A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

January 30th, 2009 • Quill Archives
Realigning for the online world

A little more than a decade ago, I started my journalism career in newspapers. The Internet was still in its infancy, and no one had dreamed up YouTube, Twitter, blogs or Facebook. We weren’t chained to our inboxes nor unable to function without Wi-Fi.

September 27th, 2007 • Quill Archives
Expecting journalists

Five years ago, if someone had told me I would be preparing my life for the arrival of a baby, I would have laughed, probably even howled over the prospect of having a child. But here I am, expecting my first child in February.

March 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
Strong cover letter, résumé keys to getting noticed

Leaving the security of college and entering the job market is intimidating. You’re putting together a résumé, a cover letter and talking to people with a lifetime of experience in the journalism business. But taking a little time to fine-tune your résumé, think about your short- and long-term goals and edit your cover letter can go a long way toward helping you get your foot in the door.

December 1st, 2005 • Quill Archives
Life outside of the newsroom is important to career success

When I started my first full-time job after college, I was an eager beaver. I was ready to work 12 hours a day, six days a week. I was delighted to help with West Texas football coverage on Friday nights, and traveling the wide open spaces of Texas to interview cowboys and politicians was terrific.

May 21st, 2003 • Quill Archives
Push for open meetings yields results

Last fall, gubernatorial candidate Mark Sanford spoke about the need for open government in South Carolina, calling “sunshine the ultimate disinfectant in the political process.” But in February, the new governor made a 180-degree turn and closed his first Cabinet meeting to the public and the press.