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Scholarship Opportunity

Society of Professional Journalist
Greater Los Angeles Chapter

2018 Scholarship awards
Deadline June 15, 2018 

The Society of Professional Journalist Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following

Deadline is midnight, June 15, 2018.

college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in
newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International
News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army
aircraft. ($500-$1,000)

- Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a
college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late
Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate
producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).

- Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a
college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg
was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out
by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).

- Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high
school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue
a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the
Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a
judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson
murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On the recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or
more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is
not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may
apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other
scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media
careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of
competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the
appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded
to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:
– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year
or four-year college or university.
 If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled
in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your
student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member
in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue
a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a
 Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have
been admitted to a journalism program.
 Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and
have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the
award of the scholarship.
 Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in
fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles,
Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have
graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los
Angeles Chapter, please visit

COVER SHEET (see below)
Attach to the front of your application, which should contain a resume, journalism
work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your
This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional
journalism experience, including positions, held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates
you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties
(e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of
four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.
 You may include additional information, including journalism honors and
awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for

Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tear-sheets

and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-
addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned.

Do not send irreplaceable original material.
 Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
 Online and multimedia: Web page URLs are acceptable, but hard copy
printouts of homepages would be helpful.
 Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples.
Microcassettes acceptable.
 Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send
more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.
Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name
and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You
may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as
unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.
Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of
work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career?
What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your
goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in
this statement.)

Applications by e-mail to Richard Saxton, Scholarship Committee
Chair -

Summer Internship Opportunity

Still looking for a summer internship? 
Santa Clarita, CA

KHTS Radio Now is accepting applications for summer internship opportunities, giving students a chance to learn how a radio station works from the inside. Interns can learn how to write and broadcast news stories, operate on-air broadcast or develop branding for local business. 

Networking Opportunity

Inaugural Film & Music conference at Gray Studio
June 22, 2018

Sports News Internship

Sports News Internship ABC7

Media Networks- Glendale CA

KABC-TV is an ABC owned television station, located in a state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, near Downtown Los Angeles. The station is in the #2 ranked television market in the country. Weekly ABC7 produces over forty-four hours of local news, public affairs, magazine programs and public service campaigns. You will have to observe and participate in the daily work and operations of a major market television station.

  • Junior or Senior level standing, or a recent graduate within 6 months of graduation date 
  • Knowledge of news software such as ENPS 
  • Working towards a degree in broadcast journalism, communications or television production.
  • Courses are taken in  producing/writing/editing a plus 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • experience (employment, internship, club, sports news writing, etc.)
  • experience with MS Office, including Word, Excel PowerPoint and Outlook 
  • All candidates must be available during the months of September through December for the Fall internship program 
Your Role: 

You will be part of the local sports production involved with the Eyewitness News Sports Department. As the Sports News intern, you may: 
  • attend production meetings and be involved  in the preparation of daily sports shows, segments, and special programming like "Sports Zone"  
  • log and observe sports telecasts and transcribe interviews 
  • research on and contribute to sports news topics 
  • observe how sports segments are written, edited, and delivered on-air 
  • observe production in the newsroom, in-studio, and at remote locations like Dodger Stadium and the Staples Center 
Click here to apply

Public Relations Internship

MGA Entertainment Public Relations Internship
Van Nuys, CA

Van Nuys-based toy company seeks PR intern for spring 2018 Semester.
The role will Include:

  • Researching new media contacts and YouTube influencers for all brands 
  • Writing email pitches 
  • Brainstorming new pitch ideas for all brands 
  • Tracking all media clips 
  • Maintaining media databases and editorial calendars 
  • Public relations, journalism, communications or media-related major 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • strong organizational and multi-tasking skills 
  • must have a great work ethic and be resourceful 
  • ability to handle working under tight deadlines with excellent accuracy 
  • up-to-date on social media, blogger and YouTube trends 
  • experience with Microsoft office; strong computer skills are a must 

This is a 3-month unpaid internship, but one that can transfer for school credit 

For Consideration, applicants must send their cover letter and resume to 

Monique Abrahamsen | Social Media Manager MGA Entertainment 
16380 Roscoe Blvd| Van Nuys, CA 91406| W: 818-894-2525 ext. 6168 | M: 818-414-4551

NBC Universal Digital Journalism Internship, Fall 2018

This internship opportunity is for driven students to take their skill set to the next level. This is a rigorous program designed exclusively for students who already have a mastery of reporting, writing and AP style, and are ready to learn more. This is an opportunity to transition from college student to real-life journalist via the day-to-day challenges of the No. 2 media market in the country. By the end of the internship, interns will leave with a well-rounded newsroom education and a portfolio.

Some responsibilities could include: • Working with veteran digital journalists to write one to two stories a day, find sources, conduct interviews, compile research, build photo galleries, edit video and assist with social media and editorial planning • News gathering responsibilities that include research, story development, writing and assignment desk news monitoring/gathering • Research information to assist with investigations and source subjects for possible story development or interviews • Organizing and editing videos, research for field crews, assisting in answering phones, gathering elements from users via social media, writing and editing news stories for broadcast, web and social media. • Previous work experience in an office environment


• In pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor or Graduate degree at an Accredited Institution and be able to provide documentation to confirm your degree progress
• Current class standing of sophomore or above (30 credits)
• Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
• Must be 18 years of age or older
• Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the U.S. without a visa or sponsorship
• Must be able to work on-site in Universal City, CA
• A passion for news and the Internet is a must
• Strong news writing skills for the Web are required Desired Characteristics
• Experience working with your campus newspaper preferred
• Previous internship experience
• Previous work experience in an office environment