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.
HONORARY AWARDS AND OTHER PRIZES
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.
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.
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.
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.