Society of Professional Journalists logoThis next item is a little market-y. Let me state that up front.

But if any of you have marketing and communications professionals in your firm or office (or if you do that work yourself), consider stopping by ASU SkySong tomorrow morning.

That’s where you’ll get to: (1) hear directly from news professionals across multiple media, (2) pitch your story (if you’d like), targeting your idea/story to the channels and niches that best serve your goals, and (3) have coffee with me.

OK, that last one may not be a big draw. But this is about my third year participating in the Society of Professional Journalists event, and it’s terrific. It includes some great panel discussions, followed by speed-pitching. Communications pros are there pitching ideas to TV, radio, newspapers, and even us monthly magazine folks.

Here’s a poster:

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Over the years, I’ve heard quite a few great pitches. But the great part about it is the speed-dating quality. A few minutes’ investment gets you some feedback, at least, and maybe a bite on the line.

More information is here and here. (Pre-registration may be closed by the time you read this, but there will likely be availability at the door.)

The location, again, is 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale (2nd floor of SkySong 1 building, the NE building of the complex).

And because I know you’re curious, here is the latest list of journalists who will be there:

“JOURNALISTS SIGNED UP TO ATTEND INCLUDE: Kathy Tulumello, business editor, Arizona Republic; Nicole Crites, morning anchor, KPHO-TV (CBS5); Eric Watson, assignment editor, KPNX-TV (12 News); Al Macias, managing editor and Carrie Jung, reporter, KJZZ-FM;  Paul Ihander, news director/assistant program director, Bonneville Media-Phoenix (KTAR-FM/KTAR-AM); Melody Birkett, news director, KFYI-AM; Ilana Lowery, editor, and Hayley Ringle, technology/startups reporter, Phoenix Business Journal; Jennifer Jones, managing editor, Local News Service (CBS5, Fox10, ABC15); Heather Dunn, content director, Cronkite News Service; Sue Doerfler, deals reporter, Arizona Republic; Laurie Merrill, digital business reporter and former public safety reporter, Arizona Republic; Eric Mungenast, assistant managing editor, East Valley Tribune; Marie Look, editor-in-chief, Scottsdale MagazineCory Galvan, content editor, Frontdoors; Amanda Ventura, associate editor, AZ Big Media; Tim Eigo, editor, Arizona Attorney magazine; Kate Crowley, contributing blogger, “Chow Bella,” Phoenix New Times; RaeAnne Marsh, editor, In Business Phoenix Magazine; Teri Carnicelli, editor, North Central News; T. F. Thornton, North Valley news editor, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA; Sondra Barr, managing editor, North Valley Magazine/East Valley Magazine; Debra Utacia Krol, freelancer specializing in environmental reporting, issues involving Indian country and travel writing; Tom Gibbons, editor, Talk of Arizona online quarterly, Kristy Durkin, blogger,, Michelle Jacoby, editor-in-chief/publisher of the soon-to-debut (October) dining/libations quarterly, Bite (the Magazine).… ”