2013 OC Press Club Journalism Awards
The O.C. Press Club is pleased to announce the 2013 journalism awards.
To qualify, stories must have been published in an O.C.-based publication or website/blog, or written by an O.C.-based writer
(local writers in national publications allowed).
Only stories/photographs/videos published or posted between Jan. 1, 2012
and December 31, 2012 will be considered.
Entry deadline: Extended to Monday, June 3, 2013.
Download the complete list of categories and rules HERE
To join the OC Press Club and be eligible to enter the Journalism Contest,
please visit our Home Page
2013 Entry Payments:
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OC PRESS CLUB MIXER
Wednesday, February 6 / 6 - 7:30 pm
The OC Press Club is holding its first mixer of 2013 on Wednesday, February 6, at Bistango Restaurant, 19100 Von Karman Ave in Irvine.
Come and mingle with fellow journalists while you enjoy hosted appetizers and happy hour drink specials.
Cost is FREE for members and $5 for non-members (pay at the door).
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Covering Social Protest Movements in a Age of Social Media
Last fall, the OC Press Club, in conjunction with Cal State University, Fullerton, applied for a grant from The Robert R. McCormick Foundation (in partnership with The Poynter Institute) to host a Specialized Reporting Institute designed to meet the growing need to provide journalists and others with subject-specific expertise and practical reporting training on issues in the news.
Our proposed institute was on the topic of "Covering Social Protest Movements in a Age of Social Media," which drew its inspiration from the Kelly Thomas case.
Earlier this year, seven organizations were selected to receive grants, including the OC Press Club.
Our three-day Specialized Reporting Institute was held at California State University, Fullerton Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29, 2012. The goal was to help journalists become better aware of the nature of social protest movements, their ability to arise through social networking, and how journalists can improve their coverage of these events.
Academic and journalistic experts led discussions of social media as catalysts for social protest movements, case studies on the Occupy and Tea Party movements, and how to cover these important stories.
To learn more about the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the workshop, visit http://coveringsocialprotests.fullerton.edu
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ORANGE COUNTY PRESS CLUB HOLDS ANNUAL AWARDS GALA ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 AT ENCORE DINNER THEATRE IN TUSTIN
OC Press Club presents 57 Awards in 20 Categories
2012 Sky Dunlap Award is presented to Peter Weitzner,
Director of Broadcast Journalism at Chapman University's
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Nearly five dozen awards in 20 categories were presented to local reporters, editors and photographers during the annual OC Press Club Journalism Awards Gala, held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the elegant Encore Dinner Theatre & Club in Tustin.
The Gala began at 6 p.m. with a no-host cocktail reception and silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items as only the OC Press Club can unearth.
A 7 p.m., attendees moved into the theatre for an evening of entertainment, dining and awards, hosted by OC Press Club President Christopher Trela. A four course gourmet dinner, created by Encore executive chef Lori Zappas, was served as Encore presented highlights from its current show SWING: A Big Band Musical Revue. Local singer-songwriter Samantha Smith also performed.
During the dinner, the OC Press Club bestow journalism scholarships on four deserving college students: Alyssa Duranty ($1,000 Vi Smith Memorial Scholarship), Kevin Lara, Daniel Langhorne, and Amanda Starrantino--all from Chapman University.
This year, the OC Press Club presented the 2012 Sky Dunlap Award (named after a tall OC journalist who encouraged civic engagement) to Peter Weitzner, Director of Broadcast Journalism at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Business Anchor for PBS SoCal's "Real Orange" show, and Host/Producer of The Chapman Business Report, for his longtime contributions to Orange County broadcast journalism and the community.
"This award means a lot for two reasons," Weitzner said. "It reinforces what I was counseled to do by some good people over the years, and have tried to put into practice--that helping others is the greatest reward in this career...and in life. And receiving this Sky Dunlap from some of the people I most respect in Orange County Journalism, people I've known over two decades, is also very affirming."
OC Press Club board member Kedric Frances hosted the awards segment of the evening, adding brief judges comments as he handed out 57 framed certificates and cut class trophies to the winners.
"We had over 300 entries this year, more than we've had in several years," noted Trela. "The judges had some difficult choices to make, so I know the winning entries represent the best in Orange County journalism."
View/download a list of the 2012 Journalism Awards winners.