SPJ/LA’s 2016 Scholarship Awards Application Deadline: July 8, 2016



Application deadline: Friday July 8, 2016

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced Aug 5, 2016.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

  • Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)
  • Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).
  • Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
  • Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

  • If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
  • Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
  • Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
  • Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit http://spjla.org/


COVER SHEET (see below)

Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.


This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

  • You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).


Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

  • Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.
  • Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.
  • Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.


Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)


Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2016 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________

MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________

CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________

TELEPHONE ____________ E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________

TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________


Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

c Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($500-$1,000).

c Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($500-$1,000).

c Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

c Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($500-$1,000).


University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________

Major ___________________________Minor ________________________

Grade Point Average (GPA) ___________Journalism GPA ______________

Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______

Anticipated date of graduation ___________________

Date of birth _________________________________

High school from which you graduated ______________________________

City and state of your high school __________________________________

Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 Deadline is midnight, July 8, 2016

Applications by e-mail to Tammy Audi: auditammy@gmail.com


Reporters Gone Wild

Bad assignments?
Editors driving you crazy?
Sources not returning calls?

Confirmed: The best way to work out your reporter rage is to rock out on stage…or by having a drink (or three) while cheering on your colleagues.

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, June 8.

IAMNOTAKJ will be taking requests from 7 to 9 p.m. He’s got it all…torch songs, rock anthems, Spanish hits, etc.

Singers and non-singers welcome! Come catch up with fellow journalists over music, food and drinks.

SPJ/LA’s Karaoke Night

7 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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

Free of charge.

There’s construction on Second Street in front of the bar and on Broadway. You can park at the lot on Hill Street.

The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Claudia Peschiutta, SPJ/LA

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.

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.

Saturday, June 11
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 workshop; $6 parking fee

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.

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

Michael Fleeman: mbfleeman@gmail.com

Keith Goldstein, former SPJ/LA distinguished journalist awardee, dead at 61

Keith Goldstein, KCSN news director for nearly 30 years and SPJ/LA 2015 Distinguished Journalist, died Wednesday, May 18, at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. Memorial services are pending.

Goldstein’s industry and educational leadership dates to 1987, when he joined California State University, Northridge. He had been hospitalized in Intensive Care for more than two weeks, suffering from complications of influenza. He was 61.

His daughter, Katy Goldstein, who lives near Sacramento, had spent much of that time with him. She said he was buoyed by the visits, cards and other well wishes sent by CSUN faculty, staff, friends and his broadcast students.

Ms. Goldstein was especially glad that her dad had been honored in a March 2015 ceremony for his extensive contributions to journalism education. Goldstein was among five Southern California journalists recognized for lifetime achievement by the Greater Los Angeles professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Goldstein often referred to himself as an “old-school journalist.” And, he devoted his life to teaching CSUN journalism students the all-important foundational skills needed in the workplace. Under his guidance, student journalists amassed more than 450 awards. His students picked up several more awards in April at SPJ’s Region 11 conference in Phoenix, including sweeping the Radio Sports Reporting category.

Many of his former students can be heard on local/regional broadcast outlets and include those who also teach or have taught in our program. Students and alumni have taken to social media to pay tribute to their professor/mentor.

“He made waking up at 3 a.m. worth it because the passion for his craft was endless and it carried over,” Camilla Rambaldi, recent graduate and broadcaster at WOAI in San Antonio,
Texas, wrote on Facebook. “… He inspired all students to thrive for greatness no matter what. I will always remember Keith by this one Edward R. Murrow quote, ‘We can’t make good news out of bad practice.’ ”

Colleagues also were appreciative of Goldstein’s passion for preparing budding broadcasters.

“That wall of Golden Mics is a testament to his work and his dedication to teaching students the fundamentals of sound reporting,” said Zoe Walrond, longtime broadcast journalist and journalism instructor in Los Angeles.

Goldstein spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN- FM, he led his California State University, Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to hundreds of professional local, regional, state and national awards, including 49 Golden Mikes in Division B from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California and 34 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Through his leadership, KCSN News was recognized four times for overall excellence.

Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, student reporters and writers have received a dozen first- place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Goldstein created a six-part series on domestic violence that received first-place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and The Associated Press.

He earned three statewide AP awards in the category of investigative reporting, including in- depth stories on staged accidents and the mental health funding crisis in Los Angeles County. A native of Philadelphia, Goldstein was a graduate of Temple University and did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University.

Meeting Minutes: April 4, 2016

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 4, 2016

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Jeff Wald, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser.

I.               Approval of minutes from March meeting

a.     Wax moves to approve the March minutes. Wald seconded, Zahniser abstained. The motion carried.

