Remembering Friend of the Press Club Buster Sussman

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Buster Sussman has left us. Buster was a fixture at the Los Angeles Press Club and a member since 1948! He greeted many of us with his cheerful “Congratulations, congratulations — you are doing a fantastic job.” Buster was born in San Francisco on April 16, 1927, and later moved to Los Angeles with his family. He landed reporter jobs on a string of newspapers, among them Los Angeles Times. In the 1970s, he was a director…

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Pakistani court overturns conviction in killing of Daniel Pearl – via New York Post

A court in Pakistan on Thursday overturned the death sentence and murder conviction of a British-born militant for the 2002 slaying of journalist Daniel Pearl. Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was abducted and beheaded in Karachi. A video of Pearl’s decapitation was delivered to the US consulate there. READ THE STORY HERE

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The L.A. Press Club Establishes a Journalist Emergency Fund with the Help of HFPA

The Los Angeles Press Club is pleased to announce the establishment of an Emergency Fund for Southern California journalists. The fund is made possible through a grant from HFPA, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has long been committed to giving back to the community,” said Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA. “The pandemic has greatly impacted our industry and we wanted to provide aid to fellow journalists in these difficult and uncertain times.” The fund is immediately open for applications, recognizing the hardship put on journalists…

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Life in the Time of the Coronavirus Contest

Find yourself working from home? Sheltering in place and dealing with the coronavirus, maybe worrying about aging parents and grandparents? Write about your experiences. Or produce a video, a podcast or photo essay. “During this unprecedented situation, the Los Angeles Press Club wants to hear your stories, provide a creative outlet and offer a small award to help address the financial burdens many are facing at this time,” said L.A. Press Club President Lisa Richwine, Reuters. CONTEST RULES Written works are limited to 1,000 words. Video and podcast submissions can…

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Reuters/L.A. Press Club Art Classes

The Reuters/LA Press Club art classes will continue during this outbreak — in fact, they’re more important than ever! It is a great stress-relief and communal activity. All classes will be held online so you will have to supply your own materials. If you do not have supplies for oil painting or acrylic paints you can choose to draw. Paper and pencils work fine! Below are all the currently planned art classes. Note: Anyone can join into ANY class, but just be aware of the time zone issues. People should…

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Apply for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative

Apply for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative, which will be held June 16-19, 2020, in New York at Columbia University. To apply, please complete the online application, and submit three samples of your work along with a letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2020. FROM THEIR WEBSITE: See https://energypolicy.columbia.edu/initiatives/energy-journalism-initiative for questions: “Rapid changes are underway in the energy sector, we’re approaching a presidential election in the U.S., and climate change is getting more attention than ever before. It is imperative that…

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A Big Welcome for Our New Board Members!

The Los Angeles Press Club has three new board members! Brittany Levine Beckman, Mashable; Josh Campbell, CNN; and John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg have been elected to join the LAPC board of directors. They have been elected for a two-year period. Our members also re-elected Deepa Fernandes, PRI/Freelance; Nic Cha Kim, Spectrum News 1; Adam Rose, CBS interactive and Malina Saval, Variety. Current LAPC board president Chris Palmeri is stepping down from the board after four years. Peggy Holter is also leaving the board. We thank them for their service. Seven board…

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‘Bombshell’ Wins the LA Press Club’s Veritas Award!

The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to announce the winner of its 5th annual Veritas Award for Best Film Based on or Inspired by Real Events and People.  This award is judged by members of the LAPC – based equally upon the fidelity of subject matter and artistic excellence.   The winner is Lionsgate’s Bombshell written by Charles Randolph and directed by Jay Roach; starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow. “On behalf of my fellow producers, our incredible director Jay Roach and the Bombshell Team, we are honored to receive this award. Veritas means…

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2020 Board Election – Meet the Candidates

Brittany Levine Beckman, Mashable Brittany Levine Beckman is Mashable’s managing editor and story midwife. She enjoys crafting feature ideas, learning new things, and colorized spreadsheets. In her role, she leads long-form and special series content production as well as day-to-day West Coast newsroom operations. She has convinced Mashable staffers to send her good tweets so she doesn’t have to endlessly scroll for a moment of joy. She fancies mentoring young reporters and in her free time volunteers for WriteGirl, a nonprofit that empowers teen girls. Before working at Mashable, she covered community…

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Free Reuters Art Classes for Journalists

Starting Monday, Reuters will provide free monthly art classes at the West Coast Bureau in Culver City. The art classes are extended to L.A. Press Club members. Space is limited so make sure you sign up in time! The drawing and painting classes will take place on the second Monday each month from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Supplies will be provided. If you would prefer to join via Zoom from home, we can help advise you a few days beforehand about which supplies you will need. You can choose to draw or paint, with…

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