EIJ Pre-Conference Mixer

Join us for a happy hour mixer in Anaheim the evening before the 2017 Excellence in Journalism conference begins! Bring your friends and colleagues — McFadden’s is willing to extend the happy hour menu to attendees after the usual happy hour time slot if there’s a large enough group (40+), meet us in the patio.

Participating local groups include the Online News Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association Los Angeles, Asian American Journalists Association Los Angeles; the California Chican@ News Media Association/National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Journalism and Women Symposium of Southern California; National Association of Black Journalists Los Angeles; and the Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles.

Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6
Venue: McFadden’s Anaheim, 400 Disney Way, Anaheim
Details: http://tinyurl.com/EIJ-Pre-ConferenceMixer


2017 Outfest Volunteer Fest

By NLGJA Board Member Ande Richards

Outfest’s 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, July 6 through 16, had a little something for everyone, and volunteers weren’t the exception.

Sierra Schepmann, a Queer filmmaker who volunteers at the festival, said “Maybe Tomorrow” impressed her the most. It was a gorgeous film made in the Philippines.

Click here to read more.

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 elections@nlgja.org. 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 elections@nlgja.org.

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