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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RISE OF FEMICIDE, OTHER GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: Nearly one in three women experiences gender-based violence in her lifetime. For too many women, this violence escalates to the point of becoming life-threatening.Your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter is co-sponsoring a free daylong event on Saturday, March 26, that discusses the tragic rise of femicide and other gender-based violence, and what can be learned from what is happening in Mexico. Ní Una Más: Preventing Violence Against Women, Lessons from Mexico, will feature journalists, lawyers, activists, academics, students and the public in a dialogue focused the issue of femicide. The event will also featuring a screening the documentary The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo, followed by a Q & A session with the film’s director. Speakers include Kendal Blust, senior field correspondent with NPR member station KJZZ ’s Fronteras Desk at the station’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The event is to be presented both via Zoom and in person in the Kiva Lecture Hall on the Arizona State University West Campus in Glendale 9:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Click here to register and for more information.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OCT. 15, 2022! The greatest Saturday morning in Valley media-PR relations will return (again) out in the sunshine on a beautiful fall day! The 18th annual Valley Publicity Summit is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, and will once again be hosted by Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, at the same popular 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 2021 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.