Now what? Looking back at, and ahead of, the 2022 midterms, Dec. 6

Four weeks after the election, it will all be over except for the pontificating (well, except for the recounts), as Arizonans will deal with a divided state government. Join a panel of local journalists who covered the 2022 midterm balloting for a look back and a look ahead in a Zoom discussion 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, presented by Valley of the Sun SPJ. Expected panelists include Stacey Barchenger of The Arizona Republic/azcentral, Jessica Boehm of Axios Phoenix and Jen Fifield of Votebeat, with moderator Rachel Leingang of Arizona Agenda, the Arizona Press Club’s 2021 Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year.

RSVP required to get Zoom access information. Send an email to phoenixspj@cox.net to sign up.

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Get your Yule on: Valley Media Holiday Mixer, Dec. 7

Valley, media communicators: Get your Yule on! It’s time to close the door on 2022 with your colleagues and competitors at SPJ’s legendary annual Valley Media Holiday Mixer, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at FEZ, 105 W. Portland St. (corner of Central Avenue, at the Roosevelt light rail stop), midtown Phoenix. Your festive-minded SPJ chapter is buying the appetizers, the drinks are on you. Tell those great tales about getting the story that you’ve been aching all year to tell to an audience that truly gets you! We’ll look through our bag of holiday goodies for a few door prizes to give away. Details: https://fb.me/e/3ROGfylWG

Get Freelancing! A special training program from SPJ, Nov. 16

6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Space is limited at this free event! RSVP REQUIRED at phoenixspj@cox.net. And please check out our Facebook event page.

Do you dream of freelancing? As a career—or just a few gigs to enhance your revenue stream? Then don’t miss this SPJ program led by Alan Korwin, a writer with three decades of successful freelancing — and a longtime Valley of the Sun chapter member — who plans to reveal secrets gathered the entire time.

In this tell-all seminar, you’ll learn the secrets of abandoning employers in favor of clients. How to maximize your fees (and know what they should be), how to turn an interview into an assignment and where the absolutely best ideas come from — the ones worth money. “There are proven techniques for establishing a financial base, picking up gigs along the way, turning one good idea into handfuls of stories, how to find and befriend editors in any field—things you never learned in J-school— because the professors don’t know,” Alan says. “They’ve never done this. But yes, you will need good English skills for any of this to work.”

Alan Korwin (above right) has been freelancing successfully since 1986. All 10 Maricopa Community Colleges have presented his writing programs. He’s now working on his 15th book, and as part of the course you’ll get help to jump-start the book inside you (everybody has one).

The trick is getting it out, and here’s how. His political work has earned him national recognition, with more than 1,000 radio and TV interviews to his credit and two invitations to oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. His monthly columns appear in two national periodicals, a civil-rights newsletter, and on Townhall.com and DailyCaller.com, when he has time. His clients include IBM, AT&T, ITT, NYNEX, Amex and others, many with real names.

Light snacks provided by Valley of the Sun SPJ and water provided by Changing Hands. Cash bar available.

Again, space is limited. RSVP REQUIRED at phoenixspj@cox.net.

Journos, PR pros gather for 18th year at Valley Publicity Summit, Oct. 15, 2022

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15, 2022
Vista del Sol residential community, 701 E. Apache Blvd.,
Arizona State University, Tempe

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Registration is open Sept. 1! Back again for its 18th year — the Valley Publicity Summit, Presented by SPJ, returns Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 to Arizona State University in Tempe in the Vista del Sol Community Center and outdoors under shaded tables poolside. Journalists’ assignments and PR professionals’ client lists keep changing. PR pros: Be a part of what’s become the greatest Saturday morning in Valley media-PR relations, with discussions and “speed pitching” sessions to learn how to best pitch local media, Register and get more info here. And check out our Facebook event page!

We’re honored to announce that our featured speaker to start off the morning will be Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr., dean and professor of the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. And we are once again deeply grateful to Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University, Tara Williams, Ph.D., dean and professor, for hosting the Summit for the sixth consecutive year.

