Reporters To Rock Out At Redwood

It’s time to drop the notepad and pick up a mic!

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is putting on, #OfftheRecord, a night of FREE karaoke at your favorite pirate bar, The Redwood, on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

IAMNOTAKJ will be taking your requests from 7 to 9:30 p.m. He’s got everything you could want…torch songs, rock anthems, Spanish hits, etc.

If you don’t like to sing, come and watch your colleagues rock out!

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s #OfftheRecord Karaoke Night

WHEN:
7 – 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

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! SPJ/LA Holiday Party

You are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for our festive annual holiday party in the heart of Beverly Hills. Enjoy the beautiful holiday season atmosphere as we gather to celebrate the season at the Shanghai Grill. The party this year includes a generous dinner buffet and a no host cash bar. Space is limited.

RSVP now to join your friends, SPJ/LA members, print, online, and broadcast journalists onWednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA Holiday Party

WHEN:
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

WHERE:
Shanghai Grill
9383 Wilshire Blvd,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(On Wilshire between Crescent and Canon)
Phone: 310-275-4845

COST:
$25 for SPJ/LA members
$40 for non-members
Non-members who join SPJ/LA the night of the event will enjoy the member price.
Give yourself the gift of SPJ/LA membership at www.spjla.org.
No host cash bar

PARKING:
Free parking on Wilshire Blvd. after 7p.m. – Do not park on Wilshire Blvd. before 7p.m. Metered parking in surrounding area. Convenient valet parking is available right around the corner at Spago for $4 with Shanghai Grill validation. Limited parking could be found in the alley behind the restaurant.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA President
(818) 317-2234
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

You’re Invited: SPJ/LA Holiday Party

You are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for our festive annual holiday party in the heart of Beverly Hills. Enjoy the beautiful holiday season atmosphere as we gather to celebrate the season at the Shanghai Grill. The party this year includes a generous dinner buffet and a no host cash bar. Space is limited.

RSVP now to join your friends, SPJ/LA members, print, online, and broadcast journalists onWednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA Holiday Party

WHEN:
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

WHERE:
Shanghai Grill
9383 Wilshire Blvd,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(On Wilshire between Crescent and Canon)
Phone: 310-275-4845

COST:
$25 for SPJ/LA members
$40 for non-members
Non-members who join SPJ/LA the night of the event will enjoy the member price.
Give yourself the gift of SPJ/LA membership at www.spjla.org.
No host cash bar

PARKING:
Free parking on Wilshire Blvd. after 7p.m. – Do not park on Wilshire Blvd. before 7p.m. Metered parking in surrounding area. Convenient valet parking is available right around the corner at Spago for $4 with Shanghai Grill validation. Limited parking could be found in the alley behind the restaurant.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA President
(818) 317-2234
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

RSVP Today! Celebrate Halloween with L.A. Reporters’ Horror Stories

Get into the Halloween spirit with the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Los Angeles Press Club on Thursday, Oct. 29. It will be a night of frighteningly good stories from your favorite reporters. Speakers will include:

  • Richard Carradine, Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles
  • Kitty Felde, Book Club for Kids
  • Larry Wilson, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The format will be similar to “The Moth” storytelling events, minus the production value. Please let us know if you would like to share your scariest story!

The event is $5, and that includes parking and light refreshments. Wine and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com.

WHAT:
A night of reporters’ horror stories.

WHO:
Hosted by SPJ/LA and the L.A. Press Club.

WHEN:
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

COST:
$5 for parking and refreshments.

PARKING:
Parking is available in the lot behind the theater. Access off Berendo Street.

METRO:
The theater is three blocks from the Metro Red Line stop at Sunset/Vermont.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Claudia Peschiutta, SPJ/LA
claudia.peschiutta@cbsradio.com

Workshop: Digging Data and Spreadsheet Survival Skills

Hate math? Drowning in data without the right tools to organize it? Want to learn more about mining online sources to develop compelling data-driven stories?

SPJ/LA has a solution: a free, half-day, two-part workshop to expand your reporting skill set.

WHAT:         
Digging Data and Spreadsheet Survival Skills

WHEN: 
Saturday, November 711 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Cal State Los Angeles, King Hall, Room B3020
Parking is $3 for 4 hours

WHO:
Los Angeles Times Senior Writer Doug Smith, who spent the last 11 years as The Times’ database editor, will give a big picture overview on how to use database manipulation; GIS mapping; web scraping; and statistics to create stronger, more authoritative stories and bring new issues to light.

Ron Campbell of the Center for Health Reporting will present a beginner’s workshop on Excel with lots of tips for reporters new to spreadsheets or less comfortable than they’d like to be using this valuable reporting tool.

(For more background on our experts, see below.)

RSVP:
Space is very limited. Reservations for this free workshop are available on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing spjlosangeles@gmail.com with your name, phone number and reporting affiliation. A confirmed reservation is required to attend.

EQUIPMENT;
You MUST bring a laptop to the sessions with Excel already downloaded and ready to use.

CONTACT:
Elizabeth Marcellino, SPJ/LA
eliz.marcellino@gmail.com

More on our experts:

Doug Smith has been at The Times since 1970, covering local and state government, criminal justice, politics and education. He was the lead writer for Times’ coverage of the infamous North Hollywood shootout, winner of a 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Between 2005 and 2008, Smith made five trips to Iraq on loan to the newspaper’s foreign desk.

Ronald Campbell is a data journalist at the Center for Health Reporting. He has written extensively about the census, immigration, white-collar crime and the trade in human body parts. He has won the Gerald Loeb Award, the IRE Award and placed third in the Philip Meyer Award.