A Note on the LAPC Emergency Fund

If you read the article in the Los Angeles Times on February 21, 2021 about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, you might have been left with the wrong impression regarding the Los Angeles Press Club’s emergency fund. Unfortunately, LAPC was never contacted by the Times for a fact check or a comment, which would have avoided this confusion. It is true that LAPC received a grant of $125,000 from HFPA last year. With that grant, LAPC (not HFPA) created an emergency fund for journalists in Southern California. The purpose of the…

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FREE Art Classes — Specially Designed for Journalists

Here’s a reminder that your membership comes with the added benefit of FREE art classes, specially designed for journalists. So come join our community and let your creativity flow. It will help your writing too! For those of you that are new to painting, there will be two workshops on Tuesday, February 23 on basic techniques for acrylic painting (no paintings will be made, just some mark-making and color mixing). If you are not able to attend either class, they will be recorded and available online (see the end of…

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2021 Board Election – Meet the Candidates

Candidates in alphabetical order: Danny Bakewell Jr. “It has been both an honor and a privilege to have been appointed to serve on the board of the L.A. Press Club for the past six months. To now have the opportunity to be elected by the membership for another term would truly be a humbling honor and privilege. The press club plays such a significant role in the lives of journalists throughout Southern California. During both these challenging and historic times the voice of the press club is both relevant and desperately needed. As…

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Statement on the Release of Journalist Daniel Pearl’s Convicted Killer

The Los Angeles Press Club continues to extend its support for the family of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in Pakistan in 2002. This tragedy is foremost a human one, as no person and no family should ever endure such a heinous crime nor the insult of such a slow response. However, this tragedy is also an affront to the press, and by extension, the rights of the people of Pakistan and beyond. An informed public needs journalism, and journalists need to be able to operate without…

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Want to Shape the Future of the Los Angeles Press Club?

Interested in joining the LAPC board? We’re looking for a few good people! Email diana@lapressclub.org with your name and a short bio, as well as your title and where you currently work/freelance. Please let us also know what you want to bring to the table. You need to have been an active member (working journalist/photographer) in good standing with the club for at least one year to qualify for a board position. We are planning on sending out the ballot by the end of next week, so don’t think about it too long! The board meets once a…

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Free Art Classes for Journalists

This is the last week before we go into the new and more extensive schedule. Check it out at the Art at Work portal on Leah Kohlenberg’s website, theroamingstudio.com (password: Artisfun). Click here to join. Password: Artisfun All classes are available FOR FREE to L.A. Press Club members.All lessons can be done with a pencil and paper, but if you want to try painting, look over the supply list on the Art at Work Portal. Individual students can also join each of these classes, paying a fee to join in the class.…

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End of Year Message to Our Members

Looking for a last-minute tax deduction? This holiday season, please consider donating to the Los Angeles Press Club, a nonprofit that encourages serious journalism. During the pandemic, the Press Club has helped out-of-work journalists through its emergency fund, awarded cash awards to winners of its coronavirus storytelling contest, held the annual SoCal Journalism Awards through a fun and creative Zoom event, launched a $10,000 grant for reporting on systemic racism, mentored young journalists of color through its Foot in the Door program, and responded to reports of police brutality against local journalists. Your contribution will make a…

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Reporting on Systemic Racism Grant Winners

The Los Angeles Press Club is proud to announce three winners of our first-ever grant for reporting on systemic racism. Anita W. Harris and Dena Montague are both getting $2,500 each, and Taylor Walker is awarded $2,000. Anita W. Harris Anita W. Harris is a writer living in Long Beach, California. She is also an educator and editor. She covers local news and theater for the Signal Tribune newspaper. Project Summary: Her project for this Los Angeles Press Club grant focuses on how the City of Signal Hill, California, is working to address…

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Choose the L.A. Press Club on Giving Tuesday

Hello L.A. Press Club members,  We are looking forward to taking advantage of Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1. In-person events are some of our biggest income drivers and without them this year, we’ve been dipping into savings to continue and expand important programming and outreach. We understand times are tough and you’re busy, but please consider donating to the Press Club or encouraging your network to do so on Giving Tuesday. The Board has been reaching out to philanthropic organizations as well. If you’d like to connect us to a charitable fund that…

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Reporting on Systemic Racism Grant

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for this new grant from the Los Angeles Press Club! We have extended the deadline and will accept applications through Oct. 22. 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. You need to live and work in Southern California to apply. You do not need to be a member…

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