Registration opens 8 a.m. Monday, July 9! The Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will once again present this fall the 15th annual Valley Publicity Summit, which brings media and PR pros together to share information and story pitches.
What we call the greatest Saturday morning in Valley PR-media relations will be Sept. 15, 2018, at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University in Tempe. 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 a panel discussion with eight or nine 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 2018.
Click here for a look at last year’s media directory of media participants from 2017.