Valley Publicity Summit, Sept. 28, 2019


Registration now open! The Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists — having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018 — will once again present this fall the 16th annual Valley Publicity Summit, which brings media and PR pros together to share information and story pitches.

PR pros: Register now at

What we call the greatest Saturday morning in Valley PR-media relations will be Sept. 28, 2019, at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University in Tempe, to which we are immensely grateful for once again being our hosts! PR people pay to register for the event, proceeds of which benefits the SPJ chapter’s programs and activities. The journalists volunteer their time. Parking is free in the ASU garage across Lemon Street immediately north of Barrett.

The morning begins with a continental breakfast/networking session, then two panel discussions, one for seasoned PR pros and one for those earlier in their careers, with several journalists representing different media in the greater Phoenix area — they discuss the state of media-PR relations and general do’s and don’ts in pitching stories to each one’s medium.

The balance of the morning is devoted to “speed pitching,” in which 20-25 journalists (last year’s approximate number) are seated at individual stations in three-minute intervals with (last year’s approximate number) 55-60 PR people. Each will bring real story pitches about their clients to try out. The media people are welcome to accept (or reject) any pitch for a possible story; the PR people get to learn what Valley media outlet are looking for (and not looking for). The pitching starts at 10:30 a.m. and usually ends by 12:45 or 1 p.m. Click here for a list of media people we’ve signed up so far for 2019.

PR pros: Register now at — because online registration ends Friday, Sept. 27, at 11:30 p.m.! Higher walk-in rates apply — also cash or check only — at the event itself on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Media people: Be part of the dialogue for better media-PR relations. Volunteer for the Summit! Email Sherry Butler,, for details.

Questions? Email

EVENT SPONSOR: We are grateful to Fingerpaint Marketing for sponsoring the 2019 Valley Publicity Summit!