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Save the Date: Tuesday, July 7: SPJ/LA Hosts Journalism Mega Mixer

June 22, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a real “social networking site” to mix, mingle, mega schmooze, socialize, have fun, and network all at the same time.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA hosts journalism group mega mixer

WHO:
SPJ/LA invites journalists from throughout Southern California including members of:

  • Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles Chapter
  • Black Journalists Association of Southern California
  • CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California
  • Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) – Southern California
  • Los Angeles Press Club
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
  • Online News Association, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles
  • Radio & Television News Association of Southern California
  • SPJ/LA
  • 8Ball Welfare Foundation, which provides grants to journalists in need.

And more

WHEN:          
6 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 7

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.

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

Contact:
Dan Evans, SPJ/LA
(213) 321-3661
Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CANCELLED: Robert Scheer Discusses and Signs His New Book: “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy”

June 8, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

UPDATE: With much regret, please be advised that Wednesday’s event with Robert Scheer at Book Soup is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation might have caused you.


The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to hear Robert Scheer, a veteran print journalist, radio commentator, founder of news and opinion website Truthdig and author of “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy” discuss the surveillance state and the erosion of privacy and civil liberties and sign copies of his new book.

Scheer’s evening talk and signing takes place on Wednesday, June 10, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Book Soup, located at 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Since 9/11, the extent of government intelligence-gathering, and the commercial data-mining of personal information through on-line commerce and social media, have drawn increasing public attention and concern. The revelations of previously unknown global surveillance programs by the National Security Agency through the release of confidential documents by former NSA contract employee Edward Snowden in 2013 heightened these concerns, and brought renewed media and congressional scrutiny of the practices, culminating in significant revisions to intelligence-gathering programs recently approved by Congress.

SPJ/LA believes these issues are a matter of broad public concern, and should be of particular interest to the journalism community. Scheer’s book is a timely reminder of the profound wisdom of Benjamin Franklin’s observation from 1755, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

We encourage all interested journalists and others to join us for a stimulating and informative discussion at Book Soup on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

WHAT:

Discussion and book signing event

WHO:

Robert Scheer, a veteran print journalist, radio commentator, founder of news and opinion website Truthdig and author of “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 659-3110

COST:

The event is free and open to all.

Don’t Forget: SPJ/LA’s Booze & Board Games Mixer on June 3

May 27, 2015 News, SPJ Events 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, June 3 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

Happy hour is being extended to 8 p.m., so come thirsty!

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s Booze & Board Games Mixer

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 3
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

Save the Date: Wednesday, June 3 SPJLA’s Booze & Board Games Mixer

May 16, 2015 News, SPJ Events 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, June 3 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

Happy hour is being extended to 8 p.m., so come thirsty!

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s Booze & Board Games Mixer

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 3
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

RSVP Now! Larry King Headlines Roast for AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

May 7, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Larry King will help roast Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press’ recently retired premier court reporter who has covered every major Los Angeles trial, from O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson to Phil Spector and Charles Manson. The May 21 fundraiser supports the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, benefits chapter programs, including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Roast participants also include Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV journalists and podcast hosts Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey.

Attorney Anthony Brooklier and L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Rob Knowles will channel their inner Elvis for a special musical presentation.

Ticket prices are $90 for SPJ members; $120 for non-members. A limited number of front row seats in “The Jury Box” are available for $200 each.

To reserve a seat, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will receive an invoice that can be paid by credit card via PayPal. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Details:

Who:
Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

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What:
A gentle roast by talk show legend Larry King, Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey. Musical performance by Anthony Brooklier, Esq., and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Rob Knowles. Proceeds benefit the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds support chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Where:
Omni Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

When:
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner and festivities 7 p.m.

Ticket prices:
$90 per ticket for SPJ members
$120 for non-SPJ members

Or, be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box. Front row seats. $200 per ticket (table of 10, $2,000, plus program ad.) Limited availability.

For reservations, email: RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will be billed through PayPal and may pay via credit card. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Contact: RobertaWax@gmail.com

Recap: SPJLA Hosts Panel on Anonymous Sources at NBC4 News

May 7, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Journalism seeks to bring the truth to light, but what if a source prefers to remain anonymous in the public eye? We, as journalists, know the source’s identity, but sometimes those sources don’t want to be known. The use of unnamed sources in journalism arouses a multitude of ethical dilemmas.

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recently hosted a panel discussion on “the ethical dilemmas in identifying trustworthy sources and knowing when to run with anonymously-sourced information.” The discussion took place at NBC4 Southern California in Universal City on April 16 and was moderated by NBC4 News Managing Editor Matt Goldberg.

The discussion aimed to answer the 5 Ws (and H) of anonymous sources:

  • Who: Who is the source?
  • What: What is the risk of using it? What if they’re wrong? What is it worth?
  • Where: Where are they getting the information? Where is their loyalty?
  • When: When do we need anonymous sources?
  • Why: Why do we trust them?
  • How: How will it affect us? How will it affect them?

