Saul Halpert To Be Remembered At Memorial On Sept. 25

Los Angeles broadcast news legend Saul Halpert will be remembered at a memorial service on Sept. 25.

SPJLA awarded Halpert with one of the chapter’s then-named Journalist of the Year awards in 1978. It was the third year the award was given. He died on Aug. 16, 2016.

Details about Halpert’s memorial are below:

When: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
Where: The Westwood Village Memorial Park
1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles 90024
(310) 474-1529

Google Map:

Contact: Bob Tarlau at

Save the Date: SPJ/LA’s Reporter Karaoke Night

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, Aug. 3.

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, Aug. 3, 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

Meeting Minutes: May 2, 2016

­­­SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Louise’s Trattoria                                                            ­­

10645 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Khalil Garriott, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Navid Nonahal, Julia Seifert, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor.

I.               Approval of minutes from April 4 board meeting

a.     Bellman moved to approve the minutes, Windsor seconded. The motion carried.

II.             President’s report – Nonahal

a.     SPJ Region 11 conference recap – Nonahal said the national board is planning to decrease the number of regions from 12 to nine. If that happens, Utah will join us in Region 11. Nonahal said the online experience for new members joining is being improved. By next month, people should be able to join a chapter in one click when they try to join national, as per national president elect, Lynn Walsh. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the keynote speaker. Other programs discussed included freelancer sessions, resume writing and mock interviews for students, and how to brand yourself.

b.     SPJ national conference, Sept. 18-20, 2016 in New Orleans – Nonahal unable to attend, but Bluestein and Hendrickson will try to attend. Delegate/attendee decisions will be voted at the next board meeting.

I.               Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson (via email)

a.     Bank of America account balance as of 4/1/16 – $27.493.44. As of 5/1/16 – $25,425.80. Money still incoming from banquet.

b.     Morgan Stanley as of 4/30/16 – $70,549.14

c.     Approval of treasurer’s report incoming via email or next board meeting per PayPal possible discrepancy and banquet funds.

d.     Windsor moved that chapter pays $24 to pay for replacement check stamp, Walton seconded. The motion carried.

II.             Standing Committees

a.     Awards – Marcellino

i.     No report

b.     Banquet – Walton

i.     2016 Banquet recap – Preliminary report is that banquet income is around $10,000.  This year we sold ads in our program in place of holding a silent auction, which generated more money compared to the auctions held in the last few years. This year, we had three sponsors and four paid ads. We spent about $12,000 on the banquet, and we took in about $23,000 in revenue. However, these figures could change depending on the final bill from the venue. This year’s banquet made almost double the profit of last year’s banquet.

ii.     Walton is following up with those who have outstanding payments.

iii.     Due to the time taken up by speeches of honorees and those introducing them, Marcellino suggested reevaluating the number of honorees. The board discussed better streamlining the flow of people on stage for time purposes.

c.      Courts – Marcellino

i.     No report

d.     Diversity – Flores/Hendrickson

i.     No report

e.     Ethics – Bluestein/Hendrickson

i.     No report

f.      FOI –Zahniser

i.     No report

g.     Generation J – Bowen

i.     No report

h.     Membership – Marcellino

i.     Ad hoc membership committee – Marcellino/Nonahal

1.     Committee hopes to tie down numbers of members that we have and increase that number. Zahniser is working to identify what medium members are working in to see if there is a trend for membership.

2.     Committee will be targeting members who attended our banquet with a “Thank You” email, followed by another email suggesting membership.

3.     Committee will look at national members and past honorees who are not local chapter members. Also looking into student members.

4.     Committee is also hoping to find tools to make it easier to sign up online, which Nonahal said national is working to make that easier from national’s end.

5.     Chapter hopes to track whose memberships are expiring soon so that we can keep them from leaving the chapter.

6.     Windsor looking at benefits of national membership for members paying that fee.

7.     Target of new membership goal is upcoming.

i.       Nominations – Bellman

i.     No report

j.       Scholarships – Audi

i.     Nonahal said Audi has release to go out about scholarships with some alterations to the dates for the deadlines and votes.

III.           Old Business

IV.            New Business

a.     May 4 karaoke mixer, Redwood – Peschiutta/Walton

i.     Nonahal encouraged board members to attend this upcoming event.

b.     Video editing workshop, June 11 – Fleeman/Bluestein

i.     Rescheduled from earlier date to June 11 final date.

