Cronkite School holds discussion, “Free Speech at 100,” Oct. 28

How far has the freedom of speech in America progressed in 100 years? In 1919, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the landmark case Schenck vs. United States, in which certain expressions in opposition to the U.S. government’s recruiting soldiers to fight in World War I were found to be in violation of the Espionage Act. The decision created the famous “clear and present danger” test to determine if a form of speech is criminal. Here is a summary of the issues and decision in that case.

Join Rodney Smolla, dean and professor of law at the Widener University Delaware Law School, as he talks about the current state of free speech in a discussion moderated by ASU journalism professor and media law authority Joseph Russomanno.

This free event is 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the second-floor First Amendment Forum at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The event is part of the Cronkite School’s weekly “Must See Monday” speaker series. Click here for more details.

Valley Media Holiday Mixer ’19, Dec. 3 at Bliss/ReBAR

SAVE THE DATE! 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. Join us 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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Our annual thank you to Valley media people: Summer Solstice Soiree, June 20

Our annual thank-you party for Valley media is at an exciting new location!

Each June, your Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter refuses to let the longest day of the year go by without showing our appreciation for our members and for all Valley media people with a Summer Solstice Soiree. Come and cool off with an ice cold brew or other beverage 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at an exciting new location!

After several years of benefiting of our annual loyal patronage, our former Soiree location decided in its, um, wisdom, to give up serving food. When we heard this, we thought, how can the chapter provide its traditional buffet of free appetizers that way? The only solution: Move. And we’ve found a great spot in about the same part of town: The highly praised and decorated Helton Brewing Co., 2144 E. Indian School Road (at 22nd Street), Phoenix. RSVP on our Facebook event page.

A bit of business

As usual, we will take five minutes (or less, as we’ve gotten pretty fast at this) to hold our annual voice-vote chapter officer elections. Like to be an officer? You have to be a chapter member to be one. Email phoenixspj@cox.net for details.

SAVE THE DATE: Book Signings

The House of Broadcasting (HOBI) invites members of the media to join them at Changing Hands-Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Road, as they host a book signing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, for “Images of America: Phoenix Television” ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing), written by John Craft and Lisa Honebrink.

Craft is a member of the faculty at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Honebrink has been a radio producer and spent time as a public information officer for the city of Phoenix, including a stint in the mayor’s office. She continues to work in Public Relations.

Craft and Honebrink said they wanted to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at past and present on-air personalities, programs and other significant moments that have shaped society and, specifically, the lifestyles of Phoenicians since TV burst onto the scene here in the late 1940s.

To view a short segment Craft and Honebrink had on KAZ-TV with Pat McMahon to talk about the book, click the link below:

https://www.aztv.com/posts/history-phoenix-television

Then on Tuesday, May 21, come back to Changing Hands in Phoenix for the much-anticipated launch of Jana Bommersbach’s latest true-crime book, “A Stolen Life: The Debra Milke Story” ($20, paperback). Her presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Arizona said Debra Milke was a baby killer. Phoenix Homicide Detective Armando Saldate testified she “confessed” to having her 4-year-old son killed when he though he was going to see Santa. On his word alone, she was convicted in 1990 and became the only woman on Arizona’s death row. So how did she go free in 2015—only the second woman in American history to walk off death row? How did both a federal court and Arizona’s Court of Appeals lambast Arizona for imprisoning her in the first place—the state court saying it was “ashamed” of what happened to her, seeing it as “a severe stain on the Arizona justice system.”

This non-fiction, investigative book probes deep inside this fascinating criminal case … inside the prison, inside the evidence, inside the breakdown of justice, inside the legal tenacity, inside the heart and mind of Debra Milke. To pre-order your book, click here.

Jana Bommersbach is one of Arizona’s most acclaimed journalists, authors and public speakers. This is her seventh book.

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