Phoenix is site of 2016 SPJ Region 11 conference

Get the tools to keep your journalism skills sharp and network your way into opportunity at SpringConf15_Logothe SPJ Western Regional (Region 11) Conference, April 29-30 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The conference hashtag is #spjwest.

Click here for conference details. Sign up today to get our affordable registration rate of $65, $50 for SPJ members, $30 for full-time college students. These prices include all sessions, a Friday opening night reception, Saturday continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and an invitation to a post-conference decompress gathering at the Sky Deck bar atop the Clarendon Hotel and Spa in midtown Phoenix.

Get your Yule on: Journalists invited to gather at the third annual Valley Media Holiday Mixer, Dec. 16

New bar, same location! Six Valley media organizations invite area journalists to the third annual Valley Media Holiday Mixer, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Chambers on First, 705 N. First St. (at Pierce, just north of the ASU Cronkite School) in downtown Phoenix.

media_mixer_2015Admission is free. Attendees will pay for their own drinks. But appetizers are being paid for by the media groups: Asian American Journalists Association (Arizona), Arizona Latino Media Association (NAHJ), Arizona Press Club, National Black Journalists Association (Arizona), National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (Arizona), Society of Professional Journalists (Valley of the Sun).

Chambers on First is owned by the same owners as its predecessor, The Turf, where this event has been held in 2013 and 2014. The interior has been renovated, including chandeliers with a law library/private club look. Check out photos and the menu here. Happy hour prices on drinks are offered until 7 p.m.

Please come and invite media people you know. For more information, email phoenixspj@cox.net.

Former 3TV sportscaster Mike Chamberlin entertains with his guitar and friends in HOBI Museum fundraiser, Dec. 12

Join Mike Chamberlin, whom Valley viewers know for his many years reporting and anchoring sports on KTVK-TV (Channel 3) and KPHO-TV (Channel 5) in Phoenix, in his retirement role as full-time entertainer in a Dec. 12 benefit for the House of Broadcasting Inc. Museum.

Mike Chamberlin. Courtesy Mike Chamberlin, singingtvguy.com

Mike Chamberlin. Courtesy Mike Chamberlin, singingtvguy.com

“Mike Chamberlin & Friends” is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Kendal Hall at Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Chamberlin, who since retiring in 2008 has focused on spiritual singing, will be joined by local celebrities Pat McMahon, Al McCoy, Buddy Owens and Dick Moore. The evening’s master of ceremonies will be KTVK’s morning-show host Scott Pasmore.

Copies of Chamberlin’s book, God Has a Sense of Humor for Heaven’s Sake, and his CDs of Christmas songs and songs of the World War II era will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from tickets at $10 per person (children 12 and younger are free) support the HOBI Museum in Scottsdale, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For information or reservations call 480-893-1324 or email pschu@q.com.

Join fellow journalists at ‘Boos’ & Boardgames, Wednesday, Sept. 28, at The Duce!

Get ready for a scary amount of competition and creativity with your fellow journalists, as we break out the boardgames and bubbly in the spirit of Halloween!

There’ll be Ping-Pong, old-school Scrabble, card games (including Cards Against Humanity) and anything else you’d like to bring! Game Master and SPJ President Amanda Ventura hosts SPJ’s first ‘Boos’ and Boardgames low-key networking event for Valley journalists.

Prizes, a raffle, rad company and lots-o-booze. (Drink responsibly.)

Don’t miss it, ya hear?

RSVP NOW: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boos-boardgames-tickets-19047410317