LA Press Club establishes a Journalist Emergency Fund with the help of HFPA

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LA Press Club has established an emergency fund to help Southern California journalists affected by the current pandemic and/or the changing media landscape.

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRUnderground) March 27th, 2020

Los Angeles Press Club is pleased to announce the establishment of an Emergency Fund for Southern California journalists. The fund is made possible through a grant from HFPA, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has long been committed to giving back to the community,” said Lorenzo Soria, President of the HFPA. “The pandemic has greatly impacted our industry and we wanted to provide aid to fellow journalists in these difficult and uncertain times.”

The fund is immediately open for applications, recognizing the hardship put on journalists through the Corona virus pandemic and/or the changing media landscape.
Applicants do not need to be members of Los Angeles Press Club nor HFPA, but need to reside in Southern California. The application form is available on the LA Press Club website and the distribution of the funds will start in April.

“So many of our colleagues are on the front lines covering the Coronavirus pandemic trying to keep you—and themselves—safe. Other journalists are reeling from the economic impact –pay cuts, reduced hours, loss of jobs and the realization some jobs may not be coming back soon,’’ said LA Press Club President Emeritus and NBC4 Anchor/Reporter Robert Kovacik. “We are very grateful to our friends at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who reached out to us with the willingness to help journalists who may be struggling during this difficult time.” Kovacik will spearhead the Emergency Fund Committee.

Los Angeles Press Club is hoping to make this a permanent emergency fund. To contribute to the fund contact Los Angeles Press Club. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

The club hosts two major awards shows each year, the SoCal Journalism Awards and the National A&E Journalism Awards. More information at

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 by a group of entertainment journalists based in Los Angeles. Since 1944, the group has hosted the annual Golden Globe® Awards – the premier ceremony which honors achievements in both television and film. The licensing fees from the Golden Globe® Awards has enabled the organization to donate more than $37.5 million to more than 70 entertainment-related charities, film restoration, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts over the last 25 years. For more information, please

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The Los Angeles Press Club stands as an organization devoted to improving the spirit of journalism and journalists, raising the industry’s standards, strengthening its integrity and improving its reputation all for the benefit of the community at large. Serving the Southland since 1913, it is the only Southern California journalism group that speaks for all journalists working for daily and weekly newspapers, radio & TV, magazines, documentary films and online.

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