SPJ/LA’s 2018 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS: Application Deadline is June 15

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced on July 10th, 2018.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

*Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)
*Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).
*Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).
*Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On the recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

1. Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

2. Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

Highlights from SPJ/LA’s Regional Conference: Photos from the Mark of Excellence Luncheon

During the Region 11 conference, the Mark of Excellence Awards luncheon was held where student journalists are honored for outstanding work.

Region 11 covers Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands and Nevada.

Here are the winners that were announced.

Here are some photos taken by Clare Calzada from the luncheon.

USC Annenberg School of Journalism students.

Duanli Zhu, a student from USC Annenberg who won the Best All-Around TV Newscast category.

Megan Janetsky and Johanna Huckeba, finalists in the online news reporting category. They are from Cronkite News/Arizona PBS.

SPJ Region 11 Director Matt Hall with students.

SPJ Region 11 Director Matt Hall with a student.

SPJ/LA board member Frank Mottek, who emceed the luncheon.

SPJ Region 11 Director Matt Hall with students.

Highlights from SPJ/LA’s Regional Conference: Photos from Saturday’s Program

During SPJ/LA’s Region 11 Conference, Saturday, April 28 was filled with speakers and panels.

We held nine panels on covering immigration, freelancing, data reporting, covering sexual harassment allegations, reporting on disasters, writing, reporting on homelessness, investigative reporting for broadcast and covering the LGBTQ+ community.

The speakers included USC Professor Robert Hernandez, Stephen Galloway, executive features editor at The Hollywood Reporter, and Harriet Ryan, L.A. Times investigative reporter, who was our closing speaker.

Here are photos that were taken by Clare Calzada throughout the day.

USC Journalism Professor Robert Hernandez gives the opening remarks.

NBC National Correspondent Miguel Almaguer and Marcus Yam, L.A. Times photographer on a panel about covering disasters. Frank Girardot, CEO of Pegasus Communications moderated.

Fox 11 anchor Elex Michaelson and ABC 7 reporter Veronica Miracle talking about covering disasters.

Steve Padilla, foreign-national enterprise editor for the L.A. Times, talks about writing.

Eileen Truax, freelance journalist, Daniela Gerson, CSUN journalism assistant professor, and Leslie Berestein-Rojas, KPPC reporter, speaking at a panel on covering immigration.

Leslie Berestien-Rojas, KPPC reporter and L.A. Times reporter Cindy Carcamo on a panel about covering immigration.

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil and Michael Fleeman, both freelance journalists on a Freelancing 101 panel. SPJ/LA board member Roberta Wax moderates.

Mekahlo Medina, NBC4 reporter, talking to an attendee after the panel on covering the LGBTQ+ community.

L.A. Times reporter Tre’vell Anderson moderates the panel on covering the LGBTQ+ community.

Marqueeda LaStar speaking to an attendee at a panel on covering the LGBTQ+ community.

KPPC Investigative Reporter Annie Gilbertson on a panel about investigative reporting for broadcast.

Carla Hall, L.A. Times editorial writer, on a panel talking about covering homelessness.

Union Rescue Mission board chairman David Dow, Tom Waldman, director of communications Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and Carol Sobel, private attorney speaking about covering homelessness.

Harriet Ryan, L.A. Times investigative reporter, gives the closing remarks.

Highlights from SPJ/LA’s Regional Conference: Tips on Data Reporting

L.A. Times senior writer Doug Smith. (credit: Clare Calzada)

One of the panels offered at SPJ/LA’s Region 11 Conference at the Universal City Hilton was a session on data reporting.

The panelists were Los Angeles Times senior writer Doug Smith, L.A Times digital editor Ryan Menezes, and KPPC’s data reporter Aaron Mendelson.

Smith walked the audience through how he used data to report on the city’s plan to build housing for those experiencing homelessness in city-owned parking lots.

Here is Smith’s presentation.

Menezes talked about how he uses data science to do data reporting. He talked about projects on crowded homes, campaign donations to gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom from the cannabis industry, the city’s controversial deferred retirement option program.

Here is a link to Menezes’ presentation.

KPCC data reporter Aaron Mendelson and L.A. Times digital editor Ryan Menezes.

Mendelson spoke about his investigation into behested payments made to Mayor Eric Garcetti from “individuals, businesses and foundations, some of which have won sizable contracts and crucial approvals from the city in recent years.”  He also gave six tips when using data.

Here is a link to Mendelson’s presentation.

Highlights from SPJ/LA’s Regional Conference: Tips on Covering the LGBTQ+ Community

Tre’vell Anderson, film reporter for the Los Angeles Times (left), Marqueeda LaStar, community manager of Black Girl Nerds and Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief of INTO.

One panel offered to attendees at SPJ/LA’s Region 11 Conference at the Universal City Hilton was how to cover the LGBTQ+ community.

The panelists offered their insight on covering the diverse LGBTQ+ community. Panelists discussed how to locate worthwhile sources and how to find story ideas that will enlighten audiences.

Tre’vell Anderson, a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times, moderated the panel.

The panelists were: Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of trans media and representation, Marqueeda LaStar, community manager of Black Girl Nerds, Mekahlo Medina, an NBC4 reporter and Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief of INTO, a new digital LGBTQ magazine.

Tre’vell Anderson, film reporter for the Los Angeles Times (left), Marqueeda LaStar, community manager of Black Girl Nerds and Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief of INTO.

Anderson compiled Do’s and Don’ts when covering the LGBTQ+ community, which is posted below. He also provided a link to the L.A. Time’s style guide when covering the LGBTQ+ community.

Created by Tre’vell Anderson, of the Los Angeles Times. (Twitter @TrevellAnderson).