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March 12th, 2019 • Featured, Quill Blog, Quill Archives
SPJ calls on Congress to pass strong Federal Shield Law

Each day, journalists throughout the country are working tirelessly to inform their readers what the government is up to. The free press is one of the most important pillars of American democracy. By reporting the truth, reporters allow the citizenry to elect leaders that represent their values and ideals and craft laws and policies that they believe in.


March 1st, 2019 • Quill Archives, From the President
Listen to Your Own Little (Wo)man

Barton Keyes personifies the ideal insurance claims adjuster in the classic, and must-see, film noir “Double Indemnity.” Although he’s neither a journalist nor a real person, the character portrayed by the inimitable Edward G. Robinson is worth emulating. What truly sets him apart is the Little Man who dwells in the pit of his stomach.


January 21st, 2019 • Quill Blog, Quill Archives
Is news without names the new normal?

Anonymous sources — one of journalism’s most powerful tools — are also one of its most dangerous.      Almost every journalist has received a request for anonymity. A source calls up promising a big scoop or an untold story with one condition: that his or her name not be used in the story.   And sometimes that request is granted, placing the journalist and publication in the line of fire rather than the source.   Granting anonymity is one of the toughest choices any reporter or editor has to make.


January 9th, 2019 • Featured, Quill Archives
Where has all the sex advice for men gone?

In a post #MeToo era, men’s magazines are pulling sex from their pages. Experts say they shouldn’t. This is not your father’s sex coverage. If there’s one message men’s magazines are sending, it’s that they will not report on sex the way they have in the past.


December 19th, 2018 • Featured, Quill Archives, Membership, SPJ Works
Jailhouse journalism sheds light on life behind bars

It’s a Saturday in mid-September and Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods have just released Episode 1 of Season 3 of their hit podcast, Ear Hustle. The deadline for Episode 2 is in about 10 days, episode 3 two weeks after that, then four through eight, every two weeks through the end of the year.


December 18th, 2018 • Quill Blog, Quill Archives
It’s not too late to apply for summer gigs

Don’t have an internship lined up for 2019? Don’t fret. Some places still are accepting applications so get working on your cover letter and resume. WSJ. Magazine “The WSJ. Magazine internship program is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue a career in magazine journalism.


December 13th, 2018 • Featured, Quill Blog, Quill Archives
2018 in journalism: violence against journalists, newsroom cutbacks and more monopolies

Looking back on 2018, the troubles of the press were numerous and unrelenting. When the media was forced to cover itself, journalists — and the public — were given stark reminders of issues in the industry. Everything from controversy surrounding anonymous sources to unprovoked violence against reporters have dominated headlines in the past 12 months.


December 10th, 2018 • Quill Blog, Quill Archives
Edit like a boss: cool tools help you master the trade

Reporting demands have increased in their deadline-driven, real-time nature due to the internet, social media and an overall changing news culture. With the added pressure to get things out fast, it’s easy to skim too quickly over more detailed parts of the process, like editing.


December 7th, 2018 • Featured, Quill Blog, Quill Archives
Broadway play casts spotlight on ‘alternative facts’

  Early in the Broadway play “The Lifespan of a Fact,” an editor uses corporate-speak to explain why the fact-checking department at her magazine was done away with, drawing a spattering of laughs from the audience. The woman behind me whispered to her companion, “The ones who laughed at that are all the laid-off journalists here tonight.”


December 5th, 2018 • Quill Blog, Quill Archives, Diversity, Ten With...
Ten with Jacqueline Thomas

Jacqueline Thomas, an award-winning writer and editor, was once Washington bureau chief for The Detroit News. She’s appalled by the rhetoric against journalists coming from The White House these days and wants journalists to push back. “When I was a Washington bureau chief, I never had to deal with this many attacks from the White House,” Thomas said.


December 5th, 2018 • Quill Blog, Quill Archives, Journalist on Call
When reporting stories, consider the sources

Selecting the right sources to quote and use to tell stories is helpful to increasingly skeptical news consumers confounded by a 24-hour news cycle and mobile devices overrun with false rumors and inaccurate information. Choosing the wrong sources could cause them to question the trustworthiness of a story and the news organization that published or broadcast it.


November 30th, 2018 • Quill Archives
How to use Facebook as a journalist

Using social media platforms in a newsroom can be a love/hate relationship for many of us. It seems we are constantly debating what to share, how much to share and when to share. I’ve always been a “social media supporter” in newsrooms.


November 27th, 2018 • Quill Blog, Quill Archives
The necessity of news must be taught at an early age

Recently, I posed a question to students in my Introduction to Broadcast Journalism class: How were you exposed to journalism in high school? I looked around, and I was flabbergasted. Not one student provided any evidence he or she had ever even heard of “journalism” prior to taking mass communication courses at Francis Marion University.


November 23rd, 2018 • Quill Blog, Quill Archives, Diversity, Diversity Toolbox
Covering social movements: Learn the community, relay context

Journalists and Baltimore residents have suggested ways to improve coverage of protests and social movements, such as those that followed the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in the city three years ago. Baltimore officers alleged Gray, a 25-year-old black man, had an illegal knife when they arrested him after a chase.


November 20th, 2018 • Featured, Quill Archives
Holiday gifts that journalists will actually use

Searching for gifts for journalists this holiday season? Sure, pens, cameras and journals are always nice but why not be a bit more creative. The gifts on the list should help you get started. Fancy Notebooks ($12.95) Journalists take notes, so notebooks from Field Notes long have been a hit.  


October 29th, 2018 • Featured, Quill Blog, Quill Archives, Diversity
I tried to find a young conservative on the internet. It was really hard.

While researching a recent story for Mic on first-time voters, I wanted to talk to 18- and 19-year-olds across the political spectrum about their experience with the political system, and the issues and candidates they care about ahead of the midterm elections.