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    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra- May 15

    Since Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him to the post in January, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) has jumped feet first into California’s resistance to Trump Administration policies. He is using the courts to oppose Trump’s travel bans, cuts to women’s’ health care services, and rollbacks of environmental standards. He also continues with the everyday business of the state’s top law enforcement officer while he prepares to run in the 2018 election to keep his position. Join the Sacramento Press Club for our next luncheon May 15, when we invite Becerra to discuss his new role and his plans to lead California’s Department of Justice.

    A Sacramento native and a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School, Becerra became Attorney General after representing central Los Angeles in Congress for more than 20 years. He also worked as a deputy attorney general under John Van de Kamp and served in the California Assembly for two years before running for Congress. Becerra received undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Monday, May 15
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    RSVP Deadline: Friday, May 12 at 5pm

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    Julie Soderlund Memorial Scholarship Fund & Event

    Join us on Wednesday, April 19th from 6-8pm at Ten22 to celebrate Julie Soderlund’s impact and legacy on the Capitol community as we raise funds for a Sacramento Press Club scholarship in her honor.

    Only 70 tickets are available, which includes complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar. Sponsorships are available, please contact laura@lbqstrategies.com for more information.

    Nearly one year ago, we lost one of our best and brightest to cancer. Known to the Capitol press corps as “Thumbs” for her speedy typing during media scrums outside Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office, Julie was respected by reporters and colleagues alike for her professionalism, work ethic and talent.

    During her time in Sacramento, Julie held various positions such as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Press Secretary, Press Secretary for his re-election campaign, Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications for Carly Fiorina’s U.S. Senate campaign and junior partner of Wilson-Miller Communications. In 2012, Julie accepted a position with an international company based in Lausanne, Switzerland; once there, she quickly rose to the position of Vice President of Communications. Julie passed away on April 28, 2016, due to complications associated with Stage IV melanoma; she was 38 years old.

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    –Julie’s blog: http://www.mydetourdeforce.com/

    –Ex-Schwarzenegger communications aide Julie Soderlund dies at 38: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article74712142.html

    –Remembering Julie Soderlund: http://www.girlsonthegrid.com/julie-soderlund/

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    2016 Journalism Scholarship Winners

    Congratulations to Jessica Hice, Taylor Buck, Brittany Murphy, Leah Horner, Jonathan Ayestas, Celina Oseguera and Gabriel Sandoval, the 2016 Journalism Scholarship recipients.

    The $4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Jessica Hice, a previous SPC scholarship winner. Jessica will be a senior at Sacramento State in the fall. The judges were impressed with the progress she has made in the past year, including attending the University of California’s political reporting boot camp and winning an internship this spring at the Sacramento Bee. In addition, she has taken advantage of the Press Club-affiliated Millennials in Media mentoring program. In the fall, she will not only continue to work on the campus paper, the Hornet, but will also be president of the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

    The $4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship, the winner was Taylor Buck. The Skelton scholarship is earmarked for promising students who come up through community college and are at the beginning of their journalism studies. Taylor is a Sac City College student who will be attending Sacramento State in the fall to pursue a political science degree with the aspiration of becoming a political reporter. She has already interned on political campaigns, completed classes in reporting and written pieces for the campus newspaper.

    The $4,000 Bob Schmidt scholarship winner was Brittany Murphy, who is a graduate student at UC Berkeley. Her medium is photography rather than print or broadcast. She had already established herself as a five-year veteran of commercial photography when she decided to go back to school because of her passion for daily journalism. In the first year of her Berkeley program, she completed an internship as a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle and is now beginning one at KQED that will help her with her videography skills, critical for today’s multimedia news platforms. Eventually, she aspires to work for AP, Reuters, or the Sacramento Bee.

    The $4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Leah Horner, a previous SPC scholarship winner. Leah has completed an internship at an east coast TV station, attended a journalism study abroad program in England, and participated in a National Press Photographers Association conference to learn about story-telling techniques. The judges felt that the story clips she submitted as part of her application are not only of high professional quality but also demonstrate that she already has a keen eye for finding stories to tell. A native of Sacramento, Leah will be finishing her bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year, and we expect to see her launch her career in broadcast news soon after.

    The recipient of the $4,000 Doug Willis scholarship was Jonathan Ayestas, who will be a senior at Sacramento State. Already working at his second internship for Capital Public Radio, Jonathan is part of the digital news team. He serves a similar role at Sac State’s Hornet, where he is Digital Managing Editor. As he wrote in his application, “I curate the social media and instruct writers and editors how to think outside a print-centered mindset. It is important to increase engagement on social media platforms because it helps drive traffic back to our website.” Jonathan told the judges he sees a huge potential for growth in digital media – and the judges saw a lot of potential in Jonathan and his forward-looking approach to journalism.

    The $6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship, the winner was Celina Oseguera, a native of Linden in San Joaquin County who will soon be a senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Celina grabbed the judges’ attention with her creative graphics that put data in context and made complex stories easier for readers to understand. Her passion for journalism and the positive role reporters can play was also evident in her application letter. She wrote, “We don’t write for fame. We don’t write for glory. We don’t write to flaunt our bylines. We write as a voice to the voiceless, a fighter for the oppressed and as a bull dog for those who want answers but live in a world with entities that refuse to give them.” With her eye for graphic design and embrace of data mining, the judges believe Celina has a solid skill set to help her become the journalist she aspires to be.

    The $8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Gabriel Sandoval, who will be a senior at Chico State this fall. Last year, Gabriel was one of five students selected nationwide to participate in ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program, and he will soon begin a two-and-a-half month internship at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Currently, he writes for the campus newspaper, the Orion, as well as freelances for the Chico Enterprise-Record. Gabriel said his goal is to “muckrake.” He wrote in his application letter, “Too often I hear about officials abusing their power, wielding influence for their own sake, not the public’s. As a journalist, I feel obligated to hold those people accountable. Shining light on communities plagued by darkness and creating positive change in them is what I do now, will do in the future and will do for a living for many years to come.”

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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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    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.

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    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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    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/

  • Support Journalism Scholarships! Join the Press Club 50!

    The “Sacramento Press Club 50” is an exclusive group of individuals and community organizations who provide key annual support for the club’s Journalism Scholarship Fund. In 2015, $34,000 was awarded to seven students, including scholarships honoring national TV figure Joan Lunden, the Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters, and former Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Fairbanks.

    For a contribution of $1,500 or more, Press Club 50 members will receive annual benefits while helping journalism students pursue their education. Contributions to the Sacramento Press Club, an IRS-approved nonprofit, are generally tax deductible.
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