Save the Date: An Expert Panel on Pay Disparities Uncovered in Top Newsrooms on Nov. 13

Since a 2016 pay disparity study revealed that female journalists at the Wall Street Journal made on average nearly $12,000 annually less than their male counterparts, a groundswell has emerged leading to similar findings at several other major news outlets. Unions at newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times followed suit, discovering similar trends: women and journalists of color tend to make less than their male, white colleagues. Join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a panel discussion on the effort at the Los Angeles Times to close the pay gaps and how to approach pay negotiations for print, digital and broadcast news outlets.

SPJ/LA hosts a panel on pay disparities uncovered in top newsrooms.

The panel is moderated by journalist and SPJ/LA board member, Ricardo Lopez. Panelists include:

  • Christina Bellantoni, USC Annenberg Media Center Director and former Los Angeles Times Assistant Managing Editor
  • Al Corral, TV news veteran and agent at Napoli Management Group
  • Jon Schleuss, graphics and data journalist at the Los Angeles Times, who helped compile the LA Times’ pay disparity report

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (ASC) 207
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Parking is available at the Vermont Street Parking Plaza (PSA). Enter at the Vermont Avenue Entrance at 36th Place (Gate 6).

The event itself is free and open to the public. SPJ/LA will provide light refreshments.


Ricardo Lopez

Save the Date: A Mixer with LB Post on Sept. 6

LB Post now has the largest newsroom in the city of Long Beach. Come network with your fellow journalists and hear from LB Post Publisher David Sommers on what he and his newsroom are doing to change the way this major city is covered.

The Long Beach Post is a daily, digital-first publication covering news, life, business, placemaking, food, sports and LGBTQ issues in the city of Long Beach. The Post continues to invest in expanded coverage of the city and its people, create new technologies to increase readership and remain nimble so changing reader demands are opportunities, not threats.

Mixer and Q&A with LB Post Publisher David Sommers

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
7-9 p.m.

Beer Belly Long Beach
255 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

The event itself is free and open to the public. The chapter will provide appetizers.


A mix of street parking and paid public lots can be found within close proximity to Beer Belly. See here for rates and locations. The restaurant is also a short walk from the Metro Blue Line First Street Station.

Alice Walton

RSVP Now: SPJ/LA Hosts Talk and Book-Signing by Journalist and Author Susan Zakin

When Susan Zakin first published her history of the American environmental movement, Bill Clinton had just assumed the presidency and seemed poised to reverse 12 years of Republican policies openly hostile to the ideals of environmental protection and stewardship of the earth. Now, with America in crisis, accelerating and potentially irreversible global climate change, and a former coal lobbyist currently in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency, Zakin is back with an updated edition of Coyotes and Town Dogs, her rollicking account of the radical men and women behind Earth First! and the running conflicts with their more traditional buttoned-down counterparts in the lobbying suites of Washington, D.C.

This longstanding rivalry between visionaries and pragmatists takes on a new and pressing significance in an era when tribal strife has exposed the fragility of America’s democracy. Zakin’s lyrical account of this overlooked aspect of American history follows the arc from the early days of firebrand John Muir to current efforts to link workers’ rights and environmental protection, and in a new Afterword, charts a course forward for all Americans concerned for the fate of the earth.

The event takes place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from  7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Association, 110 East 6th St. in downtown Los Angeles. The program is free and open to the public. Parking is available at 545 S. Main St., Los Angeles.

Books will be available for purchase. For more information about the book, please visit


Save the Date: Sept. 5 Talk and Book-Signing by Susan Zakin

The Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a talk and book-signing by Susan Zakin, author and environmental journalist, who will discuss her book Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement, 25th Anniversary Edition (revised and updated), and the fate of the earth in the Age of Trump.

Talk and book-signing by environmental journalist Susan Zakin

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Association lounge, 110 East 6th Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Books will be available for purchase. The event itself is free and open to the public.

Commercial lot at 545 S. Main St., Los Angeles

Joel Bellman, SPJ/LA

SPJ/LA Hosts Journalism Mega Mixer on Wednesday

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a real “social networking site” to mix, mingle, mega schmooze, socialize, have fun, and network all at the same time.

SPJ/LA joins Southern California journalist members of:


Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) – Los Angeles Chapter
Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles Chapter
Online News Association (ONA) – Los Angeles Chapter
Black Journalists Association of Southern California
CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California
Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) – Southern California
Los Angeles Press Club
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles
Radio & Television News Association of Southern California
8Ball Welfare Foundation
And more.

Journalism Mega-Mixer

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
6 to 9 p.m.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
575 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The mixer is free and open to all members. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

Limited parking behind the building. Street parking also available.

You must RSVP by sending an email to

Richard Saxton, SPJ/LA