Journalists, PR pros: Join us Sept. 27 for the Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by SPJ!

The event that brings journalists and public relations professionals together for an entire Saturday morning is less than three weeks away!

PR pros, sign up today:

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The Society of Professional Journalists, Valley of the Sun chapter, presents the Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by SPJ, the amazing event where a roomful of locally based journalists share insights, give their story pitch preferences and industry updates with area public relations practitioners. In fact, we’ve arranged to have two rooms! It’s 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (2nd floor of SkySong 1 building, the NE building of the complex). A map is at our registration site on Eventbrite (details below), and the hashtag is #pubsum14.


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PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONALS: You could contact our more than 25 journalists expected to attend on your own over the course of a typical year, but at the Summit you can accomplish the same thing in one day! Don’t delay — reserve your spot today: Sign up here! (Proceeds to benefit the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter and also fund a donation to benefit the Phoenix-area public relations profession.)

JOURNALISTS: Here’s your chance to guide PR practitioners in their interactions and respond to their story interests. Likewise, PR professionals have the opportunity to acquaint you with potentially newsworthy information. If you would like to volunteer to be one of the journalists at this event, please email Mark Scarp.

JOURNALISTS SIGNED UP TO ATTEND INCLUDE: Kathy Tulumello, business editor, Arizona Republic; Nicole Crites, morning anchor, KPHO-TV (CBS5); Eric Watson, assignment editor, KPNX-TV (12 News); Al Macias, managing editor, and Carrie Jung, reporter, KJZZ-FM; Paul Ihander, news director/assistant program director, KTAR-FM/KTAR-AM; Melody Birkett, news director, KFYI-AM; Ilana Lowery, editor, and Hayley Ringle, technology/startups reporter, Phoenix Business Journal; Jennifer Jones, managing editor, Local News Service (CBS5, Fox10, ABC15); Heather Dunn, content director, Cronkite News Service; Sue Doerfler, deals reporter, Arizona Republic; Eric Mungenast, assistant managing editor, East Valley Tribune; Marie Look, editor-in-chief, Scottsdale Magazine; Cory Galvan, content editor, Frontdoors News; Laurie Merrill, digital business reporter and former public safety reporter, Arizona Republic; Kate Crowley, contributing blogger, “Chow Bella,” Phoenix New Times; Amanda Ventura, associate editor, AZ Big Media; Tim Eigo, editor, Arizona Attorney magazine; RaeAnne Marsh, editor, In Business Phoenix Magazine; Teri Carnicelli, editor, North Central News; T.F. Thornton, North Valley news editor, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA; Sondra Barr, managing editor, North Valley Magazine/East Valley Magazine; Debra Utacia Krol, freelancer specializing in environmental reporting, issues involving Indian country and travel writing; Tom Gibbons, editor, Talk of Arizona online quarterly, Kristy Durkin, blogger,; Michelle Jacoby, editor-in-chief/publisher of the soon-to-debut (October) dining/libations quarterly, Bite (the Magazine)….

PR PROFESSIONALS: A schedule of the day’s events is at Sign up today:

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Our event organizing committee consists of Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter members and several public relations practitioners in the Valley.

NOTE: While every effort is made to ensure the participation of journalists who have agreed to be part of this year’s Summit, circumstances beyond SPJ’s control may result in changes to the list of participating journalists. We will make sincere efforts to keep the list of participating journalists current.

Phoenix’s premier journalism association

The Society of Professional Journalists is a national journalism association dedicated to providing social, educational, and service activities to professional and student journalists at daily newspapers, community newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets, journalism Web sites and media blogs.

The Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists regularly sponsors journalism activities and events for reporters, editors, writers, freelancers, producers, publishers, and public relations professionals living and working in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Our organization’s award-winning programs include:

  • Journalism training – We connect our members with dozens of professional development and training sessions covering FOIA requests, journalism ethics, media pitches, etc.
  • Journalism awards – We host an annual banquet that recognizes excellence in journalism and honors local media with journalism awards.
  • Journalism networking – We provide ample opportunities to network with other journalists and freelance writers via happy hours and other social events.
  • Journalism scholarships – Student journalists can apply for reporting scholarships to pay for journalism training and education at the collegiate level.