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  • October 29th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Diversity
    I tried to find a young conservative on the internet. It was really hard.

    While researching a recent story for Mic on first-time voters, I wanted to talk to 18- and 19-year-olds across the political spectrum about their experience with the political system, and the issues and candidates they care about ahead of the midterm elections.


    October 8th, 2018 • Quill Archives
    When approaching a story, you must play your cards right

    About a year ago I began playing a card game that offers lessons for reporters and writers. How we approach and structure a story reminds me of how I decide what to bid while playing Pitch. The simple game is similar to poker.


    September 30th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Ethics Toolbox
    10 lessons in journalism ethics

    My tenure as the Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics committee chairperson began in September 2014. A Minneapolis news station would broadcast a story now known as #Pointergate in early November. Rolling Stone would publish its now-infamous story on sexual assault a couple of weeks later. 


    September 22nd, 2018 • Featured
    What I learned in my great American newsroom trip

    I pulled up to my home in Alabama with my car covered in thick bugs and dirt. Its usual cherry-red color was a dream from months before. Glancing at the odometer I felt a sense of accomplishment: I just drove 10,000 miles.


    September 22nd, 2018 • Quill Archives
    A media historian reflects on using Quill as a source

    For more than a century the Society of Professional Journalists’ Quill has evolved from the ambitious, collegiate musings of a few earnest young men in a journalistic fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, to the national resource that it remains for all its members.


    September 18th, 2018 • Toolbox | #Quill Archives | #Freelance Toolbox | #Freelancing
    2017 law means changes for freelancers’ taxes

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) included several provisions that affect how independent journalists are taxed on their business income. We asked Matthew Apodaca, a certified public accountant and executive vice president at NCH Tax & Wealth Advisors in Fullerton, California, to help us understand the current tax situation for freelancers.


    September 17th, 2018 • Featured
    Local news deserts are evolving into oases for entrepreneurs

    Journalism has come a long way from classified ads and print subscriptions. From blockchain and affiliate links to platform partnerships, website paywalls and memberships, newsrooms across the United States are finding a lot of new ways to fund news gathering and storytelling as the industry’s traditional business models have struggled.


    September 14th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Freedom of the Prez
    Honor those who sacrificed their lives practicing ethical journalism

    In the fall issue of Quill, we examine the state of local news from a writer who visited dozens of newsrooms across the country. Those of us who work in local newsrooms, or have friends and colleagues working there, know all too well about the challenges they face under relentless financial pressures.


    September 12th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Ten With...
    Ten with New York Times Bureau Chief Manny Fernandez

    Manny Fernandez, Houston bureau chief for The New York Times, was the editor of his Fresno, California, school newspaper, The Viking Times, in eighth grade. Since then, journalism has been not just a career but a calling. His first full-time job was with the San Francisco Chronicle, where in 1998 he spent months with a group of young homeless people for a series called “Nobody’s Child.” He later joined The Washington Post as a general-assignment reporter.


    August 29th, 2018 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Freedom of Information | #Journalist on Call
    Annapolis community: Slain journalists ‘were part of us’

    ANNAPOLIS, Md.  — When Jessie Haynes first heard about a shooting at the Capital Gazette, across the street from the mall where she works, she assumed it was carried out by someone featured unfavorably in a news story. It didn’t cross her mind, as it did many journalists across the country, that the shooter might have been inspired to attack a newsroom by rhetoric coming from the U.S.


    August 17th, 2018 • Featured | #Journalist on Call
    Why the #FreePress editorials were not enough

    Thursday was a proud day for journalists. Hundreds of newspapers and other media organizations explained the important role they play in their communities or the country and asserted they are not “enemies of the people” as the president has frequently said.


    August 16th, 2018 • Featured | #Freedom of Information
    News organizations unite in nationwide push to counter anti-press rhetoric

    Hundreds of newspapers across the country united in solidarity today and published editorials on the importance on the First Amendment. The coordinated editorials are in response to a campaign by The Boston Globe that called on publications to condemn President Trump’s oft-repeated assertions that journalists are “the enemy of the people.”