set up membership registration on our website where journalists can register to be members of the LA Chapter so that we can manage this process directly rather than relying on the SPJ national site.This is for members who are already national members, but not members of our Chapter.
Zahniser moved to put Paypal on our website to register members for the chapter. Favot seconded. Hendrickson abstained. Approved.
Marcellino said the committee will send emails welcoming new members. Hendrickson suggested offering a discounted chapter fee for students.

i.) Nominations – Favot
Favot reported Wax, Mottek and Saxton are running for re-election. Four new candidates are running to fill two three-year term seats and one two-year term seat: Sandy Mazza, a reporter at the Daily Breeze; Tom Bray, a senior editor at the Southern California News Group; Kathryn Mora, a freelance journalist; and Julia Wick, former editor of the LAist.

j.) Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot
Favot and Hendrickson reported they will circulate the list of panelists to board members to see if they can come up with an overarching theme for the conference.We are taking suggestions for a closing speaker who would end the conference on a hopeful note. We are asking board members for suggestions on web designer/flyer designer.

k.) Scholarships – Audi
No report.

V. Old Business
Directors & Officers Insurance
Bluestein got answers to questions board members had from an insurance broker recommended by our attorney. The coverage protects nonprofit organizations and their board members against lawsuits they may face.Insurance coverage for events would require liability coverage for a specific event rather than D&O. Nonahal reported she emailed RTNA, LA Press Club, FLA chapter and SD Chapter about their coverage. Nonahal sent an application for an additional quote through Berkshire Hathaway – requesting a quote for D&O, for liability and employee dishonesty insurance in one package. She’s still waiting for the quote. She will give him one more week and if he doesn’t get back to us, RTNA gave her their insurance broker to contact. Bluestein said she would like the board to make a decision at the retreat.

VI.New Business
Formation of a Communications Committee for the chapter
Bluestein said we need to be coordinated when we want to make public statements on breaking news matters related to the news industry. Some board members said they don’t think we need a committee. Walton said the Chapter president has the authority to speak on behalf of the chapter as long as at least two other board members have reviewed the statement. Bellman proposed that president have the final say, which is what the by-laws seem to indicate. If members feel strongly about an issue they should reach out to Bluestein and maybe the member who chairs a committee that relates to the issue could draft the statement. Streifler said the board should be prepared to act quickly.

VII. Next board meeting: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Wax’s house

VIII. Adjournment
Bluestein presented Cocca with a small token of appreciation for her work on the chapter as she leaves the Chapter.
Zahniser moved to adjourn at 9 p.m., Bellman seconded. Approved.

Meeting Minutes: November 6, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday Nov. 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria 10645 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Elizabeth Marcellino, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Julia Seifer, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:14 p.m.

I. Approval of minutes from the Sept. 11 and Oct. 9 board meetings
Favot moved to approve the minutes from the Sept. 11 board meeting. Windsor seconded. Saxton and Nonahal abstained. Approved.

Walton moved to approve the minutes from the Oct. 9 board meeting. Windsor seconded. Zahniser, Nonahal, Bellman, Saxton, Cocca, Seifer and Streifler abstained. Approved.

II. President’s report – Bluestein
Cocca reported on issues that we’ve been having with our website. Via email on Oct. 15, board members approved Cocca to spend up to $250 for GoDaddy to fix the problem. Cocca reported that the charge ended up being $239.99.

III. Treasurer’s report – October Treasurer’s Report
Bluestein reported on the amended Oct. 1 Treasurer’s Report. The BofA balance as of Sept. 1, 2017 was $31,786.41 and as of Oct. 1 was $30,362.09. There were no invoices owed or due, so the balance on our books was also $30,362.09. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Oct. 1 was $72,395.69, which includes a loss of $161.53 from the previous month.
Zahniser moved to receive the October Treasurer’s Report. Bellman seconded. Approved.

