The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to honor the hard work of journalists in every facet of the industry. The work of our award recipients exemplifies smart, ethical and impactful journalism.
In our aim to encourage and foster serious journalism, the Los Angeles Press Club also hosts panels and mixers with industry leaders, lawmakers and other journalism associations in Southern California.
LA Press Club Programs
Tony Ross Scholarship
Richard Ross is partnering with the LA Press Club to create the Tony Ross Scholarship, named for his late son, Anthony Darrow Ross.
Richard is now retired but feels it is important to establish a scholarship in memory of Tony, supporting young people interested in journalism. He is concerned about the recent practice of disparaging and deriding the news media and believes that nothing is more important to the survival of our democracy than a free and inquiring press.
Foot in the Door Fellowship
Each year, the LA Press Club pairs five talented journalists from communities historically excluded from the media with newsroom veterans to actively work on securing a valuable work opportunity.
Charles M. Rappleye Investigative Journalism Award
The Charles M. Rappleye Investigative Journalism Award will be awarded twice yearly to a working journalist or team in need of resources, either financial or in-kind, to support this kind of journalism.
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded twice a year in December and June. Grants may also include in-kind assistance such as research support, mentoring and access to investigation tools. More than one grant may be awarded in a given period, and applicants with an urgent need may be awarded interim grants outside the regular award cycle.
Reporting on Systemic Racism Grant
Systemic racism is ingrained in institutions throughout the United States. Following protests after the police killing of George Floyd, many communities are trying to create a world where racism is not embedded in criminal justice, housing, public health and many of the systems that govern everyday life. What does that look like?
The Los Angeles Press Club is funding reporting that focuses on effective responses to institutional racism. We’re looking for stories that surface and critically assess alternatives to racist structures and practices. We want stories of what is working and how communities got there.
We hope to catalyze strong solutions coverage that is relevant to your communities; that sparks engagement and public discourse; and that informs meaningful, systemic public-sector innovation.
A-Mark Fellowship for Reporting on Misinformation and Disinformation
The rise of digital media has unleashed a flood of inaccurate, misleading or outright fabricated information across all news platforms.
In the past two years alone, we’ve seen the spread of lies about the 2020 election, falsehoods perpetrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, climate-change denialism and conspiracy theories that single out specific individuals or minority groups with baseless and damaging claims.
A critical antidote to this growing problem is serious, persistent and fearless journalism that exposes and counters these untruths and the people and organizations that perpetuate them.
The Santa Monica-based, non-partisan A-Mark Foundation has joined with the Los Angeles Press Club to award grants up to $2,000 to journalists for stories focussing on misinformation and disinformation.
Our goal is to facilitate stories that expose the larger problem of fake news, explore specific instances of misinformation and disinformation in social and news media and hold perpetrators of misleading news accountable.