The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor five local journalists at its 38th annual awards banquet next spring.
The Distinguished Journalist honorees include longtime regional journalists practicing in print, radio, television and new media. They are: Sandy Banks, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; Jon Regardie, executive editor for Los Angeles Downtown News; John Brooks, former reporter and anchor at KNX 1070 Newsradio and KFWB News Talk 980; and Oswaldo Borraez, reporter at “Noticias Univision 34.” Damien Newton, founder and editor of Streetsblog Los Angeles, is the recipient of the chapter’s Distinguished Work in New Media Award.
The chapter will also be recognizing Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, for his dedication to providing access to reporters.
SPJ/LA presents the Distinguished Journalist awards to members of the profession who demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. Honorees are journalists who have achieved a record of accomplishments over the course of several years. For the past three decades, the chapter has recognized reporters, editors and photographers in print and broadcast journalism. Since 1997, the chapter has honored journalists in four categories: television, radio, newspapers with a circulation of less than 90,000 and newspapers with a circulation of 90,000 or more.
The Distinguished Work in New Media award was created in 2008 and is given to a journalist who uses the new media’s unique characteristics and capabilities while striving to uphold traditional journalism’s highest standards of honesty, accuracy, responsibility and accountability.
The awards banquet will be held in Spring of 2014, with the date and location to be announced.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. The Los Angeles professional chapter marked its 75th anniversary in 2009.