RSVP for the Distinguished Journalists Awards Banquet hosted by the Greater L.A. Chapter of SPJ

LOS ANGELES – Don’t miss your opportunity to support local journalism by attending the 42nd annual Distinguished Journalists Awards dinner hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on March 1, 2018.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. 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 have achieved a record of career accomplishments.

This year’s Distinguished Journalist honorees are: Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter; Robin Abcarian, columnist at the Los Angeles Times; 89.3 KPCC reporter Sharon McNary; ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Miriam Hernandez; and Norberto Santana, founder and publisher of the Voice of OC.

The Freedom of Information award will go to Kelly Aviles of Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to open government, free speech and protected reporting.

MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff will be the speaker at the dinner.

Sponsorship opportunities and program ads are available. The three levels of sponsorship are:

Platinum ($5,000): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, event signage, logo included on banquet website and in emails, one complimentary table at the event.

Gold ($2,500): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, five complimentary tickets to the event.

Silver ($1,500): Acknowledgement in the banquet program, logo included on banquet website and in emails, two complimentary tickets to the event.

You can also support SPJ/LA by purchasing an ad in the banquet program:
Back cover of the program: $500
Full page inside program: $350
Half-page inside program: $250
Quarter-page inside program: $150

If you can’t make it to the banquet, please consider sponsoring a student. For $80, your donation will cover a journalism student’s attendance at the event.

The awards banquet will be held March 1, 2018, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for the event are:
$100 for SPJ/LA members
$140 for non-members
$80 for students
Tables of 10 are available for $1,000
A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

To make a reservation, contact Alice Walton at or (310) 595-5612.

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