Volunteer needed to serve as interim Region 11 director

Dear SPJ member,

Region 11 Director Elizabeth Smith resigned her seat on the national SPJ Board of Directors on Tuesday. She expressed her gratitude and passion for SPJ, and admiration for board members and all SPJ members, specifically those in Region 11. We wish Elizabeth all the best and want to thank her for her service.

As a result, we are seeking a volunteer to fill the vacancy. The selected candidate will serve until Sept. 6, 2014. A new regional director will then be elected on Sept. 6 to fill the one year remaining on the term.

Interested candidates must live in Arizona, California, Hawaii or Nevada. They cannot be a student member or an associate.

In accordance with SPJ’s bylaws, the national board will appoint the temporary replacement. Interested candidates should send the following information to Chapter Coordinator Tara Puckey no later than July 16:

• Your current role in journalism.
• Your history with SPJ.
• The reason you are applying for the position.
• Your resume/CV.

The volunteer selected for the temporary role will be expected to fulfill the duties of the position, such as participate in the board meeting on Sept. 4 during EIJ14 conference in Nashville.

He or she will also enjoy the benefits of the position, such as a $1,000 stipend that can be used for travel expenses to EIJ14.

Anyone volunteering for this temporary role is strongly encouraged to run for the remaining term (Sept. 2014-Sept. 2015) during the upcoming election. However, anyone meeting the criteria above is welcome to run for the position.

Those with questions should contact Tara. Thank you for considering this opportunity.


Joe Skeel
SPJ Executive Director


Job openings for editor/reporter, and bilingual news anchor in Phoenix, AZ

Univision seeks bilingual news anchor

Univision Arizona is seeking a full-time news anchor to join its seasoned staff for the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Ideal candidate must be a strong newsroom leader, have effective reporting background and be a clear, concise and accurate Spanish writer and speaker.

In addition, news anchors are responsible for gathering, researching and writing articles which can be posted “online” and/or for use on a web-based medium either on the company’s website, social media or any other Univision subsidiaries. Position requires generating enterprise field reports and active participation in the community on behalf of the station.

Responsibilities include: Anchoring newscasts/special projects as assigned; producing newscasts when needed; reporting in the field; writing for newscasts, including teases, promos, intros, tags and generating graphics; maintaining a high degree of knowledge of current and community events; and developing and maintaining good relationships with news sources.

Broadcast Journalism degree preferred. Minimum 5 years experience as an anchor/reporter on Spanish language television.

Email a resume and links to your most powerful stories to: jvilla@univision.net.


North Valley weekly seeks editor/reporter

The Foothills Focus, a weekly newspaper serving the communities of Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix, and North Scottsdale, is looking for an editor/reporter.

Needed is a self-starter capable of building sources who has strong time management skills. Responsibilities include reporting, editing and photography skills, writing up briefs and determining placement of stories. Reporter is responsible for utilizing the newspaper’s Facebook page to supplement weekly coverage as well as post breaking news.

Send resumes and three to five writing samples to foothillsfocus@qwestoffice.net. For information call 623-465-5808. This is a salaried position. Pay depends on experience.


Grow your journo business workshop set for July 15 in Phoenix

The American Press Institute presents “Growing Your Audiences and Growing Your Business,” 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 at The Arizona Republic in downtown Phoenix. Registration currently is discounted from $200 to only $100 until 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 5.

As the news industry moves toward digital subscriptions, it becomes more critical for news publishers to know how to identify and understand their audiences, how to increase the value of the content provided and how to reach new audiences.
Participants will learn how to:

• Go beyond demographics to understand audience needs and expectations

• Develop techniques to turn user research into valued content, products and services

• Build a solid strategic audience-growth plan that includes content, marketing and sales

• Use the right metrics and IT to segment your audience and personalize for user tastes

Early-arriving participants are also invited to an exclusive tour and discussion at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in downtown Phoenix on Sunday evening, July 14. Join a walk-through of ASU’s professional immersion labs, newsrooms and studios, as well as the opportunity to learn and discuss how a journalism school at the forefront of new thinking on digital media is preparing next generation news leaders. Meet at 5:30 p.m. for tour and discussion. Group dinner on your own in Phoenix.

