A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists


  • October 29th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
    2020 SPJ Fellow Tribute: Gwen Ifill

    Gwen Ifill was a trailblazer and journalism icon with near-universal respect from peers for how she conducted her craft. She began her career in newspapers and moved to television networks, serving as moderator and managing editor of PBS’s “Washington Week” and co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” at the time of her death in 2016.


    October 26th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 10/28: New meaning to ‘media exposure’

    In this week’s News Biz Quiz, we learn what the term “media exposure” is NOT supposed to mean, and there’s no joy in Mudville as sports networks lose carriers.   1. Okay, let’s dispense with this straightaway: What legal analyst was suspended from his job at The New Yorker and placed on leave by CNN after (accidentally, he says) exposing himself on a Zoom call with colleagues?


    October 23rd, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
    2020 Fellow interview: Jorge Ramos

    A breaking news event that occurred in the United States 39 years ago started longtime Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on his journalism career path. To help pay for college, the Mexico City native was working at a Mexico radio station. When then-U.S.


    October 22nd, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Before you write about that “haunted” house …

    Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season…for otherwise credible publications to publish unsubstantiated reports of haunted houses and other paranormal activity. To discuss why this is a problem, Quill reached out to Dr. Rob Pyatt, who led the “Weird Science: What Journalists Get Wrong About Scientific Studies…and How to Get It Right” program at the SPJ2020.


    October 19th, 2020 • Quill Archives
    News Biz Quiz for 10/19: a buyout, a merger and a gossip columnist documentary

    Hello, Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea, let’s go to press…with this week’s News Biz Quiz!   A University of Mississippi study shows that what group of people is appearing on three times more magazine covers than in past years?


    October 13th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Bookshelf
    Q&A: Leonard Downie Jr. on 44 years with The Washington Post, his memoir and more

    During his 44 years at The Washington Post, 17 of them as executive editor, Leonard Downie Jr. found himself at the nexus of historic events ranging from Watergate to 9/11 to the Clinton impeachment. Now, as the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, he finally has the time to put it all down in his just-released personal memoir, “All About the Story: News, Power, Politics and The Washington Post.” 


    October 12th, 2020 • Quill Archives
    News Biz Quiz for 10/12: Twitter rules, an auctioned desk and more

    No, The Big Red Machine is not the name for Alexander Lukashenko’s cabinet. But they both figure into this week’s News Biz Quiz.   Over the weekend, the Radio-Television Digital News Association held its national awards ceremony digitally, due to COVID-19. For what legendary newsman are those awards named?


    October 8th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Bookshelf
    Bookshelf: A career journalist travels the U.S. to define “Genus Americanus”

    Mark Twain once said that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” It is those who never wander past their front door, who have the hardest time making sense of a world in constant evolution, where the status quo is a symbol of stagnation, rather than progress. 


    October 5th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 10/5: Anything but a slow news week

    There have been no shortage of national news stories this week. But we’ve got some questions about the news behind the news. Good luck.   During its current session (which begins this week), the U.S. Supreme Court will review proposed changes to media ownership rules which have been stuck down by lower courts, but could lead to even greater consolidation if SCOTUS lets them stand.


    September 28th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 9/28: A merger, a debate and more.

    This week’s events in the media world have been far from trivial. But how much did you pick up on the details. Test yourself with these questions, culled from the headlines and beyond.   D.C. District Court Judge Carl Nichols has temporarily halted the Trump Administration from banning what social media app from U.S.


    September 23rd, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Bookshelf
    Bookshelf: “Community-Centered Journalism” raises issues of trust and objectivity 

    Andrea Wenzel comes not to bury journalism. She comes, as she says in her book “Community-Centered Journalism: Engaging People, Exploring Solutions, and Building Trust,” to both burn it down and repair it.   An assistant professor at Temple University, Wenzel certainly is critical of the way journalism traditionally has been practiced.


    September 21st, 2020 • Quill Blog | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 9/21: What did Trump call “the most beautiful thing”?

    The news doesn’t slow down and neither does the News Biz Quiz. Here are this week’s questions:   1. In a campaign speech on September 18, President Trump called it “the most beautiful thing” that what MSNBC host (and former host of CNN’s “Your Money”) was hit in the knee with a rubber bullet while covering a May protest in Minneapolis over George Floyd’s killing by police?


    September 15th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Bookshelf
    Bookshelf: Brian Stelter’s “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth”

    In order to understand Donald Trump, Brian Stelter argues in his new book, you have to understand Fox News.  Stelter, CNN chief media correspondent and anchor of “Reliable Sources,” put that view between covers in “Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth,” for which he interviewed 140 current Fox staffers and 180 former employees.


    September 14th, 2020 • News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 9/14: Woodward’s book, HOG overhaul, more

    Just because we had a conference over the weekend doesn’t mean we’re skipping the News Biz Quiz for this week.   But, first, let’s take a moment to congratulate SPJ2020 Pub Trivia winner Kelly Kissel who triumphed against a very tough field in ten rounds of questions.


    September 10th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    SPJ2020: Virtual D.C. tours for a virtual conference 

    SPJ’s Washington, D.C. Pro chapter was really looking forward to showing off the city during this year’s national conference.  But since you all can’t join us in person, we can at least offer  a few virtual highlights to give you a taste of D.C. 


    September 9th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Freelancing
    California freelancers battle AB5 and the PROAct

    Assembly Bill 5, or AB5, ripped through the careers of California freelance journalists much like wildfires churn through the Golden State, turning trees and bushes into plumes of ash. I am one of the lucky ones, whose freelance career has been damaged, but not completely destroyed – yet.