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.

MAKE AN AWARDS NOMINATION: Each fall, the Valley of the Sun Chapter of SPJ presents its annual Arizona Freedom of Information Awards, honoring dedication and outstanding service in journalism, as well as special recognition for efforts on behalf of the First Amendment. We invite nominations for these awards from the Arizona journalistic community.  The deadline to submit is Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Nomination forms are available for downloading from our awards page.

SAVE THE DATE: VALLEY PUBLICITY SUMMIT OCT. 16: The greatest Saturday morning in Valley media-PR relations is back! Once again, the chapter will present what will be the 16th annual Valley Publicity Summit, the event where media and public relations professionals network and talk story pitching preferences. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 16, where once more we’ll be hosted by Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Watch this site and other chapter communications for details and registration info!

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.

SUMMER SOLSTICE SOIREE: Thanks to everyone who came to Southern Rail on June 23 to celebrate another year as an SPJ professional chapter. We’re grateful to everyone who stopped by to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day. We’ll be presenting more in-person events soon, some oriented toward professional development, some toward social interaction. Stay tuned to this website, phoenixspj.org, for more information.

RESULTS OF ANNUAL CHAPTER ELECTIONS: Our four officers were re-elected to one-year terms that begin July 1, 2021 and end June 30, 2022 during online elections involving emailed ballots all eligible chapter members during June 19-29, 2021. The officers are Tim Eigo, president; Debra Krol, vice president; Mark Scarp, secretary and Teri Carnicelli, treasurer. Read more about our officers here.

RECORDING AVAILABLE: In case you missed the intriguing, informative discussion among two journalists and two public relations professionals, “What Big Changes in Media Could Mean for the Media-PR Relationship in 2021,” presented on Jan 20, a recording of the 90-minute Zoom event is available here. The event was presented by our chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Phoenix chapter of the Public Relations Society of America . Our PRSA and SPJ chapters are planning more discussions on the PR-media relationship in the coming year, so visit phoenixspj.org and phoenixprsa.org soon to learn more.

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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.