KNX 1070’s Frank Mottek to Serve as Master of Ceremonies for SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Journalist Frank Mottek, “the voice of business news in Los Angeles,” will be the master of ceremonies at the March 20 Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The event, which will take place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, honors journalists in print, broadcast and digital media.

An award-winning broadcast journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Mottek currently anchors the morning drive Money reports on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO and hosts the one-hour business and consumer news program “Mottek On Money.” He provided daily coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, the Great Recession and stock market updates.

Since joining CBS in Los Angeles in 1992, Mottek served as reporter and anchor on KNX as well as business anchor on KCAL9-TV and spot reporter for KCBS-TV CBS2. For 10 years, he also worked as reporter and business news anchor on the KTLA Channel 5 News @ 10 and the KTLA Morning News.

He is frequently called to lead some of the highest-profile business discussions, including economic forecast events for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Milken Institute, UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Association for Corporate Growth, Los Angeles Business Journal and Southern California Association of Governments.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees are longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and digital media. They are: Rich Archbold, public editor of the Long Beach Press-Telegram; Steve Padilla, Column One editor and Metpro director of the Los Angeles Times; KFI-AM news editor Nicole M. Campbell; KMEX-TV Univision 34 news anchor, reporter and host Gabriela Teissier; and David Dayen, freelance journalist and author.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Scott Sanders, an attorney with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office.

The Distinguished Journalists Awards banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

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

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. The three levels of sponsorship are:

  • 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.You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:
  • Full page ad inside program: $350
  • Half-page ad inside program: $250
  • Quarter-page ad inside program: $150 

    For details on sponsorship or to make a reservation, please contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

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SPJ/LA Announces 2019 Officers

For Immediate Use
Jan. 2, 2019
Contact: Navid Nonahal
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has elected its 2019 officers.

Stephanie Stassel Bluestein, the chapter’s current president and an associate professor of journalism at California State University, Northridge, began her third term on Jan. 1, 2019. Sarah Favot, freelance journalist, will serve a second year as vice president. Elizabeth Marcellino, a courts reporter for City News Service, will continue serving as treasurer, while Jason Lewis, newly-elected board member and publisher of Los Angeles Standard, will be secretary.

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 Greater Los Angeles professional chapter was chartered 25 years later in 1934.

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Meeting Minutes: November 5, 2018

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

Present: David Zahniser, Stephanie Bluestein, Sarah Favot, Roberta Wax, Frank Mottek, Alice Walton, Julia Wick, Lori Streifler, Kathryn Mora, Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, Richard Saxton

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:16 pm.

I. Approval of minutes from Oct. 1 meeting. Zahniser moved to approve minutes. Favot seconded. Bluestein, Walton, Streifler, Blaize-Hopkins abstained from the approval of minutes because they were not present. All others voted in favor.

II. President’s report –Bluestein said that she wrote a letter on behalf of the local chapter addressed to the task force that is considering changes in sponsorship. This task force is supposed to bring something to the national SPJ board by December 1. A dinner will be held on Thursday 11/8 at Taix with Carol Hendrickson, the widow of Dick Hendrickson, our board member and treasurer who died in July. There were some issues with the delivery of checks from the 2017 scholarships. The group is tentatively planning on January 26, 2019 for next year’s retreat.

III. Treasurer’s report – Marcellino reported that there was an October beginning balance of $30,991.61 and an ending balance on November 1 of $39,868.90 in our main account. There nominal Paypal balance, with less than $20 in payables and receivables. We are using the same PayPal account and bank account to accept donations for the Hendrickson scholarship. There are about $300 in fees through the PayPal donations. Zahniser made a motion to cover the PayPal fees. Walton moved to second. All voted in favor. Marcellino also circulated an amended Oct. 1 report because of a check that came through the day before the Oct. meeting and was therefore not included in the report. Marcellino also detailed some things about the Morgan Stanley account. Zahniser made a motion to approve the document requested by Marcellino in order to have two people have access to the Morgan Stanley account. Wick seconded. Marcellino abstained. All others voted in favor. Saxton moved to receive the treasurer’s report, Favot seconded. All voted in favor.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees
a. Awards –Streifler said that the committee will be meeting on November 16 to come up with a slate to vote on.
b. Banquet – Walton had no update.
c. Courts – Marcellino provided an update about the OC courts transparency issue.
d. Diversity – Lopez was not present.
e. Ethics – Bellman not present.
f. FOI – Zahniser had no update.
g. Generation J – Blaize-Hopkins is planning a social media mobile journalism panel in the spring.
h. Membership – Marcellino showed a sample mug and the group felt that it did, in fact, meet the requirements of a theoretical SPJ/LA mug. Marcellino is happy to store the mugs at her house.
i. Nominations – Bray was not present. He asked Bluestein to share that he is gathering candidates for the board and asked the board to share information on anyone he or she thinks is a good candidate. The election will be in December sometime.
j. Scholarships – Saxton had nothing to report.

V. Old Business
a. 180/360 VR workshop on Oct. 30 – Blaize-Hopkins said that the workshop was very interesting. There were about 15 people there.
b. Gender Gap Panel on Nov. 13 – Lopez

VI. New Business
a. Dick Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship Fund – Bluestein and Saxton
b. Board election in December – Bray
c. Holiday Party– Mottek said that the holiday party will be on Wednesday, December 5. Xian, the Chinese place in Beverly Hills that was previously under consideration, will not be big enough. The party will therefore be held at El Floridita, “ a nice little Cuban restaurant in a strip plaza.” There is parking there. Armando Jr., who runs the restaurant, is a great guy and Mottek has known Armando Jr. since Armando Jr.’s father, Armando Sr., ran the place. Journalist Jennifer York can do music for the party. Mottek made a motion to hire Jennifer York for the holiday party for $300. Mora seconded. All voted in favor.
d. Favot plans for a PIO panel on January 22 at the Association. Elena Stern from LA Public Works and Nicole Nishida from the Sheriff’s Department are confirmed.

VII. Adjournment
Marcellino moved to adjourn at 9:04 pm. Wax seconded, all others voted in favor.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at Louise’s Trattoria

Panel Discussion: Reporters and PIOs at the Crossroads of Information

A series of studies by SPJ National show that reporters are finding it increasingly difficult to access information and conduct interviews through public information officers.

“Over the last 25 years or so, there has been a relatively rapid trend toward prohibiting staff members from communicating to journalists without reporting to some authority, often public information officers,” SPJ reports.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a panel discussion on the studies, including how to find ways to improve relationships between the holders of public information and the journalists who are seeking it out.

Who: Nicole Nishida, public information officer, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Elena Stern, senior public information director, Los Angeles Department of Public Works

Lisa Derderian, public information officer, City of Pasadena

Lauren Gold, public information officer, City of Anaheim, moderator

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Association lounge, 110 East 6th Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Parking: Commercial lot at 545 S. Main St., Los Angeles

Contact: Sarah Favot, sarah.favot@gmail.com

RSVP: spjlosangeles@gmail.com

SPJ/LA Announces Newly Elected Board Members

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists elected seven members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Carolina Garcia, recently retired editor of the Los Angeles Daily News who is now an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Jason Lewis, publisher of Los Angeles Standard, were newly elected to the board.

Five incumbents were re-elected. They are: Joel Bellman, freelance journalist; Stephanie Stassel Bluestein, associate professor of journalism at CSUN; Sarah Favot, freelance journalist; Navid Nonahal, freelance journalist; and David Zahnizer, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

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 Greater Los Angeles professional chapter was chartered 25 years later in 1934.