Media outlets have various practices on the use of anonymous sources, and the panelists offered a glimpse into their respective companies’ standards. Panelist Justin Pritchard, a reporter for the Associated Press, shared the AP’s rules on anonymous sources. AP reporters who use information from anonymous sources must obtain approval from their news manager before sending the story to the desk, Pritchard said.

Kim Bui, the West Coast producer at reported.ly, addressed the issue of using a single source anonymously. Bui covers international news largely through social reporting, where her Rolodex is “literally the Internet.” She advised the audience to never believe anyone “wholeheartedly” and to utilize Internet as a tool to corroborate and verify an anonymous source’s information.

Elizabeth Aguilera, a senior health care reporter for 89.3 KPCC-FM, added that a secondary source doesn’t necessarily have to be another person. For example, paperwork can be used to corroborate an anonymous source’s information.

There are instances where a reporter would never use an anonymous source. Andrew Blankstein, a reporter for NBC News Investigations, cited consent issues that can arise when interviewing minors. Children can certainly inform a story, Blankstein said, but he would never use them as an anonymous source.

While reporting, journalists must be cognizant of a source’s motives or agenda for divulging information. Aguilera said that she oftentimes asks anonymous sources outright what their motivation is for sharing a particular piece of information. While sources can, and sometimes do, lie to reporters, this question helps give her a sense of where the source’s head is at, she said.

Journalists should also research the source itself. They must be able to assess a source’s credibility, motivation and reliability.

The reported.ly team does a “social analysis” on people, Bui said. They conduct something similar to a background check. The team researches who a source is associated with, the people in their inner circle and their employment history.

Pritchard and Blankstein go directly to the source. Blankstein said he likes to ask his sources if there is something he should know about upfront, i.e., a personnel complaint, an arrest, etc.

Sometimes, a source may be the one having second thoughts about moving forward with a story. The anonymous source might be afraid of potential blowback or the repercussions that could arise after the story is published.

“Interview their fears,” Pritchard said. Figure out what has changed and why they are having second thoughts. Blankstein said he engages in a cost-benefit analysis by weighing the short and long-term benefits of using that person as an anonymous source.

In extreme circumstances, members of the media are pressured to reveal their sources. Some matters may eventually go to court and refusing to reveal a source in a legal proceeding could land a reporter behind bars.

Aguilera said she has had these tough conversations with managers and that each situation, source and story is different. Nevertheless, it’s the journalist’s duty to set boundaries on how far they are willing to go for a source, Bui said.

The four journalists on the panel shared personal stories with attendees relating to the use of confidential sources. These types of ethical dilemmas aren’t limited to just one medium — whether the form is print, broadcast, online, or radio — issues with anonymous sourcing are unavoidable.

Ultimately, it is best practice to pursue information on the record. But, in some cases, unnamed sources may bring to light stories that otherwise would never surface.

By Whitney Irick

SPJ/LA Hosts May Mixer: Booze & Board Games

May 5, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Join us for SPJ/LA’s May Booze and Board Games mixer.

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, May 6 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 6
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

SPJ/LA Hosts May Mixer: Booze & Board Games

April 27, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Mark your calendars for SPJ/LA’s May Booze and Board Games mixer.

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, May 6 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 6
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

Larry King Headlines Roast for AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

April 20, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Larry King will help roast Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press’ recently retired premier court reporter who has covered every major Los Angeles trial, from O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson to Phil Spector and Charles Manson. The May 21 fundraiser supports the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, benefits chapter programs, including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Roast participants also include Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV journalists and podcast hosts Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey.

Attorney Anthony Brooklier and L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Rob Knowles will channel their inner Elvis for a special musical presentation.

Ticket prices are $90 for SPJ members; $120 for non-members. A limited number of front row seats in “The Jury Box” are available for $200 each.

To reserve a seat, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will receive an invoice that can be paid by credit card via PayPal. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Details:

Who:
Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

What:
A gentle roast by talk show legend Larry King, Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey. Musical performance by Anthony Brooklier, Esq., and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Rob Knowles. Proceeds benefit the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds support chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Where:
Omni Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

When:
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner and festivities 7 p.m.

Ticket prices:
$90 per ticket for SPJ members
$120 for non-SPJ members

Or, be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box. Front row seats. $200 per ticket (table of 10, $2,000, plus program ad.) Limited availability.

For reservations, email: RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will be billed through PayPal and may pay via credit card. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Contact: RobertaWax@gmail.com

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Larry King Among Those to Roast Linda Deutsch May 21

April 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

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Who: Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch … being gently roasted by:

Talk Show Legend Larry King

Loyola Law Professor Laurie Levenson

Former CBS News Writer/Producer Roberta Hollander

TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey, currently co-hosting a podcast

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner and festivities 7 p.m.

Where: Omni Hotel

251 S. Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Why: Because we can. And because Linda is a good sport. The roast is a fundraiser for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds will benefit chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship programs.

Ticket prices: $90 per ticket for SPJ members

$120 for non-SPJ members
OR:  Be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box. Front row seats. $200 per ticket (table of 10, $2,000, plus program ad.) Limited availability.

For reservations, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will be sent an invoice from PayPal giving you payment options. Please put “roast” in the subject line.

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