SPJ/LA To Host Journalist and Author Patt Morrison For Talk and Signing Her New Book, “Don’t Stop The Presses!”

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a talk and book-signing by veteran journalist Patt Morrison, award-winning reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and frequent public radio and television host, who will discuss her new work, Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper (Angel City Press, 2018).

Morrison has been widely recognized for her work with a share of two Pulitzer Prizes, along with six Emmys and twelve Golden Mike awards for her public television and radio work. She playfully describes herself as a “girl reporter,” and her lifelong devotion to her chosen profession shines from every page. Filled with vintage photos and advertising, laced with lively anecdotes, her new book vividly evokes the golden age of American journalism.

And as Morrison herself writes, newspapers are “the people’s intelligence service, dedicated first and foremost to informing, to watching, to warning about, to holding accountable to the public’s eye whoever possesses power and influence over others.” And she adds, even if the day comes when “paper” disappears and the newspaper exists only online, it “will still be as necessary in the twenty-first century as it was in the eighteenth.”

Talk and book-signing by print and broadcast journalist Patt Morrison

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Books will be available for purchase. The event itself is free and open to the public.

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

You must RSVP by sending an email to spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Joel Bellman, SPJ/LA

For more information on Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper, visit https://www.angelcitypress.com/products/stpr.

Save the Date: June 27 Journalism Mega Mixer

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a real “social networking site” to mix, mingle, mega schmooze, socialize, have fun, and network all at the same time.

SPJ/LA joins Southern California journalist members of:

Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) – Los Angeles Chapter
Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles Chapter
Online News Association (ONA) – Los Angeles Chapter
Black Journalists Association of Southern California
CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California
Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) – Southern California
Los Angeles Press Club
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles
Radio & Television News Association of Southern California
8Ball Welfare Foundation
And more.

Journalism Mega-Mixer

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
6 to 9 p.m.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
575 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The mixer is free and open to all members. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available.

You must RSVP by sending an email to spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA

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.

COVER SHEET (see below)
Attach to the front of your application, which should contain a resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.

Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.

•Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter – 2017 Scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________
E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

o Ken Inouye Scholarship – Ethnic diversity scholarship ($500 – $1,000).

o Helen Johnson Scholarship – Broadcast journalism ($500 – $1,000).

o Carl Greenberg Scholarship – Investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

o Bill Farr Scholarship – Journalism majors or future journalists ($500 – $1,000).

University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship): ____________________________________________
Major: ___________________________
Minor: ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA): ___________
Journalism GPA: ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation: ___________________
Date of birth: _________________________________
High school from which you graduated: ______________________________
City and state of your high school: __________________________________
Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, June 15, at midnight.
Applications by e-mail to spjscholarships2018@gmail.com

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.

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
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