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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

 

Reserve Your Spot for the SPJ/LA 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

February 9, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

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

Five local journalists will be honored at the event, 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; and 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 75th anniversary 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.

Send sponsorship check or money order to:
Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter (SPJ/LA)

SPJ is a national registered 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit professional organization
Federal tax ID #95-6119058

Contact: Khalil Garriott, SPJ/LA, (703) 863-3777
Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Mourns the Loss of Veteran Los Angeles Daily News Reporter Rick Orlov

February 3, 2015 News, Statements Comments Off

For Immediate Release
Feb. 3, 2015

Contact:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
SPJLosAngeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Mourns the Loss of Veteran Los Angeles Daily News Reporter

Rick Orlov

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mourns the loss of veteran Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov, who died Monday of diabetes complications.

“The Los Angeles journalism community has lost one of its best, who will be truly irreplaceable,” SPJ/LA President Navid Nonahal said. “SPJ/LA extends its condolences to Rick’s family and colleagues.”

Orlov, a past SPJ/LA Distinguished Journalist Award recipient, covered local politics at the Los Angeles City Hall for several decades, and through the years, earned a reputation as “dean of the City Hall press corps” both for his long experience, and for his generous mentoring and fatherly advice to younger reporters.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that all of City Hall was in mourning, and City Council President Herb Wesson has announced plans for a motion to name the media room behind City Council chambers in Orlov’s memory. We agree that this would be a fitting tribute to one our most dedicated, respected, and much-loved journalists.

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 Announces 2015 Officers and Newly Elected Board Members

December 9, 2014 News No Comments

SPJ/LA Announces 2015 Officers and Newly Elected Board Members

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has elected its 2015 officers.

Navid Nonahal, the chapter’s current president and a freelance journalist will begin her second term on Jan. 1, 2015. Stephanie Bluestein, a journalism professor at California State University, Northridge, will serve as vice president. Los Angeles Times reporter David Zahniser will be secretary, while Richard Hendrickson, a journalism teacher at California State University, Northridge, John Carroll University in Cleveland and UCLA Extension, will serve as treasurer.

SPJ/LA also elected five members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board.

The incumbent board members who were re-elected are: Tammy Audi, reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal; Frank Mottek, business news anchor and host of the KNX Business Hour on CBS station KNX 1070 Newsradio; Roberta Wax, freelance writer; and Jeff Wald, executive director of Mobile Generated News. The newly elected board member is Christina Cocca, a digital news producer from NBC4.

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 was chartered 25 years later in 1934.

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SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees

November 13, 2014 Awards, News No Comments

SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees

 

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor five local journalists at its 39th annual awards banquet next spring.

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; and 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.

SPJ/LA presents the Distinguished Journalist awards to members of the profession who demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. Honorees are journalists who have achieved a record of career accomplishments. For nearly four decades, the chapter has recognized reporters, editors and photographers in print and broadcast journalism. Since 1997, the chapter has honored journalists in four categories: television, radio, newspapers with a circulation of less than 90,000 and newspapers with a circulation of 90,000 or more.

The Distinguished Work in New Media award was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses the new media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.

The awards banquet will be held in Spring of 2015, with the date and location to be announced.

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 75th anniversary in 2009.

Distinguished Journalist Award Winners
 
Television
Cheryl Kunin Fair is the longest-serving local television news director in Los Angeles, and the only female news director in the history of KABC-TV. Since she joined KABC in 1994, Eyewitness News has become the local news leader in broadcast, digital and social media. Milestones during her tenure include the only locally owned live radar in Southern California, the first high-definition helicopter, and the first regular newscasts in HD live from the studio and the field. Under her leadership, Eyewitness News has implemented new technology to discover, create, present and distribute news and information content and embraced social media as a way to better communicate with consumers.

Radio
Keith S. Goldstein has spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN-FM, since 1987, he has led his California State University Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to more than 450 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 including KCSN News being recognized four times for overall excellence. Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, the 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 also earned three statewide Associated Press 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 is a graduate of Temple University and earned his graduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. Goldstein also serves as a classroom instructor at California State University Northridge for the Journalism Department’s advanced radio news class, the Broadcast News Practicum.

