SPJ/LA’s Reporter Karaoke Night, Juan Gabriel Style!


(Photo: The Redwood Bar & Grill in DTLA)

Come sing out some of that reporter rage or just have some drinks and try not to make fun of the people on stage. For fans of el “Divo de Juarez,” we’ll have plenty of his songs available for you to sing a tribute to Juan Gabriel.
The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a night of FREE karaoke at your favorite pirate bar, The Redwood, on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
IAMNOTAKJ will be taking requests from 7 to 9 p.m.He’s got it all — torch songs, rock anthems, Spanish hits, etc. Singers and non-singers welcome! Come catch up with fellow journalists over music, food and drinks.

SPJ/LA’s Karaoke Night

7 – 9 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Redwood Bar & Grill
316 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-2600

Free of charge.

There’s construction on Second Street in front of the bar and on Broadway. You can park at the lot on Hill Street.

The closest station is Civic Center/Grand Park.

Please RSVP at

Read more

BOOK READING: NYT Phoenix bureau chief Fernanda Santos presents “The Fire Line,” a tragic, inspiring tale of 2013 Arizona wildfire

First-time author and Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times, Fernanda Santos, reads from her powerful new book, “The Fire Line,” on Wednesday, May 18 at Barnes & Noble in the Grove.

Santos tells the captivating story of a band of elite firefighters who nobly battled against one of the deadliest wildfires in the country. Her meticulous research and  prose is already garnering praise.

The Associated Press  said: “The product of [Santos’] efforts is a gripping account of one of the nation’s most deadly wildfires and an inspiring look atsantos the men who put their lives on the line and the loved ones they left behind.

People magazine described it like this:

“Santos’ account of the 2013 Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters will keep you on the edge of your seat and break your heart.”

From Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark:

“In Fernanda Santos’ expert hands, the story of 19 men and a raging wildfire unfolds as a riveting, pulse-pounding account of an American tragedy; and also as a meditation on manhood, brotherhood and family love.”

Go check it out. 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 189 the Grove Drive, Los Angeles.

Read more

In photos: 34th Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet


What a night. Our 34th annual scholarship and awards banquet was a night of good company, moving speeches and an amazing cause. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Below you’ll find photos of the night, courtesy of Chris Jolly.

Send your photos to

Read more

Buy your 2014 CCNMA Banquet tickets today

The annual CCNMA Scholarship Banquet is the primary source of funding for the scholarships awarded each year to Latino students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

This year’s dinner, the 34th CCNMA scholarship Banquet, will be held Friday May 30, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A no-host cocktail reception and silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The dinner and program begins at 7 p.m.

This year’s scholarship recipients also will be announced at the dinner, as will be the winners of the 15th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards.

Among past honorees are Dr. Tomas Rivera of UC Riverside, Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist Paul Gonzalez, the McClatchy Newspaper Group, Southern California Edison, Gerald Sass of The Freedom Forum, Jaime Jarrin of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, the Los Angeles Times, Maria Elena Salinas of Univision and Arnold Kleiner, general manager of KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Past sponsors of the dinner have included the Los Angeles Times, KABC-TV, KNBC-TV, KCBS-TV, KTTV, KTLA-TV, KCAL-TV, Univision, Telemundo, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, The Orange County Register, La Opinión and Anheuser-Busch/InBev.

Dinner tickets are $200 each, but members may purchase up to two tickets at half-price. Tables of ten are $2,000. Sponsorship package range from $3,000 to $20,000.

For tickets, please use the PayPal form below. If you prefer, you can contact the CCNMA office at (424) 229-9482 or send a message to

Since 1976, more than $800,000 has been awarded to nearly 800 students pursuing careers in journalism. The banquet began in 1981.

CCNMA Banquet

Read more

Filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez among honorees at 34th Scholarship Banquet

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California will honor two veteran journalists, a documentary filmmaker who produced a film on the life of Ruben Salazar, and KPCC-FM for its commitment to diversity at its 34th Scholarship Banquet on May 30, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The honorees are Tony Valdez, a longtime reporter at KTTV Fox11 in Los Angeles; Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University; Phillip Rodriguez, who produced the documentary “Ruben Salazar: The Man in the Middle,” and NPR station KPCC for its commitment to diversity in its hiring and editorial content.

Tony Valdez

Tony Valdez

“Honoring Tony Valdez is long overdue,” said Julio Moran, executive director of CCNMA. “He is perhaps the dean of Latino reporters in Los Angeles, if not the country. He exemplifies what a Latino reporter should be by telling untold stories about Latinos, even when not popular.

“Dawn Garcia, first as a reporter and then as an editor, and now with the Knight Fellowships, has always fought to include Latinos in the newsroom. Phillip Rodriguez has produced a film that shows the human side of Ruben Salazar, not just a journalist. And KPCC has embraced diversity with its hiring practices and its reporting on stories of interest to the Latino community.”

The recipients of 2014 CCNMA scholarships also will be announced at the dinner. CCNMA has awarded more than $800,000 to more than 800 students since 1978.

The winners of CCNMA’s 15th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards, which recognize work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos, will also be presented at the Banquet.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, formerly known as the California Chicano News Media Association, is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972 and is the oldest organization of journalists of color in the country. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

Read more