Enjoy a cold brew with us on the longest day of the year, June 20*

Celebrate another 12 months gone by with us on the longest day of the year — a perfect reason if you live in Phoenix for an ice cold brew! Once again our Summer Solstice Soiree expresses our thanks to our members and all Valley journalists is to be celebrated 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20* in the Brewer’s Den at SunUp Brewing at 322 E. Camelback, a short walk from the Central Avenue/Camelback Road light rail station.

All Valley media people are invited and admission is free. Appetizers are on us; the beers (or non-alcoholic beverages) are on you. Come on in! It’s too hot to be outside. (*The summer solstice actually begins June 21 this year, but who’s counting?)

Jerusalem Post chief political correspondent to speak at ASU in Tempe, March 20

A former Arizona Republic journalist who is now chief political correspondent for The Jerusalem Post in Israel will give a free lecture at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Hoffman will speak on the topic, “Peace, Politics and Plutonium: An Insider’s Look at the Mayhem in the Middle East,” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, in Room L1-20 of Coor Hall, 976 S. Forest Mall, on the Tempe campus.

Hoffman’s presentation is sponsored by the Hillel Jewish Student Center near ASU, Hasbara Fellowships, Jewish Arizonans on Campus, and Stand With Us Supporting Israel Around the World.

About Gil Hoffman (provided by Hillel Jewish Student Center):

Gil Hoffman is the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post. He has interviewed every major figure across the Israeli political spectrum, has been interviewed by top media on six continents and is a regular analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera and other news outlets. Called “the most optimistic man in Israel” by Israel Television, Hoffman provides a behind the scenes look at the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena. He was raised in Chicago, graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, and wrote for the Miami Herald and Arizona Republic before moving to Israel. A reserve soldier in the IDF Spokesman’s Unit, he has lectured in every major English-speaking country in the world. He lives with his family in Jerusalem.

UA libraries provide free resources, guide to spotting ‘fake news,’ telling if news sources are reliable

From the University of Arizona School of Journalism in a March 9 post on Facebook: “Need help in spotting ‘fake news’ and judging sources? Check out this new guide put together by Mary Feeney and University of Arizona Libraries.”

The UA libraries have created an online guide to spotting fake news, or hoax news. Several reliable, helpful resources for news consumers are provided, including a helpful 3 minute, 22 second video from FactCheck.org called “How to Spot Fake News.”

Here’s the information on the libraries’ website.

 

 

14th annual Valley Publicity Summit, presented by SPJ, returns to ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College

The best Saturday morning in PR-media relations, the 14th annual Valley Publicity Summit, presented by SPJ, returns to Arizona State University in Tempe at Barrett, the Honors College, on Sept. 16, 2017.

So save the date! Journalists seeking to volunteer to give their story-pitch preferences at the Summit may send email to phoenixspj@cox.net.

Information about the Summit is here. More details will be coming soon!

Get your Yule on: Join your media colleagues in toasting the holidays at the 5th annual Valley Media Holiday Mixer, Dec. 8


SPJ’s 5th annual Valley Media Holiday Mixer is Thursday evening, Dec. 8, in the Colangelo Room at the Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill‘s Biltmore location, 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix, three blocks east of the Highland Avenue exit off the 51. All Valley media are invited. We’ll have a business card drawing for some door prizes, and the first couple of generous rounds of appetizers are on us! (Drinks are on you.)
Share some holiday cheer with fellow journos, colleagues and competitors, and toast a brighter and better 2017. Tell us you’re coming on our Facebook event page.
Presented by your Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Numbers Game: Political Polls, and What They Mean, Sept. 28

Journalists are bombarded with data from polls, especially when election season approaches. Are you confident you can tell the legitimate numbers from the sloppy surveys? How effectively can you evaluate the polling methods? Do you know when nine out of 10 isn’t really nine out of 10?

Join us as we host political pollster Mike O’Neil of O’Neil Associates, for this informative event, just in time for the deluge of polls that will be released before the Nov. 8 election. Mike will discuss the current state of polling and how to understand and evaluate polls.

It’s 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E. Highland Ave., four blocks east of Route 51/Piestewa Freeway (Highland Avenue exit), Phoenix. SPJ welcomes all members of the media to this FREE event, but you must RSVP by Monday, Sept. 26 to: teri@phoenixspj.org.

