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Join SPJ/LA for Booze & Board Games on April 8

March 27, 2015 News 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, April 8 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 8
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

For more information about SPJ/LA, visit www.spjla.org

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

March 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

It’s your last chance to reserve a spot for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet on March 26.

RSVP by Friday, March 20 to join SPJ/LA as the chapter recognizes the career achievements of five local journalists.

The banquet, held at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles, will start at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and no-host cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Time Warner Cable is the 2015 banquet sponsor.

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The Distinguished Journalist honorees are:

  • Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service
  • Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly
  • Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN
  • Cheryl Kunin Fair, vice president and news director at KABC

Michelle Levander, editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist for her valued contribution to journalism. Edwards, through her illustrations, brings viewers and readers into the courtroom when cameras are not allowed.

Frank Mottek of KNX 1070 Newsradio will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $90 for members, $110 for non-members; tables of 10 are $900.

To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at (310) 595-5612 or AliceMWalton@gmail.com

Contact: Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

 

Public Memorial for Stan Chambers

March 12, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Los Angeles Press Club, and KTLA in a public memorial for and tribute to Stan Chambers on Thursday, March 12.

Few newsmen were so admired by their colleagues and the public. Chambers worked at the same job and at the same station, KTLA, Channel 5, for more than four decades. During that time he filed tens of thousands– probably more than 30,000 stories in total. He did it all and saw it all…from fires to riots, presidents and premiers, reporting on the famous, the infamous and the unknown, movie stars and mass murderers, and through it all he never lost his enthusiasm.

Speakers include:
Jaime Chambers (grandson/ reporter, Fox 5 San Diego)
Gege Chambers (widow)
Jason Ball (current news director at KTLA)
Diana Chi, news writer, KTLA
Jon Fischer, media consultant (formerly supervisor, news technical operations at KTLA, and Stan’s cameraman)
Councilman Tom LaBonge
Former Mayor Richard Riordan
Jeff Wald (former news director at KTLA)

If you want to say a few words, or know someone who does, please contact Diana Ljungaeus at Diana-AT-lapressclub-DOT-org.

WHAT:
A public memorial and tribute to Stan Chambers

WHEN:
Thursday, March 12, 2015
6.30 p.m. reception
7.30 p.m. remembrances
Reception continues

WHERE:
The Los Angeles Press Club @ Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

COST:
Free. Please RSVP, as space is limited.

RSVP:
Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Free. Enter from Berendo.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA President
(818) 317-2234

RSVP Now: Send in the Drones

March 9, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

In Los Angeles, the paparazzi work the streets and TV news helicopters take to the skies. But will we soon see the day when journalists routinely rely on drones to get the job done?

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion on the implications of adding the tiny aircraft to the news gathering arsenal: What are the opportunities? How will they be regulated? What about air safety and personal privacy?

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate the panel featuring Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California; Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist; Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University; and Gary Scott, program director at KCRW. The event will be held at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, butreservations are requested because space is limited. Please RSVP here. 

WHAT:   
SPJ/LA’s panel on drones and newsgathering

WHO:  

  • Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California
  • Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist
  • Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University
  • Gary Scott, program director at KCRW

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate.

WHEN: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
KPCC
Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

COST:     
Free and open to the public.

RSVP:
RSVP is requested, as seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Street and lot parking is available.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

March 5, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Reserve your spot today for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet on March 26.

Five local journalists will be honored at the dinner, which will be held at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and no-host cocktails; dinner will be at 7 p.m. The reservation deadline is March 20.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They are:

  • Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service
  • Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly
  • Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN
  • Cheryl Kunin Fair, vice president and news director at KABC.

Michelle Levander, editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist for her valued contribution to journalism. Edwards, through her illustrations, brings viewers and readers into the courtroom when cameras are not allowed.

Frank Mottek of KNX 1070 Newsradio will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the 39th annual event are $90 for members, $110 for non-members; tables of 10 are $900. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at (310) 595-5612 or AliceMWalton@gmail.com

Below please find the banquet’s sponsorship levels. Please note that proceeds from the chapter’s annual banquet help fund Greater L.A. chapter activities, including scholarships.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Los Angeles professional chapter marked its 75thanniversary in 2009.
SPJ/LA
2015 Distinguished Journalists Banquet

Sponsorship Levels
Title Sponsor ($5000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at both dinner and reception, email newsletters, social media,  logo and link on SPJ-LA website, 10 banquet registrations

Banquet Sponsor ($3000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at dinner only, email newsletters, logo and link on SPJ-LA website, 8 banquet registrations.

Reception Sponsor ($2000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at reception only, email newsletters, logo and link on conference website, 6 banquet registrations.

Distinguished Sponsor ($1500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, email newsletters, logo and link on SPJ-LA website. 4 banquet registrations.

Table Sponsor ($900):  Acknowledgement in the conference program and 10 banquet registrations.

Contact: Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

Send in the Drones

March 3, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

In Los Angeles, the paparazzi work the streets and TV news helicopters take to the skies. But will we soon see the day when journalists routinely rely on drones to get the job done?

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion on the implications of adding the tiny aircraft to the news gathering arsenal: What are the opportunities? How will they be regulated? What about air safety and personal privacy?

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate the panel featuring Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University; Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California; and Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist. The event will be held at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested because space is limited. Please RSVP here.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s panel on drones and newsgathering

WHO:

Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University
Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California
Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
KPCC
Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

COST:
Free and open to the public.

RSVP:
RSVP is requested, as seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Street and lot parking is available.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234

Last Chance to RSVP: SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

February 24, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

It’s your last chance to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s mixer with LA Times’ Steve Lopez at Traxx Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2015.

Lopez is a California native who has been an LA Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns, and a nonfiction work called “The Soloist,” which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the subject of a DreamWorks movie by the same name. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike Awards, and a share of the duPont – Columbia University Award.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA Mixer

WHO:
Steve Lopez, LA Times Columnist

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 25
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Traxx Restaurant at Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, #122
Los Angeles, CA, 90012.
Phone: (213) 625-1999

COST:
The event is free and open to the public. No-host bar.

RSVP:
Please RSVP to spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:
Valet parking and convenient self-parking is available.

CONTACT:
Dan Evans, SPJ/LA
(818) 637-3234
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

February 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

SPJ/LA Hosts Mixer with Steve Lopez

It’s not too late to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s mixer with LA Times’ Steve Lopez at Traxx Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2015.

Lopez is a California native who has been an LA Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns, and a nonfiction work called “The Soloist,” which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the subject of a DreamWorks movie by the same name. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike Awards, and a share of the duPont – Columbia University Award.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA Mixer

WHO:
Steve Lopez, LA Times Columnist

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 25
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Traxx Restaurant at Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, #122
Los Angeles, CA, 90012.
Phone: (213) 625-1999

COST:
The event is free and open to the public. No-host bar.

PARKING:
Valet parking and convenient self-parking is available.

RSVP:
Please RSVP by sending an email to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Dan Evans, SPJ/LA
(818) 637-3234
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

For more information about SPJ/LA, visit www.spjla.org

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

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SPJ/LA Expresses Grief and Sorrow on the Loss of Veteran KTLA Reporter Stan Chambers

February 13, 2015 News, Statements Comments Off

SPJ/LA Expresses Grief and Sorrow on the Loss of Veteran KTLA Reporter

Stan Chambers

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the passing of veteran KTLA reporter, Stan Chambers.

“Los Angeles has lost a legend, a reporter who invented live television news,” SPJ /LA President Navid Nonahal said.  “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Stan’s family and colleagues.”

Chambers passed away today at age 91, at his home in Holmby Hills, surrounded by his family. He worked at KTLA for 63 years, retiring at age 87 in 2010.

Colleague and SPJ/LA board member, Jeff Wald, said Chambers was known for his storytelling skills and particularly his ability to report news events live. In 1949, Chambers invented live television coverage of breaking news, reporting the tragedy of a little girl named Kathy Fiscus who had fallen down an abandoned well in San Marino. He was on the air for more than 27 hours.

Some 40 years later, Chambers provided live coverage of a light plane that had become entangled in high-tension wires. “Two men were trapped upside down in their private plane.  The plane never moved as firemen worked to rescue the pilot and passenger.  This went on for hours. Stan’s reporting was gripping and our viewers couldn’t turn away,” Wald said.

In his 63 years at KTLA, Chambers covered the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968 and countless fires, floods, riots, and human-interest stories.  All of the stories — some 22,000 of them — were presented with accuracy, consistency and solid reporting.

In honor of Chambers, here’s the link to a collection of interviews from the Archive of American Television, including a short clip on how he’d like to be remembered. http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/stan-chambers

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism.  Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.  The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

SPJ/LA Accepting 2015 Scholarship Applications

February 12, 2015 News, Scholarships Comments Off

“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 application deadline is March 16, 2015. The awards will be announced April 17, 2015.

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 http://spjla.org/

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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.

STANDARD RESUME
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).

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES
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.

ESSAY

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.)

APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2015 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

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

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

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

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

ACADEMIC INFORMATION
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, Monday, March 16, 2015
Applications by e-mail to Tami Abdollah and Tammy Audi
Please note in subject line “SPJ SCHOLARSHIP”

abdollah@gmail.com
auditammy@gmail.com

 

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