Meeting Minutes: May 7, 2018

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

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:22 p.m.

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Tom Bray, Sarah Favot, Dick Hendrickson, Kathryn Mora, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax Julia Wick, Natalie Windsor and Dave Zahniser

1. Approval of minutes from the April 2 meeting: Wax moved to approve, Bellman seconded. Windsor abstained. Approved.

2. President’s report – Bluestein shared highlights from the regional director’s meeting which took place on Friday afternoon before the evening reception kicking off the regional conference. The next regional conference will be in Las Vegas in 2019 and Hawaii in 2020. The regional conference will return to Los Angeles in six years. Region 11 Director Matt Hall mentioned he is running for secretary-treasurer on the national board. The need to get an accurate count of members was raised with Hall during this meeting. Bellman politely but firmly pressed that our chapter has been frustrated for a long time. Hall said he will look into it.

3. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson said this month’s report is rather complex. He reviewed the sponsorship money we received for the conference. Under accounts receivable, we are still waiting for banquet checks from two media companies that each purchased a table. Bluestein wrote a check for $130 to pay for the MOE lunches for the regional director and the director-at-large. Bellman made a motion to reimburse Bluestein for those lunches. Wax and Favot seconded. A vote was called. All voted in favor; Bluestein abstained. It was noted that GoDaddy, our chapter’s website host, is no longer charging us $10 a month because Marcellino paid $207.63 to GoDaddy for a long-term term contact, for which she was reimbursed. Hendrickson requested that SPJ checks no longer be sent to him in L.A. He said that Bluestein had suggested mail just be forwarded to her, so she can make deposits at her local bank branch. Bellman moved to forward mail to Stephanie. Windsor seconded and the group voted unanimously in favor. Hendrickson will continue to be the treasurer through the end of the calendar year. Discussion followed about opening a U.S. Post Office box for the chapter. Bluestein said she would look into that possibility. A few questions were raised by the independent auditors who looked at our financial records covering the fiscal year. Firstly, they wanted to know whether payments were owed to the Omni Hotel for previous banquets; Walton said she will look into it. In addition, a receipt of a check paid to Molly Malone’s for last year’s mega-mixer is missing; Bellman will follow up on it. We also need the receipt for a check sent to CSUN for high school journalism day.

4. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees
a. Awards –Streifler and Marcellino. No report
b. Banquet – Walton says the reason we haven’t received payment from two media companies is that we are not consistent with our mailing addresses on the W-9 form. One company said they sent the check to the Hall of Justice building address that’s on our MailChimp. They will cut a new check and FedEx it to Walton at her home. Walton is following up with the other company to make sure the check is sent. Walton raised the idea of getting a permanent mailbox that can be checked once a month (discussion was had about potential locations, the consensus seems to be toward choosing a USPS office near either Louise’s or in the Valley).
c. Courts – No report.
d. Diversity – No report.
e. Ethics – Bellman said there was nothing local but mentioned the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. After looking into their finances, Bellman discovered that the WHCD loses a great deal of money every year. He does not believe that there is any action we need to take.
f. FOI – A discussion occurred about an invitation to join an amicus brief for a lawsuit involving a closed session meeting of Metrolink board of directors that has been challenged as being in violation of the Brown Act. The L.A. Times is a plaintiff, among others. All parties joining the amicus brief are asked to contribute $500. Bray, who is familiar with the request, said the amicus has already been filed but they will file an addendum if we want to join. Bluestein will seek a definitive answer on whether we can join without paying the full $500. Bluestein, Bellman, Zahniser and Bray will consult on this in the next few days.
g. Generation J – Wax said that SPJ/LA chapter member Melinda Brown will be trying to revive the SPJ student chapter at USC. Saxton volunteered to assist. Wax will put Saxton in touch with Brown.
h. Membership – No report.
i. Nominations – Bluestein said she wants to have a list of possible nominees by June to vote on who we would approach. Some names were suggested for the two seats that we need to fill.
j. Regional Conference– Favot thanked Bluestein for the endless hours she put into the conference. Favot said there were no major issues the day of with the conference. Our total revenue was $20,516, some of which is still pending. Once we receive the $500 grant from SPJ national, we will have made $1,804.68. Bluestein commented that getting sponsors was more difficult than had been anticipated. In the end, it was mostly First Amendment lawyers and PR firms, in addition to NBC4, which paid for the conference lanyards. Bluestein said considering all the layoffs in Southern California journalism this year, we did very well. Bluestein brought small gifts for the regional conference committee members. Favot moved to reimburse Bluestein for the $209 she spent on a hotel room so she could be on site early Saturday morning to help set up. Hendrickson seconded. The vote was approved. Zahniser underscored the importance of making sure people know that it’s an all-volunteer effort. Favot is going to do a short write-up on the event, possibly for Quill. Wax suggested including some endorsements from panelists. Bluestein wrote a 10-question online survey that was emailed to attendees, in an effort to get their feedback. Responses will be discussed at the next meeting.
k. Scholarships – Saxton expects to send out notices next Monday, give them 30 days to respond and have a deadline of mid-June and have an early-to-mid July announce. After the release is emailed to our members, Favot will post on the chapter’s website.

