The Academics and Economics of School Choice: A Parent-Led Discussion, Oct. 18

(From the Huffington Post and Arizona Republic):

“The Academics and Economics of School Choice: A Parent-Led Discussion

“Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Add to Calendar

“Tempe Center for the Arts, Lakeside Room, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 View Map

RSVP on Eventbrite here. Admission is free.

“Please join HuffPost and The Arizona Republic for a conversation about school choice. The event will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts in the Lakeside Room. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m. It will last approximately 90 minutes, including an audience Q&A. This conversation will be hosted by two Phoenix parents, Claudia Lopez and Angelina Dominguez, and will feature the following panelists: Lawrence Robinson, president of the Arizona School Boards Association; state Rep. Paul Boyer, charter school teacher and chairman of the House Education Committee; and Sharon Kirsch, co-chair of Save Our Schools Arizona.

RSVP on Eventbrite here.

“The event is part of HuffPost’s “Listen to America” RV tour — a two-week journey through five Western states to talk about issues affecting communities in California, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and Colorado. Learn more about the tour and what’s happening on the route.”

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Paul Schatt Memorial Lecture To Discuss Opinion Writing

Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture
Feb. 28, 2013
7 p.m

Sorting Through the Cacophony: Opinion Writing in an Opinion-Filled World

Carla Anne Robbins, award-winning journalist and foreign policy analyst, joins Phil Boas, editorial page editor of The Arizona Republic, to discuss the challenges of opinion writing in the seventh annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture.

Sponsored by the Paul J. Schatt Endowment, The Arizona Republic and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

First Amendment Forum
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Arizona Republic Hiring Northeast Phoenix Reporter

The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest media organization, is looking for a Northeast Phoenix reporter to join our Phoenix team and cover this high-profile geographic area with a focus on government accountability, economic development and community living. The reporter also would cover the Paradise Valley school district and serve as a watchdog over several city departments, including parks and recreation, police and fire and aviation. He or she will be an integral part of a team that regularly produces Page one, metro cover and Phoenix community Republics, breaks news online, contributes to the PhxBeat blog and other social media and partners with 12 News.

Responsibilities include:

  • Daily and Sunday enterprise stories for both metro and the Community papers and web sites.
  • Watchdog stories on city government and school administration.
  • Analysis and trend stories specific to the beat.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellent beat management, proven initiative and a strong record of watchdog journalism, performing well on deadline and working well in a team environment. He or she must have the ability to report and tell stories well. If interested, please send a note with a resume, explanation of how you would approach the job and links to no more than six of your best stories in the last two years to Phoenix Editor Christina Leonard at

Arizona Republic Hiring Glendale City Watchdog Reporter

Do you have the grit of an old school journalist and the talents of a 21st Century storyteller? Are you hungry for a beat ripe with watchdog stories? Then let’s talk about The Arizona Republic’s opening for Glendale, Ariz. city hall watchdog reporter. The Phoenix suburb (pop: 227,000) distinguished itself during the economic boom as home to NFL football, NHL hockey and MLB spring training. Glendale will host its second Super Bowl in 2015.

But creating a sports and entertainment mecca came with risks.

Glendale is a city in upheaval; coming to grips with a vision for itself pummeled by the recession.

Financial problems? Check. Outraged citizens? Check. Search for a new city manager? Check. Elections to replace the mayor and City Council? Check. Ongoing Phoenix Coyotes ownership woes? Check, check.

Tack on fascinating stories such as the city’s battle with an American Indian tribe to stop a proposed casino and you have incredible opportunities to serve readers.

The position at the state’s largest newspaper demands shoe-leather reporting with expertise in public records and database reporting and a passion for social media and innovation.

Republic Media reporters tell stories on multiple platforms, including The Arizona Republic, The Glendale Republic, and in partnership with 12 News, the local NBC affiliate. The beat lends itself to frequent page one and metro stories, as well as radio and TV opportunities.

Candidates should have demonstrated beat management skills and proven initiative in watchdog journalism. They should perform well on deadline and work well in a team environment.

Send a resume, an explanation of how you would approach the beat and links to six recent clips to West Valley Editor Carrie Watters at

Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture is March 29

This year’s Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture featuring Steven Ginsberg, national political editor for The Washington Post will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the First Amendment Forum (second floor) of the Cronkite School. Ginsburg will share the stage with Leonard Downie Jr., former editor of the Washington Post who now teaches at the Cronkite School, for a conversation about the 2012 presidential election.

