SPJ/LA and NABJLA cosponsor a panel discussion: “The New Old Beat: Reporting on Racism”

Newsrooms across the country have grappled with reporting on racist rhetoric from politicians and public figures for decades. The goal of journalists is to strive for accuracy and hold those with power accountable and this might mean that publications will need to repeat those problematic comments verbatim.

The advent of social media, the Donald Trump presidency and rise in reported hate crimes add to the conversation newsrooms need to have when discussing racism.

Editors and reporters need to have those discussions that sometimes have fallen short, with Iowa Congressman Steve King expressing support for white-nationalist, but only recently being reprimanded by congress.

In a Jan. 15, 2019 New York Times article detailing King’s affinity for white supremacist and neo-Nazis on Twitter the publication asked, “Why Not Trump?”

Whether it’s a picture of a group of high school students who arrange red plastic cups at a party into a swastika or anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim inspired violence newsrooms need to ask the difficult questions on how to report on racism.

The Associated Press recent update to race-related coverage provides some careful guidelines, but the section also stresses an important note that this panel will embody in some respect.

“Reporting and writing about issues involving race calls for thoughtful consideration, precise language, and an openness to discussions with others of diverse backgrounds about how to frame coverage or what language is most appropriate, accurate and fair. Avoid broad generalizations and labels; race and ethnicity are one part of a person’s identity. Identifying people by race and reporting on actions that have to do with race often go beyond simple style questions, challenging journalists to think broadly about racial issues before having to make decisions on specific situations and stories.”

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists invite you to attend a panel discussion focused on these issues and more on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

SPJ/LA and NABJLA cosponsor a panel discussion – The New Old Beat: Reporting on Racism

The panel will include:

  • Deepa Bharath, writes about religion, race and social justice issues for The Orange County Register and the Southern California Newspaper Group
  • Toni Guinyard, an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist for NBC4
  • Jaweed Kaleem, the national race and justice correspondent at the Los Angeles Times
  • Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC’s immigration and emerging communities reporter SPJ/LA associate board member Nathan Solis and NABJLA’s vice president Jarrett Hill will moderate.

11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019

5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles 90036

Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Parking is free with validation. The best entrance to the event space is on Masselin Avenue.

Nathan Solis, SPJ/LA

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

SPJ/LA in coordination with ONA/LA hosts online harassment self-defense training for journalists, facilitated by PEN America

Building on PEN America’s Online Harassment Field Manual, this training equips writers and journalists, as well as their allies and employers, with practical tools and strategies to defend against online abuses, including: preparation, response, legal considerations, self-care and best practices for offering support. Join the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Los Angeles chapter of the Online News Association for Online Harassment Self-Defense: Tools & Strategies for Journalists.

WHAT: Online Harassment Self-Defense: Tools & Strategies for Journalists

WHO: Led by PEN America

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17 (7-9pm)

WHERE: Santa Monica College Bundy Campus
3171 S Bundy Drive
Santa Monica
Room 121

PARKING: Parking is available in the front of the building. Be sure to park head first in a space NOT marked ‘staff’.

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

RSVP: ashanti.blaize@gmail.com

Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine to Give Keynote Address at SPJ/LA Banquet

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine will give the keynote address at the March 20, 2019 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.

Before joining The Times in 2018, Pearlstine served as Chief Content Officer and then Vice Chairman of Time Inc. Prior to that, he was Chief Content Officer at Bloomberg L.P.

For nearly five decades, Pearlstine has worked as a reporter and editor. He was editor-in-chief of Time Inc. from 1995 to 2005 before becoming a senior advisor to Time Warner. At Time Inc. Pearlstine oversaw the editorial content of Time Inc.’s 154 magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, In Style, Money, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated and Time.

Previously, Pearlstine worked for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Wall Street Journal/Europe. He also launched Smart Money magazine for Dow Jones & Co. and Hearst Corp. Pearlstine is the author of “Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources,” published in 2007, and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Press Foundation’s Editor of the Year Award.

The Distinguished Journalist honorees are longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and digital media. They are:
Rich Archbold, public editor of the Long Beach Press-Telegram; Steve Padilla, Column One editor and Metpro director of the Los Angeles Times; KFI-AM news editor Nicole M. Campbell; KMEX-TV Univision 34 news anchor, reporter and host Gabriela Teissier; and David Dayen, freelance journalist and author.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Scott Sanders, an attorney with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office.

The Distinguished Journalists Awards banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 20 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.

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, sarah.favot@gmail.com

RSVP: spjlosangeles@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.