Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine to Give Keynote Address at SPJ/LA Banquet

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine will give the keynote address at the March 20, 2019 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.

Before joining The Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as Chief Content Officer and then Vice Chairman of Time Inc. Prior to that, he was Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg L.P.

For nearly five decades, Pearlstine has worked as a reporter and editor. He was editor-in-chief of Time Inc. from 1995 to 2005 before becoming a senior advisor to Time Warner. At Time Inc. Pearlstine oversaw the editorial content of Time Inc.’s 154 magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, In Style, Money, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated and Time.

Previously, Pearlstine worked for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Wall Street Journal/Europe. He also launched Smart Money magazine for Dow Jones & Co. and Hearst Corp. Pearlstine is the author of “Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources,” published in 2007, and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year Award.

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.

Meeting Minutes: Jan. 26, 2019

SPJ/LA Board of Directors retreat meeting minutes
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
At a board member’s home

Meeting called to order at 10:02 a.m.

Members present:
Tom Bray, Ashanti Hopkins , Kathryn Mora, Julia Wick, Frank Mottek, Richard Saxton, Alice Walton, Elizabeth Marcellino, Linda Bowen, Joel Bellman, Lori Streifler, David Zahniser, Roberta Wax, Stephanie Bluestein, Natalie Windsor, Jason Lewis

I. Approval of minutes from Dec. 3, 2018 Motion passed. 1 against.

Introduction of new board members. Carolina Garcia and Jason Lewis
Introduction of associate board members. Nathan Solis and Penny Arévalo

II. President’s report
Las Vegas will host the Region 11 conference on March 29-31.

III. Elected and associated board members assignments- Bluestein
March 20 networking/social event. At the Omni Hotel.

IV. 2019 SPJ/LA committee assignments- Bluestein
Assignment sheet was passed around.

V. Treasurer’s Report- Marcellino
Marcellino read the treasurer’s report and reported on the bank balance as of Jan.1.

Motion to receive the treasurer’s report by Joel Bellman, second by Natalie Windsor. Motion passes.

VI. Discussion about Distinguished Journalist Awards
Five awards given out. Radio, TV, digital, print large, print small.
Discussion on re-evaluating the terms. Print and digital have a lot of cross over.
Awards committee will hold a meeting to discuss this topic more in depth.

VII. Discussion about scholarships
● Report on 2018 Holiday Party on Dec. 5 – Mottek and Nonahal
● Bluestein said that the quartet was amazing and totally made the party. The party was on the same night as the AAJA mixer, which may have hurt some attendance. Bellman suggested reaching out to other journalism groups in the future to make sure we are not on the same night. Nonahal said that we had 32 people attend in total.
● The meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:55 a.m.
● The meeting restarted at 12:45 p.m.
● Calendar: Bluestein led a discussion of the calendar. She suggested that Sunshine Week would be a good time to plan an FOI event.
● Brainstorm programming ideas – All . Wick suggested panels on cannabis, homelessness and L.A. as a food scene. Bray added gentrification and NIMBYs vs. YIMBYs. Bray also suggested a workshop on fair use. Mottek suggested tours of the Los Angeles Times or potentially partnering with Spectrum. Blaize-Hopkins raised some options for Generation J, including something that would be a half panel, half speed dating-style meet and greet on the changing nature of the industry. Blaize-Hopkins also suggested VR and AR for storytelling as a Saturday workshop. Blaize-Hopkins also suggested creating more of a communication line between not just SPJ campus chapters but also campus newsrooms. Blaize-Hopkins also suggested using this as a way to sponsor newsroom tours, bringing students as potential interns. In doing this, we could position ourselves as bridge between students and newsrooms. Blaize-Hopkins also suggested better collaboration with other journalism affinity groups on attendance (half the work, double the attendance). Zahniser emailed in suggesting a reporting in Mexico panel. Bluestein suggested a moratorium on book signing events. Saxton suggested a panel on covering entertainment. Solis suggested a panel on covering racism and the age of Trump. Mottek suggested something on covering Silicon Beach. Windsor suggested a panel on responses to covering traumatic situations. Bray suggested a panel on covering the Catholic church in Southern California. Arevalo suggested something on the online bullying of journalists. Ashanti suggested holding events at the SMC theater. Other potential venues were discussed.
● We broke up into small groups for ten minutes to discuss committees and then reconvened at 2:12 p.m. as a large group.
● Bluestein reported on the PIO panel. Bluestein attended as well as Marcellino and Mora. Attendance was only five, but beyond that, it was a really strong panel.
● Banquet update – Walton said that the banquet will be on March 20. Walton seconded Bluestein’s earlier comment encouraging everyone to attend. Walton said that we have already sold three tables, including tables to the L.A. Times, SCNG and the family of the radio honoree.
● Run Gomez sponsorship – Bluestein updated the group on the potential sponsorship opportunity. Wick moved to approve, Windsor seconded. All voted in favor.
● Next board meeting: Monday, Feb. 11 at Louise’s, 7 p.m.
● Adjournment in memory of KTLA News Anchor Chris Burrous. Windsor moved to adjourn, Walton seconded. Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Minutes: Dec. 3, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Tom Bray, Natalie Windsor, Stephanie Bluestein, Elizabeth Marcellino, Roberta Wax, Navid Nonahal, Lori Streifler, Kathryn Mora, Richard Saxton, Frank Mottek, Julia Wick, Sarah Favot, Kathryn Mora, David Zahniser

I. Approval of minutes from Nov. 5 meeting: Wax moved to approve the minutes, Favot seconded. Nonahal, Bellman abstained; all others voted in favor.

II. President’s report – Bluestein delivered the President’s report.

III. Treasurer’s report – Marcellino reported on the bank balance as of Nov. 1. Bluestein suggested that at the retreat we decide how to distribute the scholarship in honor of former board member Dick Hendrickson.
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IV. Standing Committees – a. Awards –No update.
b. Banquet – Walton was not present.
c. Courts – Marcellino said that nothing was new on courts.
d. Diversity – Lopez no longer on the board.
e. Ethics – Bellman said that they were still having trouble with UCLA about public records request. We can either do nothing and wait or try and be proactive and potentially write to the UC Board of Regents. Bellman will draft the letter and bring it to the board for approval.
f. FOI – Zahniser had no update.
g. Generation J – Blaize-Hopkins was not present.
h. Membership – Nonahal said that it has been a challenge to come up with an active list of L.A. members.
i. Nominations – Bray said that we have seven positions that will be up for election this year, five of which are currently filled by incumbents.
j. Scholarships – Saxton

V. Old Business
a. Gender Gap Panel on Nov. 13 – Bluestein said that attendance was sparse and no USC students attended despite there being a USC faculty member on the panel. Bluestein said that in the future if we hold a panel at an academic institution we should make sure they help with attendance.
b. Holiday Party– Mottek said that we will likely have the restaurant to ourselves and he also put it up on LinkedIn and Facebook today. The event is also on Twitter. Larry King may attend.
c. Bellman moved that the chapter cover the cost of dinner for the band, Wick seconded, all voted in favor.
d. CA//MEDIA//JOBS newsletter fund-raising effort – Bluestein spoke with Luis Gomez and they came up with $50 as a sponsor of the week.

VI. New Business
a. GoDaddy renewal – Marcellino

VII. Adjournment
VIII. Zahniser motioned to adjourn, Windsor seconded, meeting adjourned at 9:31 p.m.

Next meeting: Retreat on Saturday, Jan. 26 at a board member’s home

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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