Valley Publicity Summit set for Sept. 15, 2018

 

SAVE THE DATE: The 15th annual Valley Publicity Summit has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, once again at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. (Backup date: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.)

Once again we will be bringing together Valley media and public relations professionals to discuss story-pitch preferences and story ideas. Each year more than two dozen journalists and more than 50 PR pros participate. Stay tuned to this website and our chapter’s Facebook page for more details.

SPJ_InstagramJournalists: Volunteer for the Summit and connect with area PR pros and let them know how you want to be pitched! Email phoenixspj@cox.net to find out more.

Watch this site and our Facebook page for details on social, professional and other chapter events throughout the year.

Laban joins Hopi tribal newspaper

RI Laban-smThe Hopi Tutuveni, the official tribal newspaper for the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona, has hired Romalita Rl Laban to serve as the new managing editor. She replaces Louella Nahsonhoya, who served in that role for six years. Laban started work at the twice-monthly publication on April 16. She can be reached at rlaban@hopi.nsn.us.

The newspaper is overseen by an editorial board comprised of members Dr. Angela Gonzales, Candace Hamana and Curtis Honanie. For more information, visit https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/news/hopi-tutuveni/.

KTAR News honored with Crystal Award

KTAR News was selected as recipient of the Crystal Award by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) for its outstanding year-round commitment to community service.

“I am tremendously proud of the commitment our employees demonstrate day in and day out to uphold our company’s mission of serving and making a positive difference in our community,” said Scott Sutherland, VP/Marketing Manager for Bonneville Phoenix. “And for this to be our fourth Crystal Award win in a decade is remarkable.”

NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organization and public relations firms. Finalists were honored and winners announced at the April 10 We Are Broadcasters Celebration, where FCC Chairman Ajit Pai delivered remarks about local radio and television stations’ vital role in communities and ongoing commitment to innovation that enables broadcasters to better serve listeners and viewers.

This is the fourth time KTAR News has been recognized with a Crystal Award for community service. Judges cited, among other things, the Give-A-Thon for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which KTAR News produces, and has now grown to become the largest children’s hospital fundraiser of its kind in the United States.

Rick Barrs joins the E.V. Tribune

Times Media Group (TMG), the fast-growing publisher of the East Valley Tribune and 16 other Valley publications, announced that Rick Barrs, a veteran Phoenix-area journalist and columnist and the winner of many editorial awards, has been appointed Managing Editor of the Tribune.

Rick-Barrs-e1505188214245-150x150Barrs comes to the Tribune after working as the Editor-In-Chief at Phoenix New Times and Los Angeles New Times, positions he held for more than 20 years. During Barrs’ tenure, the Phoenix weekly enjoyed a journalistic reputation that far surpassed its size, winning editorial awards locally and nationally.

Prior to joining New Times in 2002, Barrs worked for the Los Angeles Times, serving as the daily’s assistant metro editor and city editor for 10 years. During his decade at the Times, Barrs was a member of two news teams that won Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage of breaking news.

“We’re serious about covering news at the East Valley Tribune and adding Rick Barrs to lead the Trib news team makes that statement loud and clear,” said Steve Strickbine, Times Media Group founder and president. “Rick knows the Valley, he knows how to lead a newsroom and he knows how to make good news stories great. For me, he represents exactly the leader the Tribune needs at this stage in our growth.”

Barrs, a University of Georgia graduate who attended the Michigan State University Graduate School of Journalism, said he relishes the chance to lead the Tribune. “There’s tremendous potential to grow our newspapers through stellar storytelling, the bedrock of great journalism,” Barrs said.

A digital and print media company operating in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, TMG publishes the East Valley Tribune (EastValley.com), the Ahwatukee Foothills News (Ahwatukee.com), the West Valley View, Nearby News publications, the San Tan Sun News, the Scottsdale Airpark News, the Gilbert Sun News, the College Times, Lovin’ Life After 50, The Entertainer! Magazine, North Valley Magazine, 85086 Magazine, 85085 Magazine and the travel and information website Phoenix.org. TMG also owns and operates AZ Integrated Media, a media distribution and custom publishing company.

Get your Yule on: Valley Media Holiday Mixer, Dec. 5, at Bliss ReBAR

Valley journalists: Pencil it in (OK, it’s 2017, so enter it into your smartphone calendar):  Our annual (and on its way to becoming legendary) Valley Media Holiday Mixer, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Bliss ReBAR, 901 N. Fourth St. (just south of reindeer12Roosevelt), named by USA Today as one of the 10 Best Nightlife Destinations in Downtown Phoenix. Get your Yule on, celebrate the year gone by and the year ahead with your media peeps, colleagues and competitors alike, in this must-be-there holiday event! Your friendly neighborhood Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter will put out a spread of free appetizers (drinks are on you) and give away door prizes. Admission is free, so say your “Going” today on our Facebook event page, Valley Media Holiday Mixer ’17. The event hashtag: #getyouryuleon

Valley of the Sun SPJ board votes to support bylaws amendments to reduce size of national board; delegates to vote at Anaheim convention in September

At its regular meeting on August 27, 2017, the board of the SPJ Valley of the Sun Pro chapter in Phoenix reviewed and discussed the proposed changes to the national SPJ bylaws. They then voted unanimously to instruct its delegates to the upcoming convention in Anaheim to vote to approve those proposed changes. If approved by delegates, these amendments would reduce the size of the national board and restructure regional representation.

