How far has the freedom of speech in America progressed in 100 years? In 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the landmark case Schenck vs. United States, in which certain expressions in opposition to the U.S. government’s recruiting soldiers to fight in World War I were found to be in violation of the Espionage Act. The decision created the famous “clear and present danger” test to determine if a form of speech is criminal. Here is a summary of the issues and decision in that case.
Join Rodney Smolla, dean and professor of law at the Widener University Delaware Law School, as he talks about the current state of free speech in a discussion moderated by ASU journalism professor and media law authority Joseph Russomanno.
This free event is 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the second-floor First Amendment Forum at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The event is part of the Cronkite School’s weekly “Must See Monday” speaker series. Click here for more details.
SAVE THE DATE! BE THERE Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, for the now-legendary Valley Media Holiday Mixer ’19, presented by your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter. Valley media pros: Join your colleagues and your competitors 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Bliss/ReBAR, 901 N. Fourth St. (just south of Roosevelt Row) in downtown Phoenix. Join us on the heated and comfortable patio for free appetizers (drinks are on you) and some door prizes. Compared to the same-old, same-old office parties of the season, we promise this one will be the one you really wanted to attend. Details/RSVP here.
ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosts The New York Times’David McCraw discussing “The Press, the President and the Future of the First Amendment,” 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the school’s second-floor First Amendment Forum. Admission is free.
The First Amendment Forum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is at 555 N. Central Ave. (at Fillmore Street), Phoenix. Pay parking is available north of the Cronkite School building as well as on the north side of Fillmore Sand east of Central, and at parking meters on surrounding city streets.
This event successfully defies the stereotype that media people and public relations people can’t get along. Here, connections are made, explanations are given, networking takes place. We will hear about the ever-changing media landscape and how it affects editorial vision and decisions regarding content. We will share information on what makes an ordinary pitch an effective one and know the rules of whom to contact, when to contact them, and what to pitch to them. During and after the Summit, journalists maintain their vital roles as independent makers of decisions regarding coverage, but they do so having informed PR practitioners of their and their media outlets’ story-pitch policies and preferences. Likewise, PR professionals learn of the challenges facing media and the frameworks in which they respond best to story pitches – or decline them. Now, to get to the Valley Publicity Summit’s Eventbrite page with registration info and signup, click here.
Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University, Tempe
Registration is open! Back again for its 16th year — the Valley Publicity Summit, Presented by SPJ, returns Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, to Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University in Tempe. A lot happens in a year: 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.
Here’s a list of media professionals expected to join us at this year’s Valley Publicity Summit, as of Sept. 25:
Greg Barr, editor-in-chief, Phoenix Business Journal Natasha Beal, owner/publisher of Eculeus Group Publishing (Deer Valley Times, North Tatum Times, North 32nd News, Scottsdale North News, Scottsdale Standard) Christy Bricks, executive producer, Cronkite News, KAET Arizona PBS
Michael Crowley, weekend assignment editor, KPNX 12News
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our grateful appreciation is extended to our longtime Event Sponsor, Fingerpaint Marketing!
Each June, your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter refuses to let the longest day of the year go by without showing our appreciation for our members and for all Valley media people with a Summer Solstice Soiree. Come and cool off with an ice cold brew or other beverage 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at an exciting new location!
After several years of benefiting of our annual loyal patronage, our former Soiree location decided in its, um, wisdom, to give up serving food. When we heard this, we thought, how can the chapter provide its traditional buffet of free appetizers that way? The only solution: Move. And we’ve found a great spot in about the same part of town: The highly praised and decoratedHelton Brewing Co., 2144 E. Indian School Road (at 22nd Street), Phoenix. RSVP on our Facebook event page.
A bit of business
As usual, we will take five minutes (or less, as we’ve gotten pretty fast at this) to hold our annual voice-vote chapter officer elections. Like to be an officer? You have to be a chapter member to be one. Email email@example.com for details.
The House of Broadcasting
(HOBI) invites members of the media to join them at Changing Hands-Phoenix, 300
W. Camelback Road, as they host a book signing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, for “Images of America: Phoenix Television”
($21.99, Arcadia Publishing), written by John Craft and Lisa Honebrink.
Craft is a member of the
faculty at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Honebrink has been a radio producer and spent time as a public information
officer for the city of Phoenix, including a stint in the mayor’s office. She
continues to work in Public Relations.
Craft and Honebrink said
they wanted to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at past and present on-air
personalities, programs and other significant moments that have shaped society
and, specifically, the lifestyles of Phoenicians since TV burst onto the scene
here in the late 1940s.
To view a short segment
Craft and Honebrink had on KAZ-TV with Pat McMahon to talk about the book,
click the link below:
Then on Tuesday, May 21,
come back to Changing Hands in Phoenix for the much-anticipated launch of Jana
Bommersbach’s latest true-crime book, “A
Stolen Life: The Debra Milke Story” ($20, paperback). Her presentation
begins at 7 p.m.
Arizona said Debra Milke was
a baby killer. Phoenix Homicide Detective Armando Saldate testified she
“confessed” to having her 4-year-old son killed when he though he was
going to see Santa. On his word alone, she was convicted in 1990 and became the
only woman on Arizona’s death row. So how did she go free in 2015—only the
second woman in American history to walk off death row? How did both a federal
court and Arizona’s Court of Appeals lambast Arizona for imprisoning her in the
first place—the state court saying it was “ashamed” of what happened
to her, seeing it as “a severe stain on the Arizona justice system.”
This non-fiction, investigative book probes deep inside this fascinating criminal case … inside the prison, inside the evidence, inside the breakdown of justice, inside the legal tenacity, inside the heart and mind of Debra Milke. To pre-order your book, click here.
Jana Bommersbach is one of
Arizona’s most acclaimed journalists, authors and public speakers. This is her
The very first event of the #ONAPhoenix group is happening this week! Group organizers want to bring people together to have some drinks and share ideas for this #ONALocal group. And no, you don’t have to be an ONA member to attend. The event is open-ended and casual – drop by and head out when you’d like.
The following message about an exciting upcoming event was sent to us from Lauren Aguirre of the new Phoenix group of the Online News Association (firstname.lastname@example.org):
“It’s a casual meet and greet in downtown Phoenix. The goal is to bring people who are interested in being involved with the group together face-to-face for the first time. It’s a chance to meet other journalists just as excited as you are about ONA Phoenix. I hope all of you can make it. As the founder and organizer of ONA Phoenix, I would love to meet you in person.”
We’re passing on this announcement from the Arizona Latino Media Association:
“The Arizona Latino Media Association and the Education Writers Association are teaming up to present ‘Get Schooled: Covering Education Like A Pro,’ an informative conference for journalists and communicators on key education topics that frequently make headlines, including:
Charters and School Choice
Mental Health, Social Emotional Learning and Schools
“9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019, in the First Amendment Forum at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.
“Panelists, including education journalists and experts, will share their insights and best practices for covering education issues and producing compelling stories. Among the panelists are:
Kathy Hoffman, Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Arianna Prothero, Staff Writer, Education Week
Justin Price, Data Reporter, The Arizona Republic
Marisol Garcia, Vice President, Arizona Education Association
Dale Russakoff, freelance writer and author of The Prize, a book about Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to the Newark, New Jersey, schools
Dr. Sofia B. Pertuz, Senior Advisor, Campus and Diversity & Inclusion, Jed Foundation
Janine Menard, Chair, Arizona School Counselors Association
Matt Beienburg, Director of Education Policy, Goldwater Institute