Ron Bonn, former SD-SPJ member and veteran journalist

Ron Bonn, a former member of the San Diego SPJ chapter board and a veteran journalist whose long broadcasting career included producing stints with such esteemed newsmen as Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw, has died. He was 88.

Bonn will be remembered as a passionate journalist who in his later years became an educator, passing on his journalistic knowledge to 400 University of San Diego students over the course of 10 years. In a farewell message he penned for the San Diego SPJ website in 2012 marking the end of his USD teaching job, he looked back on his 40-year career in TV news and said,” I understood that I had done what the Brits tell us to do: ‘Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.’”

Bonn won three Emmys during his broadcasting career and after retiring from television news, he co-wrote the book, “How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness.” A prolific letter writer in his post retirement years, Bonn covered a broad spectrum of issues dear to him in his missives to the Union-Tribune,  from the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment to the GOP tax reform efforts and sexual harassment.

SPJ was fortunate to have benefited from his years of wisdom and volunteer service. In that piece he wrote reflecting on his  teaching years, Bonn reminded so many of us why we crave journalism: “Perhaps the greatest single advantage of a career in journalism,” he mused, “is that you never stop learning.”

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SD-SPJ Wins National Award, Reminds Members to Vote in National SPJ Elections

The San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was recognized Thursday as the 2018 National Outstanding Large Pro Chapter at the Excellence in Journalism national SPJ conference. National President Rebecca Baker noted in particular our chapter’s work in several areas, including campus relations, diversity, and community education to enhance media literacy in the public.

This award marks the second time in four years that SD-SPJ has earned this honor. Congratulations to our 2017-2018 board members for their leadership. And thanks to all our members for your participation in the many activities that collectively make our chapter, officially, the best in the country!

REMINDER: It’s time to elect your national SPJ board and officers! All SPJ members should have received by now an official email with instructions for voting in the national election. Interviews and podcasts with all the candidates for national office can be found here. SD-SPJ has endorsed chapter past-president and current board member Matt Hall for national secretary-treasurer.

SD-SPJ’s Final Election Results, Banquet Ticket Deadline

San Diego SPJ’s Final Election Results

SPJ San Diego congratulates incumbent Tom Jones of NBC 7 San Diego for winning another two-year term on the SPJ board after an uprecendented runoff election last week.

The board also voted Tuesday to select its officers for the new year.

Voice of San Diego reporter Lisa Halverstadt will remain president and Jones, executive investigative producer for NBC 7, will serve as vice president. Bey-Ling Sha, director of SDSU’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, will serve as secretary and Andrew Kleske, reader outreach editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune, will stay on as treasurer.

Check out our complete list of SPJ board members here.

The board is looking forward to discussing plans for the upcoming year in coming weeks. If you’ve got an idea, email the board at spjsandiego@gmail.com.

Banquet Ticket Deadline Coming Up

The deadline to buy tickets to San Diego SPJ’s annual awards banquet is coming up this Friday!

We’re proud to honor our region’s many talented journalists and 2018 Journalist of the Year Andrew Keatts, assistant editor and senior investigative reporter for Voice of San Diego. Check out our complete list of winners here. You’ll have to wait until the banquet to find out who won what!

Please join us to celebrate Keatts and all of this year’s award winners at our annual banquet on Tuesday, July 17, at Kona Kai.

What: SD-SPJ 2018 awards banquet

When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m.

Where: The Kona Kai Resort & Spa, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106. Cocktail hour on the Point Loma Terrace, banquet in the Ballroom.

Cost: $60 per person, $50 for students, $480 for reserved tables of eight

Registration: Please register and pay here.

The event usually sells out, so don’t delay. Register and purchase your tickets today!

Important SPJ San Diego Election Updates

SPJ San Diego’s election results are in and we need your help – again.

We’ve got a tie. Board candidates Tom Jones and Erin Siegal McIntyre received the same number of votes in our recent election and our bylaws require that we schedule a runoff. Our runoff election starts Thursday, June 27 and runs through Saturday, July 7 and we’d encourage you to vote ASAP. Check your email registered with SD-SPJ for login information.

If there is another tie, the sitting SPJ board has voted to flip a coin but we’re hoping you’ll vote and help us avoid that outcome.

To help you learn more about the two candidates, we’ve asked Jones and McIntyre to answer a few questions about themselves. You can check out their responses here.

We’ve also got some exciting news.

Andrew Bowen and Brooke Binkowski have been elected to join our SPJ board. Kelly Davis, Andrew Kleske, Elliot Spagat and Megan Wood were re-elected. Learn more about Bowen, Binkowski and all our board members here.

Update on Voice of San Diego Lawsuit Fighting San Diego Unified’s New Email Policy

On May 31, Voice of San Diego filed a temporary restraining order against the San Diego Unified School District to stop a scheduled June 1 email purge, the result of a new records retention policy. On Friday, June 22, Superior Court Judge Ronald Styn heard arguments from attorneys for the school district, Voice of San Diego, and from San Diegans for Open Government, which had also sued over the policy.

The judge’s tentative ruling, issued the day before, was in favor of Voice of San Diego’s argument that the district’s records retention policy violates state law. On Friday, in order to give SDUSD the chance to respond to arguments filed by San Diegans for Open Government, Styn continued the hearing to Aug. 24, when he expects to have a final decision.

San Diego SPJ is encouraged by Styn’s tentative ruling. As we’ve noted, other large school districts in California retain emails for at least two years, and we have concerns that San Diego Unified’s email retention policy will result in the deletion of vital public records.

RSVP for the awards banquet

SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter’s annual awards banquet is coming up in a couple weeks.

We’re proud to honor 2018 Journalist of the Year: Andrew Keatts, assistant editor and senior investigative reporter for Voice of San Diego, and our region’s many talented journalists. Check out our complete list of winners here. You’ll have to wait until the banquet to find out who won what!

Please join us to celebrate Keatts and all of this year’s award winners at our annual banquet on Tuesday, July 17, at Kona Kai.

What: SD-SPJ 2018 awards banquet

When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m.

Where: The Kona Kai Resort & Spa, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106. Cocktail hour on the Point Loma Terrace, banquet in the Ballroom.

Cost: $60 per person, $50 for students, $480 for reserved tables of eight

Registration: Please register and pay here.

The event usually sells out, so don’t delay. Register and purchase your tickets today!