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.

SUMMER SOLSTICE SOIREE: All Valley journalists — and especially our SPJ chapter members — are invited to the resumption of our annual summer mixer, the Summer Solstice Soiree, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Southern Rail, 300 W. Camelback (at Third Avenue), Phoenix, which is accessible by the Valley Metro light rail line.The chapter is buying the appetizers and you’ll buy your beverages. Plenty of room inside and outside. Enjoy a cold one on one of the longest days of the year, and connect and reconnect with colleagues and competitors. Meet our officers and candidates for officer (see next item). BTW, we’ll all be arriving with face masks, but because people will remove them to eat/drink, we are asking for people to attend only if they are fully vaccinated. Details on our Facebook events page: https://fb.me/e/2sK6N8Msq

ANNUAL CHAPTER ELECTIONS: Once again, it is time to elect chapter officers. Our chapter bylaws call for one-year terms that begin July 1 and end June 30. Elections are held in the month of June for one of the officer positions: president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. We plan to once again hold elections online from June 19 to June 29, with winners announced on the chapter website, phoenixspj.org, on June 30. Instructions will be sent on Wednesday, June 16, to chapter members in good standing. If you are on this list, believe you are a member in good standing and do not receive the link to your ballot, please contact Caroline Escobar at SPJ headquarters (contact info is at the top of this message) for verification to be sent to phoenixspj@cox.net. Properly verified members will receive a link to their ballots.

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.