Pasadena Reporter Justin Chapman Wins Three LA Press Club Journalism Awards

Pasadena journalist Justin Chapman won the 1st place award in the Travel Reporting category at the 64th annual Los Angeles Press Club’s Southern California Journalism Awards on June 25th, 2022 for his story about Slab City in Culture Honey Magazine, a Pasadena-based digital publication. More than 2,000 entries were submitted this year.

“Great descriptive writing, and the character of Jinxy Bonesaw really brings this quirky arts community to life,” the judges wrote about Chapman’s winning article, “Off-Season in Slab City, USA.” “It allows for readers to become more invested in traveling to this place themselves, which accomplishes the intended goals of a travelogue.”

Slab City is known as the “last free place in America,” a “decidedly anti-capitalist, nomadic art community in the desert near the Salton Sea where fringe members of society live rent free in makeshift camps,” Chapman wrote.

Chapman also won two 3rd place awards in the TV/Public Affairs category for hosting the Pasadena news talk show “NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman” on Pasadena Media, and in the Entertainment Features category for his story about Paradise Springs in LAist, “The Hedonistic History Of Paradise Springs, Where Early Hollywood Went Wild.

“It was an honor to be recognized among so many excellent journalists who are doing the hard work to keep our communities informed,” Chapman said.

Story by Pasadena Reporter Receives Los Angeles Press Club Awards

Pasadena reporter and Pasadena Media Foundation grant recipient Justin Chapman received two awards from the Los Angeles Press Club in recognition for his Alta Journal article about the death of "Mad" Mike Hughes titled The Daredevil Who Reached for the Stars.

The prestigious annual Southern California Journalism Awards were announced October 16th, 2021.

Chapman's second place award was in the Hard News (one day's coverage of a hard news story) category and third place in the Obituary / In Appreciation (politics / business / arts personalities) category.

Pasadena Now Reporter Justin Chapman Wins Two LA Press Club Journalism Awards
Alta Journal Takes Home Five First-Place Honors, 18 Total at SoCal Journalism Awards

Pasadena Media Foundation Grant Awarded to Reporter Justin Chapman

The Pasadena Media Foundation has awarded a grant to reporter Justin Chapman to purchase transcription software used in the production of local news coverage. Chapman reports for a variety of media outlets including Pasadena Now, LAist, Well Read and NewsRap Local.

"It's such a time saver. I can't believe I did journalism for 17 years without it. Thanks so much," said Chapman.

Justin Chapman (left) interviews former Pasadena Mayor and current mayoral advisor Rick Cole on NewsRap Local
Justin Chapman (left) interviews former Pasadena Mayor and current mayoral advisor Rick Cole on NewsRap Local

From left to right: James Farr, Bryce McClain, Noah Griffen and Pasadena councilman Tyrone Hampton

John Muir Scholar Noah Griffen Awarded $7500 Scholarship from Filmmakers

June 7, 2021 - Last Thursday, in front of an intimate group of community members, John Muir graduate Noah Griffin accepted the $7500 inaugural Anthony McClain Social Justice Scholarship. Griffin will attend Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the Fall.

Funding for the scholarship came from the proceeds and donations from the documentary film “Thorns on the Rose: Black Abuse, Corruption & the Pasadena Police.”

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The Conversation Live and Pasadena Black Pages Awarded Pasadena Media Foundation Grants

James Farr's The Conversation Live topical news interview program (photo above) on The Arroyo Channel and the Pasadena Black Pages news service were recently awarded grants by the Pasadena Media Foundation to support continued distribution of high-quality local journalism.

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The Pasadena Media Foundation’s mission is ‘to promote high-quality local journalism within the community.’