Save the Date: San Diego Media Groups’ Holiday Party

Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria
San Diego media groups are teaming up to host a low-key (and free!) holiday party at Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria at Liberty Station.

Who: Members of San Diego Press Club, San Diego SPJ Pro Chapter, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association San Diego, Online News Association San Diego, NATAS, PSW, and National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego/Tijuana

When: 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11

Where: Pisco Rotisserie and Cevicheria

Cost: Free

Food and Drink:



Fake news, real problem

Whether you’re a journalist or a news consumer, chances are you’ve heard the term “fake news.” Fake news is more than a label, it’s a problem journalists across the country are confronting when trying to gain the trust of their audience. As journalists, how do we combat these accusations while not dismissing our audience? Does research show any promising results when it comes to journalists correcting misinformation?

Join the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a discussion with:

Matt Hall, opinion director at The San Diego Union-Tribune

Rachel Laing, principal of Laing Strategic Communications

Rachel Moran, researcher and doctoral student at USC Annenberg

When: Tuesday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: The San Diego Central Library in the Shiley Special Events Suite 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Join us for a discussion on covering homelessness

Homelessness continues to be one of San Diego’s greatest public policy and humanitarian challenges. And with the county’s hepatitis A outbreak, news coverage of the crisis has only increased. How have journalists reported on our region’s homeless population and what myths persist? What data and reporting approaches can help elevate the stories they pursue?

Join San Diego SPJ for a wide-ranging discussion with:

Steve Breen, San Diego Union-Tribune

Kelly Davis, freelance reporter

Lisa Halverstadt, Voice of San Diego

Susan Murphy, KPBS

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 19

Where: California Western School of Law, 350 Cedar Street, Lecture Hall 2, San Diego, CA 92101


How you can help Houston journalism students; local media groups gathering

University of Houston

Houston scholarship help

In light of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication — which includes the university’s journalism program — has created an emergency scholarship fund for its students.

The San Diego Society of Professional Journalists chapter board would like to help.  We’ll match San Diego SPJ member donations to that emergency scholarship fund, up to $500 total.

Any amount can help, as many students have lost everything and must now choose between continuing college and acquiring basic necessities. Valenti School director Temple Northup says 100 percent of donations will benefit students in need.

To contribute, choose “Valenti Scholarship Fund” on this page: Please include “San Diego SPJ” in designating your online gift so that the San Diego SPJ chapter can match those funds. Thank you!

All media groups mixer

All members of the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego Press Club, San Diego Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association- San Diego, Online News Association- San Diego, and National Association of Hispanic Journalists- San Diego/Tijuana are invited to the 2017 Fall Bash at Stone Brewery in Liberty Station.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Tues., Sept. 26

Where: Stone Brewery, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA 92106


AAJA anniversary event

The San Diego chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association will celebrate its 31st anniversary with speakers including MSNBC & NBC News producer Aarne Heikkila and KPBS photojournalist Kris Arciaga, a tour inside NBC 7’s studio, the chance to leave with your own digital headshot, raffle prizes, and food. Donations support AAJA’s nonprofit programs and scholarships.

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Sat, Sept. 30

Where: NBC 7, 9680 Granite Ridge Dr., San Diego, CA 92123

RSVP: The fee is $15 for students and AAJA members, $20 for nonmembers. Buy tickets by Sept. 15th