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.

CHAPTER ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN. Thanks to all chapter members who participated in the online election June 22-29 of four officers for a one-year term from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. The election had a turnout of 42%. Our four incumbent officers, who ran unopposed, each received 100% of the vote. Here they are:

President, Tim Eigo; Vice President, Debra Krol; Secretary, Mark Scarp; Treasurer, Teri Carnicelli. The results outlined by Survey Monkey can be found here.

Photos and short biographies of the officers can be found here. We will post photos and bios of our other board members on the same page soon.

If you are interested in serving as a board member (which probably takes 2-3 hours per month), please email with your photo, current job description/title, and brief bio.

MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE who participated in the 16th annual Valley Publicity Summit on Saturday, Sept. 28! We had more than 80 public relations professionals and 22 media representatives sharing their knowledge and story-pitching procedures and preferences. Here’s a link to photos of the day from our friend, photographer Bill Pedene. Thanks to our hosts at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University; to our sponsor, Fingerpaint Marketing; and to Phoenix PR Pros, the ASU chapter of PRSSA; and the Phoenix chapter of PRSA. See you in 2020!


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.