SPJ/LA Will Conduct Board Elections Online: Voting Will Take Place Dec. 17-19

SPJ/LA will conduct its election for open Board of Directors positions online.

You should receive an email late Sunday, Dec. 16 with a link to your online ballot, which includes information on all the candidates. Voting will open at 12 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 and close at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Results will be announced the following week.

New board members will begin their three-year terms in January.

The chapter used member information provided by national headquarters for the ballot list. Members were required to renew or sign up by Dec. 10 to be eligible to vote.

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Bray via email at tom.bray.home@gmail.com.

The Society of Professional Journalists Has Disappointed Us

For Immediate Release
December 11, 2018

Dear members,

The Society of Professional Journalists has disappointed us.

Earlier this year, we asked SPJ to reject dollars from entities whose actions are at odds with SPJ’s journalistic mission and to use the SPJ Code of Ethics as a guide to vet donations.

On Dec. 1, SPJ ignored that request when it adopted an open-door sponsorship policy that welcomes dollars from everyone and accepts their ideas for panels at the Excellence in Journalism conference.

This means that past sponsors, like the Charles Koch Institute, could continue to sponsor and pitch panels, allowing them to buy legitimacy, influence and a platform at a conference attended by hundreds of journalists from across the nation.

The Koch Institute, which sponsored a FOIA panel at EIJ2018, is closely affiliated with Koch Industries, which until 2017 ran kochfacts.com, a website largely devoted to attacking and discrediting journalists who reported critically on Koch Industries and its activities.

We believe it is fundamentally incompatible with SPJ’s journalistic mission and code of ethics to accept money from entities that have attacked the integrity and legitimacy of journalists and journalism organizations. And we are baffled by SPJ’s refusal to see how this undermines our credibility.

It’s a journalist’s job to hold those in power accountable, and we have sought to hold SPJ’s board accountable. In response, SPJ has used tactics those in power often use to keep reporters out: holding closed-door meetings, refusing to share documents and, in the worst case, being untruthful about its process.

To its credit, SPJ did provide a forum to hear chapters’ feedback. However, the policy it ultimately issued indicates that SPJ has either not acknowledged those concerns, not taken them seriously, or chosen to ignore them.

SPJ should lead in establishing and honoring “best practices” in journalism, not only as to journalists’ professional conduct, but in its own conduct as an organization dedicated to promoting professional journalism. In this, SPJ has failed us.

We want to increase SPJ’s transparency and accountability to us — its members. To that end, we ask for your support on a resolution to require SPJ to disclose contracts with sponsors to its chapters. We plan to submit that resolution at EIJ2019.

The Chicago Headline Club board
SPJ/Los Angeles board

Photos: SPJ/LA’s Annual Holiday Party

Fun was had by all Wednesday night at SPJ/LA’s annual Holiday Party at El Floridita in Hollywood.


Be Eligible to Vote for Your SPJ/LA Board Members

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host an online election for its Board of Directors soon.

National members who are also a part of the local Los Angeles chapter are eligible to vote in the election. Don’t miss your chance to be counted! Log onto SPJ’s website to make sure your information is correct.

Because only SPJ/LA chapter members may vote, if you joined SPJ national but haven’t yet joined the L.A. chapter, please log onto the national website’s membership page or SPJ/LA’s membership page and join today. Annual dues for the Greater Los Angeles Pro chapter are $20.

Like everything in journalism, there’s a deadline: please update your contact information before Dec. 10 to be included. The online election will be open from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19.

If you need to renew your membership soon, why not do it now? Get that professional business expense deduction onto your 2018 tax returns!

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Bray via email at tom.bray.home@gmail.com.

Join us for SPJ/LA’s Annual Holiday Party

‘Tis the season… for news and good cheer!

You are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for our festive annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 5th in Hollywood. Enjoy the beautiful holiday atmosphere as we gather to celebrate the season at El Floridita. The party this year includes the Jennifer York Quartet, a generous dinner buffet holiday feast and a no-host cash bar.

Space is limited.

SPJ/LA Holiday Party with the Jennifer York Quartet

6:30 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

El Floridita restaurant, 1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Corner of Vine and Fountain)

El Floridita

$25 for SPJ/LA members and $40 for non-members (check or credit card only)
Non-members who join SPJ/LA the night of the event will enjoy the member price.
Give yourself the gift of SPJ/LA membership at www.spjla.org.

No host cash bar

In Vine Fountain Plaza parking lot

Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234