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.
OUR NEXT EVENT: We celebrate Sunshine Week with an all-star lineup of FOI advocates, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Event Room at the newly renovated Visitors Center at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission $10, with SPJ members and students admitted free. Get tickets here. The public is invited to join chapter members and Valley journalists in attending. Speakers include:
- 6-7 p.m.: Former national SPJ President David Cuillier of the University of Arizona School of Journalism offers a rousing presentation on how you can gain better access to government through public records and open meetings
- 7-8 p.m:. A panel of journalists describe a story/stories that came about due to their use of FOIA/Arizona Public Records Law, what they learned, and suggestions they’d offer:
- Morgan Loew, KTVK-TV, Channel 3, and KPHO-TV, Channel 5; president, First Amendment Coalition of Arizona
- Jeremy Duda, Arizona Capitol Times
- Evan Wyloge, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting (ACIR)
- Brenna Goth, Bloomberg News
- A journalist from The Arizona Republic is also expected
- 8 p.m. Networking and snacks
SAVE THE DATE: The 15th annual Valley Publicity Summit has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, once again at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. (Backup date: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.) Once again we will be bringing together Valley media and public relations professionals to discuss story-pitch preferences and story ideas. Each year more than two dozen journalists and more than 50 PR pros participate. Stay tuned to this website and our chapter’s Facebook page for more details. Journalists: Volunteer for the Summit and connect with area PR pros and let them know how you want to be pitched! Email email@example.com to find out more.
Watch this site and our Facebook page for details on social, professional and other chapter events throughout the year.
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.
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.