Here is a list of our participating media representatives as of Oct. 14. More will be added as they are secured:

  • ABC15: Kianey Carter, assignment manager;
  • ABC15: Nicole Gutierrez, Things to Do journalist
  • AZ BIG MEDIA: Kyle Backer, staff writer
  • ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES: Colleen Sparks, managing editor
  • ARIZONA DIGITAL FREE PRESS: Terrance Thornton, founder
  • ARIZONA’S FAMILY: Katie Faller, planning producer
  • ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Kathy Tulumello, news director
  • CITY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINES: Michelle Glicksman, Editor-in-Chief, Scottsdale City Lifestyle; Editor-in-Chief, Paradise Valley City Lifestyle; Editor-in-Chief, Chandler City Lifestyle; Editor-in-Chief, Where Traveler Phoenix+Scottsdale
  • CITY SUNTIMES/QUEEN CREEK SUNTIMES: Kelly Mixer, editor
  • ECULEUS GROUP PUBLISHING: Natasha Beal and Brian Beal (North Phoenix News, North Tatum Times, Paradise Valley View, Scottsdale North News, The Scottsdale Standard, Upper Westsider, Epic Kids)
  • FOX 10: Christine Goodfriend, planning editor
  • FOX 10: George Obi, executive producer
  • FREELANCE: Geri Koeppel, Phoenix New Times food/drink, Times Publications/East Valley
  • GREEN LIVING MAGAZINE: Dorie Morales, publisher
  • INDEPENDENT NEWSMEDIA: Caroline Yu, Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale reporter
  • IN MARICOPA: Lee Shappell, executive director
  • KJZZ-FM (NPR): Lindsey Collom Riley, senior editor
  • PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL: Greg Barr, editor-in-chief
  • PHOENIX MAGAZINE: Leah LeMoine, managing editor
  • SEDONA MONTHLY: Teresa Traverse, managing editor
  • THE LIST: Rebecca Guldberg, producer
  • TIMES MEDIA GROUP: Alex Gallagher, Scottsdale Progress
  • 12NEWS: Melissa Morrissette, assignment desk

NOTE: While every effort is made to ensure the participation of journalists who have agreed to be part of this year’s Summit, circumstances beyond SPJ’s control may result in changes to the list of participating journalists. We will make sincere efforts to keep the list of participating journalists current.

Journalists interested in participating may inquire with Sherry Butler, sbutler@slbcom.com

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: As of early September, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have determined that the risk of transmission in Maricopa County is LOW. This means people may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. You may check your county’s status at anytime here. We join ASU in suggesting that everyone get vaccinated (and boosted) against COVID-19, to be frequently tested for the virus and to follow protocols about face coverings inside buildings and in crowded places..

Enjoy a cold one on a hot day with SPJ at the Summer Solstice Soiree, June 20

Valley media peeps: It’s that time of year again. Defy summer, at least for one evening, and join SPJ at our annual Summer Solstice Soiree June 20. Apps are on us, drinks on you. All Valley media and communicators are invited! Please get more details and RSVP at our Facebook event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/764534031215032. See you there!

Learn more about the tragic rise of femicide, other gender-based violence, March 26

Nearly one in three women experiences gender-based violence in her lifetime. For too many women, this violence escalates to the point of becoming life-threatening.

Your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter is co-sponsoring a free daylong event on Saturday, March 26, that discusses the tragic rise of femicide and other gender-based violence, and what can be learned from what is happening in Mexico.

Ní Una Más: Preventing Violence Against Women, Lessons from Mexico, will feature journalists, lawyers, activists, academics, students and the public in a dialogue focused the issue of femicide. The event will also featuring a screening the documentary The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo, followed by a Q & A session with the film’s director.

Speakers include Kendal Blust, senior field correspondent with NPR member station KJZZ ’s Fronteras Desk at the station’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

The event is to be presented both via Zoom and in person in the Kiva Lecture Hall on the Arizona State University West Campus in Glendale 9:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

Click here to register and for more information.

The legend returns! SPJ hosts Valley Media Holiday Mixer ’21, Thursday, Dec. 9

Join colleagues and competitors in putting 2021 in the rear-view mirror at the legendary Valley Media Holiday Mixer ’21! We’re back at the same great downtown location, the heated outdoor patio at Bliss/REBAR, 901 N. 4th St. Appetizers and door prizes (bring a business card for the drawing!) provided courtesy of your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter. You bring the reconnecting and the fun.

Don’t miss the return of the legend! Free RSVP here.

(We strongly recommend that you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or are being regularly tested before attending. There are risks of contracting COVID-19 associated with attending public events. By attending our event, you alone are assuming any such risks.) 

Journos, PR pros gather for 17th year at Valley Publicity Summit, Oct. 16, 2021

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8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 16, 2021

Vista del Sol residential community, 701 E. Apache Blvd.,

Arizona State University, Tempe

Registration is open Sept. 7! Back again for its 17th year — the Valley Publicity Summit, Presented by SPJ, returns Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 to Arizona State University in Tempe outdoors under shade structures including an architectural landmark geodesic dome. A lot has happened in the two years since the last Summit: journalists’ assignments and PR professionals’ client lists keep changing. PR pros: Be a part of what’s become the greatest Saturday morning in Valley media-PR relations, with discussions and “speed pitching” sessions to learn how to best pitch local media, Register and get more info here. And click here for our Facebook event page!

