New York Times’ Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the Weinstein Story, to accept the L.A. Press Club’s Inaugural Impact Award

The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to announce that Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the two New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein Story, will accept the Club’s Inaugural Impact Award. The ceremony will take place at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on December 3 at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles. “These two intrepid women faced down Harvey Weinstein by exposing the sordid truth of the mogul’s decades long sexual misconduct and abuse. They did so in spite of the onslaught of threats…

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L.A. Press Club to Honor Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editors-in-Chief of Variety

The Los Angeles Press Club will honor Variety’s Co-Editors-in-Chief Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein at its upcoming National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on December 3 at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles. “Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein have managed to take this 112-year-old trade magazine institution into the digital age, appealing to a younger worldwide demographic. This important recognition reflects the high standard of their work,” said Press Club President Robert Kovacik. The Luminary Award for Career Achievement was instituted to pay tribute to deserving members of the…

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Harvey Weinstein and the Truthteller Award

Shawn “JAY Z” Carter and Harvey Weinstein were the co-winners of L.A. Press Club’s inaugural Truthteller Award for Contributions to the Public Discourse and Cultural Enlightenment of our Society. Mr. Carter and Mr. Weinstein received the award for their Spike-TV documentary-series “Time: The Kalief Browder Story.” The show brought to light the story of 16-year-old Browder, who was falsely imprisoned for three years on Rikers Island, mostly in solitary confinement, which led to his suicide. The series helped create changes in the law and the Rikers Island jail complex is…

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Hugh Hefner – Champion of Free Speech

It was a magical evening in 2011. The L.A. Press Club was just launching the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards as a Gala Event. Hugh Hefner was our first honoree, as a Champion of Free Speech. His friends and family joined him as he was roasted by Dick Gregory, who passed away a month ago. As he sat down for an interview with Press Club President Robert Kovacik tears showed in his eyes. “I did not expect this to be so emotional,” he said. You will be greatly missed!

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“Cries from Syria” Screening and Q&A with Director Evgeny Afineevsky (Photos)

Last week, “Cries from Syria” director vgeny Afineevsky joined us for a screening of his film and a Q&A led by Ambassador Colleen Bell. “Cries from Syria” is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protestors, leaders of the revolution, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens and high-ranking army generals who defected from the government. Their collective stories are a cry for attention and help…

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Views on America – An Open Discussion with the 2017 Daniel Pearl Fellows (Photos)

The Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowships, established in partnership with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, brings mid-career foreign journalists from the Middle East and South Asia for nearly six months to work at mainstream U.S. newsrooms, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. They also spend a week at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, for which some of them still write and blog. At the end of their stay, they share their experiences at a free public event hosted by the Los Angeles…

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Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media in an Age of Resistance and Backlash (Photos and Video)

LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee and The Los Angeles Press Club hosted a panel of America’s most interesting and influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media professionals gathering for a live discussion and Q&A session titled, “Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media in an Age of Resistance and Backlash.”   The panel looked at how the queer media space has evolved from a time when readers of magazines like The Advocate appreciated their subscriptions arriving in plain, brown, unmarked envelopes in order to conceal their “controversial” content, to…

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59th SoCal Journalism Awards Winners Announced

A. JOURNALISTS OF THE YEAR A1. PRINT, over 50,000 circulation Danielle Berrin, The Jewish Journal http://bit.ly/2nUpDFE, http://bit.ly/2nTODwU, http://bit.ly/2mQF5DZ Judges’ comment: Danielle Berrin’s range of incisive commentary and reporting, such as connecting her personal experience of a sexual assault with such crimes universally, portraying family squabbles surrounding the health decline of media mogul Sumner Redstone, or profiling an anti-poverty activist, earns her a well-deserved Journalist of the Year Award. 2nd Fred Dickey, San Diego Union-Tribune 3rd Hillel Aron, L.A. Weekly A2. PRINT under 50,000 circulation Daina Beth Solomon, Los Angeles Business…

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