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Job Openings: Associate Editor, Digital Associate Producer

April 28, 2015 News, Resources Comments Off on Job Openings: Associate Editor, Digital Associate Producer

Calling all job-hunting journalists! Check out these job postings in the Los Angeles area.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR 

Connection III Entertainment, an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer/distributor of television programming across the U.S. and multiple international markets, is seeking an Associate Editor to help drive the company’s new digital properties.

The Associate Editor will help launch and maintain online and social brands for Connection III’s successful syndicated TV series, ‘Made in Hollywood,’ ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition’ and ‘Live Life and Win.’

In this role, the Associate Editor will write and edit original editorial content on a daily basis. They’ll actively engage users across Connection III’s social platforms, and they’ll help manage freelance contributors.

The Associate Editor will report to the Managing Editor, and will work closely with Connection III’s new digital video team on the creation, production and support of original video franchises. They’ll also work alongside the producers of Connection III’s TV shows to better serve existing audiences and to reach new fans.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to develop a distinctive voice for each Connection III brand online and on social media
  • Providing frequent updates for each Connection III website
  • Writing and editing smart copy and headlines
  • Reaching users across Connection III’s social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Requirements:

  • Minimum of three years editorial experience in the digital space
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Deep knowledge and passion for entertainment
  • Ability to connect with users on Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • A team player with the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of WordPress
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Contact is Michael Fleeman, at mbfleeman@gmail.com. No phone calls, please.

About Our Company

Connection III Entertainment Corp. is a Los Angeles-based producer and distributor of award-winning television series, specials and motion pictures. Currently, Connection III produces and distributes three nationally syndicated weekly TV series: the 10th season of ‘Made in Hollywood,’ a behind-the-screen look at stars & directors presenting their latest movies; the 9th season of ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition,’ which explores media careers on and off-camera; and the 4th season of ‘Live Life and Win,’ which features inspirational teen success stories. Connection III Entertainment Corp is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

DIGITAL ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Connection III Entertainment, an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer/distributor of television programming across the U.S. and multiple international markets, is seeking a Digital Associate Producer to help drive the company’s new digital video initiatives.

The Digital Associate Producer will help create original video content to support Connection III’s successful syndicated TV series, ‘Made in Hollywood,’ ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition’ and ‘Live Life and Win.’

This person will work for the Digital Supervising Producer to develop and maintain a mix of digital-first shows. They’ll also tap Connection III’s extensive library of celebrity and entertainment content to create fresh franchises and unique packages.

The Digital Associate Producer will work alongside the producers of Connection III’s TV shows to better serve existing audiences and to reach new fans. They’ll also work with the digital editorial team to extend Connection III’s TV brands to the online, YouTube, mobile and social platforms.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping to develop, execute, schedule and launch original video content on a daily basis across multiple platforms
  • Writing, editing and shooting digital video
  • Working with Connection III’s current on-air hosts and digital freelancers
  • Creating video content that will engage users across Connection III’s social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years production experience in the digital video space
  • Deep knowledge and passion for entertainment
  • Experience working with talent and celebrities
  • Good relationships with freelancers, writers, crew and other creatives
  • Solid understanding of post-production processes and systems, including Final Cut Pro
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • A team player with the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Contact is Michael Fleeman, at mbfleeman@gmail.com. No phone calls, please.

About Our Company

Connection III Entertainment Corp. is a Los Angeles-based producer and distributor of award-winning television series, specials and motion pictures. Currently, Connection III produces and distributes three nationally syndicated weekly TV series: the 10th season of ‘Made in Hollywood,’ a behind-the-screen look at stars & directors presenting their latest movies; the 9th season of ‘Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition,’ which explores media careers on and off-camera; and the 4th season of ‘Live Life and Win,’ which features inspirational teen success stories. Connection III Entertainment Corp is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

 

SPJ/LA Hosts May Mixer: Booze & Board Games

April 27, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off on SPJ/LA Hosts May Mixer: Booze & Board Games

Mark your calendars for SPJ/LA’s May Booze and Board Games mixer.

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, May 6 at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown Los Angeles.

Feel free to bring your own board game.

WHAT:
Booze & Board Games

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 6
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

SPJ/LA Announces Scholarship Winners

April 23, 2015 News, Scholarships Comments Off on SPJ/LA Announces Scholarship Winners

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to support the next generation of journalists through scholarships awarded to five students from Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties pursuing journalism in many forms.

The 2015 scholarship winners are:

**Ken Inouye Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a journalist of color and aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms.

Kevin Tsukii, a journalism student at University of Southern California, designed his own curriculum blending animation and digital publishing. Tsukii combines his digital and visual chops with old-fashioned reporting skills that led him to a story about transgender murders. He’s the founder and former editor of USC’s culinary publication, Spoon USC. In his spare time, he’s a Spanish translator and a web developer at the Immigration Clinic at USC. He graduates in 2016.

** Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a student, pursuing broadcast and multimedia journalism.

Naomi Ogaldez is a Dean’s List regular, award-winning speaker and prolific writer and producer who has interned at CNN and Telemundo52. She will graduate in May from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in journalism, and then head right back for a Masters of Science in health administration. Ogaldez plans to pursue health reporting, with a focus on minority communities.

** Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a student pursuing investigative or political reporting.

Katie Shepherd is a University of California, Los Angeles graduate who earned and learned her award-winning journalism skills at the Daily Bruin, and during a summer internship that produced 40 clips — including 16 front-page stories. Shepherd’s work has already taken her to the Philippines to cover the aftermath of a deadly typhoon. Soon, journalism will take her to New York City, where she’s been accepted to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

** Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship: This year, SPJ/LA has decided to award two $1,000 Farr scholarships to two students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a

Jordyn Holman is a USC student pursuing print and digital journalism on a quest to combine the ways of old-school print for the social media generation. So far, journalism has taken her from the streets of South L.A. to the streets of London. While in England, Holman wrote about how that country marks Black History Month. Back in L.A., she profiled Rev. Cecil Murray.

Bianca Gonzalez is a senior at Santa Monica High School, where her love of journalism appears in The Samohi, her high school newspaper. Gonzalez is a photo editor, and also shoots major events and writes. Using letters and photos, she recreated the love story of two Santa Monica High students-who met in 1926. Bianca intends to study broadcast journalism and political science in college, and aims to pursue a career in political broadcast.

Is My First Amendment Bothering You? Police Brutality and Free Speech

April 23, 2015 News Comments Off on Is My First Amendment Bothering You? Police Brutality and Free Speech

IS MY FIRST AMENDMENT BOTHERING YOU?

Police Brutality and Free Speech

In a year of one instance of police abuse after another, we gather to discuss the history, current configurations, and tentative solutions to the age-old problem of state repression of liberty, in the form of police abuse.

Over and over, we hear about groundless arrests and unjustified incarcerations. We know that, as an ideal, the First Amendment guarantees us the freedom to believe, speak and travel . . . to associate and assemble. To be out in public places as we see fit: walking, driving, or protesting, so long as we are peaceful. Yet, we still learn about a blogger held in prison for months for filming a protest and refusing to turn over the tape to the state. The student activist held in jail for hours in downtown LA, simply for marching in a protest over what happened in Ferguson. This is not a new history, but what can we do about police abuse? As journalists, scholars, or just human beings – – Join us.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and California State University, Northridge, Journalism Department invite you to the Kenneth S. Devol First Amendment Forum, the 24th annual event lecture series.

Well-known experts, Professor Christian Davenport of University of Michigan and Video Journalist Josh Wolf, will discuss, via Skype, the tension between state repression and civil liberty. CSUN-based guest speakers, Prof. Raul Ruiz and department of journalism undergraduate, Priscilla Diaz, will join the discussion.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3 p.m., at CSUN’s University Student Union, Thousand Oaks Room. The university is located at 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA, 91325. Admission is free.

The Kenneth S. Devol First Amendment Forum Speakers Series was established in recognition of Dr. Devol’s service to CSUN. Devol, who retired in 1991, was a faculty member for 30 years, including 12 as department chair. He earned many honors and founded the CSUN chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary journalism scholarship society. Devol wrote “Mass Media and the Supreme Court,” a staple textbook used in law classes across the country.

Larry King Headlines Roast for AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

April 20, 2015 News, SPJ Events Comments Off on Larry King Headlines Roast for AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

Larry King will help roast Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press’ recently retired premier court reporter who has covered every major Los Angeles trial, from O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson to Phil Spector and Charles Manson. The May 21 fundraiser supports the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The dinner event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, benefits chapter programs, including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Roast participants also include Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV journalists and podcast hosts Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey.

Attorney Anthony Brooklier and L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Rob Knowles will channel their inner Elvis for a special musical presentation.

Ticket prices are $90 for SPJ members; $120 for non-members. A limited number of front row seats in “The Jury Box” are available for $200 each.

To reserve a seat, email RobertaWax@gmail.com. You will receive an invoice that can be paid by credit card via PayPal. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Details:

Who:
Retired AP Court Reporter Linda Deutsch

What:
A gentle roast by talk show legend Larry King, Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson, former CBS news writer/producer Roberta Hollander and TV Journalists Ana Garcia and Dorothy Lucey. Musical performance by Anthony Brooklier, Esq., and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Rob Knowles. Proceeds benefit the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Proceeds support chapter programs including the Freedom of Information, Legal Defense and Scholarship funds.

Where:
Omni Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

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 billed through PayPal and may pay via credit card. RSVP deadline is May 14.

Contact: RobertaWax@gmail.com

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

April 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes Comments Off on SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: March 2, 2015

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 on Larry King Among Those to Roast Linda Deutsch May 21

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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 on RSVP Now: Booze & Board Games

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

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 on Sources: Who Can We Really Trust?

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

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