Bluestein reported on the Nov. 1 Treasurer’s Report. The BofA balance as of Oct. 1, 2017 was $30,362.09 and as of Nov. 1, 2017 was $30,164.11. There were no invoices owed or due, so the balance on our books was also $30,164.11. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Nov. 1 was $72,427.36, which includes a gain of $31.57 from the previous month.
Zahniser moved to receive the November Treasurer’s Report. Bellman seconded. Approved

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees
a.) Awards –Streifler
The Awards Committee presented their slate of recommendations for the Chapter’s 2017 Distinguished Journalist Awards. The committee presented three candidates for each awards category. The board discussed the recommendations and cast secret ballots for each category. The following journalists will be honored at our March 1 banquet:
Print circulation less than 90,000: Kim Masters, editor-at-large Hollywood Reporter
Print circulation more than 90,000: Robin Abcarian, columnist at Los Angeles TimesBroadcast Radio: Sharon McNary, reporter at KPCC
Broadcast TV: Miriam Hernandez, reporter at KABC-7
Digital: Norberto Santana, founder, publisher, columnist at Voice of OC
FOI: Kelly Aviles, of Californians Aware

Windsor moved that the Chapter gives a special recognition to Rob Eshman, former editor-in-chief/publisher of the Jewish Journal Bellman seconded. Marcellino abstained. Approved.

b.) Banquet – Walton
No report

c.) Courts – Marcellino
No report.

d.) Diversity – Arias/Nonahal
No report.

e.) Ethics – Bellman
Bellman discussed Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger’s blackout of the LA Times and suggested the Chapter send an open letter from SPJ calling out Disney’s actions. Bellman moved that the Chapter send an open letter to Bob Iger protesting Disney’s punitive actions directed at the LA Times based on its news coverage of Disney’s relationship with the city of Anaheim. Nonahal seconded. Seifer abstained. Approved.

f.) FOI – Zahniser
No report

g.) Generation J – Bluestein
Bluestein reported that her idea for starting a Lunch with a Journalist program will be put on hold until after the Chapter hosts the Regional Conference next spring due to the time commitment needed in planning for the conference.

h.) Membership – Nonahal
No report

i.) Nominations – Favot
Favot thanked board members for all of their suggestions for potential board members. She has a commitment from two people who are willing to run and is looking to secure two more. The elections will be held in December.

j.) Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot
Bluestein reported that Mike Reilley of Google News Labs needs a three-hour time slot to present at the Regional Conference. The board members discussed potentially having him present on the Friday afternoon before the conference, but ultimately decided to plan a separate event from the conference with Mike Reilley sometime next year.

k.) Scholarships – Audi
No report.

V. Old Business
CSUN Journalism Day – Bluestein
Bluestein reported CSUN hosted a High School Journalism Day with L.A. Times High School Insider staff that attracted nearly 300 high school students, more than ever. It was very well run. The Chapter’s $500 donation for Subway sandwiches was greatly appreciated.

VI. New Business
Directors & Officers Insurance
Bluestein reported she received a quote for coverage. Nonahal and Wax will also be seeking quotes. Bluestein will reach out to the board’s attorney Jean-Paul Jassy for clarification about the quotes. The issue will be discussed at the next board meeting.

VII. Board Retreat—Jan. 13 at the home of Wax.

VIII. Next board meeting: Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

IV. Adjournment
Saxton moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 p.m. Favot seconded. Approved.

Meeting Minutes: October 2, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday Oct. 2, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

 

Present: Stephanie Bluestein, Sarah Favot, Elizabeth Marcellino, Frank Mottek, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor

 

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:14 p.m.

 

I.               Approval of minutes from the Sept. 11 board meeting

Postponed until November meeting

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

Bluestein reported that on Fri., Oct. 20 the Chapter is partnering with the Junior League of Los Angeles to host the “Los Angeles Leaders in Media” luncheon honoring KTTV Fox 11 news anchor Christine Devine at the Junior Leagues’ headquarters. All SPJ-LA members are invited. We are going to issue a press release to our members to invite them to the luncheon. We are anticipating Windsor will represent the Chapter on Oct. 21 at the PR event “How Nonprofits Can Build Impact Through News, Advocacy and Digital Engagement” hosted by the Nonprofit Communications and Media Network.

Bluestein also reported that Cocca said there is a glitch with our Chapter website and we are looking into it with Google.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

Postponed

IV.            Standing/Ad Hoc Committees

a.     Awards – Streifler

Marcellino reported the committee has received three awards nominations as of today, which is not surprising based on the number of submissions in past years at this time ahead of the deadline. She encouraged members to send emails to their colleagues to encourage them to send in a nomination. The deadline is Oct. 15. The committee will meet on Oct. 18 and recommend a slate at the November board meeting.

b.     Banquet – Walton

Walton reported the banquet will be March 1 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. We are waiting to hear back from a national television journalist who we have asked to be our keynote speaker. Once that person is secured we will send out a “Save the Date” since we will have a date, place and keynote.

c.      Courts – Marcellino

No report

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report

e.     Ethics – Bellman

No report

f.      FOI – Zahniser

Bluestein reported that Zahniser said he won’t be able to plan a FOI event in November.

