• Now Accepting 2016 Journalism Scholarship Applications

    The Sacramento Press Club is now accepting online applications for the 2016 Journalism Scholarship Awards! Seven scholarships totaling $34,000 will be awarded, including two new scholarships honoring Bob Schmidt and Doug Willis! If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the field of Journalism, you are encouraged to apply. For more information about the scholarships available and eligibility requirements, visit http://sacpressclub.org/scholarships/

    The deadline is March 31, 2016.

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    SPC Holiday Mixer at KBAR

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    Catching up with Leah Horner, SPC’s 2015 Jerry Gillam Journalism Scholarship Recipient

    “Leah Horner here, recipient of the Jerry Gillam scholarship this year. I wanted to share some updates in my life!

    I just finished my internship on the east coast at WBOC in Salisbury, MD. It was everything I’d hoped it would be. I was able to go out with reporters every day for four days a week and report on anything from murders to fishing. I had the chance to sit in on a three day long court case about human trafficking, and I have to say it was a very educational three days. I can honestly say I find court fascinating and love covering cases. I also went to multiple crime scenes, which I found intense but exciting. There were a surprising amount of gun related murders this summer, and I was able to go to every crime scene. As hard as it was, I loved every minute of it.

    There were, of course, happy days as well. I helped cover an event where professional surfers from around the world came to Ocean City to teach kids with autism how to surf. I loved this story so much that I decided to write and edit my own version of it! Here’s a link if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LReRFUxx75Q

    I think they realized how much I love what I do because within just a few weeks, they were sending me out to shoot my own stories. I had to have a photographer with me for liability reasons, but I would get to put together my own stories that would air in their evening broadcasts. It was such an honor! By the end of my time, they had unofficially offered me a job. The managers would tell me if I dropped out of school and didn’t study abroad this fall, they’d hire me on the spot. It felt good to be so appreciated.

    I obviously couldn’t do that, so they told me they look forward to hiring me when I’m done with school. I definitely could see myself moving to east coast to work at WBOC in a few years.

    I’m currently in Brighton, England. I’ve only been here a few days, but it’s so different! I love it. I will be writing a study abroad column for my school, Cal Poly, while I am here. It’ll be nice to get more writing experience under my belt.

    Everything is chaotic and busy but it’s worth it! I want to thank everyone at SPC one more time for awarding me with such a generous scholarship. I can’t express how much it has helped me, especially through an unpaid internship and an expensive semester abroad.”

    If you or your company is interested in supporting Journalism scholarships, consider becoming a Press Club 50 member. For more information, visit http://sacpressclub.org/press-club-50/

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    Malika Saada Saar, Human Rights Attorney & Advocate

    Human rights attorney and advocate Malika Saada Saar has a long list of accomplishments, including leading the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that trafficked children, working to end the federal practice of shackling pregnant women in U.S. prisons and advocating for millions of dollars in federal funding for at-risk families. In addition to her title as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group, Saada Saar is Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), which focuses on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. and a member of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. The Obama White House selected her to serve on its Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

    Now Saada Saar has launched an effort called No Such Thing, a campaign to end the use of the term “child prostitute.” Sacramento Press Club welcomed Malika Saada Saar on October 22, 2015 to discuss her work helping some of the most vulnerable.

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    SPC Happy Hour Event

    When: Wednesday, October 16, 2015, 6-8pm
    Where: Vanguard, 1415 L St, Sacramento
    RSVP to sacpressclub@gmail.com

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    Catching up with Ben Egel, SPC’s 2015 Earl Squire Behrens Journalism Scholarship Recipient

    Interning for the Sacramento Bee has been a wonderful, exciting, challenging experience. I have been exposed to tools and techniques which can only be offered at a top-tier, large news organization, and will definitely miss the Bee’s technology when I return to school in the fall. Other lessons, however, will be easier to bring back. My resolve has been strengthened on gruesome crime stories, while my storytelling abilities have grown on thought-provoking features. Editors have trusted me to report on truly influential news, and are clear about what changes were made to my work and why they were made. I’ve worked hard on assignments and seen the results on my doorstep the next day, sometimes even on the front page. This summer, to me, marks my ascent into journalism’s big leagues and makes me feel much more confident about the daunting job search awaiting my graduation.

