Phoenix’s premier journalism association

That’s us: The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, working to improve Arizona journalism and protect the public’s right to know since 1958. More on SPJ and this chapter below. But first, as they say, the news….

NEW EDITION OF REPORTER’S MEDIA LAW HANDBOOK: Your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter is a proud founding member of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, for which the 7th edition of the Arizona Reporter’s Handbook on Media Law has just been ARHML 7thed coverpublished — and now can be downloaded free. The coalition, which consists of several media organizations and open-government advocates  is represented by the Phoenix law firm of Perkins Coie, L.L.P. Partner Dan Barr, counsel to the coalition, is the Handbook’s principal author and editor. Every professional and student journalist who covers Arizona news should have one. We’re grateful to Dan and his colleagues for producing such a valuable resource.

SPRING CONFERENCE: San Francisco is calling you — for a journalistic learning experience amid all the culture, sights and attractions of the City by the Bay. Early-bird tickets are now on sale for Spring Conf 15 Logothe SPJ Region 11 Conference, April 17-18 at the Impact Hub and the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. Region 11 includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Our regional director, Matthew Hall of U-T San Diego, says, “We’re still working on the panelists and programs, but it is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend in San Francisco… with a half day of programs on Friday and a full day on Saturday.” SPJ members get discounted tickets. More information is to come, but get your tickets now! Tickets and current details.

VALLEY PUBLICITY SUMMIT (Note New Date!): Improve your dealings with PR people and the story pitches they make to you by participating in Pub Sum 2014 logothe event that’s been doing it for more than a decade! Volunteer for the 11th annual Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at SkySong, the ASU Innovation Center in Scottsdale. Interested journalists: Write More info soon!

VOS chapter logoThe Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.

Since it was established in 1958, the Valley of the Sun chapter of SPJ regularly sponsors journalism activities and events and social, educational, and service activities for professional and student journalists at daily and community newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets, journalism web sites and media blogs, as well as 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.