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.

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