Please consider coming to hear this interesting presentation and to support Paul’s memory. Paul, a former Arizona Republic editorial pages editor who taught as a Cronkite adjunct professor for 30 years and was a longtime Valley of the Sun SPJ member, died in November 2005. The following spring, he posthumously received the chapter’s highest honor, the Phil Alvidrez Award for Excellence in Journalism.

AZ Republic hiring reporters, editors and content producers

The Arizona Republic has several new openings for reporters, editors and content producers. More information is available below and if you want to contact the respective editor, all emails are

Political reporter
We are looking to add an aggressive, watchdog reporter to the National Politics Team in the First Amendment Center. This reporter would help cover the state’s 10 (and soon to be 11) member congressional delegation, with particular emphasis on the 2012 election season. The campaign already is attracting huge levels of interest with two, and possibly three, open House seats, as well as redistricting, which could throw some lawmakers into competitive races for the first time in years.
We are looking for a reporter who could cover at least three of the competitive races in-depth, providing deep analysis and breaking news on all those races, while helping to monitor some of the other, less competitive races. He or she would be expected to contribute regularly to page A1, AZ Fact Check, and our politics blogs. The job would require some night and weekend assignments, as well as travel around the state.
Responsibilities would include:
— Significant daily and Sunday enterprise stories.
— Profiles and deep backgrounding of all the major candidates.
— Watchdog stories on the candidates, their backgrounds, their claims, etc.
— Fact Checks on claims by the candidates or parties.
— Coverage of quarterly campaign finance filings.
The successful candidate would be a self-starter who has a proven record of watchdog journalism, performs well on deadline, is a gifted writer and — perhaps most important — works well in a team environment. If you’re interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job to national editor Kristen DelGuzzi by Friday, Nov. 11. If you have any questions, please email or call her at x4855.

State Politics/Governor’s Office reporter
We are looking for a State politics/Governor’s Office reporter to join our four-person state Capitol team, focusing on the Governor’s Office, several state agencies (such as parks and veterans affairs) and some legislative/budget issues. Ginger Rough, who currently has this beat, has asked for a change of assignment for family reasons.
Her replacement will serve as a watchdog over the Governor’s Office, analyzing policy decisions and budget proposals, among other duties. He or she will be an integral part of a high-profile team that produces frequent A1 stories, breaks political news and regularly contributes to AZ Fact Check, our politics blog and the Sunday Politics page.
Responsibilities include:
— Daily and Sunday enterprise stories.
— Watchdog stories on the Governor’s Office and administration.
— Fact Checks on claims, statements, news releases, etc. by the governor and her office.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellent beat management, proven initiative and a strong record of watchdog journalism, performing well on deadline, and working well in a team environment. If interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job and links to no more than six of your best stories in the last two years to state government and politics editor Christina Leonard by Friday, Nov. 11.

Arizona Politics Digital Editor
With the 2012 election season gearing up, azcentral is overhauling its politics page to create a dynamic, robust and interactive page that will be the go-to page for all political news in Arizona. The site would be filled with all the rich political content already being produced every day by Republic and 12 News staffers, as well as new content we plan to create, including interactive tools and features. The page, which will launch in time to showcase Arizona’s GOP presidential debate on Dec. 1, will also be updated throughout the day with fresh local, state and national content.
The politics digital editor is an integrated member of the politics team. He or she will own this new page and ensure that it is the destination site for political news in Arizona throughout the 2012 campaign season and beyond. This editor will help conceive and define the new site and be responsible for:
— Updating the page regularly throughout the day with local and wire stories.
— Collaborating with politics editors from The Republic and 12 News to identify important stories and recommend the best ways to package and present them online.
— Monitoring major politics sites such as Politico and the Huffington Post for stories to summarize and link to.
— Maintaining a new humor blog about the presidential campaign that would aggregate the best snippets from the late-night talk shows and other blogs.
— Working with USAT and ContentOne to coordinate online political coverage across Gannett.
The editor also would work closely with the social media team to develop a strategy that ensures our political coverage reaches and engages with as many people as possible using Twitter, Facebook and other tools. He or she would collaborate with story editors, reporters and photographers to identify the best way to present and tell a story online. The editor also would be responsible for optimizing headlines and other story elements for SEO, moderating story chats and performing a daily traffic analysis.
The successful candidate must be a political junkie who is comfortable with writing, performs well on deadline, is a champion of experimentation and innovation and a terrific team player. Online experience is a plus, but not essential. Some development skills (or interest in developing them) would be ideal, too, because we will be creating new features for the site as the election season progresses.
If you are interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job to Nicole Carroll by Friday, Nov. 11.