II.             President’s report – Nonahal

a.     Annual report – Cocca, Nonahal and Hendrickson will work on the annual report due in May.

b.     Regional Conference in Phoenix April 29 to 30: Nonahal has not yet received requests from any board members to attend the conference with her. Wax moves that the chapter pays expenses for one attendee to the conference, either Nonahal or split between Nonahal and another board member. Mottek seconded, and the motion carried.

III.           Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson

a.     Hendrickson said he accidentally copied a January figure when listing the February balance, so he fixed and sent out a corrected version. The account has more money than was originally listed in error.  There is a pending transfer from Paypal of $2,700 and more money is anticipated to come in from the banquet tickets.

b.     The board noticed a small typo in report where one Morgan Stanley account balance was listed as April, but it was from March.

c.      Morgan Stanley account balance as of 3/1 is $70,465.63, an increase of $966.41. Outstanding checks listed as “None” should be “Upcoming Banquet Expenses” and “Upcoming Banquet Income.”

d.     Bank of America balance as of 3/1 is $30,315.46, as of 4/1 $27.492.44, a decrease of $2,822.02.

e.     Windsor moves to receive the treasurer’s report, Bellman seconded. The motion carried and the report was received.

IV.            Standing Committees

a.     Awards – Marcellino

i.     No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

i.     Walton said the current headcount is 123, but this includes comps and honorees. Walton is unclear how many may be at a sponsored table so this may lessen the total. The number will likely fluctuate. People can RSVP until Friday. Three sponsors as of now: Platinum sponsor is Gibson Dunn. Time Warner is gold sponsor, and Citi National Bank is a silver sponsor. Total sponsorship income as of now is $9,000.

ii.     The board has taken in $1,300 in program ads so far, including from CBS Radio, ABC7 and Harvard Westlake.

iii.     Favot is helping with programs and Julia Seifer will help with scripts. Board members who are attending will need to pay in advance to make check-ins faster. Paying at the banquet is an option for attendees.

iv.     Streifler advised the board to be aware there is a PR event at USC the same night as the banquet.

c.      Courts – Marcellino (and Walton)

i.     Walton said an LA Times reporter told her the Riverside County court was going to hand out tickets for the FBI/Apple/San Bernardino hearing for general public and the media, with no guarantees that anyone would make it into the courtroom.

ii.     The reporter asked Walton/SPJLA to write a letter to the court to allow journalists in, but the hearing ended up being canceled and was then a moot issue. However, LA Times has asked SPJLA to help facilitate a new system in the future where a clerk can make sure journalists have access to the courtroom. This case was one of the highest profile cases to be at this particular courthouse so they might have no had to deal with this in the past.

iii.     Streifler suggested reaching out to Thom Mrozek of the US Attorney’s Office to see if he has experienced a similar issue in the past.

d.     Diversity – Flores/Nonahal

i.     Diversity event at USC recap: Hendrickson said the event was highly attended with good concessions. But finding the actual venue inside the campus was a challenge. A map and more signage would be helpful if we do another event there. USC’s diversity officer who attended thanked us and expressed interest in doing more events with SPJLA. Hendrickson said doing more events at journalism schools would be good for the board. About 60 attended.

ii.     Adolfo Flores told Nonahal there was a discussion after the event that was spirited. Nonahal thanks Flores for planning this event even though he left the board, since he committed to it last year.

e.     Ethics – Bluestein/Hendrickson

i.     No report

f.      FOI –Zahniser

i.     No report

g.     Generation J – Bowen/Bluestein

i.     The Journalism Education Association is holding its national conference in downtown LA with several thousand students to talk to professionals. Bluestein encouraged board members to consider attending one of the “Break With A Pro” sessions, where a professional will talk to students interested in their area of the field. The event is April 14 to 17.

h.     Membership – Saxton

i.     No report

i.       Nominations – Bellman

i.     No report

j.       Scholarships – Audi/Fleeman

i.     No report

V.              Old Business

a.     Sunshine ordinance: Nonahal said research pitch letters will go out this week.

VI.            New Business

a.     Mottek told the board about an RTNA event focusing on millennials, which is on Wednesday, April 27.

b.     Nonahal said she is hesitant about sending out releases about non-SPJ/LA events that are around the same time as SPJ/LA events, as well as sending releases about our events back to back. This may have hurt attendance with split focus and too many emails. Bellman suggested we continue to help other journalism organizations but consider the promotion and scheduling conflicts on a case-by-case basis. We can also promote on social media and our website without sending email releases to our subscribers.

VII.          Next board meeting is May 2 at Louise’s at 7 p.m.

VIII.          Adjournment

a.     Windsor moved to adjourn the meeting. Bluestein seconded, and the motion passed. The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Christina Cocca