SPJ/LA Will Examine News Organizations in Communities of Color – Nov. 17

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host an event on Nov. 17 in Leimert Park to examine the role of hyperlocal news organizations in communities of color. The discussion will focus on how online publications cover these communities and the unique challenges that they face.

Our panelists will include:

Daniela Gerson, managing editor of the Alhambra Source

– Eddie North-Hager, founder, Leimert Park Beat

– Jessica Perez, creator of Mis Neighbors

– Adolfo Flores, reporter for the Pasadena Sun, will moderate.

WHAT:           SPJ/LA’s panel discussion on the role of hyperlocal news organizations in communities of color.

WHERE:         Eso Won Bookstore, 4331 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
For directions, or further information, please visit www.esowonbookstore.com, or call (323) 290-1048.

WHEN:           Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

COST:             Free of charge.

RSVP:             Seating is limited. Email SPJLosAngeles@gmail.com or call the SPJ/LA hotline at (323) 259-3350.

SPJ/LA and PRSA-LA mixer photo

From left to right: KNX Business Reporter & SPJLA President Frank Mottek, 90210 actress & Los Angeles AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, Actress & National AFTRA President Roberta Reardon and journalist & SPJLA Board Member Richard Saxton. About 30 people from SPJLA and PRSA mingled at the J Lounge Oct. 20.

SPJ/LA Seeks Nominations for Annual Distinguished Journalist Awards

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for the chapter’s 2011 Distinguished Journalists Awards, 2011 Distinguished Work in New Media Award and 2011 Freedom of Information Award.

Nomination forms must be submitted by email to Julia Seifer at Julia.C.Seifer@abc.com or faxed to Roberta Wax at (818) 993-5971, no later than Friday, Oct. 21.

The awards will be presented at the SPJ/LA annual awards banquet in the spring of 2012.

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 the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Download the form here: SPJ Award Nominee Form 2011

SPJ/LA and PRSA-LA Host Fall Mixer – Oct. 20

RSVP now for a fall networking mixer co-sponsored by The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ/LA) and the Public Relations Society of America – Los Angeles (PRSA-LA). Members from both professional organizations will have the opportunity to socialize and learn more about one another.

Attendees include SPJ/LA and PRSA-LA board members, and well-respected journalists, including Frank Mottek, SPJ/LA president and business news anchor for KNX 1070 Newsradio; Richard Saxton, automotive journalist; and Lori Streifler, editor of City News Service.

WHAT: SPJ/LA and PRSA-LA host Fall Mixer

WHEN: 6 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

WHERE: J Restaurant & Lounge – Patio Area, 1119 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90015. www.jloungela.com

PARKING: Street and valet parking are offered.  Parking is available in the structure adjacent to the restaurant (across the street from the AT&T building).  Parking validation may not be available.

COST: The mixer is free for SPJ and PRSA-LA members; $15 for non-members and guests. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar at happy hour rates.

For more details or questions, please contact Greg Jenkins, PRSA-LA or SPJ/LA

“Gen-J” Journalism Day and AdviserFEST – Oct. 15

California State University, Northridge’s Journalism Department faculty and students, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Student Chapter, in collaboration with newspapers2 and Youth Media Los Angeles Collaborative, are preparing for the annual “Gen-J” Journalism Day and AdviserFEST, Saturday, Oct. 15, at CSUN.

Young journalists and advisers from dozens of Southern California public and private schools and youth media projects are expected to attend the event, which is held in Manzanita Hall on the Northridge campus from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The free workshops designed for students will focus on social media storytelling, visual communication, Spanish-language publications, community news, broadcast journalism and more.  In addition to panel and hands-on workshops, students will also have the opportunity to compete in news, features, opinion and visual competitions.

New this year is the AdviserFEST for teachers and advisers. Three workshops are planned, including: “Going Online,” “Deadlines and Commitments” and “InDesign Tips and Tricks.”

This “Generation J” event is co-sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The “Generation J” project is designed to give high school journalism students opportunities to connect with journalism professionals in a wide variety of workshops. All of the presentations are designed to enhance the skills and ideas students will need to produce solid, interesting campus news media. “Generation J” is a SPJ national project.