SPJ, PRSA Phoenix chapters present ‘Switching Seats: From Journalism to PR, PR to Journalism,’ virtual panel discussion, Sept. 23

Hear from some local professionals who not only thought about switching communications careers, but then did it. Join the Phoenix chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in a virtual panel discussion about moving from journalism to public relations or public relations to journalism, titled “Switching Seats.”

Join us 6 to 7:30 p.m. (first hour panel discussion, last half hour audience questions) Wednesday, Sept. 23. Admission to this exploration of the PR-media relationship is free, but you must RSVP to this link: https://www.phoenixprsa.org/spjswitchingseats. You’ll receive instructions on entering the event.

Panelists:

  • Paul Atkinson, formerly of KPHO, KAET and KJZZ and public relations at ASU, today a freelance journalist
  • KJ Philp, formerly with Echo magazine and now at Visit Phoenix
  • Hayley Ringle, formerly with the Phoenix Business Journal and now at Digital Air Strike PR
  • Diane Smith, formerly with 3TV/Arizona’s Family and now at Pima Medical Institute
  • Amanda Ventura Zink. formerly with AZ Big Media and now at Waymo

Moderated by Mark Scarp, Valley of the Sun SPJ board member and faculty associate at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

SPJ and PRSA gratefully acknowledge Visit Phoenix’s sponsorship of this event. RSVPs are required at https://www.phoenixprsa.org/spjswitchingseats. You’ll receive instructions on entering the event.

This event is presented to further explore the PR-media relationship in lieu of the 2020 Valley Publicity Summit, which the SPJ board regrettably canceled. Please join PRSA and us as we talk about constantly improving relations between journalists and public relations people as SPJ prepares to return to the Publicity Summit in fall 2021!

Laid-off, furloughed journalists need your help — please give

Watch this 30-second video from SPJ about the Journalists Emergency Fund.

Dear Arizona journalists,

SPJ Day of Giving Back 2020The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a threat to our nation’s health and welfare, but has also dealt major blows to the news industry. This has resulted in the laying off or furloughing of the very people our society is relying upon for factual, reliable information in these uncertain and stressful times.
Those sidelined by these layoffs and furloughs worry about paying their bills, feeding and caring for their loved ones, and wonder about their futures in journalism. You can help those in need, right here, right now, today.
SPJ, through the SPJ Foundation, has established a Journalists Emergency Fund, and has named April 30, 2020, as SPJ’s Day of Giving Back. As of 8 a.m. Arizona time May 1, more than $25,000 has been contributed. Please make a secure donation directly to this fund. It is managed by the SPJ Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity; gifts to it are tax deductible. Journalists in need can apply for grants of up to $500 from the fund to help meet expenses, grants that do not have to be paid back. A committee of SPJ Foundation leaders and staff will review each application on a case-by-case basis — decisions will be made on a fast-track basis to insure that emergency money quickly gets to those who need it. Here is a list of donors and donation leaders, and more information about the fund.

You’re an SPJ member because you care about this profession. We know you want to support those who are doing so much to help everyone weather this extraordinary period in our lives. Please be generous in this effort to help our colleagues, many of whom are reporting on the very crisis that is also directly affecting their livelihoods.
Again, the donation to the SPJ Foundation is tax-deductible. Click here to donate today, SPJ’s Day of Giving Back, April 30, 2020. From all of us at SPJ, a sincere and heartfelt thank you.
— Your Valley of the Sun SPJ Chapter Board

AzABJ, SPJ hold Facebook for Journalists training in Phoenix, Feb. 29

The Arizona Association of Black Journalists in cooperation with the Society of Professional Journalists, will host a Facebook for Journalists training on Saturday, Feb. 29. The event is free and open to journalists, PR professionals and others in media – but requires a free registration.

Where: Arizona Charter Schools Association, 12439 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix

When: Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m.

Register here: https://form.jotform.com/200246528525149

More info about the what is covered in the program: https://www.spj.org/facebook.asp The trainer will share products and tools – including Live, Groups and CrowdTangle – that help journalists leverage Facebook and Instagram for news gathering, storytelling and connecting with their followers.

The instructor will be Lynn Walsh (above), accomplished journalist and journalism leader. She is an Emmy award-winning freelance journalist who has worked in investigative, data and TV journalism at the national level as well as locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Based in San Diego, she is a past national president of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Project Manager at the Trusting News project, where she’s helping to rebuild trust between newsrooms and the public. #RealNews Here’s something Lynn has written about the topic: https://www.quillmag.com/2018/11/30/how-to-use-facebook-as-a-journalist/

Please share this event with your colleagues and other journalists/PR pros who might want to attend.

Attorneys Needed for Student Press Info Center

Are you an attorney interested in protecting student press freedoms? Our SPJ chapter is helping form a coalition to provide information and resources (but not direct legal representation) to student journalists, advisers and news organizations.

If you are interested in being part of a “resource outlet” for information on what the law says, please contact us. We expect this informational base could be a highly useful source of support for those in student news organizations.

If you’re an attorney who is interested – or can recommend someone to us – contact Chapter President Tim Eigo at tim.eigo@staff.azbar.org

Cronkite School holds discussion, “Free Speech at 100,” Oct. 28

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.

Valley Media Holiday Mixer ’19, Dec. 3 at Bliss/ReBAR

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. Celebrate 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.

Public figures, libel & the First Amendment are topics of discussion at Cronkite School, Sept. 23

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.

Details are at:
https://cronkite.asu.edu/news-and-events/events/speaker-series/press-president-and-future-first-amendment

Arcadia News seeks freelance writers

From Mallory Gleich, editor of Arcadia News and an SPJ member:

“Arcadia News has an opportunity for writers who are looking to advance their writing skills and/or add to their portfolio as a freelance writer. 

“Our writers compose one to two stories each month that will reach 20,000 people in the Arcadia neighborhood and beyond. 

“We are looking for writers who are interested in feature and sports stories within the community. 

“Interested persons should email editor@arcadianews.com with a resume and writing samples, if available.”

Why every Valley PR pro should attend this year’s Publicity Summit in one simple (OK, it’s a bit long) paragraph

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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.