Thank you for your entries to the 58th SoCal Journalism Awards! The contest is now closed and finalists will be announced mid-May.
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NEW AWARD DESIGN FOR THE 58TH SOCAL JOURNALISM AWARDS
The LAPC is abandoning the plaques in order to give winners of the SoCal Journalism Awards an award that better coordinates with other Press Club awards. This is an example of how the new awards will be designed. Thank you for your submissions!
JARL MOHN TO RECEIVE LA PRESS CLUB'S PRESIDENT'S AWARD
Jarl Mohn could be called a broadcasting change agent. He founded E! Entertainment Television, brought long-form programming and growth to MTV and financed KPCC’s Pasadena headquarters, among many other achievements. In 2014, he became chief executive of NPR, where he has brought new thinking to a media organization that saw eight leaders in eight years.
For his wide-ranging impact on television and radio, Mohn will receive the Los Angeles Press Club’s President’s Award. It will be presented at the 58th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards on June 26, 2016, at the Millennial Biltmore Hotel.
Mohn has gone from disc jockey to media visionary. He worked for nearly 20 years in radio, notably under the pseudonym DJ Lee Masters on WNBC in New York.
He went on to become a general manager and owner of a group of radio stations, later catapulting to TV executive positions, including executive vice president and general manager at MTV and VH1. In the 1980s, Mohn brought big change to those brands, expanding the networks’ audiences beyond pop music fans with programming that embraced alternative music formats. Mohn was also founding president and CEO of Liberty Digital, a subsidiary of Liberty Media Group.
Along the way, Mohn, who reverted to his real name in 2002, was engaged in public service to his industry. He served for 12 years on the board of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, including six as its chair. For more than a decade he sat on the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio, whose broadcast facility bears his name.
Now a prominent art collector and philanthropist with his wife, Pamela, this former DJ stands as an example of how one person can bring dramatic, forward-thinking change to the media landscape.
JASON REZAIAN IS THE 2016 LA PRESS CLUB DANIEL PEARL AWARDEE
The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to announce that the 2016 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism will go to Jason Rezaian, who served as The Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran, Iran from 2012 to 2016. Rezaian spent 545 days in Evin Prison, Iran’s worst, and was released in January of this year in a prisoner exchange.
"It is a privilege to acknowledge Jason Rezaian with the Pearl Award. He is a living example of the courage required by journalists to simply tell the truth as we see it, ” said LA Press Club President Robert Kovacik of NBC4 Southern California.
Since 2002 the Los Angeles Press Club in conjunction with Judea and Ruth Pearl, the parents of slain Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl, have handed out the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.
The 2016 award will be presented by Judea and Ruth Pearl at an Awards Gala Dinner at the Biltmore hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 26th. Past recipients include Charlie Hebdo, Richard Engel, Anna Politkovskaya and Bob Woodruff.
This evening environmentalist and activist Erin Brockovich will be bestowed with the 2016 Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award and Jarl Mohn, President and CEO of NPR, will be honored with the President´s Award for Impact on Media.
ERIN BROCKOVICH WINS BILL ROSENDAHL PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
"SPOTLIGHT" WINS THE LA PRESS CLUB'S
REMEMBERING BILL ROSENDAHL
The visionary former L.A. City Council member who fought for the underdog was also an educator, host of public affairs TV shows and a driving force in the revitalization of the Los Angeles Press Club.
Tall, occasionally loud and often opinionated, Rosendahl served as a L.A. City Councilman from 2005 until 2013, resigning after he was diagnosed with cancer. He represented Council District 11, a vast area that includes Venice and west of there to the Pacific Ocean.
Some called Rosendahl the “disruptor-in-chief,” because he would not just accept the status quo. Throughout his time on the Council, and in his life, Rosendahl as a champion of the poor, those who depend on public transport and those who are unrepresented, including the homeless. He was an advocate for renters rights, public transportation, paying workers a living wage and stopping expansion of LAX, helping broker a landmark dead with airport neighbors. (read more) (view photos)
HONORING BILL ROSENDAHL
In May of 2013, the Los Angeles Press Club honored the great Bill Rosendahl.
BOB BARKER RECEIVES LEGEND AWARD + INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT KOVACIK
Bob Barker receives the LA Press Club's first Legend Award, and gives a charming interview with Press Club President, Robert Kovacik. Barker was given the award at the 8th Annual National A&E Journalism Awards on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Presented by Drew Carey.
TAVIS SMILEY RECEIVES THE LUMINARY AWARD
Actress Diahann Caroll presents the LA Press Club's Luminary Award to Tavis Smiley on December 6, 2015 at the 8th Annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.
THE VISIONARY AWARD TO JOE MANTEGNA
Actor Dan Lauria presents the LA Press Club's Visionary Award to Joe Mantegna on December 6, 2015 at the 8th Annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO WILLOW BAY
Willow Bay, the Director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, receives The Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Bay is veteran television journalist, digital news editor and author. She was the first woman to co-anchor CNN's financial news program "Moneyline News Hour “ and has anchored or co-anchored numerous shows on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC and Lifetime Television. In addition she serves as Senior Strategic Adviser for the Huffington Post and is a special correspondent for Bloomberg Television. (read more)
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD TO SHANE SMITH & VICE
The Public Service Award for Journalistic Contributions to Civic Life is bestowed annually by the Los Angeles Press Club.
Under CEO & Founder Shane Smith’s guidance, VICE in recent years has expanded into international and domestic news both through its own VICE News channel as well as an HBO partnership. Since its inception last March, VICE News has shifted the current news landscape with its award winning coverage of world events, from the crisis in Ukraine to the outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa and the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. (read more)
PRESIDENT'S AWARD TO "CBS THIS MORNING"
Since the launch of the program in 2012, the charismatic anchor trio and their production team have brought serious news and original storytelling back to the morning television landscape, while increasing viewership and providing the day’s need-to-know headlines. (read more)
LAPC's FAVORITE COMEDIAN, ALONZO BODDEN
Alonzo Bodden is the LA Press Club's go-to comedian. His quicksilver wit and hilarious insight into the news has forced us to laugh at ourselves and our profession. At previous SoCal Journalism Awards and National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards shows he has rocked the house and been praised by the likes of Quincy Jones and comedy legend Carl Reiner. America knows Alonzo as the winner of season three of "Last Comic Standing." Since then his career as both comedian and actor continues to soar.
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