5. Old Business – no items for Old Business

6. New Business
a. Patt Morrison book signing– Bellman approached Morrison about the possibility of doing a signing and discussion of her new book, “Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper.” Bellman said Morrison is interested and he has approached The Association about dates. Bellman will keep the group apprised of updates.
b. Mega-Mixer – Saxton has been in contact with Molly Malone’s to set a date for the mega-mixer. Due to the timing of a family event, Saxton is hoping to move the mega-mixer from our usual July to Wednesday, June 27.

7. Adjournment at 8:47 p.m.

Next board meeting: Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Louise’s Trattoria

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.

Adjournment
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
attendance.
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

Meeting Minutes: February 5, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, Feb. 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, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Kathryn Mora, Navid Nonahal, Alice Walton, Robi Wax, Julia Wick, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

I. Approval of minutes from the Jan. 13 board retreat
Bellman moved to approve the minutes. Windsor seconded. Nonahal, Hendrickson, Walton abstained. Approved.
II. President’s report – Bluestein
Bluestein reported she received a request from Solutions Journalism Network to partner to co-host a workshop with them on Monday, May 21. Board members wanted more information on the organization and will look into it on their own time.
Bluestein reported she is still in conversation with a potential new board member to replace America Arias.
Bluestein reported that board members Bellman, Walton, Streifler, Bowen, Mazza and Bray, in addition to regional director Matt Hall and director-at-large Lauren Bartlett and former SPJ-LA board president Leslie Simmons attended a reading of All the President’s Men at LA City Hall. A photo was posted on our website and social media accounts.
Bluestein reported the Chapter issued a statement on Jan. 31 about impending layoffs at SCNG. Favot reported we received a lot of engagement on our social media accounts reacting to and promoting the statement.
Bluestein reported she received a note from Holden Slattery, of The Chronicle of Social Change, who applied to attend the Scripps Howard Leadership Institute in New York, noting that his employer would pay his expenses.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson
Windsor moved to receive the Treasurer’s Report. Nonahal seconded. Approved.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees
a. Awards –Streifler and Marcellino
No report.
b. Banquet – Walton
The banquet is on March 1. She encouraged members to RSVP if they have not yet done so. Walton said we have 56 RSVPs. So far, ABC7 and Voice of OC have purchased tables and three organizations have purchased program ads. Those who cannot attend may buy a student ticket that Walton will assign to a student who wishes to attend. Walton said Mottek is looking for more banquet sponsors.
c. Courts – Marcellino
No report.
d. Diversity –
No report.
e. Ethics – Bellman
No report.
f. FOI – Zahniser
No report.
g. Generation J – Bluestein
No report.
h. Membership – Nonahal
Marcellino wanted to give an update on our membership from National, but she reported there have been some technical issues. It looks like we have a number of new members who have recently signed up. The committee is also working on a function on our website for National members who are not members of our Chapter to sign up for our Chapter and pay dues. Once Marcellino has an updated list, the committee will send handwritten notes welcoming new members and going forward, notes will be written on a regular basis to welcome new members.
i. Nominations – Bray
No report.
j. Regional Conference – Hendrickson and Favot
Favot updated the board about the Regional Conference. She reported we are still looking for a Mark of Excellence speaker and a closing speaker and welcomed suggestions from the board. Bluestein will begin to seek sponsorships to offset costs. Walton will be creating the conference website.
k. Scholarships – Saxton
No report

