The Southern California Journalism Awards were born during the Cold War, when Los Angeles journalism was dominated by the city’s many newspapers. Television was in its infancy. Developments like all-news radio were still years away. Women journalists were rare in mainstream media. Minorities, even rarer.
Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. The Press Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future.
The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.
The world has come to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002, just four months after 9/11.
Since then, he has been remembered as a symbol of hope: a man who built bridges between diverse cultures undefined as a writer and a gifted musician.
The Daniel Pearl Memorial Award is given for courage and integrity in journalism.
Back in 2011, the hundreds of journalists and storytellers who attended the Press Club's 53rd SoCal Journalism Awards, also witnessed the club present its first Public Service Award for Journalistic Contributions to Civic Life.
In 2016, the award was renamed after Bill Rosendahl, a progressive political leader, Los Angeles’ first openly gay City Council member, an educator, a Vietnam veteran, an award-winning host of thousands of public affairs programs and a president of the Los Angeles Press Club. He passed away March 30, 2016, at the age of 70.
The Press Club counts itself lucky as one of the causes for which Rosendahl was a champion.
Our Favorite Comedian
Alonzo Bodden is the L.A. 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." His career as both comedian and actor continues to soar.