NY Times’ Thomas Friedman speaks on ‘Sustainability as Freedom’ Feb. 26 at ASU Gammage

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will speak on the topic, “Sustainability as Freedom,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at ASU Gammage in Tempe. Friedman, whose appearance is part of the Wrigley Lecture Series, “will argue that what freedom was to our parents’ generation, sustainability is to this present generation,” according to an ASU statement. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required.

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Learn about changes to rules regarding cameras, mobile devices in state courtrooms from free presentation Jan. 23 in Tucson

fac_logo1Your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter is a proud founding member of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona. The coalition is sponsoring a free presentation at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Friday morning, Jan. 23, on changes to laws regarding the use of cameras and mobile devices in Arizona state courtrooms. Click here for details!

Valley Holiday Media Mixer gathers local journalists for second year

It seemed like a terrific idea in 2013: Get members of Valley media organizations together for a big holiday happy hour, with free appetizers to attract skeptical journalists, to celebrate putting another year behind us with hopes for better times in the next one.

Not only did it seem like a good idea, it was. About 35 of us showed up at various times media mixer 2014during a chilly-by-Phoenix-standards December evening at The Turf, an Irish pub with good vibes of comfort and joy. As we began making our way out, we talked about doing it again — although admittedly we didn’t think it wocould be another year before we did.

Well, it is another year, but once more the 2nd annual Valley Holiday Media Mixer is here to help local media people to get their Yule on. Valley of the Sun SPJ is one of the sponsoring organizations as is the Arizona Press Club, the Rocky Mountain/Southwest chapter of NATAS and the Arizona chapters of AAJA, NAJA and NLGJA.

So plan to be there, rest ye merry, gentlemen (and ladies), and bring your friends in the business. This is a membership building opportunity for each of the media groups, after all. It’s 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, back at The Turf, 705 N. First St., between Fillmore and Roosevelt, just north of the Cronkite School in downtown Phoenix. No need to RSVP, just be there to toast the holidays (drinks are on you, but, as said above, the appetizers are paid for by the media groups), renew connections and friendships, and make it your starting point for a brighter, better 2015.

Thanks for making the Valley Publicity Summit a success!

pubsum14updatedValley of the Sun SPJ appreciates the 53 public relations professionals and 27 media representatives who participated in last Saturday’s Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by SPJ. We’re also grateful to Olson Communications Inc. for its sponsorship, to Phoenix PR Pros and IABC Phoenix for promoting the Summit, and for the ASU chapter of SPJ for volunteering at the event, which brought media people and public relations practitioners together to discuss story-pitch preferences. Proceeds will support the chapter and make a contribution benefiting the Phoenix-area public relations community. See you in 2015!

Join us for the Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by SPJ!

pubsum14updatedThe event that brings journalists and public relations professionals together for an entire Saturday morning is coming soon! PR pros: Sign up here! The Society of Professional Journalists, Valley of the Sun chapter, presents the Valley Publicity Summit, hosted by SPJ, the amazing event where a roomful of locally based journalists share insights, give their story pitch preferences and industry updates with area public relations practitioners. In fact, we’ve arranged to have two rooms! It’s 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at SkySong, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (2nd floor of SkySong 1 building, the NE building of the complex). A map is at our registration site on Eventbrite (details below), and the hashtag is #pubsum14.

PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONALS: You could contact our more than 25 journalists expected to attend on your own over the course of a typical year, but at the Summit you can accomplish the same thing in one day! So sign up today — early-bird registration ends Sept. 2! Sign up here! (Proceeds to benefit the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter and also fund a donation to benefit the Phoenix-area public relations profession.)

JOURNALISTS: Here’s your chance to guide PR practitioners in their interactions and respond to their story interests. Likewise, PR professionals have the opportunity to acquaint you with potentially newsworthy information. If you would like to volunteer to be one of the journalists at this event, please email Mark Scarp.

JOURNALISTS EXPECTED TO ATTEND INCLUDE (SO FAR): Kathy Tulumello,business editor, Arizona Republic; Nicole Crites, morning anchor, KPHO-TV (CBS5);Heather Dunn, managing editor, KPNX-TV (12 News); Al Macias, managing editor, and Carrie Jung, reporter, KJZZ-FM; Sue Doerfler, deals reporter, Arizona Republic; Marie Look, editor-in-chief, Scottsdale Magazine, Ilana Lowery, editor, and Hayley Ringle, technology/startups reporter, Phoenix Business Journal; Laurie Merrill, digital business reporter and former public safety reporter, Arizona Republic; Kate Crowley,contributing blogger, “Chow Bella,” Phoenix New Times; Amanda Ventura, associate editor, AZ Big Media; RaeAnne Marsh, editor, In Business Phoenix Magazine; Teri Carnicelli, editor, North Central News; Tom Gibbons, editor, Talk of Arizona online quarterly, Kristy Durkin, blogger, whereshouldweeat.com…. AND MORE TO COME….

PR PROFESSIONALS: Sign up here! A schedule of the day’s events is at publicitysummit.eventbrite.com.

Our event organizing committee consists of Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter members and several public relations practitioners in the Valley.


Veteran journalists panel to discuss child immigration crisis

Five veteran journalists from The Arizona Republic will explore issues surrounding the child immigration crisis during a special online panel discussion at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University next week.

The Cronkite School is partnering with The Arizona Republic to host “Reporters on the Ground: The Child Immigration Crisis” on Wednesday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. The online, interactive discussion features Arizona Republic staff who contributed to a weeklong series of stories examining the recent wave of unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum in the U.S.

The event will be streamed live online on azcentral.com’s home page. The public is encouraged to participate in the discussion at www.azcentral.com or on Twitter using the hashtag #immigrantchildren.

Republic opinion writer Linda Valdez will moderate the conversation, featuring reporters Bob Ortega and Daniel Gonzalez and photographers Michael Chow and David Wallace. The panelists will share their experiences covering the crisis.

As part of the in-depth series “Pipeline of Children,” the Republic sent reporters and photographers to Central America and the U.S. border from Texas to Nogales, Ariz., to share the stories of children hoping to escape violence and bleak futures in search of a better life.

According to The Arizona Republic, approximately 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended in the U.S. in the past eight months — already 18,000 more than fiscal 2013. More than 70 percent are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, three of the countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

“We’re excited to partner with The Arizona Republic to host this discussion,” said Cronkite Associate Dean Kristin Gilger. “At the Cronkite School, we teach coverage of immigration and border issues as part of our Latino specialization, so this is an important topic for us, as it is for all Arizonans.”

The Republic project also includes a story written and reported by Cronkite student Emilie Eaton, who was part of a depth reporting class this spring that traveled to Chiapas, Mexico. The Cronkite Borderlands Initiative, supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Adelaida and Barry Severson, offers students multimedia depth reporting training and the opportunity to learn about critical immigration and border issues.

“Reporters on the Ground: The Child Immigration Crisis” is presented by The Arizona Republic and the Cronkite School in partnership with Valle del Sol, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Valley Leadership.

To view The Republic’s “Pipeline of Children” series and learn more about the ongoing immigration crisis, visit borderkids.azcentral.com.