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SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: March 2, 2015

April 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes Comments Off

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Monday, March 2, 2015. 7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

In attendance: Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Michael Fleeman, Dick Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Jeff Wald, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser.

I. Approval of minutes

Mottek made a motion to approve the minutes for the Feb. 9 board meeting. Cocca seconded. The minutes were approved.

II. President’s report

SPJ/LA checking account/Morgan Stanley account update: Nonahal reported that she made it to Bank of America, with Hendrickson, to change the names on the chapter’s checking account. Bellman’s name is now removed and both she and Hendrickson are named as signers.
III. Treasurer’s report

Hendrickson circulated the treasurer’s report. He said the bank debited SPJ/LA’s account for $125 to balance out a duplicate deposit. Hendrickson said he did not realize that some of the checks turned over to him had been previously deposited.

Hendrickson also requested the board’s permission to have an ATM card for the account that would allow only deposits, not withdrawals. Windsor made a motion to allow such an arrangement and Saxton seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Nonahal asked about a figure listed for the chapter’s Morgan Stanley account. Walton made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, with a correction to the January Morgan Stanley balance to indicate $69,291.19 instead of $62,291.19. Windsor seconded. The motion carried.

IV. Standing Committees

Awards – No report.

Banquet – Walton updated the board on the banquet preparations, noting that City News Service, Cerrell Associates and others had reserved tables. She asked everyone to please RSVP and encourage others to do the same. The event is set for March 26 at the Universal Hilton.

Walton asked if it was normal to be under booked in the weeks before the event. Wax said yes, and went into the mechanics involved in preparing for a last minute set of signups. The board also discussed work on the program, the auction, and the script.

Courts – No report.

Diversity – No report.

Ethics – Bluestein and Cocca discussed the committee’s work in putting together the April 16 ethics panel. Cocca said it might be better to have a mix of panelists, not just lawyers, as proposed during the prior board meeting. NBC’s Andrew Blankstein has already agreed to participate. Saxton said he would see if he could track down TMZ’s Harvey Levin.

FOI – Zahniser reminded the board that the FOI panel on the use of drones in journalism is scheduled for March 11 at KPCC’s auditorium.

Generation J – No report.

Membership – No report.

Nominations – No report.

Scholarships – No report.

V. Old Business

Feb. 25 Mixer recap – Saxton reported that SPJ/LA had a great mixer featuring LA Times columnist Steve Lopez at Traxx in Union Station. The event was well attended. A few people did grouse about parking.

VI. New Business
Stan Chambers’ memorial. Walton reported that SPJ/LA has been asked to participate with the LA Press Club’s March 12 memorial for Stan Chambers, the longtime journalist with KTLA who passed away earlier this year. SPJ/LA would help cover the cost of food, drinks and flowers. Wald said it would be nice to have SPJ/LA involved, since the family probably doesn’t want to have to do four separate memorials.

Mottek made a motion to provide up to $250 for the event, and Bluestein seconded. The motion was approved.

April 8 mixer: Nonahal reported that April 8 will be the first installment of Claudia Peschiutta’s “Booze and Board Games” night, held at the Redwood in downtown LA. The mixer for May 6 is still to be determined.

Next board meeting: April 13 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

Adjournment. Wald made a motion to adjourn. Zahniser seconded. The motion carried.

Larry King Among Those to Roast Linda Deutsch May 21

April 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

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Who: Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch … being gently roasted by:

Talk Show Legend Larry King

Loyola Law Professor Laurie Levenson

Former CBS News Writer/Producer Roberta Hollander

TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey, currently co-hosting a podcast

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cocktails 6 p.m.
Dinner and festivities 7 p.m.

Where: Omni Hotel

251 S. Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Why: Because we can. And because Linda is a good sport. The roast is a fundraiser for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds will benefit chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship programs.

Ticket prices: $90 per ticket for SPJ members

$120 for non-SPJ members
OR:  Be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box. Front row seats. $200 per ticket (table of 10, $2,000, plus program ad.) Limited availability.

For reservations, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will be sent an invoice from PayPal giving you payment options. Please put “roast” in the subject line.

RSVP Now: Booze & Board Games

April 6, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a different kind of mixer.

No name tags, no standing around, and no uncomfortable chitchat.

