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Save the Date: Wednesday, June 3 SPJLA’s Booze & Board Games Mixer

May 16, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a different kind of mixer.

No name tags, no standing around, and no uncomfortable chitchat.

At Booze & Board Games, you can just hang out with fellow journalists and enjoy a drink while engaging in some friendly competition.

The games begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

Happy hour is being extended to 8 p.m., so come thirsty!

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s Booze & Board Games Mixer

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 3
7 p.m.

WHERE:
Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
There is street and lot parking throughout the area.

METRO:
The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Claudia Peschiutta, SPJ/LA
claudia.peschiutta@cbsradio.com

RSVP Now! Larry King Headlines Roast for AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

May 7, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Larry King will help roast Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press’ recently retired premier court reporter who has covered every major Los Angeles trial, from O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson to Phil Spector and Charles Manson. The May 21 fundraiser supports the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, benefits chapter programs, including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Roast participants also include Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV journalists and podcast hosts Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey.

Attorney Anthony Brooklier and L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Rob Knowles will channel their inner Elvis for a special musical presentation.

Ticket prices are $90 for SPJ members; $120 for non-members. A limited number of front row seats in “The Jury Box” are available for $200 each.

To reserve a seat, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will receive an invoice that can be paid by credit card via PayPal. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Details:

Who:
Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

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What:
A gentle roast by talk show legend Larry King, Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey. Musical performance by Anthony Brooklier, Esq., and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Rob Knowles. Proceeds benefit the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds support chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Where:
Omni Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

When:
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner and festivities 7 p.m.

Ticket prices:
$90 per ticket for SPJ members
$120 for non-SPJ members

Or, be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box. Front row seats. $200 per ticket (table of 10, $2,000, plus program ad.) Limited availability.

For reservations, email: RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will be billed through PayPal and may pay via credit card. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Contact: RobertaWax@gmail.com

Recap: SPJLA Hosts Panel on Anonymous Sources at NBC4 News

May 7, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Journalism seeks to bring the truth to light, but what if a source prefers to remain anonymous in the public eye? We, as journalists, know the source’s identity, but sometimes those sources don’t want to be known. The use of unnamed sources in journalism arouses a multitude of ethical dilemmas.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recently hosted a panel discussion on “the ethical dilemmas in identifying trustworthy sources and knowing when to run with anonymously-sourced information.” The discussion took place at NBC4 Southern California in Universal City on April 16 and was moderated by NBC4 News Managing Editor Matt Goldberg.

The discussion aimed to answer the 5 Ws (and H) of anonymous sources:

  • Who: Who is the source?
  • What: What is the risk of using it? What if they’re wrong? What is it worth?
  • Where: Where are they getting the information? Where is their loyalty?
  • When: When do we need anonymous sources?
  • Why: Why do we trust them?
  • How: How will it affect us? How will it affect them?

Media outlets have various practices on the use of anonymous sources, and the panelists offered a glimpse into their respective companies’ standards. Panelist Justin Pritchard, a reporter for the Associated Press, shared the AP’s rules on anonymous sources. AP reporters who use information from anonymous sources must obtain approval from their news manager before sending the story to the desk, Pritchard said.

Kim Bui, the West Coast producer at reported.ly, addressed the issue of using a single source anonymously. Bui covers international news largely through social reporting, where her Rolodex is “literally the Internet.” She advised the audience to never believe anyone “wholeheartedly” and to utilize Internet as a tool to corroborate and verify an anonymous source’s information.

Elizabeth Aguilera, a senior health care reporter for 89.3 KPCC-FM, added that a secondary source doesn’t necessarily have to be another person. For example, paperwork can be used to corroborate an anonymous source’s information.

There are instances where a reporter would never use an anonymous source. Andrew Blankstein, a reporter for NBC News Investigations, cited consent issues that can arise when interviewing minors. Children can certainly inform a story, Blankstein said, but he would never use them as an anonymous source.

While reporting, journalists must be cognizant of a source’s motives or agenda for divulging information. Aguilera said that she oftentimes asks anonymous sources outright what their motivation is for sharing a particular piece of information. While sources can, and sometimes do, lie to reporters, this question helps give her a sense of where the source’s head is at, she said.

