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May 28th, 2024
Final Thoughts The practice of publishing summations of the lives of the recently deceased goes back a very long way. The ancient Romans developed an early, beta version of the modern obituary (roughly translated from the Latin as “death record”), which they included on publicly posted, handwritten broadsheets called Acta diurna (Daily Events).

May 13th, 2024
10 with Leonard Levin At age 92, Leonard Levin is a past president and one of the longest active members of the SPJ-New England with more than 70 years in the organization. Levin began his career at the Pawtucket Times in Rhode Island, where he worked his way up to the copy desk.

April 26th, 2024
AI in the classroom The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the journalism industry is undeniable. Views on AI vary from optimism to fear, with no straightforward consensus on how these tools should and shouldn’t be used by journalists. But one thing is clear: these tools are here to stay.

April 4th, 2024
Let’s Do Better: 2023’s egregious breaches in journalism ethics Every good journalist knows the importance of adhering to high ethical standards, but each year, some fail to do so. The past year was no different. Let’s face it, our image has been tarnished for quite a while, and it doesn’t help when colleagues confirm the questionable integrity many Americans already suspect.

March 22nd, 2024
From the President: Student success inspires My heart swells with pride and excitement for the future of journalism as I highlight the incredible achievements of the SPJ William Paterson University student chapter. Recently earning the prestigious title of SPJ Campus Chapter of the Year for the second time in three years, its members’ dedication, passion, and commitment to journalistic excellence embody the spirit of SPJ and serve as a shining example for student chapters across the nation.

March 14th, 2024
Congress may soon pass federal shield law. It’s been a long time coming. After years of effort by press freedom advocates and their allies, Congress in its current session seems to be on the verge of finally passing a federal reporter shield law, which would give broad protection to journalists from being compelled to reveal the names of sources and methods in federal court testimony.

February 13th, 2024
Nameless In Print Marvel Comics and artist Banksy both agree: being invisible is a superpower. You’re there, but you’re not there. The same goes for being a ghostwriter, where staying hidden is a large part of the power. In fact, it’s a core part of the talent, and oftentimes is a contractual obligation.

January 22nd, 2024
Diversity programs under attack Assistant Professor Chalise Macklin makes sure guests who speak to her broadcast classes at the University of Memphis include people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+  community. And her lectures weave in examples that showcase a diverse range of people and communities.

January 8th, 2024
10 With Clayton Weimers of Reporters Without Borders Since 1985, Reporters Without Borders has defended press freedom, pluralism and independence the world over. Approximately half the global population has no or limited access to free, uncensored, reliable news and information means that its work to track and publicize issues of press freedom infringement is happening around the clock.

January 3rd, 2024
The Press and the Police: How to handle interactions with law enforcement When officers from the Marion Police Department showed up at Eric Meyer’s Kansas doorstep with a search warrant, the Marion County Record publisher and editor kept his cool despite being “incredulous and angry” that the raid, which he believed was unconstitutional, was a coordinated sweep on his home, the Record newsroom and a third location.

December 7th, 2023
2023 Journalist’s Gift Guide Welcome to what has become a Quill winter tradition. Once again, we exercised our research skills, took into account the advice of experts in the field and did a seek and find to uncover great gifts for you or the journalist in your life.

December 7th, 2023
From the President: On board for a bright future As we embark on another year of service to the journalism community, I am honored to address you as the President of the Society of Professional Journalists. The SPJ board is already hard at work focusing on improving our fiscal health, strengthening our advocacy for journalism’s vital principles and ensuring SPJ remains relevant and inclusive.