Alene Tchekmedyian to Receive the LA Press Club’s Guardian Award

Los Angeles Times’ Alene Tchekmedyian has been named the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2023 Guardian Awardee for Contributions to Press Freedom. “I’m deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Los Angeles Press Club, an organization that has done so much to lift up local journalists. I am grateful to my editors for their constant guidance, my colleagues who I learn from every day and all of the people willing to share stories of misconduct within the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department at great risk to themselves,” Tchekmedyan said. Tchekmedyian covered the Los…

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‘She Said’ Wins LA Press Club’s Veritas Award

The Los Angeles Press Club is thrilled to announce the winner of its 8th annual Veritas Award for Best Film Based on or Inspired by Real Events and People. This award is judged by the 1,000-member strong LAPC — based equally upon fidelity of subject matter and artistic excellence. The 2023 winner is She Said, produced and distributed by Universal Pictures. The movie depicts New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor breaking the Harvey Weinstein story that shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. “It is such an…

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LAPC Condemns the Shooting of Spectrum News 13 Journalists Dylan Lyons and Jesse Walden

The Los Angeles Press Club is heartbroken by the murder of Spectrum News 13 reporter Dylan Lyons while he was covering a shooting in Pine Hills, Florida. We send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, colleagues and the wider media community that is mourning the loss of a fellow journalist. We also hope for a full recovery for Spectrum News 13 photojournalist Jesse Walden, who was critically injured in the incident. Journalists such as Lyons and Walden commit themselves to delivering vital information to their neighborhoods even if their…

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2023 Board Election – Meet the Candidates!

Candidates in alphabetical order. Asterisks denote incumbents. LAPC Active Members — click here to cast your vote! Ballot closes Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Danny Bakewell, Jr., Los Angeles Sentinel Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. serves as the executive editor and chief of staff of the Los Angeles Sentinel, the largest African American-owned and operated newspaper west of the Mississippi, The Los Angeles Watts Times and WBOK Radio in New Orleans, Louisiana (the only talk radio station in the South dedicated totally to issues which affect the African American community). The…

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Interested in Joining LAPC’s Board of Directors?

Email diana@lapressclub.org with your name and a short bio including your title and where you currently work/freelance. Please let us 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 need to know who is interested in the open board seats by Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, so don’t think about it for too long! Got any questions? Email Executive Director Diana Ljungaeus at the email above.

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Los Angeles Press Club Denounces Twitter’s Suspension of Journalist Accounts

The Los Angeles Press Club condemns the actions of Twitter and owner Elon Musk for arbitrarily shutting down the accounts of several journalists, including reporters at the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN. The LA Press Club calls on Twitter and Musk to restore freedom of speech to its platform and reinstate the shuttered accounts of journalists who were exercising their duties. Twitter, like any media company, serves as a forum for the distribution of information and the open discourse that is essential to democracy. The actions taken by…

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Jennifer Lee to Receive Los Angeles Press Club’s Distinguished Storyteller Award

Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios Jennifer Lee will accept Los Angeles Press Club’s Distinguished Storyteller Award for Storytelling Outside of Journalism. The ceremony will take place at the 15th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on December 4, 2022, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. This is a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Press Club, a 501c3 charitable organization. “Jennifer upended fairy tales with ‘Frozen’ and broke barriers for women in animation and in Hollywood,” said Los Angeles Press Club President Lisa Richwine. “Her creative storytelling has…

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Byron Allen to Receive Los Angeles Press Club’s Impact Award

Media mogul, producer and comedian Byron Allen will accept Los Angeles Press Club’s Impact Award for Influential Contributions to Culture and Society. The ceremony will take place at the 15th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on December 4, 2022, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. This is a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Press Club, a 501c3 charitable organization. “Byron Allen took an unusual path to media mogul, starting his career as a stand-up comedian and talk show host,” said Los Angeles Press Club President Lisa Richwine. “He has since…

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Ryan Seacrest to Receive Los Angeles Press Club’s Luminary Award for Career Achievement

Emmy-award-winning television host, radio personality, mega-producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Ryan Seacrest is set to accept Los Angeles Press Club’s prestigious Luminary Award for Career Achievement. The ceremony will take place at the 15th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on December 4, 2022, a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Press Club, a 501c3 charitable organization. The Luminary Award was instituted to honor distinguished members of the entertainment media community for their lifetime achievements and contributions to society. “As someone with deep ties to the Los Angeles entertainment media…

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Pearl Family and LA Press Club Share Support for High School Journalism Advisor

A journalism advisor at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Los Angeles is facing a three-day suspension for reporting done by her students, yet nobody has disputed the accuracy of their story. The school is named for a celebrated Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered while on assignment in Pakistan, raising sensitivities around attempted censorship in his hometown. Adriana Chavira, the teacher and longtime advisor for the school’s Pearl Post, intends to appeal the decision. Respected by her peers from a decade-long reporting career, she’s supported by the…

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