The Latest on AB 5

The San Diego Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists wants to make sure our members are aware of information available about AB 5, the law authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez that potentially impacts media outlets that work with freelance journalists. It took effect Jan. 1.

The state’s Labor & Workforce Development Agency has created a web portal that includes FAQs on AB 5, as well as information for both employers and workers. And the Employment Development Department is holding a series of “employment status” seminars to address questions about worker classification under AB 5. The seminars are geared toward employers, but freelancers are welcome to attend. Also, Gonzalez’s office has put together a fact sheet for freelancers and employers.

Finally, Gonzalez announced recently that she plans to introduce a bill in the coming weeks that will clarify AB 5’s business-to-business exemption and address concerns from independent contractors working in the fields of music and photography. We hope the bill will also raise the 35-submission cap for freelance journalists, and we will continue to work with Gonzalez’s office to ensure freelancers’ interests are represented in that amendment process.

Jan. 6 Event: What’s going on with newsroom unionization?

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There’s a notable trend going on in the news industry right now: Journalists at newspapers, radio stations, magazines and online news outlets are increasingly voting to join unions. NBC Digital, Hearst Magazines, The Arizona Republic, WHYY and the Miami Herald are just a handful of recent examples.
What are the driving forces behind this trend, and what have the outcomes been like for those newsrooms that have decided to unionize? And where does this trend leave freelancers?
Join SPJ San Diego on Monday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Whistle Stop Bar for a panel discussion on newsroom unions moderated by Courthouse News reporter Bianca Bruno. Our panelists will be:

Celebrate the Holidays with SD-SPJ

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Calling San Diego journalists: Celebrate the holidays and a great year of journalism at with the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at Stone Brewing at Liberty Station.

WHO: All San Diego media folks.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 5:30-9 p.m.

WHERE: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, # 116 San Diego, CA 92106

MORE DETAILS: When you arrive, grab a name tag so you can easily meet other San Diego media folks. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

RSVP and UPDATES: https://bit.ly/38bzBrm

EVENT: One Year After the Caravan: What We Learned About Covering the Border and Immigation

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Last November at the Tijuana-San Diego border, the migrant caravan arrived, and along with it, a flood of international coverage. Images of thousands of weary people, tear gas canisters, mothers fleeing with children, and makeshift shelters overflowing with sewage captured the public imagination. Yet as media attention waned and families remained at the border, what happened next?
Please join the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at San Diego Central Library‘s Shiley Special Events Suite (9th floor) on Wednesday, Nov. 6 for a lively discussion on the caravan, the border, and immigration policy. Our featured panelists are veteran journalists from Tijuana and San Diego who will reflect and share their thoughts about what unfolded in the year following the “caravan.”
Free and open to the public.
WHO:
Guillermo Arias, photographer, AFP Tijuana
Vicente Calderon, Editor, Tijuana Press
Inés García, reporter, Zeta
Jordi Lebrija, videographer, Reuters/ Associated Press / CNN
Maya Srikrishnan, reporter, Voice of San Diego
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 6
Light food/social hour starting at 6 p.m.
Program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Moderated by Erin Siegal McIntyre, investigative author
PARKING IS FREE WITH VALIDATION.
More details and updates: https://bit.ly/2VM3skn