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.

SPJ/LA to Discuss #JournalismSoWhite and Newsroom Diversity at USC Annenberg

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the USC Annenberg School for Journalism and Communications and the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA) is taking a deep dive into discussions about newsroom diversity and #JournalismSoWhite. Specifically, this event will look at journalism’s problem with diversity, the challenges reporters of color face, and why newsrooms have a difficult time retaining diverse employees.

WHAT:
Discussion on #JournalismSoWhite and newsroom diversity.

WHO:
Sandy Banks, former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and journalism professor at Cal State Northridge
Kim Bui, deputy managing editor at Reported.ly and adjunct at USC
Jenna Pittaway, lead video editor for Jose Antonio Vargas’ #EmergingUS
Jorge Rivas, national affairs correspondent at Fusion

Moderated by Adolfo Flores, Latino issues reporter for BuzzFeed News

WHEN:
Thursday, March 24
6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. discussion

WHERE:
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC
Wallis Annenberg Hall – ANN Rm106
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281

COST:
The event is free and open to the public.

PARKING:
Street meter parking along Vermont or Exposition is closest to Wallis Annenberg Hall. Link to campus map.

Nearest campus parking is Structure A (accessible via Entrance #6 at Vermont Avenue).

Parking is $12.

METRO:
Metro Access is adjacent to campus: Metro Expo line (with stops at Expo/Vermont station, Expo Park/USC station, and Jefferson/USC station.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

CONTACT:
Adolfo Flores, SPJ/LA
323-519-9540
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes: Feb. 5, 2016

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, Feb. 5, 2016

Louise’s Trattoria

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Khalil Garriott, Elizabeth Marcellino, Navid Nonahal, John Schwada, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser.

I.               Approval of minutes

a.     Bellman moved to approve with fix of small typo on retreat minutes. Bluestein seconded. The motion carried.

II.             President’s Report

a.     No report

III.           Treasurer’s Report

a.     No report. Bellman moved to accept the report. Favot seconded. The motion passed. Marcellino later noted an error in the gain/loss, which is $646.11, instead of $46.11.

IV.           Standing Committees

a.     Awards

i.     No report

b.     Banquet

i.     Walton spoke with the Omni for a potential date of April 14. The cost of dinner has increased so Walton is negotiating on the price. The Universal Hilton is another option. The group reviewed some of the event’s past speakers. Wax suggested two speaking candidates.

c.     Courts

i.     No report

d.     Diversity

i.     Upcoming program: Nonahal spoke with Adolfo Flores about planning this year’s diversity event, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m., at USC Annenberg. The topic will be #JournalismSoWhite. Flores is planning to moderate himself and is reaching out to journalists for the panel.

e.     Ethics

i.     Event update: Bluestein has four panelists confirmed for the event, “Is Objectivity Overrated?” The panel is Thursday, March 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at KPCC. Panelists will be Pilar Marrero, senior political reporter for Impremedia; Robert Scheer, founder and editor of Truthdig; Karen Ocamb, news editor for Frontiers Magazine and FrontiersMedia.co, and Marc Cooper, retired USC Annenberg School journalism professor. The group discussed the search to find journalists who would stand behind traditional journalism objectivity. Bluestein will moderate. Garriott suggested reaching out to SPJ National to get coverage of the event in Quill magazine.

f.      FOI

i.     Zahniser said he is working to get the authors of BuzzFeed’s award-winning H-2 investigation to speak at an event in July.

g.     Generation J

i.     No report

h.     Membership

i.     Nonahal is planning to get new ad hoc membership committee together for an update at the next meeting.

i.      Nominations

i.     No report

j.      Scholarships

i.     No report

V.             Old Business

a.     Karaoke mixer recap: Walton said another karaoke mixer is being planned for March 2. The event drew many non-members so Walton is hoping to make the next event more journalism-focused and SPJ/LA-branded to improve networking and membership growth.

VI.           New Business

a.     Local sunshine ordinance: The group discussed looking into a local sunshine ordinance.

b.     March 2 karaoke mixer.

c.     iMovie workshop at CSUN on May 14. Journalists will create a one-minute clip on iMovie. The group discussed whether the workshop would be open to the public or for working journalists only, and whether it would be free.

VII.         Next board meeting: March 7 at Louise’s at 7 p.m.

VIII.       Adjournment: Zahniser moved to adjourn, Nonahal seconded. Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Christina Cocca

SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Banquet Set For April 14

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host its annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 14 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown.

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.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees include regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and digital media. They 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 SPJ/LA members
  • $140 for non-members
  • $80 for students
  • Tables of 10 are available for $1,000

A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. 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.

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.

Alice Walton
AliceMWalton@gmail.com
(310) 595-5612

Back By Popular Demand: Reporter Karaoke Returns To The Redwood

It’s time to drop the note pad and pick up a mic!

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, March 2.

IAMNOTAKJ will be taking your requests from 7 to 9:30 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 – 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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