Valley of the Sun SPJ appreciates the 53 public relations professionals and 27 media representatives who participated in last Saturday’s Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by SPJ. We’re also grateful to Olson Communications Inc. for its sponsorship, to Phoenix PR Pros and IABC Phoenix for promoting the Summit, and for the ASU chapter of SPJ for volunteering at the event, which brought media people and public relations practitioners together to discuss story-pitch preferences. Proceeds will support the chapter and make a contribution benefiting the Phoenix-area public relations community. See you in 2015!
Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 20, 2014 — The Valley of the Sun Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) honored nine journalists, two newspapers and two television stations with its 2014 Freedom of Information Awards winners Saturday, Sept. 20, recognizing outstanding work done by members of the state’s media that substantially made use of public records in 2013.
The awards were presented during the Arizona Newspapers Association’s 75th annual fall convention and meeting at the Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale. Valley of the Sun SPJ joined in partnership with ANA for awards presentations for the first time this year, joining the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors, who have been making its awards presentations at the annual ANA event for several years.
In addition to its First Amendment Awards for outstanding journalism based significantly on access to public records and/or open meetings, Valley of the Sun SPJ also honored with induction into the Order of the Silver Key media professionals who have had long and distinguished careers in Arizona.
Gary Nelson, retired from The Arizona Republic, received the chapter’s highest honor, the Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Here are the awards Valley of the Sun SPJ presented on Sept. 20, 2014:
First Amendment Awards:
- Morgan Loew, CBS 5/AZ-KPHO, for “Sheriff Arpaio’s SVU”
- Craig Harris, Beth Duckett and Dustin Gardiner, The Arizona Republic, for “Arizona’s public pension systems”
- Wendy Halloran, KPNX-TV, for “Phoenix Fire Department arson squad members’ false claims”
- Craig Harris and Rob O’Dell, The Arizona Republic, for “Troubled youths abused at residential treatment centers”
- Arizona Daily Star, and education reporter Alexis Huicochea, team leader Joe Burchell, and Editor Bobbie Jo Buel, for lawsuit, “Pressing TUSD to release superintendent candidates’ names”
The First Amendment Awards recognize efforts that substantially relied on public records and open meetings to produce top-quality journalism.
Order of the Silver Key Society:
- Pete Aleshire, Editor-in-Chief, Payson Roundup
- Ed Sharpe of the Glendale Daily Planet
- Kathy Tulumello, Business editor, The Arizona Republic
The Order of the Silver Key honors journalists who have been in the profession for at least 25 years, a significant majority of which were in Arizona, who have conspicuously contributed to the journalism profession and have inspired fellow journalists.
Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism:
Gary Nelson, retired from of The Arizona Republic
The Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism recognizes the career of an Arizona journalist whose body of work has served to inspire fellow journalists, including a notable commitment to the cause of freedom of information. The award is named for Phil Alvidrez, who retired as news director at Phoenix’s KTVK-TV (Channel 3) after 20 years in that position. Alvidrez was a tireless campaigner for the free flow of government information, often committing his station’s financial resources to fight numerous court battles to open closed documents and meetings.
For more information, contact Teri Carnicelli, Valley of the Sun SPJ treasurer, at 602-410-1267 or email@example.com.
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Our Valley of the Sun chapter has been doing the same since 1958.
The event that brings journalists and public relations professionals together for an entire Saturday morning is coming soon! PR pros: Sign up here! 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.
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! 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): Kathy Tulumello,business editor, Arizona Republic; Nicole Crites, morning anchor, KPHO-TV (CBS5);Heather Dunn, managing editor, KPNX-TV (12 News); Al Macias, managing editor, and Carrie Jung, reporter, KJZZ-FM; Sue Doerfler, deals reporter, Arizona Republic; Marie Look, editor-in-chief, Scottsdale Magazine, Ilana Lowery, editor, and Hayley Ringle, technology/startups reporter, Phoenix Business Journal; 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; RaeAnne Marsh, editor, In Business Phoenix Magazine; Teri Carnicelli, editor, North Central News; Tom Gibbons, editor, Talk of Arizona online quarterly, Kristy Durkin, blogger, whereshouldweeat.com…. AND MORE TO COME….
Our event organizing committee consists of Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter members and several public relations practitioners in the Valley.
Arizona journalists who want to know the latest on First Amendment, freedom-of-information, public records/open meetings or other access-to-government issues as they relate to journalism in the Grand Canyon State should visit arizonafoi.com, the website of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona.
The coalition is a consortium of the state’s media and open-government-minded individuals and organizations. The Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter is a charter member of the coalition, which was founded in 1981 and maintains a free hotline for professional and student journalists to call to speak to a media-law attorney from the Phoenix office of Perkins Coie, P.A., who can advise them on their efforts to gain access to government via public documents and public meetings.
Visit arizonafoi.com to keep up on the issues as well as the coalition’s efforts to support media and public access to government though the exercise of the freedom of information.
Five veteran journalists from The Arizona Republic will explore issues surrounding the child immigration crisis during a special online panel discussion at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University next week.
The Cronkite School is partnering with The Arizona Republic to host “Reporters on the Ground: The Child Immigration Crisis” on Wednesday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. The online, interactive discussion features Arizona Republic staff who contributed to a weeklong series of stories examining the recent wave of unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum in the U.S.
Republic opinion writer Linda Valdez will moderate the conversation, featuring reporters Bob Ortega and Daniel Gonzalez and photographers Michael Chow and David Wallace. The panelists will share their experiences covering the crisis.
As part of the in-depth series “Pipeline of Children,” the Republic sent reporters and photographers to Central America and the U.S. border from Texas to Nogales, Ariz., to share the stories of children hoping to escape violence and bleak futures in search of a better life.
According to The Arizona Republic, approximately 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended in the U.S. in the past eight months — already 18,000 more than fiscal 2013. More than 70 percent are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, three of the countries with the highest murder rates in the world.
“We’re excited to partner with The Arizona Republic to host this discussion,” said Cronkite Associate Dean Kristin Gilger. “At the Cronkite School, we teach coverage of immigration and border issues as part of our Latino specialization, so this is an important topic for us, as it is for all Arizonans.”
The Republic project also includes a story written and reported by Cronkite student Emilie Eaton, who was part of a depth reporting class this spring that traveled to Chiapas, Mexico. The Cronkite Borderlands Initiative, supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Adelaida and Barry Severson, offers students multimedia depth reporting training and the opportunity to learn about critical immigration and border issues.
“Reporters on the Ground: The Child Immigration Crisis” is presented by The Arizona Republic and the Cronkite School in partnership with Valle del Sol, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Valley Leadership.
To view The Republic’s “Pipeline of Children” series and learn more about the ongoing immigration crisis, visit borderkids.azcentral.com.
Each year, the Valley of the Sun Chapter of SPJ presents its annual Arizona Freedom of Information Awards, honoring excellence in journalism and in open government in Arizona during the previous calendar year. Other awards are given for dedication and outstanding service in journalism, as well as for special recognition for efforts on behalf of the First Amendment.
Nominations must be postmarked NO LATER THAN Friday, July 11 and mailed to: Teri Carnicelli, c/o North Central News, 5308 N. 12th St., Suite 402, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Self-nominations are welcome. E-mail submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award categories include:
- The First Amendment Awards, which recognize efforts that substantially relied on public records and open meetings to produce top quality journalism.
- The Order of the Silver Key, which honors journalists who have been in the profession for at least 25 years, a significant majority of which were in Arizona, who have conspicuously contributed to the journalism profession and have inspired fellow journalists.
- The Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism, which recognizes the career of an Arizona journalist whose body of work has served to inspire fellow journalists, including a notable commitment to the cause of freedom of information. The award is named for Phil Alvidrez, who retired as news director at Phoenix’s KTVK-TV (Channel 3) after 20 years in that position. Alvidrez was a tireless campaigner for the free flow of government information, often committing his station’s financial resources to fight numerous court battles to open closed documents and meetings.
There is NO COST to enter the awards contest. Award nomination forms can be downloaded from the http://www.phoenixspj.org website under “Awards & Scholarships.”
For more information, contact Teri Carnicelli at 602-410-1267 or email@example.com.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the spring awards event originally planned by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of SPJ had to be postponed. The chapter now will be partnering with the Arizona Newspapers Association (ANA) to co-present its awards at ANA’s fall awards event, set for 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The Valley of the Sun SPJ’s annual Arizona Freedom of Information Awards honor excellence in journalism and in open government in Arizona during the previous calendar year. The nomination period has been extended, with entries needing to be postmarked no later than Friday, July 11. Self-nominations are welcome. Entries that were received earlier this year (for the original spring event) are still eligible and do not need to be re-submitted.
There is NO COST to enter the awards contest. The First Amendment Award nomination form, as well as the Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Order of the Silver Key Society award forms, can be found on this website under “Awards & Scholarships.”
For more information, contact Teri Carnicelli at 602-410-1267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
PHOENIX, May 20, 2014—A controversial gun-safety ad campaign is about to return to Phoenix, after the city lost its attempt to censor the project sponsored by a gun-safety training group, TrainMeAZ, LLC (www.trainmeaz.com).
The Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, which represented Alan Korwin and TrainMeAZ, LLC, was granted summary judgment for its client earlier this month by the Arizona Court of Appeals, preventing Phoenix from blocking the ads. Phoenix had forced them down a mere nine days after they were posted under contract more than three years ago.
The ads, which were placed inside city bus shelters, feature a large red heart with the words “Guns Save Lives” and the line “Educate Your Kids,” with contact information for TrainMeAZ.com.
City officials at the time told Alan Korwin, owner of TrainMeAZ, that the message was too controversial and had garnered a complaint, and so had to be removed or changed. In court, the case revolved around the city’s changing standards and the ad’s accompanying small text, designed to motivate bus riders to go to the website and sign up for real firearms-safety training.
Details of the case, including a timeline of events leading up to the censorship, all the court papers, the text of the ad, and photos of the ads on city streets, are available at www.trainmeaz.com under the “newsroom” button.
“We are enormously gratified that the Arizona Court of Appeals protected the First Amendment rights of all Arizonans by striking down the City of Phoenix’s arbitrary decision to forbid ‘Guns Save Lives’ advertisements at City bus stops,” said Clink Bolick, lead attorney for The Goldwater Institute.
“The city’s rules require ads to ‘adequately display’ a commercial advertisement. The rules are enforced in haphazard fashion, so that people cannot know which ads will be allowed or censored,” Bolick pointed out. “The court ruled unanimously that the city failed to follow its own rules, given that the ads were designed to encourage viewers to visit a commercial website for firearms training.”
“Gun-rights advocates nationwide are fond of saying the Second Amendment protects the First Amendment, which is totally true,” Korwin said. “In this case, however, it’s the other way around—free speech and the First Amendment have protected our right to keep and bear arms, and in particular, our right to train our selves and our precious families in real gun safety.”
Read the narrow, unanimous, 17-page decision here:
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