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December 20th, 2013 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Samantha Grant

Jayson Blair. It’s a name that evokes two immediate responses: lies and The New York Times. More than 10 years after the biggest ethics debacle in journalism’s modern day, Samantha Grant is trying to show that there’s much more to the story.


June 6th, 2013 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Todd Melby

Growing up in the small, western North Dakota town of Hettinger, Todd Melby didn’t know his upbringing would prepare him for one of the biggest professional projects of his life. Granted, it took him a few decades to realize that, but with age comes wisdom.


April 11th, 2013 • Quill Archives
What’s Your Personal Code of Ethics?

SPJ’s Code of Ethics is among the most cited codes for journalism professionals, but there are certainly more from other organizations and news outlets. These codes are mostly starting points to guide ethical decision-making. Often the gray areas of journalism ethics require your own additional thought process.


April 11th, 2013 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Erin Polgreen

At 30 years old, Erin Polgreen is among many noteworthy entrepreneurs in the journalism landscape who are striking out on their own. She also really enjoys a good bourbon and will talk in depth about the merits of top-shelf brands, and the drawbacks of mid-level brands that really aren’t that good but get consumers to think they are.


February 8th, 2013 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Shane Snow

Shane Snow might not be a typical New Yorker — in that he’s from Idaho and spent time after college at BYU-Idaho “finding himself” in Hawaii. Though he had a knack for technology and Web design, his deeper interest was in writing.


December 6th, 2012 • Quill Archives
Questioning the J-School Choice

“It’s 2012 and I’m in journalism school. Am I an idiot?” Call it a shot across the bow. Call it an angst-ridden plea for help. Call it obvious. Whatever you want to call that question Reddit user “Sound_Sop” asked of Ira Glass, it’s the basis for a very worthwhile discussion on the state of the industry and the value of the venerable journalism degree.


August 7th, 2012 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Sally Jenkins

Some journalists write. Some journalists report. Some journalists are columnists. All three describe Sally Jenkins, but just in the most basic way. Jenkins, currently with The Washington Post, is more than a sports reporter and columnist. She’s a vivid and gifted storyteller, one whose work has rightly won industry accolades, including a 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for sports columns.


April 5th, 2012 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Jim Asendio

More than four decades into a journalism career that has spanned both U.S. coasts, Jim Asendio isn’t going to the newsroom on a daily basis for the first time in a long time. But it’s not because he’s retired – though he did leave his last job over a conscious choice of his own.


February 7th, 2012 • Quill Archives
Quill at 100

The first thing you’ll notice about this 100-year issue of the “magazine for journalists” is a rather muted tone. Rather than filling the pages with remembrances of how great people think Quill is, we thought it best to stick to the mission: giving journalists educational resources to help them do their jobs better.


December 2nd, 2011 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Eric Deggans

In another world, you may have heard of Eric Deggans the rock star. But life presents choices, and we chose certain paths that lead to different ends. Deggans’ path to becoming a TV and media critic for the St. Petersburg Times (which officially becomes the Tampa Bay Times in 2012) was full of choices.


August 4th, 2011 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Stephanie McMillan

To call Stephanie McMillan a cartoonist is like calling Paul McCartney a musician. It’s accurate in all meanings of the word. But leaving it at just cartoonist (even adding “editorial” as a descriptor) comes up short. She might rightly be described as a social activist and agitator, one whose pointed commentary and analysis are conveyed most visibly through pictures and their associated dialogue bubbles.


June 1st, 2011 • Quill Archives
Ten – with Andre Malok and Amy Ellis Nutt

Collaboration is all the rage in journalism. In many conversations that means inter-outlet collaboration, such as between a newspaper and non-profit online investigative outlet. For Amy Ellis Nutt and Andre Malok, their intra-newsroom collaboration shows every sign of success. The New Jersey Star-Ledger pair — Amy a features writer and Andre a videographer/graphic artist — have teamed up for reporting projects that have grabbed major attention.


April 4th, 2011 • Quill Archives
Ten – with Fake AP Stylebook Founders

If you’re a journalist using Twitter, sources like The AP Stylebook (@APStylebook and hashtag #APStyle) are an indispensible resource in a fast-paced environment. And if you need a good laugh, a related, albeit satirical, source — @FakeAPStylebook — is almost as necessary.


February 2nd, 2011 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten – with Ken Rudin

Some kids obsess over a sports figure or the latest teen pop music sensation. Others spend their time outside or getting into mischief down by the creek on a lazy summer day. For Ken Rudin, NPR’s political editor and brain behind the popular Political Junkie column, his young days were spent at local (competing) campaign offices and collecting candidates’ buttons.


December 2nd, 2010 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Tracy Record

Before major media companies were investing in online local news ventures (such as AOL’s Patch), and even before many j-schools announced news-gathering partnerships to do the same, there were neighborhood blogs. Take, for example, Tracy Record and West Seattle Blog, which is known in the online journalism community as a particularly endearing success story.


August 3rd, 2010 • Quill Archives, Ten With...
Ten with Dan Christensen

It’s said that “desperate times call for desperate measures.” There are few desperate times more urgent than the loss of one’s job and the immediacy of the grim financial and psychological outlook that carries. But when investigative reporter Dan Christensen was laid off in 2009, he didn’t act out of desperation.