Southern California Journalism Awards


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 LA's fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.



President’s Award for Impact on Media

The Presidents Award was conceived to recognize an individual member’s dedication of energy and effort on behalf of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, and whose work has the most impact on media.

Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism

The Daniel Pearl Memorial Award is given for courage and integrity in journalism.

Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Joseph M. Quinn Memorial Award for Journalistic Achievement and Distinction is the highest honor bestowed by the Los Angeles Press Club. Winners join a select group of distinguished journalists, including a number of Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award winners.

Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to Civic Life

The Press Club reserves this award for journalists who's work affects major change in their communities and beyond.

Guardian Award for Contributions to Press Freedom

The Press Club reserves this award for individuals whose work aims to uplift and defend the rights of journalists.

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.


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.


Feeling nostalgic? Browse through past Southern California Journalism Awards programs below.

47th SoCal Journalism Awards
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45th SoCal Journalism Awards