National Press Club

Buy Your Tickets Now! Institute includes drinks with Nipsey Hussle event registration

June 7, 2019 | By Andie Coller |

The National Press Club’s Journalism Institute is now including two free drinks (beer, wine and/or soda) at the Reliable Source following its event on Monday, June 10, featuring the Los Angeles Times team responsible for the coverage of the life and death of South Los Angeles rap artist Nipsey Hussle.

The Institute’s event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge. Registration is required. The cost is $5 for Club members and $10 for non-members. Register online.

In her speech at the Free Expression Awards at the Newseum, filmmaker Ava DuVernay said she “gasped” when she saw the way the Times covered Nipsey Hussle. "The way that they had honored him on the page," she said.​

“If you give people a story of their community they’ll read it," said Los Angeles Times Staff Reporter Angel Jennings. "How often do they speak with the media?”

Jennings, Staff Writer Gerrick D. Kennedy and Assistant Metro Editor Erika D. Smith plan to talk about how they approached the story to produce coverage that both stood out nationally and hit home -- and about the groundwork that enabled them to do it on deadline. The conversation is expected be moderated by Kimberly Adams, who covers politics and general news for Marketplace.

Angel Jennings is a reporter for the metro section of the Los Angeles Times. She covers issues that affect residents in South Los Angeles. Since joining the Times in 2011, Angel has written for the Business section and covered education. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Nebraska.

Gerrick D. Kennedy is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where he has covered music and pop culture since 2009. He’s on the frontlines at award shows, music festivals and has profiled hundreds of the music industry’s biggest players including Mariah Carey, Drake, Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd. In 2012, Kennedy was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and in 2014 the Advocate featured him in its annual 40 Under 40 list. He is also the author of Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap.

Erika D. Smith is assistant metro editor for the Los Angeles Times. She previously worked at the Sacramento Bee, where she was a columnist and editorial board member covering housing, homelessness and social justice issues. Before the Bee, Smith wrote for the Indianapolis Star and Akron Beacon Journal. She is a recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for column writing, a graduate of Ohio University and a native of Cleveland.

Kimberly Adams is a D.C.-based correspondent for Marketplace. She previously worked as a freelance journalist based in Cairo, Egypt, covering the political, social, and economic upheaval in the country following the Arab Spring. Her work has been recognized with awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Religion Communicators Council, and the Association for Women in Communication.

Contact Julie Moos, executive director of the National Journalism Institute, with any questions at