Join us for cool brew and hot networking

The Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites Valley media to its annual summer mixer (and 5 minutes of chapter officer elections), “Cool Brew & Hot Networking” coincides (reasonably) with the Summer Solstice, the longest (and arguably one of the hottest) days of the year. First round of appetizers is on the chapter.

10384130_10152391312200660_6262570595579174691_nEach year, our tradition is to take five minutes to elect new SPJ officers and wrap a couple of hours of socializing, food and beer around it.

So once again, the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter holds its annual meeting and mostly social event at the SunUp Brewing Co., 322 E. Camelback (click for map), just a short walk from the Central Avenue/Camelback Road light rail line, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

Members and nonmembers are welcome. The chapter will pick up the first round of appetizers. Come and cool off with a variety of on-the-premises-brewed beers and meet fellow journalists from around the Valley.

Free workshop on detecting corporate fraud

Learn to dig into SEC filings and other disclosures – with an eye for fraud – during the Reynolds Center’s free workshop, Detecting Corporate Fraud, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, before the SABEW Conference in Phoenix. It will take place at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, 555 N. Central Ave.

This is a golden age of corporate fraud, and journalists have at least one key resource to mine for a clear sense of actual and potential wrongdoing: the voluminous flow of corporate legal and financial public filings. In this free workshop, journalists will learn techniques for digging into U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other disclosures. Instead of spending weeks scouring aimlessly through hundreds of pages of corporate documents, reporters will gain an understanding of what key financial information is available, where to look in the documents to quickly identify trouble spots and how to recognize when crucial details are missing.

Your guides are investigative reporters Theo Francis of The Wall Street Journal and Roddy Boyd of the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation. SABEW registration is not required to attend this afternoon session.

For more information or to register for this free workshop, click here.

‘Moneyball’ author speaks at SABEW luncheon

Author Michael Lewis will be featured in a special public luncheon Friday, March 28, at the opening day of the national conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers here at the Cronkite School at ASU.

The conference, on March 27-29, will feature speakers on some of the hottest topics facing journalists today, including the rapidly growing legal marijuana industry and new models on the nation’s retirement system.

Lewis, author of “The Big Short,” “Moneyball” and “The Blind Side,” will address the group at noon on the formal opening day. The public luncheon is $75.

One of the nation’s most heralded authors, Lewis will receive SABEW’s highest honor, its distinguished achievement award.

Register for the Lewis event and the spring conference here.

Other highlights of the conference:

·      Covering the Affordable Care Act, with Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times and Edmund Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation.
·      The business of pot, with Steve DeAngelo of Harborside marijuana dispensary, Brendan Kennedy of Privateer Holdings and Chris Walsh of Marijuana Business Daily.
·      Innovations in business journalism, with Kevin Delaney of Quartz and Caitlin Kenney of NPR’s Planet Money.
·      Americans and their retirement savings, with Dallas Salisbury of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Gail MarksJarvis of the Chicago Tribune.

The conference also will include three evening receptions and will be capped by the Best in Business awards banquet at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Day rates are available, starting at $150.

If you have not already registered, make sure to sign up today and take advantage of a great room rate of $169 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. You can find complete conference details, including the full schedule and registration information, on the SABEW website.

Free program March 7-8 at Cronkite School for journos

The Center for Responsive Politics/OpenSecrets.org, which tracks money in politics and influence at the federal level, recently received a grant from Ethics & Excellence In Journalism Foundation to put on three reporter trainings on the subject, “Tracking the Payback.” The free program looks at how reporters can follow the political money on both the state and federal level.

CRP presents its third and final session on March 7-8, at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication, to round out its previous sessions at the National Press Club in D.C. and UC Berkeley’s J-School.

Presenters will demonstrate some tools for reporters to use, as well as bring some reporters and experts in to talk. Read more about the free workshop and the scheduled speakers here.

Advance registration is requested; complimentary refreshments will be served. Registration can be completed here.

Talton speaks at Tempe Library

Journalist and mystery author Jon Talton comes to the Tempe Public Library 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, to discuss his books, the economy, the state of journalism and everything Arizona.

