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Posts Tagged ‘Phillip Zonkel’

LGBT Journo Panel Will Address Being ‘Out in the Newsroom’

Our friend Phillip Zonkel has let us know about a Saturday March 2 event that he will be taking part in. Zonkel, along with CNN’s Miguel Marquez, LA Times reporter Bettina Boxall, NBC LA’s Mekahlo Medina and LAT assistant travel editor Jane Engle will talk about what it’s like to be an openly gay reporter.

“Out in the Newsroom: A Look at LGBT Coverage and Careers in Journalism” is being sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and Los Angeles Press Club. It will take place at the latter organization’s 4773 Hollywood Blvd. HQ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is to be moderated by Variety political editor Ted Johnson. The suggested donation is $5.

By the way, Zonkel is nominated this year at the GLAAD Media Awards for his Long Beach Press-Telegram two-part investigation of bullying of LGBT high school youth and the willful disregard by certain school districts of state measures designed to mitigate this very ugly phenomenon.

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Topanga Filmmaker Set to Tell the Story of Hollywood’s First Female Director

Earlier today, at Kickstarter deadline, Wendy Haines squeaked past her target goal of $100,000. As a result, many will soon be educated about the remarkable and largely forgotten story of Hollywood trailblazer Dorothy Arzner.

As Hopkins told Long Beach Press-Telegram reporter Phillip Zonkel earlier this week for his personal blog “Out in the 562,” the story of Azner stretches well beyond three silent films, 14 “talkies” and the invention of the boom mike:

“Dorothy was a compelling character. She made her place in a completely male world,” says Haines. “Her drive to do what she loved in spite of the world around her telling her it wasn’t possible inspires me.”

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Celebrating the Journalism Accomplishments of Jeanne Cordova

To mark the arrival of her newest memoir When We Were Outlaws, storied lesbian writer and activist Jeanne Cordova chatted with Windy City Times reporter Sarah Toce about some of the book’s highlights. What a long and remarkable life’s journey it has been.

On the journalism front, it all started in 1971 with the launch of groundbreaking LA magazine The Lesbian Tide. Most of the time, the publication was powered by donated, like-minded labor. During this time, Cordova also became the human-rights editor at progressive newspaper the LA Free Press:

“I was first hired as The Freep’s token ‘Chicana, feminist, lesbian’ columnist. My weekly essays became know as ‘that dyke column’ by the largely straight readership, but it got people listening to my voice as I covered the [1973] Battle of the Sexes, the famous tennis match between female (and closeted lesbian) tennis player Billie Jean King and male tennis star, Charlie Riggs,” said Cordova.

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