V. Old Business
a. Chapter Insurance – Bluestein and Nonahal
Bluestein gave a presentation on the insurance quotes we have received for chapter insurance. Zahniser moved to purchase insurance. Zahniser will work with Stephanie on possibly getting an additional quote. She will come back to the board with a final recommendation that will take place via an email vote. Bellman seconded. Approved.

VI. New Business
a. Local news apocalypse – all
The news of the new editor Jim Kirk being hired trumped a statement about the LA Times written by board members, but not released. The Chapter will consider releasing another statement regarding the leak investigation to encourage the company to come clean about the investigation.
b. Mixer in March – Zahniser
Zahniser reported about his idea discussed at the retreat to address the media apocalypse and instill some hope and inspiration for reporters who’ve recently been laid off. Zahniser said the people he’s reached out to so far do not want to discuss their lay-off experience. The Association is available March 8 and March 15. Zahniser will ask about The Association’s availability on Wednesdays. Instead of focusing on individuals, Zahniser has another idea to discuss the cuts at the LA Weekly, LAist and SoCal News Group. Zahniser will continue to work on it to secure panelists.
c. Google News Lab training in September – Bluestein
Bluestein reported Amara Aguilar is available Sept. 5 at USC to conduct a Google News Lab training. We will be able to customize the training for our members.

VII. Adjournment
Windsor moved to adjourn at 8:38 p.m. Marcellino seconded. Approved.

Next board meeting: Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Louise’s Trattoria

Respectfully submitted,
Sarah Favot

Meeting Minutes: December 4, 2017

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria 10645 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present: Joel Bellman, Stephanie Bluestein, Christina Cocca, Sarah Favot, Richard Hendrickson, Elizabeth Marcellino, Navid Nonahal, Richard Saxton, Lori Streifler, Alice Walton, Roberta Wax, Natalie Windsor, David Zahniser

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

I. Approval of minutes from the Nov. 6 board meeting
Marcellino moved to approve the November meeting minutes, Windsor seconded. Wax abstained. Approved.

II. President’s report – Bluestein
Bluestein reported about the statement from national regarding the LA Weekly sale. She received an email from a communications director at national about the statement and asked if we would like to post it on our chapter’s website. Bluestein spoke to some board members about whether the chapter should issue its own statement but within hours the paper’s new owners had revealed their identities. National had said they would consider updating their statement with comment from our chapter. Zahniser said our Chapter should weigh in on layoffs that happened at LAist and the Weekly, in addition to the ownership question. Zahniser said there is a hunger for that voice as the LA journalism community has taken such a hit and SPJ-LA needs to be that voice. Walton also expressed frustration about the recent developments and suggested the chapter host a mixer. Zahniser suggested February. Bellman will reach out to Andrew Seaman to see if national will give us a head’s up in the future if they make statements related to our chapter.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson
Hendrickson reported the Chapter’s Bank of America account showed a beginning balance as of Nov. 1 of $30,164.11. The Dec. 1 bank balance was $30,381.13, same as the ending balance on the books. Hendrickson reported that the MB Accounting fee for our 2016 tax return preparation was  $400. We will pay a $10 fee to the state Franchise Tax Board.
Favot moved to pay MB Accounting $400 for the fee to prepare our 2016 tax return, Bellman seconded. Approved.
Hendrickson reported that he will create a separate bank account for the Regional Conference the chapter will host in April. He will transfer $1,000 as a loan to this new account.
Zahniser moved to transfer $1,000 to the new account. Wax seconded. Approved.
Zahniser moved to accept the amended Treasurer’s Report, Marcellino seconded. Approved.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees

a.) Awards – Streifler
Streifler reported we sent out the press release today announcing the honorees. Walton said she will introduce herself to the honorees going forward to prepare them ahead of the banquet on March 1. Streifler thanked Marcellino for preparing the press release.

b.) Banquet – Walton
Walton said Jacob Soboroff of MSNBC has confirmed. She will send out a release announcing him as the banquet keynote speaker next Monday.

c.) Courts – Marcellino
No report

d.) Diversity – Arias/Nonahal
No report.

e.) Ethics – Bellman
Bellman asked board members if they feel the board should issue a statement about journalists who have been accused of sexual harassment. Walton said we could plan programming around the issue, pointing to an op-ed in the NY Times about the men who are directing news programming and what they are doing in their private lives and how their choices in newsroom affect coverage. We will have a panel at the Regional Conference about covering sexual harassment with Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter. Board members expressed we aren’t in a position to give journalists advice about potential sexual harassment. Walton will brainstorm with the Diversity Committee on whether there will be programming before the Regional Conference on this topic.

f.) FOI – Zahniser
No report

g.) Generation J – Bluestein
No report

h.) Membership – Nonahal
Marcellino reported the Membership Committee would like to set up membership registration on our website where journalists can register to be members of the LA Chapter so that we can manage this process directly rather than relying on the SPJ national site.This is for members who are already national members, but not members of our Chapter.
Zahniser moved to put Paypal on our website to register members for the chapter. Favot seconded. Hendrickson abstained. Approved.
Marcellino said the committee will send emails welcoming new members. Hendrickson suggested offering a discounted chapter fee for students.

i.) Nominations – Favot
Favot reported Wax, Mottek and Saxton are running for re-election. Four new candidates are running to fill two three-year term seats and one two-year term seat: Sandy Mazza, a reporter at the Daily Breeze; Tom Bray, a senior editor at the Southern California News Group; Kathryn Mora, a freelance journalist; and Julia Wick, former editor of the LAist.

j.) Regional Conference– Hendrickson and Favot
Favot and Hendrickson reported they will circulate the list of panelists to board members to see if they can come up with an overarching theme for the conference.We are taking suggestions for a closing speaker who would end the conference on a hopeful note. We are asking board members for suggestions on web designer/flyer designer.

k.) Scholarships – Audi
No report.

V. Old Business
Directors & Officers Insurance
Bluestein got answers to questions board members had from an insurance broker recommended by our attorney. The coverage protects nonprofit organizations and their board members against lawsuits they may face.Insurance coverage for events would require liability coverage for a specific event rather than D&O. Nonahal reported she emailed RTNA, LA Press Club, FLA chapter and SD Chapter about their coverage. Nonahal sent an application for an additional quote through Berkshire Hathaway – requesting a quote for D&O, for liability and employee dishonesty insurance in one package. She’s still waiting for the quote. She will give him one more week and if he doesn’t get back to us, RTNA gave her their insurance broker to contact. Bluestein said she would like the board to make a decision at the retreat.

VI.New Business
Formation of a Communications Committee for the chapter
Bluestein said we need to be coordinated when we want to make public statements on breaking news matters related to the news industry. Some board members said they don’t think we need a committee. Walton said the Chapter president has the authority to speak on behalf of the chapter as long as at least two other board members have reviewed the statement. Bellman proposed that president have the final say, which is what the by-laws seem to indicate. If members feel strongly about an issue they should reach out to Bluestein and maybe the member who chairs a committee that relates to the issue could draft the statement. Streifler said the board should be prepared to act quickly.

VII. Next board meeting: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Wax’s house

VIII. Adjournment
Bluestein presented Cocca with a small token of appreciation for her work on the chapter as she leaves the Chapter.
Zahniser moved to adjourn at 9 p.m., Bellman seconded. Approved.