Phoenix’s premier journalism association since 1958

Find out about all upcoming events and activities for Phoenix-area journalists from the Phoenix SPJ blog, here.

SPJ CHAPTER OFFERS $500 SCHOLARSHIP FOR JOURNALISM STUDENTS. We’re holding an essay competition for journalism students and those in related fields, and the winner will receive a $500 scholarship. Deadline to receive entries is Nov. 6. Get the details here.

RECORDING AVAILABLE: In case you missed the intriguing, informative discussion among five former journalists now practicing public relations, “Switching Seats: From Journalism to PR (and Vice Versa),” presented on Wednesday, a recording of the 90-minute Zoom event is available here. The event was presented by our chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Phoenix chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and sponsored by VisitPhoenix. Our PRSA and SPJ chapters are planning more discussions on the PR-media relationship in the coming year, so visit phoenixspj.org and phoenixprsa.org soon to learn more.

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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.

Established in 1958, the Valley of the Sun chapter of SPJ celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. The chapter 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.