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

Bluestein reported about her programming idea to have Lunch with a Journalist. We need to decide if the Chapter will provide financial support to pay for the lunch. We will discuss it at the November meeting.

h.     Membership – Nonahal

Marcellino reported SPJ National’s website was down for maintenance. She reported it looks like we’ve gotten handful of new members, but the quality of the membership data generated automatically by National continues to be problematic. Once we get confirmation of our new Chapter members, Marcellino will send out the names to members, so we can reach out to welcome them. The same applies for lapsed members so board members who know them can encourage them to renew. The easiest way for people who are national members to join the Chapter is to call national, which we don’t want to ask our members to do. Marcellino will reach out to Nonahal because she has experience with registering people who join SPJ when attending our events.

i.       Nominations – Favot

Audi, Mottek, Saxton, Wax and Cocca’s seats are up for re-election for three year terms. Irene Moore’s seat needs to be filled for the remaining two years of her term. Favot will reach out to members who are up for re-election to see if they will run again and will reach out to new people to see if they are interested in running for the board. She encouraged members to send her suggestions.

j.       Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot

Bluestein reported that she checked with Mike Reilley from Google News Lab who gives seminars on Google Tools for News. He cannot do just a one-hour session on Saturday. He would need to do a three-hour workshop. We are thinking about having him on Friday afternoon. At the regional conference in San Diego last year he conducted a panel on Friday afternoon for the first 25 people who registered for the conference. Bluestein will find out from the hotel how much it will cost to host the additional session. We can also charge attendees an extra fee. Wax reported to the board the panel topics we are planning and our expected speakers.

k.     Scholarships – Audi

V.              Old Business

a.     Video editing workshop with Mike Fleeman on Oct. 7– Bluestein

Bluestein reported 16 people attended the event at CSUN. Five people weren’t members, so they paid the $10 fee. We’d like to plan another video editing workshop next year.

b.     Nov. 15 game night mixer

Bluestein reported that Peschiutta said she hadn’t been organizing this event.

VI.            New Business

a.     Directors & Officers Insurance

Bluestein will send an email to summarize the quote that she received for board members to consider at the November meeting. The quote expires on Nov. 24.

b.     Planning for holiday party in December

Mottek reported we are planning for Dec. 7 at Shanghai Grill in Beverly Hills.

VII.          Next board meeting: Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

Bluestein adjourned the meeting at 8:31 p.m. in memory of Anacleto Rapping, former LA Times photographer and teacher at the Brooks Institute of Photography, who died of cancer on Sept. 17.  He also had worked for the Thousand Oaks News-Chronicle.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: September 11, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday Sept. 11, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present:

Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino Frank Mottek, Julia Seiiefer, Lori Streifler, David Zahniser, Robi Wax, Natalie Windsor

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:17 p.m.

I.          Approval of the minutes from the July 10, 2017 board meeting

Cocca moved approval of the minutes, Favot seconded. Approved. Hendrickson abstained.

II.         President’s Report — Bluestein

Bluestein reported that board member Irene Moore resigned from the board last month because she is attending graduate school in London, England. Her position will be filled when the board holds its election in December.

Bluestein and Navid Nonahal were the chapter’s delegates at SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim that took place Sept. 7-9.

Bluestein noted that Lauren Bartlett, a past chapter president, won at-large director in crowded field of candidates.

With a delegate vote of 86 to 14, the national board size will be reduced to 9 from 23 members. There will be a phased downsizing over two years. One of the benefits of a smaller board is discussion will be more focused and the board will be more nimble when responding to issues. One student was pushing for student representation.

The resolution coming from the Florida Chapter about free speech ended up not being considered by the delegates.

Other election results: Alex Tarquinio was elected president-elect, Sue Kopen Katcef was elected VP of campus affairs. Hayley Harding and Rahim Chagani were elected student reps, and Ethan ChungMatt Hall was re-elected to represent Region 1011. The other races only had one candidate.

