Former SPJLA President Elected Director At Large to National SPJ Board

Former SPJLA President Lauren Bartlett was elected Director At Large to the national SPJ board at the 2017 Excellence In Journalism conference.

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From left to right: SPJ Director At Large Lauren Bartlett, SPJLA board member Joel Bellman, SPJLA President Stephanie Bluestein, and SPJLA board member and former president Navid Nonahal.

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SPJLA President Stephanie Bluestein and SPJLA board member Roberta Wax.

Save the Date: Our Annual Journalism Mega Mixer Is July 11

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 11 mixer will feature complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. 

The Journalism Mega Mixer is hosted by:

  • Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Online News Association
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California/National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – L.A.

WHAT:
Annual Journalism Mega Mixer
 
WHEN:
Tuesday, July 11
6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
575 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

COST:
The mixer is free and open to all. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

PARKING:
Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available. Free parking at LACMA after 7p.m. – 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Petersen Museum parking is $12. 
 
RSVP:
Please RSVP by sending an email to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA Board Member 
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Hosts Panel Discussion: “I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Can Reporters Also Be Activists?”

In the era of Donald Trump, American journalism finds itself under attack as never before in modern times. Routinely assailed by the president and his surrogates as “fake news,” “enemies of the American people,” and even singled out by name for harsh personal criticism, journalists are responding in myriad ways. These range from aggressive investigative reporting and a more confrontational stance to outspoken criticism in social media and even signing petitions and joining demonstrations.

Can reporters also be activists? Traditional journalism says no: a national SPJ Ethics Committee position paper says flatly that for journalists, “whether they’re covering politics or not — political activism should be avoided.” But many younger journalists, especially digital natives, argue that given the direct challenges to a free and independent press, activism is not only permissible, it’s essential.

WHAT: 

SPJ/LA’s panel discussion: “I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Can Reporters Also Be Activists?”

WHO: 

The panel moderated by writer/columnist and SPJ/LA board member Joel Bellman will include:

CARLA HALL, editorial writer, Los Angeles Times

MARC COOPER, journalist, author, editor, journalism professor

EFENEL AZARCON-BARKER, digital show host/producer, KSCI/LA18

WHEN:

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:

The Association Bar

110 E. 6th Street

Downtown Los Angeles

COST:

Free and open to the public.

RSVP:

Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:

Secure 24-hour parking available at 545 S. Main St., $4/20 min., $12/max.

CONTACT:

Joel Bellman, jbellman@ca.rr.com

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s Media Literacy Panel: “Fighting the Fakers”

“Fake news” is an accusation leveled almost daily by pundits and politicians, while conspicuous fact-checking has become a mainstay of political coverage. Public confidence in the press has fallen to single digits. And Facebook is gearing up efforts to fight “information operations” designed to “distort … political sentiment.”

  • How can the average reader sidestep spin and sort out the truth?
  • Identify what’s left out of a story?
  • Fact check the fact checkers?
  • How can reporters avoid bias and signal the authority of their sources?
  • Identify the narrative within the chaos of social media?
  • What are media outlets doing to fight back?
  • What’s the long-term impact on the free press?

Join our panelists for a discussion on media literacy in an age of instant and endless information, followed by Q&A.

Panelists:

  • Jim Newton is a veteran journalist who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times — working as an editor, bureau chief and columnist — before joining the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and founding Blueprint magazine. Jim has authored three critically acclaimed and best-selling biographies.
  • Evan George is the managing producer for public radio station KCRW’s “To the Point,” the live, nationally syndicated show hosted by Warren Olney, which provides a daily in-depth look at national and international issues driving headlines. Before radio, Evan covered health care and courts as a newspaper editor and reporter.          
  • Kelly Whitney, director of integrated media for NBC4, oversees the station’s digital news coverage and social media strategy. Kelly began her career as a print reporter and has covered beats ranging from courts to biotech.

When:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where:  Chemistry 3 Room, Los Angeles City College

Parking: Free parking is available in the faculty lot at North Heliotrope Drive and Monroe Street (campus address is 855 N. Vermont Avenue)

Note: The Chemistry Building is at the north end of campus on Willow Brook Avenue (see campus map here: http://www.lacitycollege.edu/public/cmap/LACC-Campus-Map.pdf) and Chem 3 is on the basement level
 
Cost: Free to the public. Students are encouraged to attend.
 
RSVP: spjlosangeles@gmail.com