For more information, including the full schedule and the presenter bios, or to register, click here.


Early Bird registration expires March 29!

TODAY IS THE DAY! If you haven’t yet registered for the SPJ Region 11 Spring conference, “Letting it Ride: Betting on the Future of Journalism,” set for April 12-13 at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., then take note that PRICES WILL GO UP after midnight tonight.

Conference pricing is $80 for non-SPJ members, $65 for SPJ members, and $40 for all students on or before MARCH 29. After tonight, conference pricing will go up significantly. Visit the conference website at http://spjregion11.eventbrite.com/ to register.

Note: The Mark of Excellence (MOE) awards luncheon is ticketed separately at $35 for students and $40 for guests. MOE ticket prices will remain the same.

If you haven’t reserved your hotel room yet, there may still be a few available at the group rate of $95 per night. Call the hotel directly at 866-791-7626 (toll free) and use the booking code SPJ 0412, or visit http://www.southpointcasino.com and use the same booking code, if still available.

If you’ve already registered, THANKS, and I look forward to seeing you in just a couple of weeks!


Teri Carnicelli

SPJ Region 11 Director



Region 11 Spring Conference set for April 12-13, 2013 in Las Vegas!

Mark your calendars for the Region 11 Spring Conference, “Letting it Ride: Betting on the Future of Journalism,” set for April 12-13 at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.!

We anticipate high attendance from writers, editors, photographers, columnists and broadcasters, as well as college students studying in the field of journalism, who will spend their time learning about the best techniques for improving their news gathering, writing, and editing skills, as well as discuss important ethical issues that continue to arise in this era of 24/7 global news. They’ll hear from media thought leaders from around the region who will help them prepare for producing news in the 21st century – and they’ll come away sharper and better prepared for the realities of today’s news production.

We were able to get the hotel registration deadline extended to Thursday, MARCH 21, for the So if you haven’t booked your room yet, do it now before the ultra-low block price of $95 is gone. Call the hotel directly at 866-791-7626 (toll free) and use the booking code SPJ 0412, or visit http://www.southpointcasino.com and use the same booking code.

Conference pricing is $80 for non-SPJ members, $65 for SPJ members, and $40 for all students. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 29! Visit the conference website at http://spjregion11.eventbrite.com/ to register.

The Mark of Excellence (MOE) awards luncheon is ticketed separately at $35 for students and $40 for guests.

The hotel will be providing free in-room Wi-Fi and there will be inexpensive shuttles available to and from the Strip, for those of you who are flying in.

In addition, we’ve secured a FREE TOUR of the Springs Preserve for 10 a.m. Sunday, April 14. Note the tour is limited to 20 people. Located 3 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is the best place to explore the Las Vegas Valley’s vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking trails and animal shows. For more information about the Springs Preserve, visit the conference website.

This is going to be a great and affordable conference in one of Region 11’s most exciting and fun cities: VEGAS, BABY!! Hope to see you there!


Teri Carnicelli

SPJ Region 11 Director




Registration Open for “Best of the West: 2012 SPJ Spring Conference”

Registration is now open for “Best of the West: 2012 SPJ Spring Conference,” set for March 30-31 at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles.

Visit the conference website at http://spjla-bestofthewest.org/ to register for the conference and Mark of Excellence luncheon, and to book a hotel room at the Hilton Universal.

The event will kick-off on Friday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. with registration and an opening night reception, followed by a fun-filled day of professional development sessions on Saturday.

The annual conference will bring together professional journalists and students from throughout the region – California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. The conference will include sessions on digital journalism, ethics, stress in the workplace and mentoring between professionals and journalists. A separate room will be set aside for networking opportunities throughout the Saturday of the conference.

Register before March 1 to receive the early bird registration rates of:

  • $100 early bird registration for professional members
  • $125 early bird registration for professional non-members
  • $50 early bird registration for students

After that date, registration prices will increase to:

  • $125 standard registration for professional members
  • $150 standard registration for professional non-members
  • $75 standard registration for students

The Mark of Excellence Awards luncheon is a separate ticket at $40.