V.              Next board meeting: June 6 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.

VI.              Adjournment

a.     Bellman moves to adjourn, Windsor seconded. The motion carried and meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,

Christina Cocca

Job Opening: Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition


The First Amendment Coalition is seeking an executive director.

About the First Amendment Coalition:

The First Amendment Coalition is a nonpartisan, non­profit, California-based organization that seeks to foster civic engagement, make government more accountable, protect freedom of speech and press, and defend the public’s right to know. It serves a diverse audience, including traditional news organizations, digital news and information companies, community organizations, and individual citizens. FAC’s work is focused on California state and local matters, but the organization also weighs in on relevant national issues.

FAC’s work includes: strategic litigation in state and federal courts; a free-to-the-public Legal Hotline and a database of information to aid citizens in obtaining government information; public education programs around California; and legislative oversight and testimony.

FAC has two full-­time employees and a fundraising consultant. In recent years, the annual budget has been approximately $400,000 – $500,000. The organization leverages several times this amount annually in pro bono and reduced-fee legal services from top law firms that handle litigation and the Legal Hotline, as well as from board members who assist with various projects.

For more information on FAC programs, please refer to the Coalition website.

Position Description:

The Executive Director (a full-time position) is the First Amendment Coalition’s chief executive officer, program director, and spokesperson, responsible for implementing the organization’s mission, policies and objectives as established by the Board of Directors. He or she reports to the Board of Directors. FAC’s office is presently located in San Rafael, California; it was previously located in Sacramento. Where within California the new ED will be based can be flexible.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is expected to:

●     Supervise litigation handled by outside attorneys to enforce First Amendment Rights, open meetings and open records laws; develop or join amicus curiae briefs in significant appellate cases; help provide legal representation for otherwise unrepresented journalists confronted with subpoenas for notes and sources.

●     Oversee and promote other Coalition programs, including the Legal Hotline, public forums, and an annual awards program.

●     Arrange and attend quarterly Board meetings, provide timely communications to the Board, support the work of Board committees, and prepare annual operating and capital budgets for Board approval.

●     Oversee and actively participate in the Coalition’s fundraising efforts, in coordination with FAC’s development consultant.

●     Engage the Board as appropriate in public education efforts, fund-raising outreach, and other ad hoc roles in support of Coalition goals.

●     Working with Board members, engage in efforts to expand and diversify the Coalition’s board and constituency.

●     Track relevant state and federal legislation and engage with like-minded organizations to seek beneficial outcomes.

●     Maintain close working relationships with the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Online News Association, and other organizations that share the Coalition’s goals.

●     Supervise the administrative staff and volunteers.

●     Communicate regularly and knowledgeably with the media, and speak for the Coalition through public forums, published commentaries, and monthly newsletters.


The successful candidate will be an excellent leader and administrator with a passion for First Amendment and related issues and will have creative ideas for how to grow an organization.

Candidates for Executive Director should possess:

●      Management, administrative, legal, and/or journalistic experience in a non-profit organization, a traditional or digital media company, or a law firm.  At least five years experience preferred.

●     Demonstrated interest in and experience with issues of freedom of speech, freedom of press, and the public’s right to access government meetings and records.

●     Knowledge of and experience with relevant bodies of law, including the First Amendment, California Public Records Act, and the Brown Act. A law degree is desirable.

●     Strong organizational and administrative skills.

●     Ability to collaborate with an active and engaged Board.

●     Excellent writing and speaking skills.

●     Experience in communications to the press and public.

●     Thorough understanding of financial and business aspects of organizations of similar magnitude, with particular emphasis on nonprofits.

●     Experience in raising funds for a not-for-profit organization or comparable private sector experience.

●     Familiarity with managing and posting to websites, using social media, and using spreadsheet and database management software


Compensation will be negotiated based on qualifications and experience and will be competitive with other non-profits active in civil liberties work.

How to apply:

Applicants should email a resume and detailed cover letter outlining their suitability for the job to Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible; applications are preferred by September 1.

Job Opening: City News Service Budget Writer

City News Service has an opening in our Orange County bureau in Santa Ana for a budget writer who will help the bureau chief put together a weekly listing of news events that goes to CNS clients. This is a part-time position that requires a commitment of one day a week, or the duties can be split up over two days, making it ideal for a college student. You should have a handle on AP style, strong writing skills and a nose for news. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to CNS Editor Lori Streifler at