That’s us: The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, working to improve Arizona journalism and protect the public’s right to know since 1958.
OUR NEXT EVENT: Scare up a few fiends, er, friends, and haunt our Happy Howler Mixer for Valley media people (relax, admission is free), 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at FEZ on Central, 105 W. Portland St., at Central Avenue just north of Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix. (Accuracy-conscious journalists will note that despite its name, FEZ is actually on Port;and.) Have a bite (to eat) from among FEZ’s frighteningly delicious fare and responsibly enjoy libations with colleagues and competitors. Halloween attire is not required, but the most impressive outfit will likely earn the wearer a free drink courtesy of the chapter president!
SAVE THE DATE: It’s not too early to plan to attend our annual (and on its way to becoming legendary) Valley Media Holiday Mixer, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Bliss ReBAR, 901 N. Fourth St. (just south of Roosevelt), named by USA Today as one of the 10 Best Nightlife Destinations in Downtown Phoenix. Get your Yule on, celebrate the year gone by and the year ahead! We’ll put out a spread of free appetizers (drinks are on you) and give away door prizes. RSVP today on our Facebook event page, Valley Media Holiday Mixer ’17. The hashtag for the event: #getyouryuleon
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.