Ron Sylvester to Speak at SPJ/LA’s 38th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner


Editor of Soon-to-be Launched Los Angeles Register to Speak at

SPJ/LA’s 38th Annual Distinguished Journalists Awards Dinner


Ron Sylvester, editor of the soon-to-be launched Los Angeles Register, will be the speaker at the April 10, Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ banquet.

Sylvester, having covered just about every beat available at a newspaper, from sports writing, to arts and entertainment, medicine, health, science and technology, crime and legal affairs, is currently leading the news team of reporters and editors who will launch the Los Angeles Register on April 16.

Open records, specialty and beat reporting, writing, emerging uses of technology in journalism, and online journalism are Sylvester’s specialties, although he has extensive experience in on-line multimedia reporting and social media journalism.

Sylvester has helped develop innovative ways to cover the news including becoming one of the first to cover trials live from the courtroom on Twitter.

As SPJ’s Region 7 Director, representing Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, between 2004 – 2008, Sylvester led efforts to revitalize dormant chapters in St. Louis and Des Moines. He started the Technolo-J blog to help others learn about online and multimedia journalism. He presented workshops and seminars about multimedia reporting and social network journalism at regional and national conferences. Sylvester was named Regional Director of the Year in 2007.

Five local journalists will be honored at the event, which will be held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The Distinguished Journalist honorees are Sandy Banks, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; Jon Regardie, executive editor for Los Angeles Downtown News; John Brooks, retired 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.

Tickets for the 38th annual event are $90 for members, $110 for non-members; tables of 10 are $900. To make a reservation, contact Roberta Wax at (818) 993-7027 or The reservation deadline is April 5.

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Frank Mottek, reporter for KNX Newsradio, will be the master of ceremonies.

Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction help fund Greater L.A. Chapter activities, including scholarships.

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.



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