The Hilton Universal is offering conference participants a special rate of $149 per night, if booked by March 2.

Additional details on speakers, programming sessions and the opening night reception will be released in the coming weeks.

When:  Friday evening, March 30 to Saturday, March 31, 2012

Where:  Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive in Universal City, CA

Cost:  By March 1:  $100 for professional members, $125 for professional non-members, $50 for students. After March 1:  $125 for professional members, $150 for professional non-members, $75 for students. Registration includes all programs and Opening Night Reception. Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon tickets are sold separately for $40 per person.

Register online:  http://spjla-bestofthewest.org/



Mark your calendars for Region 11 Spring Conference, March 30-31

The SPJ Region 11 Spring Conference, set for Friday, March 30-Saturday, March 31 is taking shape.

The conference, hosted by SPJ’s Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter, will be at the Universal Hilton at Universal City in southern California. Friday features an opening night reception at the hotel, followed by a full day of programming on Saturday and the Mark of Excellence student awards luncheon.

Programs and speakers are being finalized, and registration will open shortly. For more details, check back here, visit www.spjla.org or e-mail Conference Committee Chairman Jeff Wald at JeffWaldSPJ@aol.com.


Chapter helps arrested journalist

Thanks to work by SPJ’s Northern California Pro chapter, cartoonist Susie Cagle was cleared of all charges following her arrest at the Occupy Oakland protest in November. Cagle credits the chapter’s letter to Oakland police chief Howard Jordan as the impetus that led to her charges being dropped. “Not the massive amount of media I did afterwards, or my tell-all article shared hundreds of times – it had to come directly across their desk.”

SPJ NorCal issued a letter to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Chief Jordan condemning the arrest of Cagle during Occupy Oakland protests on Nov. 3. Cagle was arrested and held in custody for 15 hours despite displaying a press badge and  identifying herself as a journalist and despite the fact that an officer at the scene acknowledged his familiarity with her published work.


SPJ/LA announces 2012 officers and newly elected board members

Newly elected officers for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists have begun their year-long terms.

The officers are leading a 15-member board, five of whom were elected in December, to serve the chapter, which spans from Ventura through Orange counties.

Alice Walton, publisher and editor of TheCityMaven.com, who was the chapter’s vice president in 2011, began her presidential term on Jan. 1. Freelance journalist and contributing writer to Tehran magazine, Navid Nonahal, will serve as vice president. City News Service reporter Richie Duchon, who is a new associate board member, will be secretary, while Sarah Baisley, the chapter treasurer for more than 20 years who freelances in the wine industry as a journalist and marketing specialist, continues to serve in that role. Frank Mottek, business news anchor for KNX 1070 Newsradio, is immediate past president.

SPJ/LA also elected five members to three-year terms. They are Mottek, Jeff Wald, partner at RealNews Collective LLC, and freelance writer Roberta Wax, who were incumbents. The two new board members are former FOX 11 reporter John Schwada and Wall Street Journal reporter Tammy Audi.

In addition to Duchon, Zach Behrens who is editor-in-chief of blogs at KCET joins the board as an associate board member. Full-time board members Lauren Bartlett and Dan Evans will remain with SPJ/LA as associate board members.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

The Greater Los Angeles professional chapter was chartered 25 years later in 1934. For more information about this chapter, visit http://spjla.org.


MOE contest deadline is Jan. 25

The Mark of Excellence and Sigma Delta Chi awards are open for entries. The MOE Awards honor the best in collegiate journalism, and the entry deadline is Jan. 25, 2012. Entries for SDX Awards, for professional journalists, are due by Feb. 9, 2012.

The awards cover online, print, radio and television journalism. To be eligible, work must have been published or broadcast in 2011. Both contests are open to non-members, although SPJ members receive a discount on the entry fee.

Please visit our awards site for more information, and enter online here.


Please direct questions about the contests to Lauren Rochester by emailing lrochester@spj.org.


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