An experienced multimedia journalist

During my 30-plus years as a journalist, I’ve had lunch with Johnny Cash and looked into the eyes of the BTK Serial Killer. I covered a World Series,  interviewed astronauts who have been to the moon and back and worked a beat covering on the famous Las Vegas Strip. I currently work as editor of The Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kansas. The News is a Pulitzer-winning newspaper in a town of 42,000 in the middle of the United States. I supervise content and design in print and manage digital coverage. I went to work in Hutchinson when it was a family-owned newspaper and managed the transition of ownership to GateHouse Media. That included a massive downsizing and rebuilding of the newsroom.

In Hutchinson, we’ve built speciality pages to highlight major areas of coverage in our small community, including the Cosmosphere, our Smithsonian affiliated space museum and education center, and the Kansas State Fair, which has been a part of our community for more than 100 years.

We’ve also won three EPPYs in Hutchinson for best podcast and best website in small markets and for a statewide project I oversaw for GateHouse on the state of wind energy in Kansas.

Before returning home to Kansas, I served as Assistant Managing Editor of Local News for the Orange County Register, where I lead a team of 50 journalists, who produced the daily paper and more than two dozen community weeklies.

As a reporter in Wichita, Kan., I was one of the first journalists to cover trials live via Twitter in state and federal courts. I’m a former national board member for the Society of Professional Journalists. I am the author of a book, two blogs and I have given presentations on social media and multimedia journalism across the country.

For details and complete resume see my Linked-In profile.

Other work

An article I wrote for Nieman Reports shows how I use online tools and social media in my reporting

What others say

Nieman Lab, Harvard University “When journalism schools teach ‘multimedia journalism,’ Sylvester is the kind of reporter they’ve got in mind.”

Beatblooging.org, 2009: “His use of Twitter to cover trials may change how trials are covered in the 21st century.” –

American Bar Association Journal “He intertwined facts about the death penalty in Kansas and quick notes elaborating on the jury selection process. He also captured moments of levity and rapport building between the prosecution, defense lawyers and jurors.”

ABC News was among national and international news organizations to run a story by the Associated Press on my first use of Twitter in federal courts, which called the coverage “a victory for news technology”