Meeting Minutes: June 5, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Monday June 5, 2017

7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Attendance: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Irene Moore, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.

I.               Approval of minutes from April 3 and May 1 board meetings

Windsor moved to accept April 3 meeting minutes, seconded by Wax. Cocca and Walton abstained. Approved.

Bellman moved to accept May 1 meeting minutes, seconded by Favot. Nonahal, Wax, Streifler, Walton, Windsor and Moore abstained. Approved.

II.             President’s report – Bluestein

a.              Annual report

Bluestein reported the Chapter’s annual report was submitted to the national headquarters on time. The Chapter held 19 programs/projects last year that were included in the annual report. The Immigration panel that was held on Feb. 23 was selected as our “Program of the Year.” We had all the required events for Ethics, FOI, and Diversity. FOI programs were our most robust. We had three FOI related-programs and lobbied for FOI on four different occasions. Cocca attended the SPJ/Scripps Leadership Training Seminar. We offered a variety of robust programming last year, including a video-editing workshop and several discussion panels and had fewer mixers. Our membership fell last year.  We are at 140 members, down from 174 the previous year. Bluestein thanked Favot for her help in preparing the annual report.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

Hendrickson reported that the BofA balance as of May 1, 2017 was $37,116.85, and as of June 1 is $37,626.47.  A total of $207.84 in invoices are owed in accounts receivable. The balance on the books as of June 1 is $37,418.63. The Morgan Stanley balance as of June 1 is $72, 071.73 which includes a gain of $289.15 from the previous month.

a.              2016 taxes

Nonahal reported we submitted our financial report to our CPA. We are in good standing with the IRS and we asked for an extension and filed within the extension deadline. Nonahal said our Bank of America account shows a loss $3,085.94 for 2016, but that is because the Chapter paid $8,500 to the Omni Hotel in 2016 for the 2017 banquet that took place on Jan. 26, 2017. In actuality, we had a gain of $5,414.06 in 2016.

Hendrickson reported David Dow, Connie Ho and Jeff Wald reviewed our financial records and they signed off and was included in our Chapter’s annual report, which was sent to national.

Wax moved and Windsor seconded to receive the April and May Treasurer’s Reports. Approved.

IV.            Standing/Ad Hoc Committees

a.     Awards – Moore/Streifler

No report.

b.     Banquet – Walton

No report.

c.      Courts – Marcellino

Bellman reported that Marcellino reached out to him with a concern through Seifer at ABC7 about a judge in Orange County Superior Court that allows video in court but no audio. The judge is presiding over the Scott Dekraai jailhouse informant scandal. Walton suggested doing a joint letter with RTNA and the Press Club. We will write back to ABC 7 and say we will support working with RTNA.

d.     Diversity – Arias/Nonahal

No report.

e.     Ethics – Bellman

· Plans for June 22 event

The Association confirmed they will host us for our Ethics panel on whether journalists can be activists. A press release will be sent tomorrow. Three panelists who have confirmed are Carla Hall, editorial writer at the LA Times; Mark Cooper alternative journalist and author and blogger former editor at HuffPo; and Efenel Arzacon-Barker, an Asian TV journalist. Bellman will moderate. Admission is free and there is no charge to the chapter to use the location. The event will run from 7-9 p.m. Secure, paid parking is nearby

f.      FOI – Zahniser

No report.

g.     Generation J – Bluestein

No report.

h.     Membership – Nonahal

Nonahal reported we had 174 members last year at this time, now we’re at 140. However, we’re not sure if we have accurate numbers because national has been updating their data and has changed systems. We don’t have access to information we would normally have on national’s website. We’ve been in touch with the leadership committee and they’ve sent us some reports. The Membership Committee is planning to meet within next few weeks. We’ve asked national to send us the names of California members who aren’t affiliated with a local chapter. We’re planning to send hand-written letters to people whose membership has lapsed. Marcellino said 14 people from a previous roster used to be part of our membership, but aren’t showing on the latest roster. They might have renewed chapter membership, but haven’t paid local chapter dues. Membership is also down at the national level as well as local chapters around the country. At the committee meeting, they will try to come up with ideas to increase Chapter membership. The biggest challenge is getting accurate roster lists. Wax suggested contacting the student chapters to encourage them to reach out to graduating college students and reach out to journalism department chairs.

i.       Nominations – Favot

No report.

j.       Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot

Favot reported the regional conference ad-hoc committee met before the regular board meeting and discussed proposals from five different hotels to host the 2018 Regional Conference on April 27-28, 2018. They zeroed in on three hotels in the Universal City/Glendale/Pasadena area that they are going to get more details on so for comparison’s sake. Findings will be discussed by conference call and a recommendation to the board will be made via email to vote on sometime before the July meeting.

k.     Scholarships – Audi

·  Scholarship application deadline: June 9

We’ve been doing outreach, so far, we only have two applications submitted. We will consider moving back the deadline to get more applicants.

V.              Old Business

a.     Re-cap on May 17 media literacy event at L.A. City College– Marcellino (including voting on provisional expenditure for A/V equipment)

Bluestein reported there were approximately 40 attendees, including students, a librarian from LA City College and other attendees. The panelists were excellent and had different perspectives. We had radio, TV and print fields represented. We weren’t able to live-stream it on Facebook as we had hoped because the Wi-Fi signal was too weak.

Bellman moved and Windsor seconded to approve the expenditure for $200 for AV equipment for the media literacy event. Approved.

b.     Mega-mixer—July 11 – Saxton

Bluestein reported on behalf of Saxton, who was absent. Saxton has secured parking near the event. Saxton has reached out to Asian American Journalists, Online News Association, Black Journalists Association, CCNMA, JAWS, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Press Photographers, Radio and TV News Association, 8 Ball Welfare Foundation and AP TV and Radio Association. It will cost $500 for the room rental and we’re estimating $300 will be spent on food. There will be a no host-bar. The costs will be split among the journalism groups that participate. AAJA and ONA have committed to $150 each. Press Club and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association declined to contribute. We’ve received no reply from Press Photog, JAWS, 8 Ball, RTNA, and CCNMA. Nonahal said in the past, we’ve allowed groups to participate even if they couldn’t pay. We’ll also reach out to IRE. We’ll send a press release next week.

VI.            New Business

a.     Approval of delegates for national convention

Typically, our delegates are chapter president, plus another board member. We’ll have three delegates at the upcoming convention. Nonahal said she will be attending and would be willing to be a delegate. Walton suggested sending an email to the entire board asking if anyone is interested in being a delegate for members who are not present.

b.     Approval of convention expenses for chapter president

Bluestein said she is planning on staying three nights in Anaheim.

Nonahal moved to pay Bluestein’s expenses for the national conference for registration and hotel, Bellman seconded. Approved.

Bluestein reported that Connie Ho is interested in putting together a mixer on the Wednesday night before the national conference.

C. Windsor, joined by the board, congratulated Bluestein for receiving tenure at CSUN

VII.          Next board meeting: Monday, July 10 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

Windsor moved, seconded by Wax to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Favot

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