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May 13, 2007

SPJ-LA Silent Auction Offers Wide Variety, from Opera Tickets to Sports Memorabilia

What do Eric Gagne, Placido Domingo and Barney all have in common? You'll find them all (sort of) in one place - Dodger Stadium!

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will auction off everything from LA Opera tickets to autographed sports memorabilia to goodies for the kids at its 31st annual Distinguished Journalist Award banquet on Thursday, May 17.

Here's your chance to get some great deals...and help a good cause!

Here's some of what you'll find at the silent auction:

Prints by Carolyn Cole, Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times photographer

An original sketch of Anna Nicole Smith by courtroom artist Mona Edwards

Twilight Tour of the EFBC's Feline Conservation Center, where the big cats (leopards, jaguars, etc) roam

Four field-level seats to an upcoming Dodger game

Basketball signed by the 2006-07 Los Angeles Clippers

Goulish goodies from the LA County Coroner's Office

Four tickets to the LA Opera's "Luisa Fernanda," featuring Placido Domingo

A copy of the final edition of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner

And much, much more. Click here to see some of the other auction items.

SPJ-LA will honor four local journalists at this year's banquet:
Larry Altman of The Daily Breeze,
Dave Bryan of CBS 2-KCAL 9,
Eric Leonard of KFI-AM (640) and
George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times.

Veteran broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, the "Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers," will present the keynote address.

WHAT: 31st annual Distinguished Journalist Awards banquet
WHEN: Thursday, May 17. The no-host cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Dugout Club at Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave. in Los Angeles
TICKETS: $80 for SPJ members; $90 for non-members; Tables of 10 are $800. Parking is included.

RSVP: Reservations must be received no later than Monday, May 14. Please call (323) 259-3350 or e-mail:

INFO: If you would like to place an ad in the event program or make a donation to the silent auction, please contact Roberta Wax at (818) 993-7027.

After Scooter:
Confidential Sources – Are They An Endangered Species or Already Extinct?

Wednesday, April 25

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts "After Scooter: Confidential Sources – Are They an Endangered Species or Already Extinct?"

The dinner and panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 25, in downtown L.A.

Our moderator will be Jim Newton, L.A. City-County bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

On the panel:

Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times investigative reporters
John Schwada, politics and government correspondent for Fox 11 News
Kelli Sager, media attorney specializing in First Amendment and intellectual property issues
Joel Bellman, press deputy for L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky

Panelists will discuss and debate the risks and benefits in relying on confidential sources in reporting sensitive stories. The potential benefits to the public in greater transparency, accountability and political or policy insight are weighed against the potential risks to reporters of ethical compromises, ulterior motives and hidden agendas, and ultimately, as we've recently in the Valerie Plame affair, the very real possibility of serving jail time for honoring a commitment to protect those sources.

What: "After Scooter" dinner and panel discussion
Date: Wednesday, April 25
Time: Cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m. Dinner starts at 8 p.m.
Where: In the Crocker Room (2nd floor) of the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive St. in Los Angeles
Tickets: Tickets are $39 for SPJ members; $45 for non-members
RSVP: Reservations should be made by Friday, April 20. Call (323) 259-3350

The Society of Professional Journalists invites you to the 31st annual Distinguished Journalist Awards
Thursday, May 17

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of SPJ will honor
Larry Altman of The Daily Breeze
Dave Bryan of CBS 2-KCAL 9
Eric Leonard of KFI-AM (640)
George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times

Veteran broadcaster and Dodgers' announcer Jaime Jarrin will present the keynote address.
The banquet will be held in the Dugout Club at Dodger Stadium.
The no-host cocktail hour and silent auction will start at 6 p.m. The dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $80 for SPJ members; $90 for non-members; tables of 10 are $800.
For reservations, call Roberta Wax at (818) 718-8184.


Here is your chance to learn more about journalism groups in Southern California and how they can serve you! All journalists and FoJ (friends of journalists) are invited.

We're joining forces and hosting a mixer on Thursday, March 29th at a downtown L.A. landmark, the Redwood Bar and Grill.

Here's the best part! The Redwood, an old journalism hangout, has reinstalled the phone that rings directly into the Los Angeles Times newsroom and we're going to inaugurate it. No prank calls to the newsroom (well, maybe), just a ribbon-cutting or something like that.

You'll have to buy your own drinks but we'll provide the food! We do need to know how much food to buy so please make your reservations by March 28 at:

Brought to you by the Greater L.A. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, California Chicano News Media Association, Asian American Journalists Association - Los Angeles Chapter, Black Journalists Association of Southern California and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association.

WHAT: So Cal Journalists' Mixer
WHEN: The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29
WHERE: The Redwood Bar and Grill at 316 W. 2nd Street in downtown L.A.; 213.680.2600
INFO: Free street parking is available after 6 p.m. The bar is near the Civic Center stop on the Red Line
COST: It's free! Of course, you'll have to buy your own drinks but we'll provide the food.

Getty Images and the USC Annenberg School for Communication invite you to join members of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists for "Behind the Lens" with winners of World Press Photo 06
Thursday, January 25, 2007
6:00 pm Reception and exhibit viewing 7:00 pm Discussion
Finbarr O'Reilly, Reuters (Winner, World Press Photo of the Year)
David Maialetti, Philadelphia Daily News
Michael Appleton, New York Daily News
Vincent Laforet, The New York Times
Chris Hondros, Getty Images
Edmond Terakopian, Press Association (UK)

David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
Special Event:
At 5:00 pm, David Kennerly will make a special presentation showing his work covering the funeral of President Gerald R. Ford.
USC Annenberg School for Communication
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Complimentary parking is available. Use the USC Vermont Avenue entrance at 36th Place (Gate 6) and mention USC Annenberg to the gate attendant.
RSVP Requested. To RSVP, visit or call 213-821-3015.
"Behind the Lens" and World Press Photo 06 at USC Annenberg is made possible through support from Getty Images.