SPJ/LA’s 2018 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS: Application Deadline is June 15

“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 on July 10th, 2018.

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 the 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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

Meeting Minutes: April 2, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, April 2, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Sarah Favot, Elizabeth Marcellino, Kathryn Mora, Frank Mottek, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Julia Wick, David Zahniser

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

I. Approval of minutes from the March 5 meeting
Amend the spelling of Darren Carrol.
Wax moved to approve the amended March 5 minutes, Bellman seconded. Zahniser, Saxton and Favot abstained. Approved.

II. President’s report – Bluestein
a. Bluestein reported about our two vacancies on the board, including the additional seat that will be vacated by Hendrickson later this year. Bluestein asked board members to email suggestions to her. One goal is to achieve diversity. We will vote on the new members at the May or June meeting. Bluestein also asked board members if they are interested in being treasurer to let her know.
b. This morning a freelancer made a derogatory comment on a post on the SPJ Freelance Community’s closed Facebook page about our Region 11 Conference. Bluestein responded to the post with a graceful, but firm message.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson
Bluestein reported on behalf of Hendrickson.
Zahniser moved to receive the Treasurer’s Report as amended. Bellman seconded. Approved.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees:
a. Awards –Streifler and Marcellino
No report
b. Banquet – Walton
No report
c. Courts – Marcellino
a. Marcellino reported that civil cases from Stanley Mosk Courthouse are going to move to the federal courts building on Spring Street. One concern that has been mentioned is that access is more difficult at the federal courts building in terms of equipment. The U.S. Marshals acknowledged there could be some friction and will keep an eye on it. Marcellino will also keep an eye on it and encouraged board members to report any issues.
b. A news outlet requested space in the press room on the 9th Floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and was turned down. The county didn’t want to do a sublet arrangement. It’s an issue of accommodation rather than access. The outlet is a client of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. Marcellino asked the board if we should get involved. Marcellino will call the law firm to offer our assistance and report back to the board with an update.
d. Diversity –
No report.
e. Ethics – Bellman
Bellman reported a follow-up about UCLA’s decision not to publish the video of the treasury secretary speaking at UCLA. Bluestein sent a letter to the university chancellor asking them to post it. Bellman filed a Public Records Act request for the correspondence between UCLA and the Treasury Department about not posting the video. The purpose was to put pressure on UCLA. A few days later, UCLA posted the video. Bellman told UCLA we’re still pursuing the PRA request regarding the emails. UCLA said they need two more weeks to get back to us. At the end of the 14-day period, they said it’ll take three months. Our main goal was to get the video published. We will wait for the response to the PRA.
f. FOI – Zahniser
No report
g. Generation J – Bluestein
No report.
h. Membership – Nonahal
Nonahal thanked Marcellino for keeping in touch with national to get a correct roster of our membership. As of March 19, we have 140 active members. In March, we sent handwritten thank you notes to five new members. We have eight new members who will get a note this week. Nonahal believes we have more than 140 members. Marcellino has been trying to create a way that people can sign up to belong to the Chapter on our website, but there are challenges because the version of WordPress and our hosting platform we have are outdated. Marcellino called GoDaddy to transfer hosting to upgraded platform. It will cost $207.63.
Mottek moved to spend $207.63 to upgrade our website. Zahniser seconded. Approved.
i. Nominations – Bray
No report.
j. Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot
Bluestein reported we have $10,835 from registrations and sponsorships for the Regional Conference. We received $7,800 through EventBrite registrations. We received a check from Santa Monica College for students’ registration. Sponsorships: we’ve received a commitment to pay for the lanyards from NBC4. The PR firm Olmstead Williams will sponsor the reception. Kelly Aviles and the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine have also donated. San Diego State University and CSUN have given also donated. Marcellino will reach out to foundations to ask if they will sponsor students. The total number of paid registrants is 87, including 49 students. We have about 34 panelists and speakers who are not paying the registration fee but will attend the conference. The committee will reach out to former board members and former banquet honorees to see if they will attend or if they will sponsor a student to attend the luncheon. Wax will make thank you cards to our sponsors.
k. Scholarships – Saxton
The deadline will be early June for students to respond to the scholarship application. In the next couple of weeks, the call for students to apply will be sent.

V. Old Business
Newsmageddon panel on March 15 – Zahniser
Zahniser reported the event at The Association in downtown L.A. went well and our panelists were candid and engaging. Larry Altman, formerly of Daily Breeze; Dennis Romero, formerly of the LA Weekly and Darren Carroll of the Newsguild were the panelists. Julia Wick was the moderator. We had a turnout of about 30 people.

VI. New Business
L.A. Times unionization and new ownership panel– Zahniser
The next panel will be Wednesday, April 11 at The Association in DTLA at 7 p.m. We’ll have three people who were on the Steering Committee of the Times union drive. Zahniser encouraged board members to attend.
Gabriel Khan at USC Annenberg asked if we could share a flyer about the Seldon Ring Awards. Favot will post it to our website.

