SPJ/LA Hosts Video Editing Workshop

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists is hosting a free, 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, though feel free to bring your own loaded onto an iPhone. Some experience on a Mac would be helpful but is not mandatory.

WHAT:
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 (in which a photo tumbles into view)
— 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, an associate board member and managing editor-digital for Connection III Entertainment, which produces videos for its Made in Hollywood brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube andwww.MadeinHollywood.tv.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 11
9 a.m. to noon

WHERE:
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)

COST:
Free for workshop; $6 parking fee

PARKING:
Go to the Information Booth #2 on Prairie Street to purchase a $6 parking pass. If the booth is closed, buy a pass from a machine on the ground floor of parking structure B3. Park in B3 and walk five minutes to the building.

RSVP:
Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com
Space is limited.

CONTACT:
Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com

Reporter Karaoke Is Back At The Redwood

Start warming up your vocal cords because it’s time for some karaoke. If you’re too shy to sing, come watch the rest of us make fools of ourselves and cheer us on!

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a night of FREE karaoke at your favorite pirate bar, The Redwood, on Wednesday, May 4.

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

Come on by even if you don’t like to sing. It’s a fun opportunity to catch up with your fellow journalists over songs, food and drinks.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s Karaoke Night

WHEN:
7 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WHERE:
Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
Please be aware that there is construction on Second Street in front of the bar and on Broadway. There is a parking lot available on Hill Street.

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

Last Chance to RSVP for SPJ/LA’s 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Don’t miss your chance to attend the 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff will be the event’s speaker. Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The event will honor five local journalists, a First Amendment lawyer, the founder of a radio news website and a former reporter and longtime journalism teacher at its 40th annual awards banquet.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Theodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

RSVPs are due Friday, April 8

SPJ/LA would like to thank the banquet sponsors for their generous support:

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Gold sponsor: Time Warner Cable
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Silver sponsor: City National BankCNBr_RGB

CEO of Zillow Group to Speak at SPJ/LA’s 40th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

The chief executive officer of Zillow Group, Spencer Rascoff, will be the speaker at the annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 14.

As CEO of Zillow Group, Rascoff oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Rascoff joined Zillow in 2005 as one of its first hires, and served various roles including chief operating officer, until his appointment to CEO in 2010. Since becoming CEO, Rascoff has led Zillow through its 2011 IPO and 11 acquisitions. In 2015, Rascoff co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times’ Best Seller “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.”

Last year, Rascoff wrote a piece for Fortune.com on how his high school journalism instructor, SPJ/LA honoree Kathleen Neumeyer, prepared him to lead a major corporation.

Fortune and Forbes both listed Rascoff as one of America’s most powerful CEOs under 40 and he is a recipient of Ernst and Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Before joining Zillow, Rascoff was vice president of lodging for Expedia. In 1999, at the age of 24, Rascoff co-founded Hotwire.com, a leading Internet travel company, which a few years later he sold to InterActiveCorp (the parent company of Expedia). Before his consumer Web career, Rascoff was in investment banking and private equity. He worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman Sachs and an associate at TPG Capital. Rascoff graduated cum laude from Harvard University.

Rascoff is on the boards of directors of TripAdvisor and privately held online beauty company Julep. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and is on the advisory board of Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go toTheodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

Longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $100 for members, $140 for non-members; tables of 10 are $1000. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton atAliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

The annual awards banquet will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Journalist Sandy Banks to MC SPJ/LA Banquet

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce that longtime journalist Sandy Banks will be the mistress of ceremonies at the group’s 40th annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner.

The annual awards banquet will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

During a journalism career that spanned almost four decades, Sandy Banks explored and explained the forces that shape our public conversations and impact our private lives.

Her 36-year-career at the Los Angeles Times included stints covering education, religion, criminal justice and race relations.  She also served as an editorial writer, assistant metropolitan editor and director of the newsroom’s diversity efforts, and was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

But she is best known for her twice-weekly Times columns, which offered a personal perspective on social and economic issues of the day.  She wrote frequently on education, foster care, criminal justice, race, homelessness and mental health – serving as a voice for the ignored, unheard and unknown.

Her work has been honored by a broad range of journalism organizations and civic groups. She was named the Distinguished Print Journalist of 2013 by SPJ/LA.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is a widow and the mother of three now-grown daughters, and has lived in Northridge for almost 30 years. She left the Los Angeles Times in December 2015 and is now teaching journalism at Cal State Northridge, consulting with community groups and working on a book about her family and the legacy of race.

This year, the Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Steve Loeper, West Coast entertainment editor at the Associated Press; Frank Suraci, city editor of the Daily Breeze; Frank Mottek, business news anchor at KNX; David Ono, co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News; and Adrian Glick Kudler, senior editor of Curbed LA.

The Freedom of Information award will go toTheodore Boutrous, a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

The chapter will also recognize Don Barrett, who chronicled the personalities behind Los Angeles radio news for nearly 20 years on LARadio.com, and longtime journalism instructor Kathleen Neumeyer, a former reporter with United Press International and a freelance writer.

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

To make a reservation, please 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.

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 are journalists who have achieved a record of career accomplishments. For four decades, the chapter has recognized reporters, editors and photographers in print and broadcast journalism. Since 1997, the chapter has honored journalists in four categories: television, radio, newspapers with a circulation of less than 90,000 and newspapers with a circulation of 90,000 or more.

The Distinguished Work in New Media award, now simply the Distinguished Journalist award in the digital category, was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses digital media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.

The Freedom of Information award honors a non-journalist who has helped promote First Amendment issues. Previous winners have worked in the legal profession, academia, government and nonprofit organizations.

Sponsorship Levels

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.

Here are other ways to support SPJ/LA:

Purchase an ad in the banquet program

This is a great way to recognize the achievements of this year’s honorees:

Full page ad on back of program: $500
Full page inside program: $350
Half-page ad inside program: $250
Quarter-page ad inside program: $150

Sponsor a student

For $80, your donation will cover a journalism student’s attendance at the event.

Donate directly to SPJ/LA to help fund scholarships or other programs.

Please contact Banquet Chair Alice Walton if you are interested in supporting SPJ/LA’s 2016 Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet.