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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SPJ/LA Announces Newly Elected Board Members

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists elected seven members to serve three-year terms on the group’s 15-member board, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Carolina Garcia, recently retired editor of the Los Angeles Daily News who is now an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Jason Lewis, publisher of Los Angeles Standard, were newly elected to the board.

Five incumbents were re-elected. They are: Joel Bellman, freelance journalist; Stephanie Stassel Bluestein, associate professor of journalism at CSUN; Sarah Favot, freelance journalist; Navid Nonahal, freelance journalist; and David Zahnizer, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

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.

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.

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.