NLGJA-LA Joins the Alliance: SoCal Journalist Community

A new alliance of journalism groups in the area has formed: the SoCal Journalists Community.

The Facebook group and email newsletter, includes listings and events from the Southern California groups of the Asian American Journalists Association, CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California/National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, National Lesbian Gay Journalists Association, the Online News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Request an invite on Facebook or sign up for the email list.

Media Bowling Night

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

When:  6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 9

Where:  Montrose Bowl, 2334 Honolulu Ave., Montrose

Cost: $15

Details: (818) 249-3895;






The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southern California regional group of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will be joining ONA LA, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and NLGJA (Association of LGBT Journalists) for Media Bowling Night on Sunday, April 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Montrose Bowl (2334 Honolulu Ave, Montrose). At the event, you’ll also have the chance to find out about Journalism 360 grants from the Online News Association, scholarships from AAJA-LA and fellowships from JAWS.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Journalism 360 grants

Applications are now open through April 10 for a new initiative from the Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and ONA, allocating $250,000 in funding explore new ideas in immersive storytelling. They are looking for projects that help advance the field of journalism using new technologies like VR, AR and 360 video. The application and FAQ for the Journalism 360 Challenge are available here.

The Journalism 360 project doesn’t end with the grant challenge. They will also be planning events, training programs and networking opportunities around immersive content and creating a larger curriculum to help educate and empower creators in the coming year. If you have questions about J360, please reach out to Program Director Laura Hertzfeld. She is based in Venice and is available to discuss the project, collaboration opportunities, and anything else! You can reach her at

AAJA-LA scholarships

Students: Apply by April 16 for a $2,500 scholarship! In addition to $2,500 in tuition assistance, they will pay for scholarship recipients to attend this year’s AAJA convention in Philadelphia, July 26 to 29.

From its inception in 1981, AAJA-LA has been committed to supporting the next generation of journalists. Through the years, the chapter has made the scholarship program the centerpiece of its fundraising efforts. In addition to several general awards, the chapter gives two scholarships in memory of early members of its chapter: the Sam Chu Lin Memorial Scholarship, given to a promising broadcast student, and the Peter Imamura Memorial Scholarship, with preference given to a student who is from the Inland Empire or who demonstrates special financial need.

Questions? Contact

JAWS fellowships

The Journalism and Women Symposium each year raises money to support their fellowship program, bringing women who are just starting their careers to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) as well as those looking to transition into the next step of their career. They invite them to meet some of the organization’s trailblazers, feel inspired by learning new skills and also share their energy and enthusiasm with the group. Fellowship applications for this year’s conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas in October open April 15 and questions can be directed to



IRP Fellowship: Gender and LGBTI Rights

Photo by Carey Wagner, a 2015 Fellow reporting from Indonesia and a 2012 Fellow reporting from Papua New Guinea. Carey can be followed on Twitter @photocarey and on Instagram @careywagner

Deadline to apply for gender and LGBTI rights reporting fellowships is March 24th

The International Reporting Project will be closing the application period for reporting on global gender and LGBTI rights on Friday, March 24th at 11:59pm EST. This deadline is for projects requiring travel by July 2017. The IRP will put out a new call for applications for this same grant later in the year, and encourage applicants hoping to travel in the fall or winter to hold their applications until the next round is announced.
IRP continues to accept applications, on a rolling basis, to report on global religion issues.


Convention Early Bird Rate Deadline

NLGJA is offering a special, heavily-discounted Early Bird Rate through March 26Register now to take advantage of the discount, and don’t forget to make your hotel reservations online now to be included in the NLGJA room block.

The 2017 NLGJA National Convention will be held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel from September 7-10. The event will welcome over 350 journalists and media professionals for outstanding networking, development and social opportunities. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located steps from Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, in addition to attractions like City Hall and the Reading Terminal Market. This National Convention is not one to be missed.

Love is in the Air: Valentine’s Mixer

Join NLGJA-LA and CCNMA/NAHJ-LA in sharing love and friendship at the landmark, LGBT-friendly, Latino, Casita del Campo in Silverlake.

When:  Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Details: (323) 662-4255


Our NLGJA-LA Board Family Just Got Bigger!

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating our newest board members Senta S. Scarborough and Ande Richards.

sentascarboroughSenta S. Scarborough is the vice president of outreach and membership for NLGJA-LA. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a master in fine arts in creative arts and writing for the performing arts at the University of California Riverside Palm Desert. She focuses on screenwriting and creative non-fiction projects. She is an award-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated producer. She also serves on the board of directors for the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.


ande_richardsAnde Richards is NLGJA-LA’s vice president of programming and events. She has a knack for getting people to open up. She likes to tell stories and wants to make that her career. She shares her personal stories and comments on current events in her Dropstitch column in the Los Angeles Collegian. She has an interest in under-reported communities and often delves into social justice issues like that of the recently exonerated San Antonio 4, who she will be chronicling online. She has a bachelor of arts in Theatre Arts and is a Telly Award-winning filmmaker. She studies journalism at Los Angeles City College where she has worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Collegian newspaper and Collegian Times magazine.

Gay in LA Freelance Writer Wanted


Gay in LA is seeking a freelance journalist interested to write feature stories and profiles. The Gay in LA is an LGBTQ news website based in Los Angeles that provides coverage of the city.
The freelance journalists should be comfortable writing and/or working with video.
Qualified and interested individuals should submit a résumé and cover letter to John McHugh-Dennis at