Phoenix’s premier journalism association since 1958


OUR NEXTRosies-web-logo SOCIAL EVENT: Join colleagues and competitors in trying out those green hats and plastic shamrocks a day before St. Patrick’s Day in our pre-holiday happy hour at the legendary Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Restaurant and Pub, 906 E. Camelback Road in uptown Phoenix. It’s 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Enjoy the Hibernian bill of fare and find out if they really drink green beer in Ireland (OK, they don’t). More details and RSVP….

EARLY SIGNUP ENDS MARCH 19 FOR SPJ REGION 11 CONFERENCE: Lower early-bird rates end Monday, March 19, for the SPJ Region 11 Conference on April 27 and 28, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, at the Universal City Hilton. The conference website, available at, includes a full schedule and bios of all 34 panelists, workshop presenters and speakers. The event will begin with a no-host reception on Friday evening, April 27. Linda Deutsch, retired AP courts reporter, will “hold court,” sharing war stories and telling tales from some of the biggest trials of the century including Charles Manson, the Menendez Brothers, O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson. USC Professor Robert Hernandez will kick off the conference Saturday morning, April 28, giving his thoughts about recent trends in journalism and the changing news media. Next up will be many sessions conducted by top-notch local journalists from newspapers, radio and TV speaking about how to cover a variety of timely topics including immigration, disasters, homelessness, the LGBTQ+ community and sexual harassment. Several other workshops, focusing on broadcast investigative journalism, writing ledes, data reporting and freelancing, will also be offered throughout the day.

SAVE THE DATE: The 15th annual Valley Publicity Summit has been SPJ_Instagramscheduled 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 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.