Join us for the Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by SPJ!

pubsum14updatedThe 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,…. AND MORE TO COME….

PR PROFESSIONALS: Sign up here! A schedule of the day’s events is at

Our event organizing committee consists of Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter members and several public relations practitioners in the Valley.


Keep up with First Amendment issues on

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, 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 fac_logo1student 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 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.

Veteran journalists panel to discuss child immigration crisis

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.

The event will be streamed live online on’s home page. The public is encouraged to participate in the discussion at or on Twitter using the hashtag #immigrantchildren.

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

Awards contest deadline is July 11

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

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 website under “Awards & Scholarships.”

For more information, contact Teri Carnicelli at 602-410-1267 or

Valley of the Sun SPJ extends awards contest

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

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.

Ruling favors gun safety ad

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 (

TMA Bus 1The 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

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 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:

Full-time news writer sought

24/7 News Source has an immediate opening for a full-time News Writer in Phoenix.
Clear Channel’s 24/7 News Source provides broadcast content for radio stations and is a great place to work!! Our ideal candidate is a seasoned veteran in news writing with some on-air experience who is able to multi-task and take direction well. You will work in a fast-paced, challenging and friendly environment with great career advancement opportunity.
This is a seven day a week, 24-hour operation so you need to be willing to work nights/weekends & holidays.
Clear Channel is an equal opportunity employer. Send resume to (job posted April 8).

Trade magazine co. seeks staff writer/assoc. editor

Target Market Media Publications, Inc. is a Phoenix-based publication company. They focus on producing industry-focused, business-to-business trade magazines. Over the years they have printed several publications. Currently, they produce Attorney at Law Magazine, C-Level Magazine, Business Professional Magazine, Public Accountant Magazine, Real Estate Magazine and Financial Consultant Magazine.

With a tight focus on a particular industry, Target Market Media Publications, Inc. creates editorial that is similarly focused on the development of that industry. In addition to various editorial pieces, the magazine creates feature stories and profiles on professionals and businesses across the country.

Target Market Media Publications, Inc. is currently hiring a full-time Staff Writer/Associate Editor for their Phoenix office (7th St. and Thomas). This individual will interview and write feature stories for our various publications and editions. Additionally, the individual will assist the editor with reviewing and editing submitted articles as well as soliciting editorial from respected sources.

• Interviewing feature story subjects;
• Writing feature stories & profiles;
• Completing revisions;
• Meeting demanding deadlines;
• Reviewing & editing submitted articles;
• And, minor proofreading.

• 1-3 years of writing experience;
• B.A. in English or Journalism;
• And, knowledge of AP Style Standards;
• Interview experience is a plus.

To apply, send an e-mail to (Staff Writer/Associate Editor in the subject line), with your resume and 2-3 writing samples. List your desired compensation. While it is not required, preference will be given to feature story or profile writing samples.

Online magazine seeks freelance writers

RH Reality Check–a daily online publication focused on evidence-based news, analysis, commentary, and investigative reporting on reproductive and sexual health and justice–is seeking freelance stringers currently based in the states of Arizona, Louisiana, and New Mexico, to cover issues of reproductive and sexual justice, rights, and politics in those states for an initial three-month period.

The publication’s interests range from specific health care delivery and access issues for women, GLBT, and marginalized populations (reproductive health care including contraception, abortion, maternity care, infant and child survival; Medicare, Title X, Obamacare) to economic and social justice issues, including immigration, economic justice (living wages, labor rights, and access to childcare.


–Knowledge of politics, reproductive rights issues, and state legislative workings.
–Demonstrated excellence in reporting and writing.
–Ability to find good stories and work on tight deadlines to produce a high quality article.
–Ability to write cleanly, concisely, and quickly.

Compensation: They offer a competitive monthly retainer for a three-month commitment, with the possibility of extending. Retainer is calculated based on expected output of roughly three to five news pieces per month.

To apply:  Email with a short description of your journalistic background and three links to previous work.