Topics will include:
• Polls: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—which is which
• Live interviewer polls, robopolls, internet polls: what’s the difference
• The Polling Aggregators (fivethirtyeight, pollster.com, and Real Clear Politics): which are better and why
• Why that “plus or minus” figure everyone always fixates on is actually among the least important of poll attributes (and why people still think it is important)


Walter Robinson, former Boston Globe editor who headed team portrayed in film ‘Spotlight,’ to speak at Sept. 14 screening co-sponsored by SPJ, Cronkite School

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The Academy Award-winning 2015 film Spotlight will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the First Amendment Forum at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Walter V. “Robby” Robinson, the editor who headed the Boston Globe‘s Spotlight investigative team that reported the story of the pedophile priest scandal in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston in the early 2000s, will speak in September at a Phoenix screening of the Oscar-winning film Spotlight, co-sponsored by the Valley of the Sun chapter of SPJ and the Arizona State  University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Walter V. “Robby” Robinson, former editor of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team, will speak at a screening of the film “Spotlight” in Phoenix Sept. 14.

Robinson, right, portrayed by actor Michael Keaton in the 2015 film — which won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay earlier this year — will give remarks at the screening, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The showing will be in the First Amendment Forum on the second floor of the Cronkite School, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Officials announced on the Cronkite School website that Robinson has accepted a position at the school as Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor, teaching a course in investigative journalism for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. His Spotlight team’s series in the Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2003.

SPJ arranged with the producers of the film to allow its professional chapters one-time licenses to show it locally. The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) chapter was eager to secure a license for the Phoenix screening. The chapter is grateful to the Cronkite School for the opportunity to show the film on its large screen, which should give a local audience insight into how the Spotlight Team reported what ultimately became a national story.

Meet up, cool down & network at SPJ’s annual summer solstice party

Each year, the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter invites all Valley media, but particularly our valued members, to a party at a local watering hole within a day or two of the annual summer solstice. It’s a chance to get together and cool off on Phoenix’s longest day. We’re two days off this year from the actual June 20 solstice, Wednesday, June 22, when at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we’ll gather in the Brewer’s Room at SunUp Brewing (appropriate for the day, no?) for some cool brews, hot talk and a few rounds of free appetizers, courtesy of your chapter’s generous board members.Glass of Beer

So come to SunUp Brewing, 322 E. Camelback Road, a few steps from the Central/Camelback light rail line in uptown Phoenix, and quaff a few cold ones with us! Say you’re coming at our Facebook event page!

We’ll also take five minutes around 6:15-ish to elect our 2016-2017 chapter officers. This is essentially one-party rule, unless someone actually steps forward to challenge the slate* (which we’re officially ready to accommodate, although no one can remember the last time this has ever happened). After a voice vote we’ll immediately return to the festivities.

(*The slate: Amanda Ventura, freelance writer, president; Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney magazine, vice president; Kaely Monahan, KTAR-FM, secretary; Teri Carnicelli, North Central News, treasurer.)

This is actually part of a nationwide simultaneous meetup held by SPJ chapters across the country called SPJ After Deadline. Technically, they’re doing it on June 21. But we are mavericks here in Arizona, so we’re having ours one day later. Like that name, SPJ After Deadline? Maybe we’ll participate again… and this time we might hold it on the same day our national organization planned.

Questions? Email our president, Amanda Ventura, mandaven5@gmail.com.

Local events commemorate 40th anniversary of Phoenix reporter’s murder

Two events in early June will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the car-bomb murder of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles on June 2, 1976, at what was the Hotel Clarendon in midtown Phoenix.

  • “You Can’t Kill a Story” is a “gathering of storytellers at the scene of the crime,”  the Clarendon Hotel and Spa itself, 401 W. Clarendon, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2. “Law enforcement, firefighters, journalists, and family members will recall their first person memories of that unforgettable day,” according to the event’s Eventbrite page where tickets are sold at $25 each. The gathering, presented by the Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation, will be held at the hotel’s rooftop Sky Deck bar. A reception is to follow.
  • The Arizona Storytellers will present “Stories Behind the Stories,” 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s downtown campus, 555 N. Central Ave., In addition to recounting other journalistic efforts, the evening will “feature stories of Bolles’ work, life and death, as well as ones about the continued relevance of Arizona-based investigative and watchdog journalism,” according to the event’s Facebook page. A $12 donation is suggested; get tickets here.