SPJ/LA Hosts Panel Discussion: “How the L.A. Times Got Its Union: Inside Their Historic Campaign”

Staffers at the Los Angeles Times voted overwhelmingly in January to join the NewsGuild, overcoming opposition from the paper’s corporate owners. That historic vote, held at an institution with a history of anti-union activities, followed a yearlong organizing campaign driven by smart messaging and a focus on “newsroom transparency.”

On Wednesday, April 11, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a panel featuring some of the journalists who led that organizing campaign.

The panel will feature L.A. Times arts writer Carolina Miranda, data journalist Anthony Pesce and national reporter Matt Pearce. Emily Alpert Reyes, who covers City Hall for the Times, will moderate.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA Hosts Panel Discussion: “How the L.A. Times Got Its Union: Inside Their Historic Campaign”

WHO:
*Carolina A. Miranda is a staff writer at the Times, where she reports on art and culture. She has also been a reporter for Time magazine and a contributor to outlets such as NPR, ARTnews and ARCHITECT. She is co-chair of the L.A. Times Guild.

*Anthony Pesce is a data journalist at the Los Angeles Times. He helped initiate the union drive at the Times in 2016 and helped lead the organizing effort to its historic 85% victory. He is now co-chair of the L.A. Times Guild.

*Matt Pearce is a national reporter for the Times and a vice chair with the L.A. Times Guild. Prior to joining the newspaper, he was a freelance journalist based in Kansas City, Mo.

*Emily Alpert Reyes reports on city government and politics for the Times. Before she joined the newspaper, she wrote about education for voiceofsandiego.org, reported from Bolivia on an International Reporting Project fellowship, and provided wall-to-wall coverage of the Garlic Festival for the Gilroy Dispatch.

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Panel begins at 7:30 p.m.)

WHERE:
The Association Bar
110 E. 6th Street
Downtown Los Angeles, between Main and Los Angeles streets

COST:
Free and open to the public.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:
Secure 24-hour parking available at 545 S. Main St., $5/20 min., $13/max.

CONTACT:
Julia Wick, SPJ/LA
juliawick@gmail.com

Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234

SPJ/LA Hosts Panel Discussion: “Southern California’s Newsmageddon: What’s been lost and what comes next?”

It’s been one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory for journalists across Southern California. Newspapers in the Southern California News Group have experienced deep cuts. The LA Weekly eliminated much of its staff. LAist abruptly shut down — but might have found a lifeline.

On Wednesday, March 14, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a panel featuring some of the journalists who have experienced the disruption firsthand.

The panel will feature Larry Altman, longtime crime and courts reporter who recently left the Daily Breeze; veteran journalist Dennis Romero, former staff writer with the LA Weekly; and NewsGuild representative Darren Carroll, who has been coordinating a national campaign against the hedge fund that owns Digital First Media, which in turn owns the Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, the Daily Breeze and other newspapers in the Southern California News Group.

Julia Wick, freelance journalist and former editor-in-chief of LAist, will moderate.

WHAT:
SPJ/LA’s panel discussion: “Southern California’s Newsmageddon: What’s been lost and what comes next?”

WHO:
Larry Altman has covered crime and court proceedings in Southern California since 1987, working at the Progress Bulletin in Pomona and Daily Report in Ontario before joining the Daily Breeze in 1990. His work was featured twice on CBS’ “48 Hours” and he appeared eight times with “Nancy Grace.” He has covered hundreds of homicides and numerous trials.
Dennis Romero is a former LA Weekly staff writer. He previously worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Times, where he participated in Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the L.A. riots. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone online, the Guardian and, as a young stringer, the New York Times.

Darren Carroll is a representative of the NewsGuild. He started his career in 1984 as a reporter for Bay City News Service in San Francisco. He’s worked for the Guild for 28 years, 23 of them on the Guild’s international staff.

Julia Wick, the panel’s moderator, was editor-in-chief of LAist when the site was shuttered in November 2017. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now works as a freelance journalist and in December was elected to the SPJ/LA board of directors. She was previously a senior editor at Longreads.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:
The Association Bar
110 E. 6th Street
Downtown Los Angeles, between Main and Los Angeles streets

COST:
Free and open to the public.