Journalists should also research the source itself. They must be able to assess a source’s credibility, motivation and reliability.

The reported.ly team does a “social analysis” on people, Bui said. They conduct something similar to a background check. The team researches who a source is associated with, the people in their inner circle and their employment history.

Pritchard and Blankstein go directly to the source. Blankstein said he likes to ask his sources if there is something he should know about upfront, i.e., a personnel complaint, an arrest, etc.

Sometimes, a source may be the one having second thoughts about moving forward with a story. The anonymous source might be afraid of potential blowback or the repercussions that could arise after the story is published.

“Interview their fears,” Pritchard said. Figure out what has changed and why they are having second thoughts. Blankstein said he engages in a cost-benefit analysis by weighing the short and long-term benefits of using that person as an anonymous source.

In extreme circumstances, members of the media are pressured to reveal their sources. Some matters may eventually go to court and refusing to reveal a source in a legal proceeding could land a reporter behind bars.

Aguilera said she has had these tough conversations with managers and that each situation, source and story is different. Nevertheless, it’s the journalist’s duty to set boundaries on how far they are willing to go for a source, Bui said.

The four journalists on the panel shared personal stories with attendees relating to the use of confidential sources. These types of ethical dilemmas aren’t limited to just one medium — whether the form is print, broadcast, online, or radio — issues with anonymous sourcing are unavoidable.

Ultimately, it is best practice to pursue information on the record. But, in some cases, unnamed sources may bring to light stories that otherwise would never surface.

By Whitney Irick

SPJ/LA Hosts May Mixer: Booze & Board Games

May 5, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Join us for SPJ/LA’s May Booze and Board Games mixer.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a different kind of mixer.

No name tags, no standing around and no uncomfortable chitchat.

At Booze & Board Games, you can just hang out with fellow journalists and enjoy a drink while engaging in some friendly competition.

The games begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 6
7 p.m.

WHERE:
Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
There is street and lot parking throughout the area.

METRO:
The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Claudia Peschiutta, SPJ/LA
claudia.peschiutta@cbsradio.com

Job Openings: Associate Editor, Digital Associate Producer

April 28, 2015 News, Resources Comments Off

Calling all job-hunting journalists! Check out these job postings in the Los Angeles area.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR 

Connection III Entertainment, an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer/distributor of television programming across the U.S. and multiple international markets, is seeking an Associate Editor to help drive the company’s new digital properties.

The Associate Editor will help launch and maintain online and social brands for Connection III’s successful syndicated TV series, ‘Made in Hollywood,’ ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition’ and ‘Live Life and Win.’

In this role, the Associate Editor will write and edit original editorial content on a daily basis. They’ll actively engage users across Connection III’s social platforms, and they’ll help manage freelance contributors.

The Associate Editor will report to the Managing Editor, and will work closely with Connection III’s new digital video team on the creation, production and support of original video franchises. They’ll also work alongside the producers of Connection III’s TV shows to better serve existing audiences and to reach new fans.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to develop a distinctive voice for each Connection III brand online and on social media
  • Providing frequent updates for each Connection III website
  • Writing and editing smart copy and headlines
  • Reaching users across Connection III’s social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Requirements:

  • Minimum of three years editorial experience in the digital space
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Deep knowledge and passion for entertainment
  • Ability to connect with users on Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • A team player with the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of WordPress
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Contact is Michael Fleeman, at mbfleeman@gmail.com. No phone calls, please.

About Our Company

Connection III Entertainment Corp. is a Los Angeles-based producer and distributor of award-winning television series, specials and motion pictures. Currently, Connection III produces and distributes three nationally syndicated weekly TV series: the 10th season of ‘Made in Hollywood,’ a behind-the-screen look at stars & directors presenting their latest movies; the 9th season of ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition,’ which explores media careers on and off-camera; and the 4th season of ‘Live Life and Win,’ which features inspirational teen success stories. Connection III Entertainment Corp is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

DIGITAL ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Connection III Entertainment, an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer/distributor of television programming across the U.S. and multiple international markets, is seeking a Digital Associate Producer to help drive the company’s new digital video initiatives.

