Meeting Minutes: July 8, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Monday, July 9, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Present: Elizabeth Marcellino, Roberta Wax, Joel Bellman, Sarah Favot, Natalie Windsor, Ricardo Lopez, Julia Wick, Lori Streifler, Kathryn Mora

Favot called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.

I. Approval of minutes from June 4 meeting. Zahniser moved to approve the minutes, Favot seconded. All voted in favor.

II. President’s report – (Favot will deliver) A P.O. box has been secured for the chapter. Bluestein will attend the convention in Baltimore. Bluestein working on a Google news tools workshop at USC in September.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson reported on the bank balance as of June 1. Zahniser moved to receive the Treasurer’s report. Natalie seconded. All voted in favor except Lopez who abstained as he was not present in June.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees –
a. Awards –Streifler did a rundown of the awards for those who were not familiar.
b. Banquet – Walton — nothing to report.
c. Courts – Marcellino had nothing to report.
d. Diversity – Lopez is now chair of the committee.
e. Ethics – Bellman had nothing to report.
f. FOI – Zahniser spoke about how there may be another amicus brief to sign onto. More information may be revealed between now and the September board meeting. Bellman reported that we still have not received the information we requested in regard to their Mnuchin visit.
g. Generation J – Nothing to report.
h. Membership – Marcellino said the membership committee had come up with two options for a tangible giveaway for new SPJ/LA members: a ceramic mug or a drink tumbler that can hold both hot and cold drinks. The mug is less expensive and the group expressed approval for the mug. The membership committee would like approval to spend $180 on coffee mugs to use as giveaways. This would cover 36 mugs.
i. Nominations – Nothing to report.
j. Regional Conference – Nothing to report.
k. Scholarships – Mora read the report. We did not extend the deadline. Richard sent multiple email blasts to professors at college journalism programs across the Southland. Four potential scholarship recipients were chosen. Much discussion was had about them. Zahniser moved to approve the committee report and have a larger discussion about scholarships in September. Wick seconded, all voted in favor.
The scholarships were awarded to:
Jason Rocklin CSUF – Greenburg (Political & Investigative);
Ethan Lauren SMC and CSULB – Farr (Future Journalists);
Natalia Vivino CSUN – Johnson (Broadcast Journalists);
Imani Stephens ASU – Innouye (Diversity).

V. Old Business
a. Patt Morrison book signing on June 13 – Bellman said it was a very nice event: 14 people attended.
b. Mega-Mixer on June 27– Favot gave a positive report and said a targeted Facebook post was also very effective. Between 120 and 150 people attended the mixer throughout the evening.
c. Video editing workshop on July 14 – According to Favot, the event sold out in three days and now has a waiting list.

VI. New Business
a. Selecting location and date for awards banquet – Walton
The banquet will be at the Omni Hotel in downtown LA on March 20.
b. Updated chapter brochure – Bray
c. Approval of chapter funds for the president to attend EIJ ‘18 – Favot moved to approve, Marcellino seconded all voted in favor.
d. Mixer with the Long Beach Post – All thought it was a great idea though some were concerned about holding an event in the dog days of August.

VII. Favot moved to adjourn at 8:37 Natalie seconded all voted in favor.

Next board meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (the day after Labor Day) at Louise’s Trattoria
(Note: No board meeting in August.)

Meeting Minutes: June 4, 2018

SPJ/LA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Monday, June 4, 2018
7 p.m.
Louise’s Trattoria
10645 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Present Roberta Wax, Alice Walton, Stephanie Bluestein, Natalie Windsor, Frank Mottek, Joel Bellman, Sarah Favot, Elizabeth Marcellino, Kathryn Mora, Richard Saxton

Bluestein called the meeting to order at 7:14 pm.

I. Approval of minutes from May 7 meeting. Bluestein moved to approve the minutes, Walton seconded, three abstentions. Approved.
II. President’s report – Bluestein reported on the quest to obtain a mailbox. The smallest mailbox is $45 for six months. Wax moved for a vote in favor, Bellman seconded, all voted in favor.

III. Treasurer’s report – Hendrickson gave the treasurer’s report. Bellman moved to approve, Natalie Windsor seconded, all voted in favor.

IV. Standing/Ad Hoc Committees –
a. Awards – Marcellino said nothing to report
b. Banquet – Walton said nothing to report.
c. Courts – Marcellino said nothing to report.
d. Diversity – No report
e. Ethics – No report
f. FOI – Bluestein discussed amicus brief and whether we had to pay $500 to add our name. We don’t yet have a firm answer. The merits of getting involved were debated.
g. Generation J – Bluestein had nothing to report
h. Membership – Marcellino said membership was basically flat year over year. We lost about 50 members but also gained 50 members. Marcellino discussed doing more to retain members and the group discussed potential tangible membership incentives.
i. Nominations – Bray not present.
j. Regional Conference – Bluestein presented results of survey which had very helpful feedback. Bluestein asked permission to share results with LV chapter, group agreed.
k. Scholarships – Saxton said we had two applications from photojournalists.

V. Old Business
a. Patt Morrison book signing on June 13 – Bellman said we have confirmed everything for that. It will be on a Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 at The Association downtown.
b. Mega-Mixer on June 27– Saxton will get stickers for name badges and pins. LA Press Club has also signed on.

VI. New Business
a. Filling vacancies on board – Bluestein discussed a potential new board member who Zahniser had approached. Natalie Windsor motioned to appoint the new member, Wick seconded. Everyone voted in favor.
b. Event for July – Mottek will inquire about a potential speaker. Bluestein will look into a potential workshop for July.
VII. Adjournment at 8:40 p.m.

Next board meeting: Monday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at Louise’s Trattoria
(Note: No board meeting in August.)

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.

WHAT:
Mixer and Q&A with LB Post Publisher David Sommers

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

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

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

RSVP:
spjlosangeles@gmail.com

PARKING:
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.

CONTACT:
Alice Walton
SPJ/LA
AliceMWalton@gmail.com

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 www.coyotesandtowndogs.org.

RSVP to spjlosangeles@gmail.com.

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.

WHAT:
Talk and book-signing by environmental journalist Susan Zakin

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:
Joel Bellman, SPJ/LA
bellman.spjla@gmail.com