Aug. 19 Bench-Bar Event: Meeting This Moment

The year 2020 first brought stay-at-home orders and unprecedented closures of the court system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then sustained protests over police treatment of African-Americans. During this extraordinary year, the Bench has grappled with how to maintain access to the courts. The Bar has confronted COVID-related challenges to the practice of law and its role in ensuring equal access to justice. Finally, media outlets have worked overtime to cover it all while managing unusual new obstacles to newsgathering. Panelists will discuss local efforts to confront these issues from their respective roles as legal community activists, journalists and law enforcement officials.

When: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 19

Who: Hon. Dwayne Moring, Moderator, San Diego Superior Court, South County Supervising Judge

Dana Littlefield, Public Safety Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Adam Racusin, Investigative Reporter, 10News

Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney

Andrea St. Julian, President, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association; Co-Chair, San Diegans for Justice

Where: Zoom link provided with registration

Register here.

San Diego SPJ Unveils Journalist Relief Fund

Journalists have kept the world informed during the Covid-19 pandemic but have also suffered economic and job losses. San Diego is no exception, with layoffs and furloughs at print, radio, television, and digital news organizations across the county. 

We want to help.

The San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is creating a Journalist Relief Fund. We’ve allocated $1,500 for $250 grants to media colleagues who’ve lost work. We know it’s not going to cover rent, but we hope the grants will provide some relief. 

Those wishing to apply for a grant don’t need to be members of SD-SPJ, but they must work (or have worked) in San Diego County. The application deadline is midnight Sunday, Aug. 2. You can check out the application here.

We are also accepting donations from those wishing to contribute to the SD-SPJ Journalist Relief Fund via our PayPal account. Please note: Donations are not tax-exempt, but they will go a long way. To donate, click here.

For questions related to the Journalism Relief Fund, email spjsandiego@gmail.com.

Election Results Are In

San Diego SPJ’s annual election results are in. Congratulations to new board members Jill Castellano of inewsource, Kendra Sitton of San Diego Community Newspaper Group and freelance journalist Jared Whitlock. They join returning re-elected board members Andrew Bowen, Kelly Davis, Andrew Kleske and Tom Jones.

Thanks to outgoing board members Brooke Binkowski, Elliot Spagat and Megan Wood for their service on behalf of San Diego’s journalism community.

You can learn more about the San Diego SPJ board here.