Journalists, PR pros: Join us for the Valley Publicity Summit!

The event that brings journalists and public relations professionals together for an entire Saturday morning is back again for its 10th consecutive gathering! PR pros: Registration begins July 28! Sign up here.

The Society of Professional Journalists and several Valley public relations professionals present the Valley Publicity Summit, the amazing and highly productive event where a roomful of locally based journalists share insights, their story pitch preferences and industry updates with area public relations practitioners. In fact, this year, we’ve arranged to have two roomfuls! 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),

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! So sign up today — early-bird registration ends Sept. 2! Registration begins July 28: 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 EXPECTED TO ATTEND INCLUDE (SO FAR): Sue Doerfler, deals reporter, Arizona Republic; Marie Look, editor-in-chief, Scottsdale Magazine, Ilana Lowery, editor, Phoenix Business Journal; Amanda Ventura, associate editor, AZ Big Media; Teri Carnicelli, editor, North Central News; Tom Gibbons, editor, Talk of Arizona online quarterly, Kristy Durkin, blogger,…. AND MORE TO COME….

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.