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The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held a panel discussion on Oct. 6 entitled “Fake News: How to Decipher What’s Real and What’s Not.”

The panelists were:

  • Bryan Monroe, associate professor at Temple University and the co-author of “Truth Counts: A Practical Guide for the News Consumer.”
  • Ebonee Rice, vice president of the News Literacy Project’s educator network.
  • David Siders, national political correspondent for POLITICO.
  • Chiméne Tucker, librarian for USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
    The panel was moderated by Frank Stoltze, of KPCC Public Radio

Here are additional resources for deciphering what’s real and what’s not:

newslit.org

allsides.com/unbiased-balanced-news

info.cq.com/truth-counts/

factcheck.org

Washington Post’s Fact Checker

SPJ/LA to Host Oct. 6 Panel Discussion: Exposing Fake News

With the election only a few weeks away, doctored videos, misleading memes and downright inaccurate content is flooding social media. With so much information to contend with, how can a consumer know what’s real and what isn’t? Join SPJ/LA for a panel discussion on strategies for exposing fake news and finding the real deal.

The panelists are:

Bryan Monroe, associate professor at Temple University and the co-author of “Truth Counts: A Practical Guide for the News Consumer.”

Ebonee Rice, vice president of the News Literacy Project’s educator network.

David Siders, national political correspondent for POLITICO.

Chiméne Tucker, librarian for USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The panel will be moderated by Frank Stoltze of KPCC Public Radio.

WHAT:
“Fake News: How to Decipher What’s Real and What’s Not” Panel Discussion

WHEN:
Tuesday, Oct. 6
5:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Zoom

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
None

RSVP:
Please RSVP via Google Forms at https://bit.ly/33PEEfQ

CONTACT:
Alexi Chidbachian, Generation J Chair
Alexichidbachian@yahoo.com

SPJ/LA CALLS FOR THOROUGH, TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION INTO SHERIFF’S JOSIE HUANG ARREST

The Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of SPJ sent the following letter on September 16, 2020 to Max Huntsman, Inspector General for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, expressing the Chapter’s concerns about the Department’s media policy, and objections about the Department’s conduct regarding the recent mistreatment and arrest of KPCC/Southern California Public Radio reporter Josie Huang.

The matter will also be taken up on September 17, 2020 at 9 a.m. during the virtual live meeting of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, under Item #2 of the Commission Agenda. The public is invited to register for and participate in the live-streamed meeting here: https://bit.ly/34ewI9I

Mr. Max Huntsman
L.A. County Office of Inspector General
312 S Hill St Fl 3
Los Angeles, CA 90013-1109

via email

Mr. Huntsman:

The Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists strongly supports your decision to investigate the arrest of KPCC reporter Josie Huang by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Lynwood. As you may know, this organization already has denounced deputies’ decision to arrest a working journalist.

We would respectfully request that you make public the information your office gathers regarding her arrest – videos, eyewitness accounts, MDT transmissions, written reports, and any other documentation of deputies’ actions. It is also imperative that your office work to answer these questions:

  • Was Huang’s arrest justified?
  • Did deputies use excessive force during this incident?
  • Were deputies adequately informed that Huang was a journalist?
  • What is the LASD’s policy for dealing with journalists – on sidewalks, public streets and elsewhere?
  • Was the department’s policy followed in this case?
  • Did the department make statements about deputies’ treatment of Huang that were inaccurate? Did they make statements that were deliberately false?
  • Did Huang’s gender or ethnicity play any role in the way she was treated?
  • Is this an isolated incident or have there been other recent instances of the department detaining journalists or preventing them from doing their jobs?

The question before the county is not simply whether deputies interfered with the First Amendment rights of a working journalist. More broadly, we urge you to also investigate whether the department engages in a pattern or practice of concealing its actions or misrepresenting them to the public.

In this case, Huang was arrested while legitimately covering the arrest of a protester. In addition, our organization has received complaints about the department ignoring or denying public records requests. Your office also has reported being denied crucial access to records and personnel.

The department’s treatment of Huang threatens to have a chilling effect on journalists across the county. We cannot overstate the importance of a thorough investigation by your office.

Sincerely,

David Zahniser
President
Society of Professional Journalists
Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter

cc: Board of Supervisors
Los Angeles Press Club
Radio Television News Association

CONTACT: Joel Bellman, Advocacy Committee Chair, bellman.spjla@gmail.com
(424) 324-1815

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SPJ/LA DENOUNCES ARREST OF KPCC/LAist REPORTER

KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang being detained while reporting by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel on September 12, 2020. ABC7 via Twitter user @TheChalkOutline

The Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists issued the following statement today regarding the arrest of KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang on Saturday, September 12, 2020, as she was covering a protest in the City of Lynwood:

SPJ/LA joins the Los Angeles community in expressing its concern for two Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies who were critically injured in an ambush shooting outside the Compton Metro Blue Line transit station.

Whenever officers are injured in the line of duty, emotions and tensions understandably run high within law enforcement. But that cannot be allowed to compromise those officers’ obligation to engage in proper conduct while carrying out their duties.

We are deeply troubled by news reports and on-the-scene video that details what clearly seems to be inappropriate use of force to subdue and arrest KPCC/LAist reporter Josie Huang as she attempted to cover the arrest of a protester outside the Lynwood hospital where the wounded officers were being treated.

Huang is an experienced reporter who clearly identified herself as a member of the press, yet was knocked to the ground, handcuffed, arrested, and may be charged for allegedly interfering with law enforcement. News reporting is not a crime, and we strongly urge that any pending charges against the reporter be dropped immediately.

While specific details remain under investigation, the Sheriff’s arrest of a journalist as she was attempting to do her job merits the attention of the entire Los Angeles journalism community. SPJ/LA takes special note that this is at least the second time that a journalist of color from this news organization was mistreated and injured while reporting on civil protests.

This action by the Sheriff’s Department demands attention both for what appears to be an excessive use of force, and as a serious threat to the First Amendment, which protects the press, free speech, and the right to protest.

We support the decision by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inspector General to conduct an investigation into this incident. We also request that the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission take up this matter at the earliest opportunity, and we further request that the Board of Supervisors, which also oversees the Sheriff’s Department and authorizes its budget, invite Sheriff Alex Villanueva to appear before the Board as soon as possible to answer questions about this incident.

CONTACT: Joel Bellman, SPJ/LA (424) 324-1815

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Save the Date: SPJ/LA’s First Virtual Mixer Wednesday, September 23

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a different kind of mixer, from the comfort of your own space!

With work from home reaching the six-month mark, it’s time to hang out with fellow journalists and share some of your experiences during this unwanted, uninvited, incredibly rude pandemic!

The socializing begins at 6 p.m. on Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

BYOB!!!

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s First Virtual Mixer

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 23
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Zoom

COST:
Free of charge.

PARKING:
Park yourself in front of your computer and you’re set to go!

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com. You will receive a Zoom invitation link by September 21.

CONTACT:
Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA Membership Chair
navidnonahalspjla@gmail.com