Adjournment
Wax moved to adjourn at 8:26 p.m., Zahniser seconded. Approved.

Next board meeting: Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Louise’s Trattoria

Respectfully submitted,
Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: March 5, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 5, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Tom Bray, Roberta Wax, Frank Mottek, Richard Hendrickson, Lori Streifler, Kathryn Mora, Alice Walton, Natalie Windsor.

Guests: Monica Rodriguez, Cal State Northridge, co-president of CSUN SPJ chapter
Michaela Haas, Solutions Journalism Network

I. Approval of minutes from the Feb. 5 meeting
Wax moved to approve the minutes. Hendrickson seconded. Approved by voice vote.

II. President’s report – Bluestein
Bluestein congratulated Walton on awards dinner, regional conference website.
Encouraged board members to help promote regional conference; will send suggested wording for social media and other promotion. Has reached out to more than 40 schools.
Shared prospective board members to replace departing Sandy Mazza, Richard Hendrickson and America Arias. Bios shared for three journalists under consideration to be new board members. Bluestein urged board members to identify additional candidates, to be submitted via email and reviewed at next meeting. Bluestein will contact prospective members after additional names are received; board will vote in April.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson
Hard copy of treasurer’s reported shared; balances detailed; expenses for awards banquet detailed
Requested information check to hotel; Walton said the cost is not known yet, but will follow up.
Missing check noted at previous meeting was found.
Final deposit to Universal City Hilton, $700, sent.
Walton requested that check to Omni be deleted; will follow up with revision.
Bellman moved to approve amended report; Windsor seconded; approved on voice vote.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees
a. Awards –Streifler and Marcellino; no report
b. Banquet – Walton
Walton thanked everyone who attended, described recipients as strong. Waiting to hear from venue on final numbers, likely between 106 and 110. Ten students were in attendance. Waiting for the final bill from the Omni. Almost all payments are in; waiting on ABC and LA Times. All tickets are in. Encouraged board members to share feedback.
Wax asked what difficulties occurred. Walton said it was relatively seamless; small hiccup with the program.
Mottek congratulated Walton on the event. Was congratulated on his role as master of ceremonies. Wax said Mottek set the right, collegial tone.
c. Courts – Marcellino; no report
d. Diversity – no report
e. Ethics – Bellman;
Bellman: UCLA made a retroactive decision to not post video of appearance Steve Mnuchin at UCLA event who was heckled by members of the audience. Audio was posted but the Treasury Department withdrew its consent to post the video. Bellman said he may be forced to file Public Records Act request to get information and suggested preparing a possible statement on the incident.
Walton suggested a notice demanding UCLA post the video. The statement would be reviewed by our pro bono attorney. Bluestein suggested engaging the national ethics chair.
f. FOI – Zahniser; no report
g. Generation J – Bluestein; no report
h. Membership – Nonahal
Elizabeth: Online membership signup should be up and running by next week which adds a layer to join the local chapter when paying for national membership.
i. Nominations – Bray; no report
j. Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot;
NBC will pay to have its logo on event lanyard. $750 which will largely pay for lanyards. Bluestein encouraged board to please reach out to encourage
attendance.
k. Scholarships – Saxton
In Saxton’s absence, Bluestein gave a report. We will promote scholarships online in mid-April and during the regional conference, with follow-ups to the early June deadline. Saxton will gather the committee in June for an early July announcement, per Tammy Audi’s advice.
Mega mixer: July 10 or 11; likely at Molly Malone’s location of last year’s event
Student guest suggested Golden Road Brewery, San Fernando

V. Old Business
Mixer on March 14 – Zahniser
SoCal Newsmageddon will be at The Association with panelists: Larry Altman, Dennis Romero and Darren Carrol with Julia Wick as moderator.

VI. New Business
a. Presentation about Solutions Journalism Network L.A. made by Michaela Haas. Board discussed possible risks/rewards of partnering with group. Board agreed to research/vet their efforts before committing. If training is scheduled in May, board members should attend to experience the program.
b. Diversity event for May – Bluestein In light of not having a Diversity committee chair at the moment, this event is available to anyone who wants to plan it. However at the moment, most of the board’s efforts are focused on the regional conference.