Our Chapter donated two baskets to the silent auction: one went for $55 and another went for $14 to benefit SDX, the Sigma Delta Chi foundation.

Bluestein gave board members a tote bag from the conference, courtesy of Linda Hall, office manager in the national SPJ office.

Bluestein reported that our chapter does not have Directors and Officers liability (D&O) insurance, which would protect the board in the case of a lawsuit. For example (i.e., if an attendee tripped and fell at one of our events and sued the board.) Bluestein has spoken to the San Diego Chapter board members, who do have this insurance coverage. She has one insurance broker getting us a quote and will seek a second quote as well to consider at our October board meeting. Several people have told Bluestein that we should have it. Board members were interested in finding out what the premiums and deductible would be.

III.        Treasurer’s Report — Hendrickson

Hendrickson reported on the Aug. 1 Treasurer’s Report. The BofA balance as of July 1, 2017 was $$38,010.64 and as of August 1 was $32,294.40.  There was one outstanding uncashed check for the $500 room deposit at Molly Malone’s for the Mega Mixer in July, so the balance on our books was $31,794.40. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Aug. 1 is $72, 256.23, which includes a gain of $152.24 from the previous month.

Hendrickson reported on the Sept. 1 Treasurer’s Report. The BofA balance as of Aug. 1, 2017 was $32,294.40. and as of Sept. 1, was $31,786.41. There were no invoices owed or due, so the balance on our books was $31,786.41. The Morgan Stanley balance as of Sept. 1 is $72,557.22, which includes a gain of $300.99 from the previous month.

Hendrickson reported on the different organizations that contributed money to the Mega Mixer held in July: Chicano News Media gave $150, NABJ gave $150, AAJA gave $150, ONA gave $150 and IRE gave $200 totaling $800 in contributions. The total cost for the Mega Mixer was $913.09: a $500 rental fee and $413.09 for food and name tags. The Chapter’s contribution was $113.19.

Zahniser moved to receive the Treasurer’s Report, Wax seconded. Approved.

IV.        Standing/ Ad Hoc Committees

a.) Awards – Streifler

Since Moore has left the board, Seifer said she will help Streifler with awards that will be given out at next year’s banquet. They will send out a press release seeking nominations soon. March 1, 2018 is the date of the banquet

b.) Banquet – Walton

No report

c.) Courts – Marcellino

Marcellino said everything is quiet at the courts. No issues. No complaints, she checked in with RTNA.

d.) Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report

e.) Ethics – Bellman

No report

f.) FOI – Zahniser

Zahniser reported he is trying to plan an FOI event in November. We have a game night mixer planned in November. Zahniser will check with Claudia Peschiutta to see if she would mind moving the event so we can have a FOI event and not have two events so closely together.

g.) Generation J – Bluestein

Bluestein reported that she heard of a Chapter doing a “lunch with a journalist” event so students can have lunch with a journalist as a way of reaching out to students who are interested in the profession and getting them aware of SPJ. It could happen at colleges or high schools. Some board members were interested in participating.

Bluestein told board members that Oct. 21 is CSUN’s High School Journalism Day, which the Chapter co-sponsors.

h.) Membership – Nonahal

Marcellino reported there are still some outstanding discrepancies between national’s data and our Chapter’s membership data. We have 147 members, according to our count. Membership is down significantly over the past couple of years, which mirrors the trend at the national level and among local chapters. The good news is we’ve had six new members sign up within the past few weeks. We’re targeting national members who haven’t signed up for the Chapter fee, which is only $20. There are 100-200 people who are national members who aren’t SPJLA members. The committee is working on another campaign for lapsed Chapter members. We’re reaching out to people who attended any of our events who aren’t members. For recent grads, we would like to offer them a one-year Chapter membership for free as an incentive to get them to join our Chapter.

Cocca mentioned that some recent grads could pay the three-year membership fee, so we would have to reach out to them individually after one year to get them to pay the Chapter dues in the second and third years.

Wax moved to allow the Membership Committee to start a campaign to waive the Chapter membership fee for recent college graduates who sign up for a professional membership within a year of graduation. Cocca seconded. Approved.

Marcellino reported the Membership Committee is considering offering a 20-percent discount on the registration fee for the regional conference our Chapter is hosting in April 2018 for new members joining the Chapter, as an incentive to join the Chapter.

