Associated Press senior correspondent Linda Deutsch was one of several journalists to speak at the inaugural “Spring Training for Journalists,” held in Los Angeles.
Deutsch, the nation’s premier courtroom reporter, held a room spellbound with stories from her stellar career, including coverage of the Manson trial, the Patty Hearst case and the Michael Jackson trial.
Event organizer Sara Steffens, a staff rep for The Newspaper Guild and CWA, said Deutsch was fantastic. “She said she would agree to accept a speaking engagement only because she loves the Guild so much,” Steffens said.
Also speaking at the event, held Feb. 9 at Los Angeles City College, was TNG President Bernie Lunzer. “There is a future: You should be optimistic about it,” he told the group of about 75 journalists.
They were attending a day-long training event. It was modeled on a series that’s been popular in the San FranciscoBay area. “From my point of view, journalism is being reborn,” Lunzer said in his opening remarks.
Organized by journalists and for journalists, the “Spring Training” series is supported by a Strategic Industry Fund grant as both a benefit to members and an outreach tool for those unfamiliar with the Guild and CWA. The goal is to bring journalists together from a variety of print, broadcast and online media to update their skills and rekindle their enthusiasm for their careers.
Admission was free to dues-paying members of CWA, including those from NABET andthe Guild, and to journalism students at LA City College, which co-sponsored the event by providing free classrooms and student volunteers.
Other workshops included new media topics such as “Beginning Data Visualization” and “Making the Most of Mobile Video” to nuts and bolts sessions like “Covering Healthcare Reform” and “The Business of Freelancing,” featuring advice from a panel of independent journalists.