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. Here’s information on our next big event:

WE’RE SOLD OUT! Sorry, but as of Wednesday night, April 27, there are no more seats available for the April 29-30 conference, which turned out to be more popular than we imagined. Again, we are sorry, but no more tickets are available, no more admittees are possible.

Click here for information about the SPJ Western Regional Conference April 29-30 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix!SPJR11CONF_Logo-1-revised Your Valley of the Sun chapter hosts A Thirst for News.” Highlights include a one-on-one interview by The Arizona Republic‘s E.J. Montini with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, hearing from the deputy editor of the embattled Las Vegas Review-Journal, must-have tips on getting public records, being a successful freelancer, rebranding yourself, and writing your ethical checklist. Students will get resume critiques and undergo mock interviews with real newsroom managers and recruiters. Read the conference schedule and view a map of the conference site.

  • Also, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association, will hold a regional summit,  titled “Stories from the Four Corners: Empowering the Southwestern Perspective,” at ASU’s Cronkite School in downtown Phoenix during the day April 29, before the evening start of our SPJ conference. It will be prefaced by an April 28 town hall on immigration issues. Click here for details.

WHO WE ARE: The 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.Powered by Eventbrite

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.