Print (circulation over 90,000)
Jacques Clafin has been CNS Overnight Editor for nearly two decades, directing the agency’s overnight news report over a period that has seen the CNS coverage area expand with the addition of San Diego and Riverside counties. Clafin brought a wealth of reporting and management experience gleaned from years of service at United Press International — as Pacific Division Editor, directing news coverage in 10 Western states, including California; foreign editor, during a period when UPI earned the George Polk Award in Journalism, in the foreign reporting category; bureau chief in Salisbury; and correspondent in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His assignments included coverage of the Yom Kippur War, the Rhodesian War and the emergence of Zimbabwe under black majority rule in the former Rhodesia. Clafin has reported from a score of countries and the United Nations. But one of his biggest “scoops” was his most anonymous. It came when, based on a tip, the French-speaking Clafin worked the phones in UPI’s New York office and learned from someone at Monaco’s Royal Palace that Princess Grace had died in a car crash. No other organization could match it for hours. The French-born Clafin attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, Los Angeles City College and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Print (circulation under 90,000)
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, the author of “Orange County: A Personal History” and “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America,” lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton, and a consulting producer on FOX’s animated show, Bordertown. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. Gustavo is the recipient of awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Los Angeles Press Club and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. He was also recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom was illegal.

Distinguished Work in New Media
Michelle Levander is founding director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and editor-in-chief of its website, ReportingonHealth.org, an online community of journalists, bloggers, health thinkers and practitioners. Reporting on Health, launched in 2008, features commissioned and member blogs and encourages online learning and communication across journalism, health policy and health practice. Two years ago, Levander launched the ReportingonHealth Collaborative under the Reporting on Health banner, which brings together reporters to produce collaborative projects for their news outlets on a shared theme. A veteran editor and writer, Levander previously reported in Asia, Latin America, and the United States for Time Magazine Asia, the Asian Wall Street Journal and The San Jose Mercury News. In Asia, she reported from China, India, South Korea and Vietnam on the region’s technology scene and launched a Technology Journal for the Asian Wall Street Journal.  She wrote about workplace issues and business health policy at the Mercury News, among other topics. She has received journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club of America (Best Reporting in Latin America), the Inter American Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. A former Inter American Press Association fellow, she spent a year in Mexico, studying and researching migrant culture. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

SPJ/LA will also recognize Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist whose drawings help fill the gap when cameras are barred from the courtroom. Edwards’ illustrations have been featured on local newscasts, programs and networks such as KABC-TV, TMZ.com, “20/20,” A&E Biography, ABC, CNN, “Entertainment Tonight” and in numerous publications, including Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. She has illustrated several fashion books and has also created storyboards and sketch art for feature films and TV commercials. She has taught fashion sketching classes at UCLA and other academic institutions.

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

October 8, 2014 Awards, News No Comments

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for

Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2014 Distinguished Journalists Awards, 2014 Distinguished Work in New Media Award and 2014 Freedom of Information Award.

Nomination forms must be submitted by email to Lori Streifler or to Alice Walton, no later than Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

The awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2015.

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 the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Download the form here: SPJ/LA Award Nominee Form

Contact:
Lori Streifler, SPJ/LA
lori@socalnews.com
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA and NPPA Present “The Right to Photograph and Record in Public”

April 14, 2014 News, SPJ Events No Comments

SPJ/LA and NPPA

Present

“The Right to Photograph and Record in Public”

 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association, in cooperation with the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA), present a panel discussion, sponsored by the SDX Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists, on the right to photograph and record in public.

Ever since 911, there has been a heightened awareness of anyone taking pictures or recording events in public. This issue has only been exacerbated by the widespread proliferation of cellphone cameras and the ability of everyone to post photos and recordings on the Internet. An expert panel will discuss such things as:

  • What are the rights of citizens and the press to photograph and record in public?
  • Can police seize and view those images or order them to be deleted?
  • What is some of the most recent case law regarding these issues?
  • How can we foster a better understanding of our respective rights and responsibilities in order to have a greater appreciation for the roles that everyone plays in newsgathering and free speech?

WHAT:
SPJ/LA, NPPA and PPAGLA host a panel discussion on the right to photograph and record in public

WHO:

  • Cmdr. Michael Parker, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, North (County) Patrol Division
  • Cmdr. Andrew Smith, LAPD Media Relations and Community Affairs Group
  • Jean Paul (JP) Jassy, Esq., Partner Jassy, Vick, Carolan LLP
  • Paul Buck, President PPAGLA and Staff Photographer European Press Photo Agency (EPA)

Mickey H. Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association, will moderate.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 17
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Deaton Hall Auditorium
Across from City Hall
100 W. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

COST:
Free of charge.

RSVP:
RSVP required, as seating is limited. Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-right-to-photograph-record-in-public-tickets-11042280759

CONTACT:
Richard Hendrickson, SPJ/LA
(323) 806-1427
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234

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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