The Tempe Public Library and Society of Professional Journalists will lead a Q&A session with the Arizona writer who worked for The Arizona Republic as a business and op-ed columnist for many years before moving to Seattle to not only pen 10 novels but also an economics column for the Seattle Times. His blog, the Rogue Columnist, regularly discusses Arizona’s environment, economy, political nature and history.

Talton is a fourth-generation Arizonan. His David Mapstone mystery series features many of the Phoenix area’s favorite restaurants, neighborhoods, destinations and celebrities. Some of the more notorious news the state has seen finds its way into the pages of the books. His thriller, “Deadline Man,” was named Best Mystery of 2010 by the Arizona Book Publishing Association. 

Mark Scarp, who serves nationally and with the Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will lead the discussion. Scarp is a regular columnist for the East Valley Tribune as well as a communicator for the Heard Museum. 

The Tempe Public Library is located at 3500 S. Rural Road. Admission to the program is free. No registration is required.

Books will be available for sale after the presentation, with Talton generously donating proceeds to the Friends of the Tempe Public Library.

Career tips from Ryan

Michael Ryan, a longtime Valley journalist who retired last year as vice president of The Republic’s community news operation, will discuss his book, “The Boom! Boom! Book: Practical Tips to Make Sure Your Career Doesn’t Go Bust!” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe.

Ryan will sign copies of his book and talk with interested readers. He also will appear 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Both events are free.

HOBI speaker series features Medoff, Craft

House of Broadcasting (HOBI) presents HOBI’s Meet and Greet, a guest speaker series featuring media personalities and others who have made significant contributions within their industry. The first speaking engagement in the series will be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, with Norman J. Medoff, professor and director, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University; and John Craft, professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.

Medoff and Craft, both highly respected educators within the world of communications, will talk about the latest industry standards and trends as well as insights into education today. There will also be an open forum for questions and answers. The event takes place at the House of Broadcasting, 7150 E. 5th Ave., Floor 2, Scottsdale. RSVP requested at 602-944-1997.

For more information, see www.houseofbroadcasting.com.

Join SPJ to dedicate home of Arizona’s first newspaper as a national Historic Site in Journalism

SPJ and Arizona State Parks will unveil a plaque dedicating Tubac Presidio State Historic Park in southern Arizona — where Arizona’s first newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian, was first published in 1859 — in ceremonies Saturday, March 23, at the park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac.

Tour the park museum — which includes the 154-year-old Washington Hand Press that printed the Arizonian and still works to print replicas for visitors — start at 1 p.m. The dedication ceremony on the museum patio is at 2 p.m., followed by a reception where refreshments will be served.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to phoenixspj@cox.net or info@tubacpp.com on or before March 18. For more information, email Mark Scarp at phoenixspj@cox.net. For information on the park, visit tubacpresidiopark.com.

The park was selected as the historic site by the SPJ Executive Committee in 2012, the centennial year of Arizona statehood. In addition, 2013 is the 150th anniversary year of the creation of the Territory of Arizona, separated from the New Mexico Territory, by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

Gwen Ifill Speaks on News Diversity at Cronkite School

Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most recognized and respected television journalists, will give a free public lecture April 1 on diversity in the news at Arizona State University.

Ifill is managing editor and moderator of the PBS news show “Washington Week,” the longest-running prime time news and public affairs program on television, and is senior correspondent for another long-running news program, the “PBS NewsHour.” She also has been a frequent guest on other news programs such as “Meet the Press.”

The best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” Ifill will discuss “Diversity and Inclusion in the News.”

Ifill’s talk will take place April 1 at 7 p.m. in the First Amendment Forum of the Cronkite School on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. For more information, visit http://cronkite.asu.edu/node/2811.

Paul Schatt Memorial Lecture To Discuss Opinion Writing

Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture
Feb. 28, 2013
7 p.m

Sorting Through the Cacophony: Opinion Writing in an Opinion-Filled World

Carla Anne Robbins, award-winning journalist and foreign policy analyst, joins Phil Boas, editorial page editor of The Arizona Republic, to discuss the challenges of opinion writing in the seventh annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture.

Sponsored by the Paul J. Schatt Endowment, The Arizona Republic and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

First Amendment Forum
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004