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


Save the Date: Our Annual Journalism Mega Mixer Is July 11

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to mix, mingle, mega schmooze, socialize, have fun, and network all at the same time. The July 11 mixer will feature complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. 

The Journalism Mega Mixer is hosted by:

  • Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Online News Association
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California/National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – L.A.

Annual Journalism Mega Mixer
Tuesday, July 11
6 – 9 p.m.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
575 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The mixer is free and open to all. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available. Free parking at LACMA after 7p.m. – 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Petersen Museum parking is $12. 
Please RSVP by sending an email to: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA Board Member 

SPJ/LA Hosts Panel Discussion: “I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Can Reporters Also Be Activists?”

In the era of Donald Trump, American journalism finds itself under attack as never before in modern times. Routinely assailed by the president and his surrogates as “fake news,” “enemies of the American people,” and even singled out by name for harsh personal criticism, journalists are responding in myriad ways. These range from aggressive investigative reporting and a more confrontational stance to outspoken criticism in social media and even signing petitions and joining demonstrations.

Can reporters also be activists? Traditional journalism says no: a national SPJ Ethics Committee position paper says flatly that for journalists, “whether they’re covering politics or not — political activism should be avoided.” But many younger journalists, especially digital natives, argue that given the direct challenges to a free and independent press, activism is not only permissible, it’s essential.


SPJ/LA’s panel discussion: “I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Can Reporters Also Be Activists?”


The panel moderated by writer/columnist and SPJ/LA board member Joel Bellman will include:

CARLA HALL, editorial writer, Los Angeles Times

MARC COOPER, journalist, author, editor, journalism professor

EFENEL AZARCON-BARKER, digital show host/producer, KSCI/LA18


Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


The Association Bar

110 E. 6th Street

Downtown Los Angeles


Free and open to the public.


Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com


Secure 24-hour parking available at 545 S. Main St., $4/20 min., $12/max.


Joel Bellman, jbellman@ca.rr.com