Journalism Job Fair 2017

On Jan. 17, Southern California journos hosted a job fair hosted by the California Chicano/a News Media Association/National Association of Hispanic Journalists-Los Angeles with about 250 attendees. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalism Association co-sponsored the event, along with other local journalism groups. NLGJA-LA board members Zamná Ávila, Senta Scarborough and Ande Richards attended, volunteered and contributed to making the event a huge success.

NLGJA Now Accepting Nominations for National Board and Chapter Leadership Positions

NLGJA is now accepting nominations for both national board of directors and chapter leadership positions. Nomination forms are available on NLGJA’s website, and the deadline to apply is July 28. Nominations must be submitted to NLGJA Elections Chair David Steinberg at Eligible members may nominate themselves and all candidates for national board positions must fill out their own nomination form. All nominees must be members in good standing for at least one year by the time of the election.

Nominations are being accepted for three at-large board of director positions and three executive committee positions (Vice President of Broadcast, Secretary and Treasurer) on the national board of directors. Executive committee members may serve two consecutive terms in each office, and at-large national board members may serve three consecutive terms. All national board of director terms are for two years. Those seeking an executive committee seat must also have served as an at-large board of directors member or chapter president for at least one year as of the election. Nomination forms for the national board of directions can be downloaded here.

No more than two board members may be elected from any one chapter. In the event of a contested election, online voting for NLGJA’s national board of directors will be made available to members in good standing until 5:00pmMonday, August 7, 2017. According to NLGJA bylaws, board elections are advisory but, to date, the board has never failed to follow the election results.

Election results will be ratified by the board of directors at the 2017 National Convention September 7-10 in Philadelphia. Nominees are encouraged to attend. Please note that all nation board members are required to:

  • Attend and participate in board meetings: Board Members must attend at least one of the two in person meetings (mid-year, convention) and at least one of the twice-annual board calls.

  • Maintain current membership in the organization.

  • Participate actively in committee/task force work.

  • Raise or give at least $1,500 for the organization each year.

  • Board members will need to be available to staff.

  • Be active in their local chapter.

Applicants for chapter leadership positions have the option to write-in the office for which they are running. Nominees for NLGJA local offices – both new candidates and those planning to run for re-election – shall be required to submit an application detailing, among other things, their journalism and media experience, current employment status and a statement explaining why they are seeking office. The NLGJA Elections Chair and national office staff shall use the information to confirm the nominee’s membership status and eligibility for office. Upon request, non-confidential information in the application shall be made available to the voting membership. Nomination forms for local chapter offices can be downloaded here.

Nomination forms are also available on NLGJA’s website. The deadline to apply is July 28. Nominations must be submitted to NLGJA Elections Chair David Steinberg at

Can’t Make It to L.A. Exclusive? Show Your Support With a Donation!

NLGJA’s annual L.A. Exclusive event is less than two weeks away! Join NLGJA on Tuesday, June 20 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 North McCadden Place, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to show your support for NLGJA’s mission of promoting and advancing fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people. Register today!

L.A. Exclusive will be co-chaired by NLGJA Board member Senta Scarborough and NLGJA VP of Broadcast Ken Miguel. The event will be hosted by veteran producer Steve Holzer and will include the presentation of the Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage to former E! News Managing Editor Marc Malkin. The Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage was designed to honor a distinguished journalist who has made an impact through engaging features on LGBTQ individuals, the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues.

If you’re unable to attend L.A. Exclusive, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to NLGJA. Your donation goes towards supporting NLGJA’s year-round programming to promote our mission. Show your support today and donate.

Registration is open now! See you in Los Angeles!

We went bowling!

On April 9,  the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association-Los Angeles joined Online News Association-Los Angeles (ONA-LA), Asian American Journalists Association-Los Angeles (AAJA-LA), and  other journalism groups for a fun night at Montrose Bowl, the oldest 50s-style bowling alley in Los Angeles County.

Don’t miss out on future mixers and events!