At Booze & Board Games, you can just hang out with fellow journalists and enjoy a drink while engaging in some friendly competition.

The games begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

Happy hour is being extended to 8 p.m., so come thirsty!

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 8
7 p.m.

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

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
There is street and lot parking throughout the area.

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

Save the Date: Linda Deutsch Has Retired…And SPJ/LA Is Roasting Her

April 2, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

WHO:
Legendary AP reporter Linda Deutsch

WHAT:
A roast celebrating Linda’s career

WHEN:
Thursday, May 21, 2015
6 p.m. cocktails
7 p.m. dinner and festivities

WHERE:
Omni Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA

WHY:
Because we can. And because Linda is a good sport.
The roast is a fundraiser for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds will benefit chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense, and Scholarship programs.

COST:
SPJ members: $90
Non-SPJ members: $120
Be a First Amendment Supporter with prime seats in:
The Jury Box – $2,000 for a table of 10
(Limited availability)

For more information, or to make reservations, email: RobertaWax@gmail.com.

Sources: Who Can We Really Trust?

March 30, 2015 News Comments Off

Sources: Who Can We Really Trust?

Sources. Who are they? We, as journalists, need to know, but sometimes those sources don’t want to be known. Is this a risky practice? Who is that source really being loyal to? How do we know the answers to these questions?

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion on the ethical dilemmas in identifying trustworthy sources and knowing when to run with anonymously-sourced information.

NBC4 Southern California’s managing editor, Matt Goldberg, will moderate the panel, featuring: Elizabeth Aguilera, Senior Health Care Reporter for KPCC; Andrew Blankstein, reporter for NBC News Investigations; Kim Bui, journalist for Reported.ly; and Justin Pritchard, reporter for the Associated Press.

The event will be held at: NBC4 Southern California in Universal City.

We hope to answer the 5 Ws (and H) of Anonymous Sources:
Who: Who is the source?
What: What is the risk of using it? What if they’re wrong? What is it worth?
Where: Where are they getting the info? Where is their loyalty?
When: When do we need anonymous sources?
Why: Why do we trust them?
How: How will it affect us? How will it affect them?
 
WHAT:  
SPJ/LA’s panel at NBC4 on using both trustworthy and anonymous sources
 
WHO:
Elizabeth Aguilera, senior health care reporter for KPCC
Andrew Blankstein, reporter for NBC News Investigates
Kim Bui, journalist for Reported.ly
Justin Pritchard, reporter for the Associated Press
 
Matt Goldberg, NBC4 News managing editor, to moderate.

WHERE:
NBC4 News
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 2120
Universal City, CA 91608

 NBC4

WHEN: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00-8:30 p.m.
 

COST: Free. Parking, as well as light dinner and refreshments will be provided.
 
RSVP is requested, as seating is limited. Email spjlosangeles@gmail.com by April 14

Contact:
Christina Cocca
cmcocca@gmail.com
818-738-0084
 
Stephanie Bluestein
stephaniebluestein@earthlink.net

For more information about SPJ/LA, visit www.spjla.org

Join SPJ/LA for Booze & Board Games on April 8

March 27, 2015 News Comments Off

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a different kind of mixer.

No name tags, no standing around, and no uncomfortable chitchat.

At Booze & Board Games, you can just hang out with fellow journalists and enjoy a drink while engaging in some friendly competition.

The games begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 8
7 p.m.

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

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
There is street and lot parking throughout the area.

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

For more information about SPJ/LA, visit www.spjla.org

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

March 19, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

It’s your last chance to reserve a spot for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet on March 26.

RSVP by Friday, March 20 to join SPJ/LA as the chapter recognizes the career achievements of five local journalists.

The banquet, held at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles, will start at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and no-host cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Time Warner Cable is the 2015 banquet sponsor.

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The Distinguished Journalist honorees are:

  • Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service
  • Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly
  • Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN
  • Cheryl Kunin Fair, vice president and news director at KABC

Michelle Levander, editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist for her valued contribution to journalism. Edwards, through her illustrations, brings viewers and readers into the courtroom when cameras are not allowed.

Frank Mottek of KNX 1070 Newsradio will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $90 for members, $110 for non-members; tables of 10 are $900.

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

Contact: Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

 

Public Memorial for Stan Chambers

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Join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Los Angeles Press Club, and KTLA in a public memorial for and tribute to Stan Chambers on Thursday, March 12.