Our board’s decision comes after much consideration and dialogue. We’ve engaged in group and one-on-one discussions with national leaders, local members, and our Regional Director. Those conversations included online web-based conferences offered by SPJ – as recently as Tuesday, August 29 – in which leading SPJ proponents answered questions and addressed concerns.

Members may disagree about elements of strategy, but the goals of the bylaws changes are admirable ones. An oversized board of 23 people is unable to execute and implement important steps effectively. Reducing the board to 9 individuals makes much sense. Deliberation and dialogue have also addressed our concerns that regional needs may be undervalued on a board where Regional Directors no longer sit. We are confident that this change will protect SPJ’s commitment to journalists throughout the country while improving the board’s ability to act efficiently and effectively.

In an age when the creation and dissemination of journalism are changing at a rapid pace, these proposed bylaws changes are a worthwhile attempt to streamline operations and ensure SPJ’s voice is being heard in a coherent and timely manner. As SPJ leaders have said, this is an experiment – but it is a well-considered and commendable one.

We urge all delegates to the convention who have not already done so to visit https://www.spj.org/governance.asp to read the proposed amendments and important supplemental information found there to make a fully informed decision on supporting them at the convention.

Tim Eigo
President, SPJ Valley of the Sun Pro Chapter

Phoenix, AZ

14th annual Valley Publicity Summit, presented by SPJ, returns to ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College

The best Saturday morning in PR-media relations, the 14th annual Valley Publicity Summit, presented by SPJ, returns to Arizona State University in Tempe at Barrett, the Honors College, on Sept. 16, 2017.

So save the date! Journalists seeking to volunteer to give their story-pitch preferences at the Summit may send email to phoenixspj@cox.net.

Information about the Summit is here. More details will be coming soon!

Get your Yule on: Join your media colleagues in toasting the holidays at the 5th annual Valley Media Holiday Mixer, Dec. 8


SPJ’s 5th annual Valley Media Holiday Mixer is Thursday evening, Dec. 8, in the Colangelo Room at the Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill‘s Biltmore location, 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix, three blocks east of the Highland Avenue exit off the 51. All Valley media are invited. We’ll have a business card drawing for some door prizes, and the first couple of generous rounds of appetizers are on us! (Drinks are on you.)
Share some holiday cheer with fellow journos, colleagues and competitors, and toast a brighter and better 2017. Tell us you’re coming on our Facebook event page.
Presented by your Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Meet up, cool down & network at SPJ’s annual summer solstice party

Each year, the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter invites all Valley media, but particularly our valued members, to a party at a local watering hole within a day or two of the annual summer solstice. It’s a chance to get together and cool off on Phoenix’s longest day. We’re two days off this year from the actual June 20 solstice, Wednesday, June 22, when at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we’ll gather in the Brewer’s Room at SunUp Brewing (appropriate for the day, no?) for some cool brews, hot talk and a few rounds of free appetizers, courtesy of your chapter’s generous board members.Glass of Beer

So come to SunUp Brewing, 322 E. Camelback Road, a few steps from the Central/Camelback light rail line in uptown Phoenix, and quaff a few cold ones with us! Say you’re coming at our Facebook event page!

We’ll also take five minutes around 6:15-ish to elect our 2016-2017 chapter officers. This is essentially one-party rule, unless someone actually steps forward to challenge the slate* (which we’re officially ready to accommodate, although no one can remember the last time this has ever happened). After a voice vote we’ll immediately return to the festivities.

(*The slate: Amanda Ventura, freelance writer, president; Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney magazine, vice president; Kaely Monahan, KTAR-FM, secretary; Teri Carnicelli, North Central News, treasurer.)

This is actually part of a nationwide simultaneous meetup held by SPJ chapters across the country called SPJ After Deadline. Technically, they’re doing it on June 21. But we are mavericks here in Arizona, so we’re having ours one day later. Like that name, SPJ After Deadline? Maybe we’ll participate again… and this time we might hold it on the same day our national organization planned.

Questions? Email our president, Amanda Ventura, mandaven5@gmail.com.

Body of ASU professor who attended SPJ conference found near Oak Creek Canyon

As this Arizona Republic story reports, first responders found Arizona State University professor Debra Schwartz’s body Sunday morning, May 8, at the bottom of a slot canyon a short distance from her campsite in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona.

Schwartz had attended the SPJ Western Regional Conference April 29-30 in Phoenix and many attendees had the pleasure of meeting her. Results of an investigation into the cause of her death are pending.

The Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists expresses its deepest sympathies to Debra Schwartz’s family, friends and colleagues.