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 Tony Valdez - a legendary Los Angeles television journalist who led 8 Ball since 2018 - passed away on May 4.
   We invite you to read our tribute to Tony at this link.  There you will also find a link to the obituary in the Los Angeles Times. 
   RIP Tony.  You did so much for so many!

Our Mission

The 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists is  committed to helping Southern California journalists and photojournalists in need.  

We provide grants to broadcast, digital and print journalists who are directly involved in the editorial process and are currently working or have recently worked in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties and now find themselves behind the eight-ball, having a hard time covering food, rent,

medical and other essential expenses.

Our financial aid helps journalists overcome temporary financial struggles by:

  • allowing working journalists to stay in our industry.

  • assisting those who have been laid off,

  • are recovering from illness,

  • or are recently retired.                                                 


The financial needs of journalists and photojournalists are greater as the result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.   We are seeing an increasing number of staff members and freelancers furloughed.  

Please know we will take layoffs and other impacts of the coronavirus into consideration in reviewing grants during this difficult time.

Applications are reviewed by our Board of Directors and grants are awarded confidentially on

a case-by-case basis.

Being a journalist is tough and we need to support each other. Please consider making a donation to the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists, to help a colleague in temporary financial need.


Our secondary mission, when funds are available, is to help journalism students at local colleges and universities. This is done in consultation with the various journalism departments. Please click on these links for Personal Grants or Journalism Student Grants or use the menu buttons above to learn more.

All of this is made possible by your donations... so please give what you can so that we can continue helping our fellow journalists and photojournalists.



Our History is in the Stars

Marilyn Monroe is among the entertainment industry's shining lights of the 1950s who came together to start what is now the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists, contributing money to help journalists recently laid off

and in financial need.  

More than 65 years later, our organization is still helping journalism professionals - those who are active - and others seeking their next opportunity, ailing or recently retired.  This website tells our story as we reach out

to help still others.   


The 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists Board of Directors

appreciates your support

through donations.


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