SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, June 3, 2019
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Present: Sarah Favot, Jason Lewis, Elizabeth Marcellino, Navid Nonahal, Kathryn Mora, Lori Streifler, Nathan Solis, Roberta Wax and Natalie Windsor, Joel Bellman
Called to order 7:15 by Sarah Favot
I. Approval of minutes from April 1 Moved by Bellman, seconded by Nonahal
approved with amendment. May 6 moved by Bellman, seconded by Nonahal,
II. President’s report – Bluestein (read by Favot). The chapter’s annual report was
submitted to national. As a requirement of the report, the financial books were
reviewed by three SPJ members (who aren’t board members) and everything is
in order. Bluestein is very proud of the 12 events and several statements
produced by our chapter this year. We have 106 members, down from 138 last
year. A total of 22 people had not renewed their membership and were sent an
email to encourage them to renew their membership. Also reached out to the
people who attended the banquet to become a member. The Membership
Committee has a goal of each board member bringing in three members by
December. The number of members that we have affects the amount of votes the
chapter has at the convention. On May 28, Windsor and Bluestein were at a
well-attended panel discussion about non-profit journalism that was held at the
Hammer Museum in Westwood. Bluestein has an idea for a panel about the
future of local news. Bluestein has been in regular contact with the non-profit
that is going defunct that wants to donate its funds to us to be used for
scholarships. She does not have the exact dates of when the funds will be
available, but she’s confident we will receive the money.
III. Treasurer’s report – Marcellino Wax motion to receive, Bellman seconded.
IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees –
a. Awards –Streifler and Wick (No report)
b. Banquet – Walton (No report)
c. Courts – Marcellino (No report)
d. Diversity – Lewis (No report)
e. Ethics – Bellman
Idea for ethics panel: News organizations facing an ethical issue on whether
or not to use certain information about perpetrators of mass shootings. News
organizations are being pressured by some outside organizations to not release
the shooter’s name or discuss manifestos so that the shooter’s ideology will not
be promoted. The push is to focus more on the victims. A date has not been set.
f. FOI – Zahniser (no report)
g. Generation J – Blaize-Hopkins (no report)
h. Membership – Nonahal (no report)
i. Nominations – Bray (no report)
j. Scholarships – Mora
Several scholarship applications have already been received. The committee
has contacted more schools than last year. Deadline is June 15. Notice has
been posted on social media.
V. Old Business
a. Statement on San Francisco Police Department raid on freelance
journalist’s home and office – Bellman The chapter issued a
statement on May 20 condemning the recent search of the home and office
of a San Francisco journalist by law enforcement agencies and the seizure
of his reporting materials. We labeled the acts as “outrageous, unlawful and
set a dangerous precedent for journalists working in California and across
b. Racism panel – Solis We partnered with the NABJ-LA for the “The New
Old Beat: Reporting on Racism” held Saturday, May 18 at SAG/AFTRA.
Roughly 60 people attended. It was a candid conversation. NABJ-LA is
open to more partnerships with our chapter.
VI. New Business:
a. Mega Mixer, Wednesday July 10 at Molly Malone’s. Starts at 6 p.m.
Journalism organizations are being requested to contribute to the expenses and
publicize the event.
b. Bellman- National board meeting. There’s been a lot of friction between SPJ
national board president Alex Tarquino with some of the other national board
members as well as leadership of the local chapters. Tarquino put
herself on the search committee for a new executive director. A longtime SPJ
national board member has called for Alex’s impeachment because of her
unprofessional behavior at Saturday’s national board meeting.
Adjournment at 8:45 p.m. in memory of Scott Spiro KNBC photographer–
motion by Windsor, seconded by Bellman; and Sylvia Teage former president of
RTNA, motion by Streifler and seconded by Marcellino. Approved.
Monday, July 8