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.
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.
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.
Application deadlines for spots next summer at many of the largest (and paying) media organizations have come and gone. For students still looking to land an internship, there’s still time, especially at smaller companies and in newsrooms with new programs.
For 167 years, The New York Times has rigorously investigated important national and world issues and written about them with sophistication for a curious and cultured audience. There have been some serious breaches along the way, including the revelation in 2003 that one of its reporters had been fabricating details of stories and copying the work of journalists at other newspapers.
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.”
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.
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 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.
PARIS — More than an ocean separates the United States from France. The contradictory world views of their leaders veered sharply into focus on the centennial of World War I. Hours after making the now famous Armistice Day pronouncement beneath the Arc de Triomphe that “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” President Emmanuel Macron of France introduced an event launching a global initiative for freedom of information and democracy.
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.
My tenure as the Society of Professional Journalists’ ethics committee chairperson began in September 2014. A Minneapolis news station would broadcast a story now known as #Pointergate in early November. Rolling Stone would publish its now-infamous story on sexual assault a couple of weeks later.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) included several provisions that affect how independent journalists are taxed on their business income. We asked Matthew Apodaca, a certified public accountant and executive vice president at NCH Tax & Wealth Advisors in Fullerton, California, to help us understand the current tax situation for freelancers.