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Valley Publicity Summit 2017, presented by SPJ

Society of Professional Journalists, Valley of the Sun chapter
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Sep 16 8:00AM - 1:00PM

It's the best Saturday morning in Valley media-PR relations.The Society of Professional Journalists presents the 14th annual Valley Publicity Summit, presented by SPJ, the amazing event where a roomful of locally based journalists share insights, give their story pitch preferences and industry updates with area public relations practitioners. In fact, we've arranged to have several rooms!

You could contact our more than 25 journalists expected to attend on your own over the course of a typical year, but at the Summit you can accomplish the same thing in one day!

Here journalists will guide PR practitioners in their interactions and respond to their story interests. Likewise, PR professionals have the opportunity to acquaint journalists with potentially newsworthy information.

And bring your real pitches to pitch in our famed 3-minutes-per-pitch "speed pitching" session!

VALLEY JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE AGREED TO PARTICIPATE SO FAR:Christina Barrueta, dining blogger,; Teri Carnicelli, editor, North Central News; Ali Dugaw, booking producer, Good Morning Arizona, KTVK-TV (Channel 3); Michelle "Shelly" Talsman Everson,managing editor, Arizona Health & Living magazine and freelancer specializing in community stories, local businesses, health and wellness, nonprofits, green living and lifestyle;ChristinaFuoco-Karasinski, editor, The Entertainer magazine; Debra Utacia Krol, freelance environment and science writer;Ilana Lowery, editor-in-chief, Phoenix Business Journal; Tyson Milanovich, executive producer, KNXV-TV (ABC15); Martha Maurer,assistant news director, KTAR News (92.3 FM);Kara Morrison, editor, Raising Arizona Kids magazine; Hayley Ringle, technology reporter, Phoenix Business Journal; Douglas Towne, editor, Arizona Contractor & Community magazine; Mike Saucier, editor, Frontdoors Media; Colleen Sparks, managing editor, San Tan Sun News; Carrie Watters, community editor, The Arizona Republic/; Ralph Zubiate, executive editor, East Valley Tribune, Ahwatukee Foothills News.

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.

SAME GREAT LOCATION -- THIS YEAR WITH A LARGER SPACE FOR PITCHING!: We're excited to once again be at Barrett, the Honors College, at the southwest corner of Rural Road and Lemon Street on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. Our gathering will be in Honors Hall. Then we will head next door to larger quarters for the speed pitching sessions! More room to meet and share!

PARKING: Parking is free on that Saturday in the Rural Road Parking Structure at the northwest corner of Rural Road and Lemon Street. Then walk south to the Barrett campus, where we will be gathering in Honors Hall. Here is a map to guide your path to get from the parking garage to Honors Hall:

barrett parking map


  • Early-bird registration ends 11:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Early-bird fees: $79; PRSA and IABC members pay $69.
  • Regular registration starts midnight Tuesday, Aug. 22, and ends 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. All those not registered by 5 p.m. Sept. 14 must pay walk-in registration (see next paragraph). Regular registration fees: $109; PRSA members pay $99.
  • Walk-in registration: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 only; $139. CASH or CHECK only; no credit or debit cards. An ATM machine is located in Acourtia Hall approximately 100 feet northwest of our Summit location.

Online registration ends 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Walk-in registration only at $139 per person from 8 to 10 a.m. the day of the event, Saturday, Sept. 16.

REFUND POLICY: Refund requests made to on or before 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 will receive a 100 percent refund, minus a $10 processing fee. Refund requests made to between 5 p.m. Sept. 1, and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, will receive a 75 percent refund, minus a $10 processing fee. No refund requests received after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, will be honored.

Questions? Email or visit the SPJ chapter website. The hashtag for this event is: #pubsum17


8 a.m. Arrival -- Continental breakfast (Honors Hall Refectory, often referred to by Barrett students as "the Harry Potter Room" -- pictured on this page)

8:45 a.m. Welcome, introductions, instructions

9 a.m. "Super Panel" -- Eight (maybe nine) journalists talk about pitches they love (and hate), moderated by Scott Davis, former assignment editor, 3TV/CBS5, now public information officer for the Maricopa County Justice Courts

10:30 a.m. Speed-pitching with journalists in several rooms. Snacks will be provided during this time

1 p.m. Event ends



Our event organizing committee consists of Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter members and several public relations practitioners in the Valley. Proceeds to benefit the Valley of the Sun SPJ chapter. Our sincere thanks to Mark Jacobs, dean of Barrett, the Honors College and Arizona State University vice provost, and the Barrett staff for their generosity and hospitality in hosting this event.

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