Marcellino will circulate a draft by email to be considered by the board.

i.) Nominations – Favot

Favot will start reaching out to members who are up for re-election to see if they would like to run. We will have one open seat to fill Moore’s vacancy.

j.) Regional Conference – Hendrickson/Favot

Hendrickson reported that the regional conference ad-hoc committee met before the meeting and discussed potential topics for six panels that we will offer and possibilities for the opening session and closing session potential speakers, in addition to a Mark of Excellence student awards luncheon speaker.

Members discussed several of the potential panels that would appeal to journalists.

k.) Scholarships – Audi

No report

V.         Old Business

a.) Re-cap on Mega Mixer

We had more than 100 people at the mixer on July 11 at Molly Malone’s. It was a successful event with numerous other journalism organizations participating, as mentioned during the Treasurer’s Report.

VI.        New Business

a.) SPJ LA Participation in USC Fall Career Fair on Sept. 14

USC asked Bluestein if SPJLA wanted to be part of their job fair. In addition to employers, there will be other professional groups. The initial cost to participate is $500. The price for non-profit organizations is $350. Members said there was not enough notice and the price was too high to participate. Bluestein will decline and say we might be interested next year.

b.) Video editing workshop with Mike Fleeman on Oct. 7

Bluestein reported Fleeman will host a video editing workshop at CSUN on a Saturday in a computer lab. He hosted this event last year and it was very popular.

Windsor moved that SPJLA, seconded by Marcellino to host the event and charge $10 for non-members. Approved.

c.) Freelancers Job Fair

Bluestein has an idea for the Chapter to host a job fair for freelancers. Cocca suggested we consider it at next month’s meeting due to the late hour.

d.) Nov. 15 game night mixer

Zahniser will check with Peschiutta about this event.

e.) Windsor brought up the new restaurant Fu’s Palace Restaurant, which has a private room. Bluestein encouraged members to visit.

VII.       Next board meeting is Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Adjournment

Wax moved to adjourn at 9:05 p.m., Windsor seconded. Approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: July 10, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday July 10, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

 

America Arias, Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Lori Streifler, Sarah Favot, Robi Wax, Navid Nonahal, Alice Walton, David Zahniser

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

I.               Approval of minutes from the June 5 board meeting

Bellman moved approval of amended minutes, seconded by Nonahal. Approved. Zahniser abstained

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

Bluestein reminded the board members that tomorrow is the deadline for the early bird registration fee for the Excellence in Journalism conference taking place Sept. 7- 9 in Anaheim. She noted that the conference is in Baltimore next year.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

Favot reported on behalf of Hendrickson that the BofA balance as of June 1, 2017 was $37,626.47 and as of July 1 was $38,010.64.  There are no outstanding invoices owed or due and there are no uncashed checks, so the balance on our books is $38,010.64. The Morgan Stanley balance as of July 1 is $72, 103.99 which includes a gain of $32.26 from the previous month.

Zahniser moved to receive the July Treasurer’s Report and Bellman seconded. Approved.

IV.            Standing/Ad Hoc Committees

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

No report

c.      Courts – Marcellino

No report

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report

e.     Ethics – Bellman

Bellman reported he is part of a group called Jews United for Democracy and Justice formed by former LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The group is involved in advocating for a free press in the wake of the attacks on the press by Trump, in addition to supporting other First Amendment issues. Bellman is involved specifically with First Amendment, access and transparency issues. He wants to make it clear that he is speaking out on behalf of JUDJ and not SPJ/LA. Journalism organizations wouldn’t be involved in other aspects of JUDJ’s organization, just transparency, First Amendment and access issues. JUDJ might ask our Chapter for support on a specific issue, (such as to sign on to an op-ed about freedom of the press issues for example), at which time Bellman would recuse himself. Bluestein said any letter of support or protest that she should sign would be voted on by the board.

f.      FOI – Zahniser

No report

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

∙  Request for funding for annual high school J fall competition

Bluestein reported the competition at CSUN brings together 100 journalism students who write news stories on the spot and are judged by professionals, journalism professors and college students. The money is used to provide the students with doughnuts and muffins for breakfast and Subway sandwiches for lunch. In previous years, the chapter has given $500. The CSUN Journalism Department sponsors the event, in collaboration with Southern California Journalism Education Association (SCJEA), SPJ/LA and the Los Angeles Times’ HS Insider. There’s no cost for the students to participate.

