A Successful LA Exclusive

Photos by Matthew Mullins

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Beautiful weather complemented the June 20 L.A. Exclusive. 

Board member Senta Scarborough graciously donated a yearlong membership and National Convention registration that were raffled to event attendees.

NLGJA presented the  Lisa Ben Award to Marc Malkin, who has a long history of upholding NLGJA’s mission in his work.

“I think being out has made me a better journalist,” said Malkin as he accepted the award. “How can you ask someone to tell you their truth if you’re not living your own?”

The NLGJA Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage is presented each year to a journalist whose body of work is distinguished by insight and impact through engaging features on LGBTQ individuals, the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues. The award is named for the pseudonym Edythe Eyde used for her pioneering publication, Vice Versa. Eyde was the inaugural recipient of the award, and past winners have included Advocate Magazine Editorial Director Diane Anderson-Minshall and OutSports.com Co-Founder Cyd Zeigler.

Malin was with E! News for over a decade. He was the Managing Editor for film at E! News as well as an on-air correspondent. He’s also been a reporter, a writer and an online columnist. Malkin launched his celebrity journalism career more than 20 years ago at Premiere magazine. His first big assignment was shadowing Bette Midler for the magazine’s iconic Women in Hollywood issue. He went on to write, report and edit for The New York Daily News, Us Weekly, New York Magazine, Details, Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Weekly. Malkin began his career at Bay Windows, New England’s leading LGBTQ newspaper before being recruited by Gannett at NLGJA’s first job fair to work as a reporter at The Norwich Bulletin in Southeastern Connecticut. In 2014, he was named by The Advocate as one of the 50 Most Influential LGBTQ people in media. He has co-chaired the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles and is a longtime supporter of The Los Angeles LGBT Center. Originally from New York, Malkin now lives in Los Angeles with his husband Fabian and their two dogs, Jeb and Paca.

“I am humbled and full of gratitude,” said Malkin. “In the end, if being out and covering LGBTQ issues has helped just one kid know they’re not alone then I know I’ve done something right.”


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; LA@journalists.org

RSVP: Meetup.com





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 j360@journalists.org.

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 aajalaawards@gmail.com.

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 jawsfellows@gmail.com.



L.A. Exclusive a Success!

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The July 23 Los Angeles benefit event for NLGJA, L.A. Exclusive, was a great gathering of those who support our mission to advance fair and accurate news coverage of the LGBT community and issues.

Host Ken Miguel, NLGJA’s Vice President for Broadcast, took a few moments to reflect on the difficult and crucial work on of LGBT journalists in covering the Orlando massacre.

“Engaging news features on important issues to the LGBT community has been a hallmark of Diane’s work,” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus. “She has also brought her life experiences as a member of the LGBT community to her news features in a way that expands the understanding of the American public at large. Such accomplishments earned her the Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage of the LGBT Community and Issues.”

Anderson-Minshall, in thanking NLGJA for the award, noted how thrilled she was to get an award named for someone who was such a personal inspiration and also looked back on some examples of her body of work – including a feature reflecting on the UpStairs Lounge arson attack in New Orleans, which had previously been the worst mass killing of LGBT people in U.S. history – and the importance of LGBT journalists telling the stories of the LGBT community.

NLGJA-LA Statement on Orlando Shooting

With sadness, the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association is standing in solidarity and offer our most sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the massacre at Pulse bar in Orlando.

The horrific act of hate and violence took the lives of at least 49 people and left many seriously injured. Our hearts are with the friends and loved ones who are mourning today.

Hate and discrimination against many people of certain ethnicities, faiths, sexual orientations and gender identities still exist. However, we must not allow hatred to drive a wedge into our communities.

As journalists we walk a thin line in our efforts to bring accurate and fair coverage of the news. NLGJA wants to help journalists with questions about how to cover the LGBT community, and it has provided some tips as to how to do so at http://tinyurl.com/NLGJA-OpenLetter-Orlando.

Here are a few tips, as well as some information from NLGJA’s stylebook on how to handle terminology while covering this story. There’s even more on our website, NLGJA.org.

  1. Don’t assume someone’s sexual orientation. If it’s germane to the story (likely, in covering the Orlando shooting), ask how the person identifies.
  2. Don’t assume someone’s gender identity. If it’s germane to the story (possibly, in covering the Orlando shooting), ask how the person identifies.
  3. Don’t use gay to include lesbian, bisexual or transgender. It’s OK to use “gay” in headlines for space, but make sure to explain it further in the story.

To assist journalists, NLGJA offers a stylebook on common word choice and tip sheets on issues that affect our communities. You can find both at nlgja.org/resources. NLGJA also has professional development available through its Newsroom Outreach Program. The project was designed to help newsrooms better understand the complexities of covering our diverse communities, while remaining unbiased. Please feel free to NLGJA. The organization has members in local, national and international newsrooms who are experienced covering these issues.

Please feel free to donate to Equality Florida’s Go Fund Me page to help the victims and family of victims of this act of terror against the LGBT community.