Here is a list of our participating media representatives as of Oct. 15. More will be added as they are secured:

Sondra Barr, managing editor. Epic Kids

Natasha Beal, owner/publisher of Eculeus Group Publishing (North Phoenix News, North Tatum Times, North 32nd News, Scottsdale North News, The Scottsdale Standard, The Upper Westsider and Epic Kids) and managing editor Michelle Talsma Everson

Jason W. Brooks, reporter, Buckeye Independent, Independent Newsmedia

Lynette Carrington, managing editor, Arizona Health & Living magazine

Erin Edgemon, managing editor, Phoenix Business Journal  

Christine Goodfriend, producer, Fox 10

Susan Lanier Graham, editor, North Peoria Lifestyle magazine; publisher/editor-in-chief, Wander With Wonder

Debra Utacia Krol, environmental, Indigenous and science issues, Arizona Republic/azcentral.com

Al Macias, news director, KJZZ-FM NPR

Adrian McIntyre, PhD, Valley Business Radio, PHX.fm

Kelly Mixer, editor and senior reporter, Queen Creek Sun Times

George Obi, producer, Fox 10

Patrick O’Grady, managing editor, Independent Newsmedia, including the Daily Independent in the West Valley and weekly community newspapers Valleywide

Jeff Popovich, content producer, Arizona’s Family Foodie, AZ Family KTVK 3TV | KPHO CBS 5

Rebecca Rhoades, AZ Big Media and several lifestyle publications

Madison Rutherford, associate editor, PHOENIX magazine

Jill Schildhouse, freelance writer/editor

Colleen Sparks, Editor, North Central News

Teresa K. Traverse, managing editor, Sedona Monthly; freelance writer and editor

We will list more participating journalists as they are secured.

NOTE: While every effort is made to ensure the participation of journalists who have agreed to be part of this year’s Summit, circumstances beyond SPJ’s control may result in changes to the list of participating journalists. We will make sincere efforts to keep the list of participating journalists current.

Journalists interested in participating may inquire with Sherry Butler, sbutler@slbcom.com

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: We will be strongly recommending ASU’s COVID-19 protocols at this event. As of early September, those protocols recommend (1) wearing masks outdoors when physical distancing is not possible and (2) that participants be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Phoenix SPJ chapter joins other Arizona media organizations in statement about confiscation of reporter’s cell phone

The Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists joined the Arizona Latino Media Association and the Asian American Journalists Association-Arizona chapter in issuing following statement in June 2021:

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 strongly oppose 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 organizations support the demands of reporter León Felipe González of Univision Arizona, filed within his June 3 motion in Gilbert Municipal Court, that Gilbert police immediately return the phone undamaged and with no attempts to gain access to any information within it. We stand behind González and his employer, Univision Arizona, in their assertion that González was acting fully within his rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution while covering the story and that the actions by Gilbert police were unwarranted and improper.

González has filed his 28-page motion seeking the return of the phone, alleging that Gilbert police violated his First Amendment right as a journalist to cover a legitimate news event unhindered and his Fourth Amendment right to protect his personal property from seizure without due process of law. We agree with the motion’s assertion that González’s phone, which contains personal information and journalistic work product, is protected by the Privacy Protection Act of 1980 and other statutes.

When police impede the lawful and peaceful efforts of journalists to cover law enforcement activities, they deny the public its constitutionally protected right to know how tax-supported police officers conduct themselves in the performance of their official duties. At the time police confiscated his phone, González was lawfully performing that function.

When law enforcement agencies seize journalists’ personal property, they are almost always found to have acted improperly and then they apologize and return the confiscated items. The SPJ-Phoenix and ALMA sincerely hope that this will be the position immediately taken by the Gilbert Police Department.

The Arizona Broadcasters Association also stands with the Valley of the Sun professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and has released a similar statement of support: The Arizona Broadcasters Association adamantly supports the critical role played by reporters in covering the news and keeping our communities informed. We are concerned by the allegations against the Univision crew, support the rights of our local press, and call upon the leadership at Gilbert police to closely review the incident.

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ABOUT SPJ: 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 thousands of 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.

ABOUT THE VALLEY OF THE SUN CHAPTER: Established in 1958, the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix) professional 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.  # # #