The Digital Associate Producer will help create original video content to support Connection III’s successful syndicated TV series, ‘Made in Hollywood,’ ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition’ and ‘Live Life and Win.’

This person will work for the Digital Supervising Producer to develop and maintain a mix of digital-first shows. They’ll also tap Connection III’s extensive library of celebrity and entertainment content to create fresh franchises and unique packages.

The Digital Associate Producer will work alongside the producers of Connection III’s TV shows to better serve existing audiences and to reach new fans. They’ll also work with the digital editorial team to extend Connection III’s TV brands to the online, YouTube, mobile and social platforms.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to develop, execute, schedule and launch original video content on a daily basis across multiple platforms
  • Writing, editing and shooting digital video
  • Working with Connection III’s current on-air hosts and digital freelancers
  • Creating video content that will engage users across Connection III’s social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years production experience in the digital video space
  • Deep knowledge and passion for entertainment
  • Experience working with talent and celebrities
  • Good relationships with freelancers, writers, crew and other creatives
  • Solid understanding of post-production processes and systems, including Final Cut Pro
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • A team player with the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Contact is Michael Fleeman, at mbfleeman@gmail.com. No phone calls, please.

About Our Company

Connection III Entertainment Corp. is a Los Angeles-based producer and distributor of award-winning television series, specials and motion pictures. Currently, Connection III produces and distributes three nationally syndicated weekly TV series: the 10th season of ‘Made in Hollywood,’ a behind-the-screen look at stars & directors presenting their latest movies; the 9th season of ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition,’ which explores media careers on and off-camera; and the 4th season of ‘Live Life and Win,’ which features inspirational teen success stories. Connection III Entertainment Corp is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

 

SPJ/LA Hosts May Mixer: Booze & Board Games

April 27, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Mark your calendars for SPJ/LA’s May Booze and Board Games mixer.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a different kind of mixer.

No name tags, no standing around and no uncomfortable chitchat.

At Booze & Board Games, you can just hang out with fellow journalists and enjoy a drink while engaging in some friendly competition.

The games begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 6
7 p.m.

WHERE:
Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
There is street and lot parking throughout the area.

METRO:
The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Claudia Peschiutta, SPJ/LA
claudia.peschiutta@cbsradio.com

SPJ/LA Announces Scholarship Winners

April 23, 2015 News, Scholarships Comments Off

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to support the next generation of journalists through scholarships awarded to five students from Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties pursuing journalism in many forms.

The 2015 scholarship winners are:

**Ken Inouye Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a journalist of color and aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms.

Kevin Tsukii, a journalism student at University of Southern California, designed his own curriculum blending animation and digital publishing. Tsukii combines his digital and visual chops with old-fashioned reporting skills that led him to a story about transgender murders. He’s the founder and former editor of USC’s culinary publication, Spoon USC. In his spare time, he’s a Spanish translator and a web developer at the Immigration Clinic at USC. He graduates in 2016.

** Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a student, pursuing broadcast and multimedia journalism.

Naomi Ogaldez is a Dean’s List regular, award-winning speaker and prolific writer and producer who has interned at CNN and Telemundo52. She will graduate in May from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in journalism, and then head right back for a Masters of Science in health administration. Ogaldez plans to pursue health reporting, with a focus on minority communities.

** Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a student pursuing investigative or political reporting.

Katie Shepherd is a University of California, Los Angeles graduate who earned and learned her award-winning journalism skills at the Daily Bruin, and during a summer internship that produced 40 clips — including 16 front-page stories. Shepherd’s work has already taken her to the Philippines to cover the aftermath of a deadly typhoon. Soon, journalism will take her to New York City, where she’s been accepted to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

** Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship: This year, SPJ/LA has decided to award two $1,000 Farr scholarships to two students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a

Jordyn Holman is a USC student pursuing print and digital journalism on a quest to combine the ways of old-school print for the social media generation. So far, journalism has taken her from the streets of South L.A. to the streets of London. While in England, Holman wrote about how that country marks Black History Month. Back in L.A., she profiled Rev. Cecil Murray.