Neighborhood Content Editor/Producer
We are looking to launch a hyperlocal neighborhood content/blog network in early 2012. We aim to pilot the idea in the East Valley/Scottsdale and eventually grow the concept to other parts of the Valley. We are seeking an experienced, community-minded person to oversee all aspects of content creation and editing for this project. The neighborhood content editor/producer will recruit, train and manage dozens of contributors who will publish information on digital platforms. This will be a coaching, teaching and mentoring job. The neighborhood content editor/producer also is responsible for some day-to-day writing and editing of hyperlocal content. The successful candidate will be an aggressive community organizer, an excellent writer, and have knowledge of social media networks, video and still photography.
Responsibilities include:
— Organizing and managing content for neighborhood websites.
— Developing a network of strong sources and voices within the assigned neighborhoods.
— Training and organizing community contributors across a variety of topics to post content to neighborhood sites.
— Editing, selecting and publishing news and other stories daily with accuracy and consistency.
— Organizing, coordinating and attending community meetings and events.
— Keeping in contact with other news staffers to make them aware of any larger news emerging from the contributors or neighborhoods.
— Capturing, editing and posting still images and video to the site.
— Using social media tools to engage with neighborhood residents.
— Creating engaging ways for users and contributors to interact with the site including contests, polls and other interactive elements.
If you are interested, please send a note explaining how you would approach the job to Nicole Carroll by Friday, Nov. 11.

Gannett Layoffs Include 30 to 40 Employees at The Arizona Republic

Gannett gave pink slips to approximately 700 employees yesterday, including an approximately 30-40 employees in its Phoenix newsrooms. In a confidential memo to Gannett’s US Community Publishing employees, President Bob Dickey cited lackluster ad sales as a reason for the layoffs.

According to the Phoenix New Times, Gannett plans to shut its Phoenix Offset plant in Chandler and shutter “Yes” Magazine.

Bulletin: Gannett announces 700 newspaper layoffs [Gannett Blog]
AZ Republic Lays off 30 to 40 [Phoenix New Times]

Two Longtime Valley Journalists Die

Longtime Valley writer, broadcaster dies

Jan B. Jacobson, a journalist, photographer, realtor, author, editor, public relations and marketing consultant, and morning radio show host, whose contributions to the television industry garnered her the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ prestigious Governor’s Award, died on the evening of July 16 in Phoenix. She was 58 years old.

“Jan has been a driving force in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for more than 20 three years,” says Dr. John Craft, Rocky Mountain Southwest chapter board member and professor of communications at Arizona State University. Jan and Dr. Craft joined the board of the chapter together in the mid-80’s and serves as officers together. She worked with Dr. Craft to incorporate the chapter and build its credibility. Continue reading

Arizona Republic Hiring Reporters

The Arizona Republic has posted three job openings: Community News Online Platform Manager, Peoria City Hall reporter and Queen Creek reporter. Learn more about each position below…

Community News Online Platform Manager
We are looking for a dynamic individual to oversee several online community sections. The individual will be directly responsible for planning and maintaining the microsites, with timely and useful content, packaged and presented in a way that best serves our online audience. The person will lead and manage the coverage of breaking news, as well as creation of unique online content. In addition, the individual will manage special projects and refine the workflows and systems needed to keep the microsites current and relevant. The role involves working with a multitude of elements, from stories and photos to videos, graphics, databases and other visual/technical features. It also involves working with producers and other platform and content editors to ensure accurate and complete coverage. The individual must be able to draw together multiple elements and effectively, accurately and quickly post information to the microsites. Strong editing skills are required, as are the abilities to prioritize, communicate, organize and work under the pressure of multiple deadlines and assignments. Interested candidates should contact Abe Kwok by March 5.
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