SPJ/LA Announces MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff as Speaker for the Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

LOS ANGELES – MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff will be the speaker at the 42nd annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on March 1, 2018.

Soboroff is a Los Angeles-based MSNBC correspondent and anchor who reports across NBC News and MSNBC.

Most recently he was a part of NBC and MSNBC special coverage of major news events, including the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the opioid crisis, the solar eclipse, the Charlottesville attack, Hurricane Irma, the Global Citizen Festival and the Las Vegas mass shooting.

In addition, Jacob hosted two hour-long MSNBC original documentaries in 2017, The Trump Equation, about the factors that led to President Trump’s victory, and One Nation Over Dosed, about fentanyl, the drug fueling America’s record-breaking overdose death rate.

In 2016, Jacob was part of the network’s group of “Road Warriors,” traveling across the nation to cover the 2016 election and the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions.

During the campaign, Variety said Jacob’s “dispatches from around America have the vibe of a hipper, latter-day Charles Kuralt — commiserating with a hover boat driver in the Everglades and an ice fisherman atop a lake in New Hampshire, or riding a bike with an immigrant ‘dreamer’ to get her to confide how it feels to meet other immigrant children on the campaign trail.”

Before joining MSNBC in 2015, he hosted a variety of projects for platforms including Vanity Fair, YouTube, Participant Media, The Huffington Post, MTV, AMC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

This year’s Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter; Robin Abcarian, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; 89.3 KPCC reporter Sharon McNary; ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Miriam Hernandez; and Norberto Santana, founder and publisher of the Voice of OC.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Kelly Aviles of Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to open government, free speech and protected reporting.

The chapter will also recognize Rob Eshman, former editor-in-chief and publisher of the Jewish Journal.

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 have achieved a record of career accomplishments.

The awards banquet will be held March 1, 2018at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for the event are:

  • $100 for SPJ/LA members
  • $140 for non-members
  • $80 for students
  • Tables of 10 are available for $1,000

A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, as are program ads to congratulate this year’s honorees.

Join Us for SPJ/LA’s Annual Holiday Party

‘Tis the season… for news and good cheer!

You are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for our festive annual holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the heart of Beverly Hills. Enjoy the beautiful holiday atmosphere as we gather to celebrate the season at the Shanghai Grill. 

The party this year includes a generous dinner buffet holiday feast and a no-host cash bar.

Space is limited.

When: ThursdayDec. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Shanghai Grill, 9383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Cost: $25 for SPJ/LA members and $40 for non-members (check or credit card only)

Parking: Free valet parking available at Spago Beverly Hills with validation from Shanghai Grill. There is also free parking on Wilshire Boulevard after 7 p.m.

RSVP: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Contact: Navid Nonahal
                (818) 317-2234

Los Angeles Leaders in Media Luncheon

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Leaders in Media event scheduled for October 20, 2017, has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Junior League of Los Angeles invite you to a media appreciation luncheon, Los Angeles Leaders in Media, to celebrate the members of the media who work tirelessly to tell stories that effect change in our communities, particularly the challenges facing foster youth.

Christine Devine, KTTV Fox 11 News anchor, will be the keynote speaker. The program will also include speakers from JLLA.

SPJ/LA and JLLA host a media appreciation luncheon: Los Angeles Leaders in Media

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch will be served)

Junior League of Los Angeles
630 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

The luncheon is free for SPJ/LA members.

Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com by Oct. 17, 2017.

Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234

Learn to make short, shareable news videos using iMovie

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is hosting a 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. Some experience on a Mac would be helpful.


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

— 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, a digital consultant and college journalism instructor.


Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

9 a.m. to noon


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)


Free for SPJ members; $10 for non-members. 4-hour parking pass available for purchase on campus for $6.


Go to the Information Booth #2 on Prairie Street to purchase a $6 parking pass to cover you for four hours. If the booth is closed, buy a 4-hour pass from a machine on the ground floor of parking structure B3. Park in B3 and walk five minutes to the building.

RSVP (space is limited):

Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com