Save the Date: SPJ Regional Conference on April 27 – 28, 2018

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a regional conference on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at the Universal City Hilton.

Linda Deutsch, retired AP courts reporter, will “hold court” at a no-host reception Friday evening, sharing war stories and telling tales from some of the biggest trials of the century including Charles Manson, the Menendez Brothers, O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson.

USC Professor Robert Hernandez will kick off the conference Saturday morning, giving his thoughts about recent trends in journalism and the changing news media. Next up will be a number of sessions conducted by top-notch local journalists from newspapers, radio and TV speaking about how to cover a variety of timely topics including immigration, disasters, homelessness, the LGBTQ+ community and sexual harassment.

Several other workshops focusing on broadcast investigative journalism, writing ledes, data reporting and freelancing will also be offered throughout the day.

In addition, Emmy Award-winning journalist Stephen Galloway, executive features editor of The Hollywood Reporter, will speak at the Mark of Excellence student awards luncheon.

This conference is only in Los Angeles every six years, so mark your calendar to attend. It’s an amazing opportunity to network, learn and be inspired! More information about registration, in addition to a complete schedule of events and sponsorship possibilities, will be released soon.

KNX 1070’s Frank Mottek to MC SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Frank Mottek, KNX 1070’s senior money anchor.

Journalist Frank Mottek, “the voice of business news in Los Angeles,” will be the master of ceremonies at the March 1 Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The event, which will take place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, honors journalists in print, broadcast and digital media. The evening’s speaker will be MSNBC journalist Jacob Soboroff.

An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Mottek currently anchors the morning drive Money reports on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO and hosts the one-hour business and consumer news program “Mottek On Money.” He provided daily coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, the Great Recession and stock market updates.

Since joining CBS in Los Angeles in 1992, Mottek served as reporter and anchor on KNX as well as business anchor on KCAL9-TV and spot reporter for KCBS-TV CBS2. For 10 years, he also worked as reporter and business news anchor on the KTLA Channel 5 News @ 10 and the KTLA Morning News.

He is frequently called to lead some of the highest-profile business discussions, including economic forecast events for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Milken Institute, UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Association for Corporate Growth, Los Angeles Business Journal and Southern California Association of Governments.

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 Distinguished Journalists Awards banquet will be held on Thursday, March 1 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

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
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The three levels of sponsorship are:

Platinum ($5,000): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, logo included on banquet website and in emails, one complimentary table at the event.

Gold ($2,500): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, five complimentary tickets to the event.

Silver ($1,500): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, two complimentary tickets to the event.

You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:
Full page ad inside program: $350
Half-page ad inside program: $250
Quarter-page ad inside program: $150

For details on sponsorship or to make a reservation, please contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

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.

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

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

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

COST:
The luncheon is free for SPJ/LA members.

PARKING:     
Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available.

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

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