Panel Discussion: Reporters and PIOs at the Crossroads of Information

A series of studies by SPJ National show that reporters are finding it increasingly difficult to access information and conduct interviews through public information officers.

“Over the last 25 years or so, there has been a relatively rapid trend toward prohibiting staff members from communicating to journalists without reporting to some authority, often public information officers,” SPJ reports.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a panel discussion on the studies, including how to find ways to improve relationships between the holders of public information and the journalists who are seeking it out.

Who: Nicole Nishida, public information officer, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Elena Stern, senior public information director, Los Angeles Department of Public Works

Lisa Derderian, public information officer, City of Pasadena

Lauren Gold, public information officer, City of Anaheim, moderator

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

Contact: Sarah Favot,


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.


Join us for SPJ/LA’s Annual Holiday Party

‘Tis the season… for news and good cheer!

You are invited to join the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for our festive annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 5th in Hollywood. Enjoy the beautiful holiday atmosphere as we gather to celebrate the season at El Floridita. The party this year includes the Jennifer York Quartet, a generous dinner buffet holiday feast and a no-host cash bar.

Space is limited.

SPJ/LA Holiday Party with the Jennifer York Quartet

6:30 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

El Floridita restaurant, 1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Corner of Vine and Fountain)

El Floridita

$25 for SPJ/LA members and $40 for non-members (check or credit card only)
Non-members who join SPJ/LA the night of the event will enjoy the member price.
Give yourself the gift of SPJ/LA membership at

No host cash bar

In Vine Fountain Plaza parking lot

Please RSVP at

Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234

SPJ/LA Hosts a Seminar on Producing 360VR and 180VR Video Content

Are you an experienced storyteller, journalist, or content creator looking to add VR to your skill-set or marketing media mix? Join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for an introduction to producing 360VR and 180VR led by Oculus Launchpad Fellow, Marlon Fuentes. Walk away with an understanding of the equipment, software, and field-tested methods and approaches necessary to create meaningful in-headset experiences.

360VR and 180VR video content seminar

Led by Oculus Launchpad Fellow, Marlon Fuentes

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
7 to 8:30 p.m.

Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design (CMD)
1660 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Free parking is available after 6 p.m. in the parking garage on Pennsylvania Avenue near Stewart Street. Be sure to park head first in a space NOT marked “staff.”

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


Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins

Navid Nonahal
(818) 317-2234

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