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.

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

Ahem.

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.

Journos, PR pros gather for 16th year at Valley Publicity Summit, Sept. 28, 2019

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28, 2019

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

Heather Lovett Dunn, content director, Cronkite News, KAET Arizona PBS

Michelle Talsma Everson, freelance writer and editor, Arizona Health & Living
Jennifer Jones, Senior Content Coordinator, KTVK 3TV/KPHO CBS5, Arizona’s Family
Debra Krol, Environmental Writer, Arizona Republic

Leah LeMoine, managing editor, PHOENIX magazine

Al Macias, news director, KJZZ-FM NPR

Adrian McIntyre, Ph.D., Partner, Business RadioX

Tyson Milanovich, Senior Executive Producer – KTVK 3TV/KPHO CBS5, Morning News, Arizona’s Family

Kara Morrison, editor, Raising Arizona Kids Magazine

Patrick O’Grady, managing editor, Phoenix Business Journal
George Obi, Executive Producer, KSAZ FOX10 Phoenix
Andy Ramirez, Senior Real-Time Editor, KNXV ABC15

Richard Ruelas, Reporter, Arizona Republic

Jimmy Rhoades,  Senior Correspondent, The List

Ed Roth, AZTV Channel 7, Executive Producer, The Daily Mix,
Wayne Schutsky, Managing Editor, Scottsdale Progress
Colleen Sparks, Editor, North Central News

Carrie Watters, community editor, Arizona Republic
Diane Faith Wright, News Producer, KNXV ABC15

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, sbutler@slbcom.com

Our grateful appreciation is extended to our longtime Event Sponsor, Fingerpaint Marketing!

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ONA Phoenix’s first event: Meet and greet, March 29

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 (onaphx@gmail.com):

“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.”

ONA Phoenix Meet and Greet Mixer

Friday, March 29

6 to 9 p.m.

The Churchill (901 N. 1st Street, Phoenix)

Check out the event on Facebook and MeetUp

Get Schooled: Covering Education Like A Pro, March 2

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
  • Teacher Activism
  • 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

“”he conference is free and includes a light breakfast and lunch. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2UH398K

ACES boot camp, ‘Fundamentals in Editing,’ Feb. 28 in Phoenix

Marina Cinami, Communications Coordinator, ACES: The Society for Editing (https://aceseditors.org/), asked us to pass on this message to our chapter members:

“It’s time to step up your editing game with ACES: The Society for Editing’s boot camp on Fundamentals in Editing.

“ACES is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators, and students. We set standards of excellence and give a voice to editors in journalism, government, business, and beyond through top-notch training, networking, and career opportunities.

“Our next boot camp is coming up, it’s near you, and registration is open! Check out the details:

“Fundamentals in Editing

  • When: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28
  • Where: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Midtown Phoenix, 2520 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • How much: $150 for members. $200 for nonmembers.
  • Presenters: Teresa Schmedding and Merrill Perlman

“What you’ll learn

1. Why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses). 
2. Grammar and punctuation basics. 
3. Commonly confused and misused words. 
4. Elements of proofreading. 
5. Clarity: smoothing out dense or garbled prose and streamlining copy. 
6. Accuracy: checking facts and sources, ensuring charts/graphics are correct, identifying and filling in missing information. 
7. Headlines: writing clear, informative display type in print and online (including SEO). 
8. Style: why you need a style guide.

“If you’re an editor or edit as part of your job, ACES’ Editing Boot Camps will help you perfect your skills. Have questions? Contact us at info@aceseditors.org.

Register here. You won’t want to miss it!”