Few newsmen were so admired by their colleagues and the public. Chambers worked at the same job and at the same station, KTLA, Channel 5, for more than four decades. During that time he filed tens of thousands– probably more than 30,000 stories in total. He did it all and saw it all…from fires to riots, presidents and premiers, reporting on the famous, the infamous and the unknown, movie stars and mass murderers, and through it all he never lost his enthusiasm.

Speakers include:
Jaime Chambers (grandson/ reporter, Fox 5 San Diego)
Gege Chambers (widow)
Jason Ball (current news director at KTLA)
Diana Chi, news writer, KTLA
Jon Fischer, media consultant (formerly supervisor, news technical operations at KTLA, and Stan’s cameraman)
Councilman Tom LaBonge
Former Mayor Richard Riordan
Jeff Wald (former news director at KTLA)

If you want to say a few words, or know someone who does, please contact Diana Ljungaeus at Diana-AT-lapressclub-DOT-org.

WHAT:
A public memorial and tribute to Stan Chambers

WHEN:
Thursday, March 12, 2015
6.30 p.m. reception
7.30 p.m. remembrances
Reception continues

WHERE:
The Los Angeles Press Club @ Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

COST:
Free. Please RSVP, as space is limited.

RSVP:
Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Free. Enter from Berendo.

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

RSVP Now: Send in the Drones

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In Los Angeles, the paparazzi work the streets and TV news helicopters take to the skies. But will we soon see the day when journalists routinely rely on drones to get the job done?

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend a panel discussion on the implications of adding the tiny aircraft to the news gathering arsenal: What are the opportunities? How will they be regulated? What about air safety and personal privacy?

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate the panel featuring Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California; Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist; Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University; and Gary Scott, program director at KCRW. The event will be held at the Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public, butreservations are requested because space is limited. Please RSVP here. 

WHAT:   
SPJ/LA’s panel on drones and newsgathering

WHO:  

  • Peter Bibring, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California
  • Jason Henry, staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a drone hobbyist
  • Dr. Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University
  • Gary Scott, program director at KCRW

Los Angeles Times staff writer David Zahniser will moderate.

WHEN: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
KPCC
Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

COST:     
Free and open to the public.

RSVP:
RSVP is requested, as seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

PARKING:
Street and lot parking is available.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234

Don’t Miss SPJ/LA’s 39th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner

March 5, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off

Reserve your spot today for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet on March 26.

Five local journalists will be honored at the dinner, which will be held at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and no-host cocktails; dinner will be at 7 p.m. The reservation deadline is March 20.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They are:

  • Jacques Clafin, overnight editor at City News Service
  • Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly
  • Keith Goldstein, news director at KCSN
  • Cheryl Kunin Fair, vice president and news director at KABC.

Michelle Levander, editor-in-chief of ReportingonHealth.org, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.

The chapter will also be recognizing Mona Shafer Edwards, longtime courtroom sketch artist for her valued contribution to journalism. Edwards, through her illustrations, brings viewers and readers into the courtroom when cameras are not allowed.

Frank Mottek of KNX 1070 Newsradio will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the 39th annual event are $90 for members, $110 for non-members; tables of 10 are $900. To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at (310) 595-5612 or AliceMWalton@gmail.com

Below please find the banquet’s sponsorship levels. Please note that proceeds from the chapter’s annual banquet help fund Greater L.A. chapter activities, including scholarships.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Los Angeles professional chapter marked its 75thanniversary in 2009.
SPJ/LA
2015 Distinguished Journalists Banquet

Sponsorship Levels
Title Sponsor ($5000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at both dinner and reception, email newsletters, social media,  logo and link on SPJ-LA website, 10 banquet registrations

Banquet Sponsor ($3000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at dinner only, email newsletters, logo and link on SPJ-LA website, 8 banquet registrations.

Reception Sponsor ($2000):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, promotional material at reception only, email newsletters, logo and link on conference website, 6 banquet registrations.

Distinguished Sponsor ($1500):  Acknowledgement in the banquet program, email newsletters, logo and link on SPJ-LA website. 4 banquet registrations.

Table Sponsor ($900):  Acknowledgement in the conference program and 10 banquet registrations.

Contact: Alice Walton, SPJ/LA, (310) 595-5612
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

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