The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

SPJ/LA Hosts Panel on Checkbook Journalism – July 27

July 10, 2010
Contact: Navid Nonahal, SPJ/LA
(818) 317-2234
SPJ/LA Hosts Panel on Checkbook Journalism:

An Old Dilemma for the New Media

The recent controversy around the Gizmodo tech blog’s decision to purchase a “lost” iPhone prototype for the sake of a scoop renewed the debate about the ethics and viability of checkbook journalism in today’s aggressive and competitive news environment.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites the public to join in a dialogue with a distinguished panel of experts to examine how this old dilemma is playing out in the brave new media world.


Panelists include:

  • Marc Cooper, contributing editor, The Nation.
  • Jon Healey, editorial writer, Los Angeles Times.
  • Sharon Waxman, founding editor/publisher, “The Wrap” website.

Joel Bellman, press deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, will moderate.


Panel Discussion: “Ka-Ching! Checkbook Journalism: An Old Dilemma for the New Media”


7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 27


Omni Hotel, Bradbury/Rose Room
251 S. Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA



$20 for SPJ members, $23 for non-members.  Light refreshments will be served.


Seating is limited, so please let us know whether you’re coming by Friday, July 23.  E-mail or call the SPJ/LA hotline at (323) 259-3350.


Validated parking will be available for $12 on Olive Street, or limited meter parking on Grand Avenue.

Details about the event will be posted on our Web site,

Panelists include: Marc Cooper, USC Annenberg Journalism School senior lecturer who serves as contributing editor to The Nation, as columnist forL.A. Weekly, and as a frequent contributor to The Atlantic; Jon Healey, an opinion writer and a member of the editorial board at the Los Angeles Times who created the Bit Player blog in 2006, and Sharon Waxman, award-winning journalist and author who, as a long-time observer of the entertainment industry, has covered studio sales and corporate mergers, the Academy Awards, the film festivals and the unusual personalities that make up Hollywood.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.