RSVP:
Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:
Secure 24-hour parking available at 545 S. Main St., $5/20 min., $13/max.

CONTACT:
Julia Wick, juliawick@gmail.com

Save the Date: SPJ Regional Conference on April 27 – 28, 2018

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a regional conference on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at the Universal City Hilton.

Linda Deutsch, retired AP courts reporter, will “hold court” at a no-host reception Friday evening, sharing war stories and telling tales from some of the biggest trials of the century including Charles Manson, the Menendez Brothers, O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson.

USC Professor Robert Hernandez will kick off the conference Saturday morning, giving his thoughts about recent trends in journalism and the changing news media. Next up will be a number of sessions conducted by top-notch local journalists from newspapers, radio and TV speaking about how to cover a variety of timely topics including immigration, disasters, homelessness, the LGBTQ+ community and sexual harassment.

Several other workshops focusing on broadcast investigative journalism, writing ledes, data reporting and freelancing will also be offered throughout the day.

In addition, Emmy Award-winning journalist Stephen Galloway, executive features editor of The Hollywood Reporter, will speak at the Mark of Excellence student awards luncheon.

This conference is only in Los Angeles every six years, so mark your calendar to attend. It’s an amazing opportunity to network, learn and be inspired! More information about registration, in addition to a complete schedule of events and sponsorship possibilities, will be released soon.

KNX 1070’s Frank Mottek to MC SPJ/LA’s Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

Frank Mottek, KNX 1070’s senior money anchor.

Journalist Frank Mottek, “the voice of business news in Los Angeles,” will be the master of ceremonies at the March 1 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. The evening’s speaker will be MSNBC journalist Jacob Soboroff.

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.

This year’s Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter; Robin Abcarian, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; 89.3 KPCC reporter Sharon McNary; ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Miriam Hernandez; and Norberto Santana, founder and publisher of the Voice of OC. The Freedom of Information award will go to Kelly Aviles of Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to open government, free speech and protected reporting.

The Distinguished Journalists Awards banquet will be held on Thursday, March 1 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.

SPJ/LA Announces MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff as Speaker for the Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet

LOS ANGELES – MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff will be the speaker at the 42nd annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on March 1, 2018.

Soboroff is a Los Angeles-based MSNBC correspondent and anchor who reports across NBC News and MSNBC.

Most recently he was a part of NBC and MSNBC special coverage of major news events, including the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the opioid crisis, the solar eclipse, the Charlottesville attack, Hurricane Irma, the Global Citizen Festival and the Las Vegas mass shooting.

In addition, Jacob hosted two hour-long MSNBC original documentaries in 2017, The Trump Equation, about the factors that led to President Trump’s victory, and One Nation Over Dosed, about fentanyl, the drug fueling America’s record-breaking overdose death rate.

In 2016, Jacob was part of the network’s group of “Road Warriors,” traveling across the nation to cover the 2016 election and the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions.

During the campaign, Variety said Jacob’s “dispatches from around America have the vibe of a hipper, latter-day Charles Kuralt — commiserating with a hover boat driver in the Everglades and an ice fisherman atop a lake in New Hampshire, or riding a bike with an immigrant ‘dreamer’ to get her to confide how it feels to meet other immigrant children on the campaign trail.”

Before joining MSNBC in 2015, he hosted a variety of projects for platforms including Vanity Fair, YouTube, Participant Media, The Huffington Post, MTV, AMC, NBC, CNN, PBS and NPR.

This year’s Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter; Robin Abcarian, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; 89.3 KPCC reporter Sharon McNary; ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Miriam Hernandez; and Norberto Santana, founder and publisher of the Voice of OC.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Kelly Aviles of Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to open government, free speech and protected reporting.

The chapter will also recognize Rob Eshman, former editor-in-chief and publisher of the Jewish Journal.

SPJ/LA presents the Distinguished Journalist awards to members of the profession who demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. Honorees have achieved a record of career accomplishments.

The awards banquet will be held March 1, 2018at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. 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

A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at AliceMWalton@gmail.com or (310) 595-5612.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, as are program ads to congratulate this year’s honorees.