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February 22nd, 2017 • Quill Archives
A View (Of Donald Trump) From Afar

There is a great scene in “All the President’s Men,” the film about The Washington Post’s reporting that eventually led to Richard Nixon’s resignation as president of the United States. Executive editor Ben Bradlee is talking with reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward about a strange interaction they just had with a source.


December 16th, 2015 • Quill Archives
Frozen in Time: Remembering WDBJ’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward

When people who were beloved in life die, they’re never truly gone. There is no greater example of that than the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Though the WDBJ journalists met their untimely end as victims in a calculated shooting by a disgruntled former employee while on live TV in August, that memory pales in comparison to the tremendous gifts they left behind.


October 22nd, 2014 • Quill Archives
Ultimate Risk: Remembering James Foley and Steven Sotloff

There was no question that Steven Sotloff knew what he was doing. The 31-year-old journalist from Florida had worked for years in the Middle East. He spoke Arabic. He knew how to navigate the myriad dangers of enemy combatants, hostile government forces and the painful effects of war on civilians.


October 22nd, 2014 • Quill Archives
Female on the Front Lines

These days, professional women don’t typically discuss their gender in the same breath as their job. The past few decades of progress related to protections for women in the workplace have at least made it possible in some countries to sue for things like harassment or discrimination.


June 20th, 2014 • Quill Archives
What It Takes To Win

John Tlumacki had stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon for years to take photographs, with little incident. In 2013, he was there as always with his camera when the first bomb went off. Then there was the second bomb.


September 10th, 2013 • Quill Archives
Erasing the Record, One Story at a Time

In Connecticut, you can lie under oath about an arrest if your record has undergone what’s known as erasure. The little-known statute, which is different from the more well-known expungement laws, has actually been on the books there for decades. But its potential implications have recently become more high-profile with a pending U.S.


February 8th, 2013 • Quill Archives
The Tricky Business of Work-Life Balance

The demanding profession of journalism is a never-ending saga of personal vs. professional responsibilities. But does it have to be a painful negotiation? At the start of a career as a journalist, it’s impossible to know what concessions you’ll be required to make.


November 20th, 2012 • Quill Archives
Love of Many Kinds: A Journalist’s View of Conflicting Responsibilities During the Israel-Gaza Conflict

I love being a journalist. Despite the often high-stress nature of the work, it almost always gives more than it takes. It allows me to connect with people, learn about the world, and inform others on topics they need and want to know about.


August 8th, 2012 • Quill Archives
We Own the Future of the News

Do an informal survey of any group of news professionals and ask who and what is shaping the future of the industry, and you’ll get a wide variety of responses. Predictably, the level of angst over professional uncertainties is high among veteran reporters with decades of experience as well as freelancers just beginning to get a professional foothold.