Bianca Gonzalez is a senior at Santa Monica High School, where her love of journalism appears in The Samohi, her high school newspaper. Gonzalez is a photo editor, and also shoots major events and writes. Using letters and photos, she recreated the love story of two Santa Monica High students-who met in 1926. Bianca intends to study broadcast journalism and political science in college, and aims to pursue a career in political broadcast.

Is My First Amendment Bothering You? Police Brutality and Free Speech

April 23, 2015 News Comments Off

IS MY FIRST AMENDMENT BOTHERING YOU?

Police Brutality and Free Speech

In a year of one instance of police abuse after another, we gather to discuss the history, current configurations, and tentative solutions to the age-old problem of state repression of liberty, in the form of police abuse.

Over and over, we hear about groundless arrests and unjustified incarcerations. We know that, as an ideal, the First Amendment guarantees us the freedom to believe, speak and travel . . . to associate and assemble. To be out in public places as we see fit: walking, driving, or protesting, so long as we are peaceful. Yet, we still learn about a blogger held in prison for months for filming a protest and refusing to turn over the tape to the state. The student activist held in jail for hours in downtown LA, simply for marching in a protest over what happened in Ferguson. This is not a new history, but what can we do about police abuse? As journalists, scholars, or just human beings – – Join us.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and California State University, Northridge, Journalism Department invite you to the Kenneth S. Devol First Amendment Forum, the 24th annual event lecture series.

Well-known experts, Professor Christian Davenport of University of Michigan and Video Journalist Josh Wolf, will discuss, via Skype, the tension between state repression and civil liberty. CSUN-based guest speakers, Prof. Raul Ruiz and department of journalism undergraduate, Priscilla Diaz, will join the discussion.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3 p.m., at CSUN’s University Student Union, Thousand Oaks Room. The university is located at 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA, 91325. Admission is free.

The Kenneth S. Devol First Amendment Forum Speakers Series was established in recognition of Dr. Devol’s service to CSUN. Devol, who retired in 1991, was a faculty member for 30 years, including 12 as department chair. He earned many honors and founded the CSUN chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary journalism scholarship society. Devol wrote “Mass Media and the Supreme Court,” a staple textbook used in law classes across the country.

Larry King Headlines Roast for AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

April 20, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Larry King will help roast Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press’ recently retired premier court reporter who has covered every major Los Angeles trial, from O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson to Phil Spector and Charles Manson. The May 21 fundraiser supports the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, benefits chapter programs, including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Roast participants also include Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV journalists and podcast hosts Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey.

Attorney Anthony Brooklier and L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Rob Knowles will channel their inner Elvis for a special musical presentation.

Ticket prices are $90 for SPJ members; $120 for non-members. A limited number of front row seats in “The Jury Box” are available for $200 each.

To reserve a seat, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will receive an invoice that can be paid by credit card via PayPal. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Details:

Who:
Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

What:
A gentle roast by talk show legend Larry King, Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey. Musical performance by Anthony Brooklier, Esq., and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Rob Knowles. Proceeds benefit the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds support chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Where:
Omni Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

When:
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner and festivities 7 p.m.

Ticket prices:
$90 per ticket for SPJ members
$120 for non-SPJ members

Or, be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box. Front row seats. $200 per ticket (table of 10, $2,000, plus program ad.) Limited availability.

For reservations, email: RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will be billed through PayPal and may pay via credit card. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Contact: RobertaWax@gmail.com

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Larry King Among Those to Roast Linda Deutsch May 21

April 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

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Who: Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch … being gently roasted by:

Talk Show Legend Larry King

Loyola Law Professor Laurie Levenson

Former CBS News Writer/Producer Roberta Hollander

TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey, currently co-hosting a podcast

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner and festivities 7 p.m.

Where: Omni Hotel

251 S. Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Why: Because we can. And because Linda is a good sport. The roast is a fundraiser for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds will benefit chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship programs.

Ticket prices: $90 per ticket for SPJ members

$120 for non-SPJ members
OR:  Be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box. Front row seats. $200 per ticket (table of 10, $2,000, plus program ad.) Limited availability.

For reservations, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will be sent an invoice from PayPal giving you payment options. Please put “roast” in the subject line.

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