VII. Adjournment
Windsor moved to adjourn at 9:10 p.m.; Mazza seconded; passed on voice vote.

Next board meeting: Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at Louise’s Trattoria

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Bray

Meeting Minutes: February 5, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Tom Bray, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Kathryn Mora, Navid Nonahal, Alice Walton, Robi Wax, Julia Wick, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

I. Approval of minutes from the Jan. 13 board retreat
Bellman moved to approve the minutes. Windsor seconded. Nonahal, Hendrickson, Walton abstained. Approved.
II. President’s report – Bluestein
Bluestein reported she received a request from Solutions Journalism Network to partner to co-host a workshop with them on Monday, May 21. Board members wanted more information on the organization and will look into it on their own time.
Bluestein reported she is still in conversation with a potential new board member to replace America Arias.
Bluestein reported that board members Bellman, Walton, Streifler, Bowen, Mazza and Bray, in addition to regional director Matt Hall and director-at-large Lauren Bartlett and former SPJ-LA board president Leslie Simmons attended a reading of All the President’s Men at LA City Hall. A photo was posted on our website and social media accounts.
Bluestein reported the Chapter issued a statement on Jan. 31 about impending layoffs at SCNG. Favot reported we received a lot of engagement on our social media accounts reacting to and promoting the statement.
Bluestein reported she received a note from Holden Slattery, of The Chronicle of Social Change, who applied to attend the Scripps Howard Leadership Institute in New York, noting that his employer would pay his expenses.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson
Windsor moved to receive the Treasurer’s Report. Nonahal seconded. Approved.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees
a. Awards –Streifler and Marcellino
No report.
b. Banquet – Walton
The banquet is on March 1. She encouraged members to RSVP if they have not yet done so. Walton said we have 56 RSVPs. So far, ABC7 and Voice of OC have purchased tables and three organizations have purchased program ads. Those who cannot attend may buy a student ticket that Walton will assign to a student who wishes to attend. Walton said Mottek is looking for more banquet sponsors.
c. Courts – Marcellino
No report.
d. Diversity –
No report.
e. Ethics – Bellman
No report.
f. FOI – Zahniser
No report.
g. Generation J – Bluestein
No report.
h. Membership – Nonahal
Marcellino wanted to give an update on our membership from National, but she reported there have been some technical issues. It looks like we have a number of new members who have recently signed up. The committee is also working on a function on our website for National members who are not members of our Chapter to sign up for our Chapter and pay dues. Once Marcellino has an updated list, the committee will send handwritten notes welcoming new members and going forward, notes will be written on a regular basis to welcome new members.
i. Nominations – Bray
No report.
j. Regional Conference – Hendrickson and Favot
Favot updated the board about the Regional Conference. She reported we are still looking for a Mark of Excellence speaker and a closing speaker and welcomed suggestions from the board. Bluestein will begin to seek sponsorships to offset costs. Walton will be creating the conference website.
k. Scholarships – Saxton
No report

V. Old Business
a. Chapter Insurance – Bluestein and Nonahal
Bluestein gave a presentation on the insurance quotes we have received for chapter insurance. Zahniser moved to purchase insurance. Zahniser will work with Stephanie on possibly getting an additional quote. She will come back to the board with a final recommendation that will take place via an email vote. Bellman seconded. Approved.

VI. New Business
a. Local news apocalypse – all
The news of the new editor Jim Kirk being hired trumped a statement about the LA Times written by board members, but not released. The Chapter will consider releasing another statement regarding the leak investigation to encourage the company to come clean about the investigation.
b. Mixer in March – Zahniser
Zahniser reported about his idea discussed at the retreat to address the media apocalypse and instill some hope and inspiration for reporters who’ve recently been laid off. Zahniser said the people he’s reached out to so far do not want to discuss their lay-off experience. The Association is available March 8 and March 15. Zahniser will ask about The Association’s availability on Wednesdays. Instead of focusing on individuals, Zahniser has another idea to discuss the cuts at the LA Weekly, LAist and SoCal News Group. Zahniser will continue to work on it to secure panelists.
c. Google News Lab training in September – Bluestein
Bluestein reported Amara Aguilar is available Sept. 5 at USC to conduct a Google News Lab training. We will be able to customize the training for our members.

VII. Adjournment
Windsor moved to adjourn at 8:38 p.m. Marcellino seconded. Approved.

Next board meeting: Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Louise’s Trattoria

Respectfully submitted,
Sarah Favot

Highlights from SPJ/LA’s Regional Conference: Photos from the Mark of Excellence Luncheon

During the Region 11 conference, the Mark of Excellence Awards luncheon was held where student journalists are honored for outstanding work.

Region 11 covers Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands and Nevada.

Here are the winners that were announced.

Here are some photos taken by Clare Calzada from the luncheon.

USC Annenberg School of Journalism students.

Duanli Zhu, a student from USC Annenberg who won the Best All-Around TV Newscast category.

Megan Janetsky and Johanna Huckeba, finalists in the online news reporting category. They are from Cronkite News/Arizona PBS.

SPJ Region 11 Director Matt Hall with students.

SPJ Region 11 Director Matt Hall with a student.

SPJ/LA board member Frank Mottek, who emceed the luncheon.

SPJ Region 11 Director Matt Hall with students.