July 10 – Newsroom Leadership in the Age of Black Lives Matter

The coronavirus pandemic, economic struggles, and demands for racial justice are forcing newsrooms to account for their own failures at diversity, inclusion and representative coverage. Those shortcomings have led to resignations of top leaders at The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other publications.  The News Leaders Association and the National Press Club Journalism Institute will host regional newspaper editors in a discussion about these issues from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET on Friday, July 10. Register online. The conversation, moderated by Gannett executive Mizell Stewart III, will feature executive editors Katrice Hardy of the Indianapolis Star and Mary Irby-Jones of…

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Remembering Brad Pye, Jr.

We are sad to report that legendary journalist, trailblazer and former Los Angeles Press Club board member Brad Pye, Jr. has left us. He died in his sleep on July 5, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89. Brad Pye, Jr. was the first recognized African American sportswriter in Southern California, the first Black administrator for the NFL Commissioner and the first African American public relations scout for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers. He served as the sports editor for Los Angeles Sentinel for three decades. He was…

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Tracking Coronavirus Relief Funds: How to Follow the Taxpayers’ Money

National Press Foundation will offer a free online training program for 25 journalists to help them track how federal pandemic assistance funds are being used. The training will be held for two hours per day from July 13-17 (10 hours total). Fellows will be offered subsequent confidential follow-up sessions with experts and data analysts to help them bring their stories to successful publication. Congress has allocated $2 trillion for the CARES Act, which includes the Paycheck Protection Program and other coronavirus relief funds. This is more than double what the…

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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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