    Links to some of Ben’s work:
    http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article24937138.html
    http://www.sacbee.com/community/elk-grove/article27344980.html
    http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article28471426.html

    If you or your company is interested in supporting Journalism scholarships, consider becoming a Press Club 50 member. For more information, visit http://sacpressclub.org/press-club-50/

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    David Lesher, CALmatters Editor & CEO

    With a sharp decline in the number of reporters covering capital policy and politics, several innovative newsgathering platforms have emerged. The latest is CALmatters, which describes itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters, using a variety of partnerships and storytelling forms to reach audiences. CALmatters Editor and CEO David Lesher will fill in the Sacramento Press Club on the organization’s operations and goals.

    Lesher joined CALmatters in August 2015 after more than a year as a co-founder and a member of its Board of Directors. Previously, Lesher was the Sacramento-based Director of Government Affairs at the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan think tank focused on state policy. Lesher has more than 25 years of journalism experience, largely at the Los Angeles Times where he was a political writer, state Capitol reporter and assistant national editor for the White House campaign. He also served as editor of California Journal magazine and as California director for the New America Foundation.

    David Lesher was the SPC luncheon speaker on September 29, 2015 and discussed a new path for journalism to keep Californians informed about issues and decisions that affect their lives.

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    Catching Up With Brenna Lyles, SPC’s 2015 Jean Stephens Journalism Scholarship Recipient

    In May, I was awarded the Jean Stephens Sacramento Press Club Scholarship which, in turn, facilitated my summer internship at The Sacramento Bee. My ten week internship instantly proved to be professional, fast-paced, engaging, and challenging.

    The Sac Bee’s seasoned reporters and editors breed a newsroom environment of immense wit, insight, and intelligence – alongside a constant sense of urgency. Every day at The Bee comes with a surge of thrilling deadline-induced adrenaline. My first day, I found myself tossed into the mix and quickly realized the lofty expectations that came with being a Sac Bee intern. I am constantly motivated to push myself to my maximum potential and driven to deliver my most accurate and refined reporting.

    While at The Bee, I covered a broad spectrum of stories from wildfires to food, City Hall to transportation, drownings to business. I gained daily news and features reporting experience, with numerous opportunities to go into the field. Most memorably, I covered the opening of an Elk Grove transition house for the homeless – a demographic particularly close to my heart – and experienced the endless gratitude of those served. On a weekend shift, I was sent to the river to produce a video in response to river drownings, which yielded both humorous and insightful content.

    I gained photography, video reporting and editing skills to produce several media packages. Sac Bee legends – editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman, executive editor Joyce Terhaar, managing editor Scott Lebar, to name a few – offered personal insight and career advice to the interns. Perhaps most valuably, I was treated as a professional and provided the resources required to perform at a truly professional level.

    Photo: In the field covering The Wragg Fire in July

    If you or your company is interested in supporting Journalism scholarships, consider becoming a Press Club 50 member. For more information, visit http://sacpressclub.org/press-club-50/

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    “Conversations with media … over beer.” featuring “Going to the Dark Side”

    Attendees of the September 2015 “Conversations with Media” found out what it’s like to transition from Hack to Flack. Does it require a call to serve? A desire to escape the constantly shifting mandates of journalism? A shift in sociopolitical ideology? Or — let’s face it — a better paycheck and more free time to spend with friends and family? The event featured three Sacramento celebrities:
    Jeffrey Callison, former Capital Public Radio Insight host, now press secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
    Kevin Riggs, former KCRA 3 news anchor and political reporter, now senior vice president, Randle Communications
    Venus Stromberg, former bureau chief at Capitol Television News Service, now public information officer, Board of Equalization
    This was the second in a series of informal monthly gatherings hosted by the Sacramento Press Club to discuss a wide range of issues of interest to local journalists.
    We welcome suggestions for future topics.

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    Robert S. Nelsen, new President of Sacramento State University

    After nearly three decades as a leader in the Texas university system, Robert S. Nelsen has taken the helm of California State University, Sacramento with a bold mission: To dramatically boost graduation rates and reduce the amount of time it takes for students to acquire their degrees. Nelsen, a Montana native who still dons the cowboy boots of his rancher childhood, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Brigham Young University, and his doctorate from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. Nelsen is taking over at Sacramento State as the university looks to have an increasing role in the city’s economic footprint. He plans to work with the Sacramento region’s leaders and employers to increase the number of internships and service-learning opportunities for students. The Sacramento Press Club welcomed President Nelsen on August 14, 2015 as he laid out his vision for Sacramento State.

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