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

Panel Discussion: Pairing Smart Science and Journalism

University of Arizona School of Journalism alumni are invited to join Dr. Jeffrey Trent, UA Professor Carol Schwalbe and New York Times best-selling author Alan Weisman for a lively panel discussion on the importance of knowledgeable journalists in covering science’s most important technological developments.

Thursday, February 7
5-7 p.m.
Offices of Bryan Cave LLP
One Renaissance Square, Phoenix
(Northwest corner of Central and Washington)

Dr. Jeffrey Trent is the president and scientific director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute. Work in Dr.Trent’s laboratory focuses on the study of genetic changes related to cancer predisposition and progression. Recently his research has focused on the genetic susceptibility to human prostate cancer.

Professor Carol Schwalbe spent nearly 30 years in various editorial capacities at National Geographic and in 2011 launched a science journalism curriculum for the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

Laureate Professor Alan Weisman is the author of The New York Times bestseller The World Without Us as well as several other books and numerous anthologies and articles. The World Without Us explored what would happen to the Earth if all humans suddenly disappeared. His next book, Countdown, which is due to be published this fall, looks at Earth’s carrying capacity.

The talk will be moderated by Steven Yozwiak, a 1977 UA School of Journalism graduate and senior science writer at the Translational Genomics Research Institute.

Welcome provided by Professor David Cuillier, director of the UA School of Journalism.

Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Admission is free, but RSVP is required by Feb. 4. All are welcome but priority will be given to UA alumni. RSVP to Kate Harrison at kateh@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-3079.

Parking:
City Scape West Garage—Entrance at underground ramp off of 1st Avenue, immediately south of Washington. Use elevator down to level P2, go through the tunnel walkway north to escalators leading to the building’s main lobby. Take elevator to 16th floor.

Address:
One Renaissance Square
Two N. Central Avenue, 16th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona

Google’s Richard Gingras and Jeff Jarvis to speak at Cronkite School

The head of news and social products at Google and a leading futurist will speak at the Cronkite School as part of the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. The event is at 4 p.m. January 3 and is open to the public.

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

For more information, contact Megan Calcote at 602-496-7845.

Help Phoenix SPJ congratulate Robert Leger on the Wells Memorial Key

For his devotion to its principles and mission, Robert Leger was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with its highest honor: the Wells Memorial Key!

The Valley of the Sun chapter of SPJ invites members to quaff a few cold brews in Robert’s honor at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 (that’s tonight!), at Angels Trumpet Ale House, 810 N. Second St. in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Art District.

The place, completely remodeled inside with a nice patio, just opened Sept. 15 and already is becoming a downtown “in” spot. It serves beer from 31 different taps! It has a cool, different, tasty menu. I’ve been there already and loved it. Check it out at http://www.angelstrumpetalehouse.com or call 602-252-2630.

See you there!

Learn how to interpret polling information with SPJ

As we close in on the home stretch of this election season, state and national polls will be coming hot and heavy. But what do the numbers actually mean? How do you interpret them in a way that your audience can really understand?

The Valley of the Sun Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists presents a special program with polling guru Bruce Merrill, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the boardroom of the Associated Press’s Phoenix bureau, 1850 N. Central Ave. Parking is free.

The event is FREE for SPJ members and $5 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check only). RSVPs requested by no later than noon on Sept. 12 to info@phoenixspj.org or call 602-410-1267. For more details, download the program flier.

Phoenix SPJ Seeks Volunteers for Annual Publicity Summit

Shed light on how you and your media organizations want to be pitched — and how you
don’t want to be — by participating in the 8th annual Valley Publicity Summit. Once again, the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter seeks local journalists to volunteer a bit of their time to pay big dividends in building better relationships with public relations professionals. Information on how you can volunteer as one of the journalists giving advice — and get a FREE LUNCH — is below.

Every year since 2005, the Phoenix chapters of SPJ and PRSA have partnered to host the
annual Valley Publicity Summit, offering PR professionals the opportunity to network with peers, meet key Phoenix media and learn the best ways to pitch media for story placements. Both chapters collaborate with PRSSA and campus SPJ students to engage student professionals in assisting and attending the event. The half-day event is structured with guest speaker, breakout panel sessions, lunch, and speed pitching.

This year, for the first time, the summit will be held at the Walter Cronkite School of
Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s downtown campus,
555 N. Central Ave., in the First Amendment Forum on the school’s second floor. Here
are the basics:

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Parking: Free parking for the event can be found at the nearby garage structure, an ASU visitor lot to the immediate north of the Cronkite School building, and street parking.

Attendance: The event typically draws 25-30 media members and 75-100 PR professionals.

Food: Water and coffee will be available all day. A boxed lunch or buffet is served at noon.

Keynote: Former ABC 15 anchor Jodie Heisner is confirmed as the keynote speaker,
offering a 45-minute session on “Hit ‘em with your best shot” coaching on
elevator pitching.

The deal: You’d be seated on one of our media panels, arranged by type of medium, to tell of your deadlines and preferences in getting PR pitches. Then you get to critique
PR professionals who will toss you authentic, live, “speed pitches” (maximum
two minutes, OK, maybe three). If you like the pitch, take it, it’s yours to use to
develop a story! If you don’t, you get to tell the PR person why it wouldn’t work,
or wouldn’t work for you. They learn something and you get story ideas.

Panels: TV News, Community News, Business News, Magazines, TV/Radio Morning Shows, Radio News, Blogs/Online.

Get involved: Sign up today, or ask questions, by writing to Mark Scarp at phoenixspj@cox.net. You’ll be able to say you did something to improve the relationship between media and PR people. And after all, a rising tide raises all boats!

Happy hour with J groups

Come and join area journalists from several of the local media organizations, including AAJA, ALMA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA, NLGJA and SPJ, during a happy hour set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, inside The District Bar at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 320 N. 3rd St. There will be limited free appetizers and happy hour food and drink specials for purchase. The annual gathering is a kick-off to the upcoming g UNITY 2012 national convention in August (www.unityconvention.org), however, you don’t need to be registered for the UNITY conference in order to attend the happy hour event! To RSVP, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/430822840271723/.