Save the Date: SPJ/LA’s Reporter Karaoke Night

Bad assignments?
Editors driving you crazy?
Sources not returning calls?

Confirmed: The best way to work out your reporter rage is to rock out on stage…or by having a drink (or three) while cheering on your colleagues.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a night of FREE karaoke at your favorite pirate bar, The Redwood, on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

IAMNOTAKJ will be taking requests from 7 to 9 p.m. He’s got it all…torch songs, rock anthems, Spanish hits, etc.

Singers and non-singers welcome! Come catch up with fellow journalists over music, food and drinks.

SPJ/LA’s Karaoke Night

7 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

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

Free of charge.

There’s construction on Second Street in front of the bar and on Broadway. You can park at the lot on Hill Street.

The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

Please RSVP at

Job Opening: Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition


The First Amendment Coalition is seeking an executive director.

About the First Amendment Coalition:

The First Amendment Coalition is a nonpartisan, non­profit, California-based organization that seeks to foster civic engagement, make government more accountable, protect freedom of speech and press, and defend the public’s right to know. It serves a diverse audience, including traditional news organizations, digital news and information companies, community organizations, and individual citizens. FAC’s work is focused on California state and local matters, but the organization also weighs in on relevant national issues.

FAC’s work includes: strategic litigation in state and federal courts; a free-to-the-public Legal Hotline and a database of information to aid citizens in obtaining government information; public education programs around California; and legislative oversight and testimony.

FAC has two full-­time employees and a fundraising consultant. In recent years, the annual budget has been approximately $400,000 – $500,000. The organization leverages several times this amount annually in pro bono and reduced-fee legal services from top law firms that handle litigation and the Legal Hotline, as well as from board members who assist with various projects.

For more information on FAC programs, please refer to the Coalition website.

Position Description:

The Executive Director (a full-time position) is the First Amendment Coalition’s chief executive officer, program director, and spokesperson, responsible for implementing the organization’s mission, policies and objectives as established by the Board of Directors. He or she reports to the Board of Directors. FAC’s office is presently located in San Rafael, California; it was previously located in Sacramento. Where within California the new ED will be based can be flexible.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is expected to:

●     Supervise litigation handled by outside attorneys to enforce First Amendment Rights, open meetings and open records laws; develop or join amicus curiae briefs in significant appellate cases; help provide legal representation for otherwise unrepresented journalists confronted with subpoenas for notes and sources.

●     Oversee and promote other Coalition programs, including the Legal Hotline, public forums, and an annual awards program.

●     Arrange and attend quarterly Board meetings, provide timely communications to the Board, support the work of Board committees, and prepare annual operating and capital budgets for Board approval.

●     Oversee and actively participate in the Coalition’s fundraising efforts, in coordination with FAC’s development consultant.

●     Engage the Board as appropriate in public education efforts, fund-raising outreach, and other ad hoc roles in support of Coalition goals.

●     Working with Board members, engage in efforts to expand and diversify the Coalition’s board and constituency.

●     Track relevant state and federal legislation and engage with like-minded organizations to seek beneficial outcomes.

●     Maintain close working relationships with the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Online News Association, and other organizations that share the Coalition’s goals.

●     Supervise the administrative staff and volunteers.

●     Communicate regularly and knowledgeably with the media, and speak for the Coalition through public forums, published commentaries, and monthly newsletters.


The successful candidate will be an excellent leader and administrator with a passion for First Amendment and related issues and will have creative ideas for how to grow an organization.

Candidates for Executive Director should possess:

●      Management, administrative, legal, and/or journalistic experience in a non-profit organization, a traditional or digital media company, or a law firm.  At least five years experience preferred.

●     Demonstrated interest in and experience with issues of freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the public’s right to access government meetings and records.

●     Knowledge of and experience with relevant bodies of law, including the First Amendment, California Public Records Act, and the Brown Act. A law degree is desirable.

●     Strong organizational and administrative skills.

●     Ability to collaborate with an active and engaged Board.

●     Excellent writing and speaking skills.

●     Experience in communications to the press and public.

●     Thorough understanding of financial and business aspects of organizations of similar magnitude, with particular emphasis on nonprofits.

●     Experience in raising funds for a not-for-profit organization or comparable private sector experience.

●     Familiarity with managing and posting to websites, using social media, and using spreadsheet and database management software


Compensation will be negotiated based on qualifications and experience and will be competitive with other non-profits active in civil liberties work.

How to apply:

Applicants should email a resume and detailed cover letter outlining their suitability for the job to Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible; applications are preferred by September 1.

Job Opening: City News Service Budget Writer

City News Service has an opening in our Orange County bureau in Santa Ana for a budget writer who will help the bureau chief put together a weekly listing of news events that goes to CNS clients. This is a part-time position that requires a commitment of one day a week, or the duties can be split up over two days, making it ideal for a college student. You should have a handle on AP style, strong writing skills and a nose for news. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to CNS Editor Lori Streifler at

Save the Date: July 6 Journalism Mega Mixer

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to mix, mingle, mega schmooze, socialize, have fun, and network all at the same time. The July 6 mixer will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.

The Journalism Mega Mixer is hosted by:

  • Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Radio and Television News Association of Southern California
  • Online News Association
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • CCNMA/National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • NLGJA: the Association of LGBT Journalists
  • Los Angeles Press Club
  • National Association of Black Journalists – Los Angeles
  • Journalism and Women Symposium
  • Hacks and Hackers LA
  • 8-Ball Welfare Foundation

Journalism Mega-Mixer

Wednesday, July 6
6:30 p.m.

Rockwell Table and Stage
1714 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The event is free and open to all journalists.

Valet and street parking available.

The Metro Red Line stop at Sunset/Vermont is walking distance.

Please RSVP by June 29 at

Claudia Peschiutta

SPJ/LA’s 2016 Scholarship Awards Application Deadline: July 8, 2016



Application deadline: Friday July 8, 2016

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced Aug 5, 2016.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

  • Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)
  • Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).
  • Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
  • Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

  • If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
  • Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
  • Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
  • Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit


COVER SHEET (see below)

Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.


This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

  • You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).


Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

  • Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.
  • Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.
  • Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.


Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)


Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2016 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________

MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________

CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________

TELEPHONE ____________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________

TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________


Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

c Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($500-$1,000).

c Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($500-$1,000).

c Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

c Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($500-$1,000).


University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________

Major ___________________________Minor ________________________

Grade Point Average (GPA) ___________Journalism GPA ______________

Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______

Anticipated date of graduation ___________________

Date of birth _________________________________

High school from which you graduated ______________________________

City and state of your high school __________________________________

Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 Deadline is midnight, July 8, 2016

Applications by e-mail to Tammy Audi: