SPJ/LA Hosts Video Editing Workshop

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is hosting a free, hands-on workshop aimed at news professionals with zero experience in video editing. You’ll sit at a Mac and use iMovie to create those lively, short, snackable videos popular on AJ+, NowThis, ATTN: and other social-media-driven news organizations.

Video clips, still photos, music and other assets will be provided, though feel free to bring your own loaded onto an iPhone. Some experience on a Mac would be helpful but is not mandatory.

WHAT:
Video editing workshop that will teach you how to:
— Import video and still photos into iMovie
— Edit video clips and crop photos
— Place video and photos into a “timeline”
— Use transitions, including a dissolve, blur and spin-in (in which a photo tumbles into view)
— Add the “Ken Burns Effect” panning and zooming into photos
— Make titles
— Put music in the background
— Store your video and get it onto Facebook or YouTube

By the end, you should be able to create your own video that looks something like this:http://bit.ly/1RWxACQ

The workshop will be led by Michael Fleeman, an associate board member and managing editor-digital for Connection III Entertainment, which produces videos for its Made in Hollywood brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube andwww.MadeinHollywood.tv.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 11
9 a.m. to noon

WHERE:
Cal State Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91311
In a Mac computer lab on west side of campus (exact location given when you RSVP)

COST:
Free for workshop; $6 parking fee

PARKING:
Go to the Information Booth #2 on Prairie Street to purchase a $6 parking pass. If the booth is closed, buy a pass from a machine on the ground floor of parking structure B3. Park in B3 and walk five minutes to the building.

RSVP:
Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com
Space is limited.

CONTACT:
Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com

Keith Goldstein, former SPJ/LA distinguished journalist awardee, dead at 61

Keith Goldstein, KCSN news director for nearly 30 years and SPJ/LA 2015 Distinguished Journalist, died Wednesday, May 18, at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. Memorial services are pending.

Goldstein’s industry and educational leadership dates to 1987, when he joined California State University, Northridge. He had been hospitalized in Intensive Care for more than two weeks, suffering from complications of influenza. He was 61.

His daughter, Katy Goldstein, who lives near Sacramento, had spent much of that time with him. She said he was buoyed by the visits, cards and other well wishes sent by CSUN faculty, staff, friends and his broadcast students.

Ms. Goldstein was especially glad that her dad had been honored in a March 2015 ceremony for his extensive contributions to journalism education. Goldstein was among five Southern California journalists recognized for lifetime achievement by the Greater Los Angeles professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Goldstein often referred to himself as an “old-school journalist.” And, he devoted his life to teaching CSUN journalism students the all-important foundational skills needed in the workplace. Under his guidance, student journalists amassed more than 450 awards. His students picked up several more awards in April at SPJ’s Region 11 conference in Phoenix, including sweeping the Radio Sports Reporting category.

Many of his former students can be heard on local/regional broadcast outlets and include those who also teach or have taught in our program. Students and alumni have taken to social media to pay tribute to their professor/mentor.

“He made waking up at 3 a.m. worth it because the passion for his craft was endless and it carried over,” Camilla Rambaldi, recent graduate and broadcaster at WOAI in San Antonio,
Texas, wrote on Facebook. “… He inspired all students to thrive for greatness no matter what. I will always remember Keith by this one Edward R. Murrow quote, ‘We can’t make good news out of bad practice.’ ”

Colleagues also were appreciative of Goldstein’s passion for preparing budding broadcasters.

“That wall of Golden Mics is a testament to his work and his dedication to teaching students the fundamentals of sound reporting,” said Zoe Walrond, longtime broadcast journalist and journalism instructor in Los Angeles.

Goldstein spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN- FM, he led his California State University, Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to hundreds of professional local, regional, state and national awards, including 49 Golden Mikes in Division B from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California and 34 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Through his leadership, KCSN News was recognized four times for overall excellence.

Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, student reporters and writers have received a dozen first- place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Goldstein created a six-part series on domestic violence that received first-place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and The Associated Press.

He earned three statewide AP awards in the category of investigative reporting, including in- depth stories on staged accidents and the mental health funding crisis in Los Angeles County. A native of Philadelphia, Goldstein was a graduate of Temple University and did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University.

Reporter Karaoke Is Back At The Redwood

Start warming up your vocal cords because it’s time for some karaoke. If you’re too shy to sing, come watch the rest of us make fools of ourselves and cheer us on!

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, May 4.

IAMNOTAKJ will be taking your requests from 7 to 9 p.m. He’s got everything you could want…torch songs, rock anthems, Spanish hits, etc.

Come on by even if you don’t like to sing. It’s a fun opportunity to catch up with your fellow journalists over songs, food and drinks.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s Karaoke Night

WHEN:
7 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
Please be aware that there is construction on Second Street in front of the bar and on Broadway. There is a parking lot available on Hill Street.

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

Last Chance to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Don’t miss your chance to attend the 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff will be the event’s speaker. Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The event will honor five local journalists, a First Amendment lawyer, the founder of a radio news website and a former reporter and longtime journalism teacher at its 40th annual awards banquet.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Theodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

RSVPs are due Friday, April 8

SPJ/LA would like to thank the banquet sponsors for their generous support:

Platinum sponsor: Gibson DunnGDCLogo-HighRes-Blue_jpg

Gold sponsor: Time Warner Cable
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Silver sponsor: City National BankCNBr_RGB

CEO of Zillow Group to Speak at SPJ/LA’s 40th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

The chief executive officer of Zillow Group, Spencer Rascoff, will be the speaker at the annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 14.

As CEO of Zillow Group, Rascoff oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Rascoff joined Zillow in 2005 as one of its first hires, and served various roles including chief operating officer, until his appointment to CEO in 2010. Since becoming CEO, Rascoff has led Zillow through its 2011 IPO and 11 acquisitions. In 2015, Rascoff co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times’ Best Seller “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.”

Last year, Rascoff wrote a piece for Fortune.com on how his high school journalism instructor, SPJ/LA honoree Kathleen Neumeyer, prepared him to lead a major corporation.

Fortune and Forbes both listed Rascoff as one of America’s most powerful CEOs under 40 and he is a recipient of Ernst and Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Before joining Zillow, Rascoff was vice president of lodging for Expedia. In 1999, at the age of 24, Rascoff co-founded Hotwire.com, a leading Internet travel company, which a few years later he sold to InterActiveCorp (the parent company of Expedia). Before his consumer Web career, Rascoff was in investment banking and private equity. He worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman Sachs and an associate at TPG Capital. Rascoff graduated cum laude from Harvard University.

Rascoff is on the boards of directors of TripAdvisor and privately held online beauty company Julep. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and is on the advisory board of Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go toTheodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton atAliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

The annual awards banquet will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.