Cocca moved to donate $500 to the annual high school journalism competition, Bellman seconded. Approved.

h.     Membership – Nonahal

The committee will meet to consider strategies to improve membership on July 22.

i.       Nominations – Favot

No report.

j.       Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot

∙  Approval of regional conference venue

Favot reported on the conference and the search for a venue for the regional conference that our Chapter will sponsor on April 28, 2018, with an evening networking reception on April 27. The ad hoc committee had discussed detailed proposals that we received from two hotels, which were narrowed down from a list of five hotels. The committee recommended the Universal City Hilton, which was the most expensive option, but it was decided that this hotel could potentially attract attendees and sponsors due to its location near Universal City and sponsors because of the caliber of the location. The other option was the Embassy Suites Glendale. Reviewing the proposal from the Universal City Hilton, we discussed that the wifi cost at $15 per device for up to 100 devices and then $20 thereafter, was one of the more expensive aspects of the proposal. Walton suggested having a sponsorship level for the wifi.

Bluestein encouraged all board members to attend the conference.

Bellman discussed the that ad-hoc conference committee discussed the benefits and downsides to hosting the event at the more expensive location.

Windsor moved to accept the Universal City Hilton as the location for the 2018 Regional Conference. Walton seconded. Approved.

∙  Creation of ad-hoc committee to oversee sponsorships

Favot reported that Bluestein suggested creating an ad-hoc committee to organize and solicit sponsorships specifically for the conference, since we will relying on sponsorships to offset costs.

Former SPJ/LA board member Jeff Wald has committed to helping. Bluestein will reach out to Frank Mottek.

Bluestein said she would like to have sponsorships secured by Nov. 1.

The first task is to determine the levels of sponsorship and prepare a one-sheeter to send to potential sponsors.

Bluestein asked board members to send any ideas they have about panels and speakers we could have at our conference by July 30. We are planning to have opening speaker, a keynote speaker, a speaker at the Mark of Excellence luncheon, and a total of six panels.

Wax suggested picking out the top panels that we hosted during the year and doing an updated version of them.

Zahniser suggested a covering disasters panel.

Wax said panels for freelancers usually have good attendance. She also suggested an LGTBQ panel and a panel on entertainment reporting.

Walton has a list of attendees of the last regional conference that our Chapter hosted in 2012 that she will share with the committee.

k.     Scholarships – Audi

∙  Vote on scholarship applications

Windsor reported there were 27 students who applied for the scholarships, which was more than in previous years. She brought copies of some applications for reference and for board members to review if they wanted.

Bellman moved to approve the scholarship awardees recommended by the Scholarships Committee, Favot seconded. Approved.

V.              Old Business

a.     Re-cap on advocacy panel on June 22– Bellman

Bellman reported we had a small, but lively turnout of about 20 people. The venue at the Association was great. They provided free audio equipment. We did a Facebook live-stream from Bellman’s Facebook account. Next time we will use the Chapter’s account.  Zahniser noted there were competing journalism events happening downtown on the same night, which could have contributed to the relatively low attendance.

b.     Mega-mixer—July 11 – Saxton

Bluestein reported that it looks like we will have a full house tomorrow night looking at the RSVPs for the annual mega-mixer at Molly Malones. Bluestein said she will create a Save the Date card for our Regional Conference to hand out to the journalists at the event.

VI.            New Business

a.     Proposals for chapter grant funding

Bluestein reported that SPJ national has $500 grants for chapters to generate excitement about their chapter. The money should be used for an event that the Chapter would normally spend money on like chapter programming. The deadline is Aug. 31, so Bluestein asked for ideas for a grant proposal we could submit.

b. Windsor reported she attended a meeting at Fu’s Palace on Pico Blvd that is nearby and thought it could be a good location for our board meetings. They have a party room that we could use as a meeting room. They also have a free parking lot and are willing to do separate checks. Bluestein said that we could meet at Louise’s in September and then decide if we’re going to try out Fu’s Palace for the October meeting.

c. Windsor reported they are looking for donations for the silent auction for the Excellence in Journalism conference. Bluestein will store items for the auction, which benefits the Legal Defense Fund. Windsor has reached out to Trader Joe’s for a basket.

VII.          Next board meeting: September 11 at 7 p.m. (no August meeting)

VIII.          Adjournment

Windsor moved to adjourn at 8:49 p.m. Zahniser seconded. Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot