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.

WELCOME TO THE VALLEY OF THE SUN CHAPTER of the Society of Professional Journalists, Phoenix’s premier journalism association since 1958. SPJ is where journalists gather to fight for First Amendment freedoms and work to improve and protect the journalism profession through promoting ethical, responsible journalism and upholding the right of access to government through public records and open meetings. SPJ offers several continuing education opportunities to help journalists be more effective in their work.

THE LEGEND RETURNS! The Valley Media Holiday Mixer is back! Same great downtown spot — with its heated outside patio — with your SPJ chapter buying the appetizers while you bring the reconnecting and the fun! Exit I-10 at 7th Street, then south to Roosevelt and west to 4th St. (We strongly recommend that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or are being regularly tested before attending. There are risks of contracting COVID-19 associated with attending public events. By attending our event, you alone are assuming any such risks.) Free RSVP here. More info here.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE 2021 VALLEY PUBLICITY SUMMIT OCT. 16: The greatest Saturday morning in Valley media-PR relations was back, and its return was out in the sunshine on a beautiful fall day! The 17th annual Valley Publicity Summit was once again hosted by Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, at a new outdoor venue under shade structures nearby at the Vista del Sol residential community. The sight of media and public relations professionals reconnecting and talking story pitching preferences was such a thrill for all of us in SPJ who organized the event. We have photos of the event from our friend, photographer Bill Pedene. Check them out here!.

CHAPTER ISSUES STATEMENT ABOUT CONFISCATION OF REPORTER’S PHONE: The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA), and the Asian American Journalists Association–Arizona chapter have issued a statement strongly opposing the actions of Gilbert police officers who seized the cellular telephone of an Arizona journalist who was covering a legitimate news event April 29: the death of a Chandler police officer and the injury of a Gilbert police officer. The statement is found on our Phoenix SPJ Blog.

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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.