Photo by Katie Thomason

Be the First Person to Join the Faculty

Report News. Watch News. Be News at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at The Faculty in Los Angeles.

The First Person app allows you to report local news and events to national news stories anywhere in the world. CEO and Co-Founder Asif Ahmed will be present his app to journalist interested in incorporating it into their reporting.

Venue: The Faculty, 707 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Time: 7:30 p.m. April 25
Cost: Free
Details: (323) 284-8002;

National Journalists Associations Launch LGBTQ Guide for Spanish-Language Media

The National LGBTQ Task Force, NLGJA – The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) have launched a Spanish-language stylebook for journalists reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. First published by NLGJA and NAHJ in 2005, “El Manual de Estilo Sobre la Comunidad Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual y Transgénero” is available online and can be downloaded here.

“We’re honored to partner with NLGJA and NAHJ in publishing this critical resource to help guide journalists in their reporting on issues affecting LGBTQ people,” said National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey. “Now more than ever, as we learned all too well as a result of last November’s election, accurate and fair reporting is of the essence.”

The Spanish-language stylebook includes guidance as well as a glossary of terms to use and avoid when reporting on LGBTQ people. Earlier today, representatives from NLGJA, NAHJ, and the National LGBTQ Task Force took part in a live-recorded panel to discuss the stylebook that can be viewed on Facebook.

“NLGJA’s mission is to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people, and we’re very excited to make that mission more inclusive and accessible through El Manual de Estilo Sobre La Comunidad Lesbiana, Gay, Biexual y Transgénero. NLGJA is grateful for the cooperation and collaboration of NAHJ and the Task Force in bringing this new resource to life,” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus.

The collaborative publication is a result of ongoing efforts to educate journalists on LGBTQ cultural competence, which includes workshops at the annual NLGJA National Convention, NAHJ’s Excellence in Journalism Conference, and the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. The 2017 NLGJA National Convention will take place in Philadelphia on September 7-10 and the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Conference is set for September 7-9 in Anaheim, California. The 30th annual Creating Change Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. on January 24-28, 2018.

“In 2005, I served as Co-Chair of the NAHJ GLBT caucus, so this really is a full circle moment for me. NAHJ and NLGJA continue to provide GLBT resources in Spanish and English to our members and journalists across the country. We are elated that The Task Force has facilitated this opportunity for us,” said NAHJ President Brandon Benavides.

NLGJA Awards Deadline Extended to April 10

NLGJA – the Association of LGBTQ Journalists is excited to announce to our members and friends that the deadline for NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards has been extended to April 10. Submit today!

If you weren’t able to meet the original awards submission deadline, there’s still time to submit. Entries submitted between March 28 – April 10 may include an additional $40 processing fee unless noted otherwise.

NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards are presented each year at NLGJA’sNational Convention. The program was expanded to 30 categories in 2016 and awards are presented for work that was produced between January 1 and December 31, 2016. NLGJA is accepting nominations for the following award categories:

  • Journalist of the Year
  • Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBT Journalist of the Year
  • Excellence in Book Writing
  • Excellence in Feature Writing
  • Excellence in Feature Writing, Non-Daily
  • Excellence in Newswriting
  • Excellence in Newswriting, Non-Daily
  • Excellence in Photojournalism
  • Excellence in Profile Writing
  • Excellence in Sports Writing
  • Excellence in Student Journalism
  • Excellence in Travel Writing
  • Excellence in Blogging
  • Excellence in a Digital Edition
  • Excellence in Digital Video
  • Excellence in Multimedia
  • Excellence in Online Journalism
  • Excellence in Social Media
  • Excellence in Column Writing
  • Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing
  • Excellence in Documentary
  • Excellence in Local Television
  • Excellence in Network Television
  • Excellence in Podcasts
  • Excellence in Radio
  • Excellence in Bisexual Coverage
  • Excellence in Health or Fitness Coverage
  • Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage
  • Excellence in Transgender Coverage
  • The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism

For more information about individual awards, visit the NLGJA website. Please contact with questions.