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 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.” In an equally hushed tone, her friend replied, “There’d be more here, except they can no longer afford New York theater prices.” Did that exchange of dialogue in the darkened Studio 54 theater actually happen, or I am using that bit of dialogue to make a point in this article you’re reading?
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.
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.
I pulled up to my home in Alabama with my car covered in thick bugs and dirt. Its usual cherry-red color was a dream from months before. Glancing at the odometer I felt a sense of accomplishment: I just drove 10,000 miles.
September 17th, 2018 • Featured
Local news deserts are evolving into oases for entrepreneurs
Journalism has come a long way from classified ads and print subscriptions. From blockchain and affiliate links to platform partnerships, website paywalls and memberships, newsrooms across the United States are finding a lot of new ways to fund news gathering and storytelling as the industry’s traditional business models have struggled.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — When Jessie Haynes first heard about a shooting at the Capital Gazette, across the street from the mall where she works, she assumed it was carried out by someone featured unfavorably in a news story. It didn’t cross her mind, as it did many journalists across the country, that the shooter might have been inspired to attack a newsroom by rhetoric coming from the U.S.
Thursday was a proud day for journalists. Hundreds of newspapers and other media organizations explained the important role they play in their communities or the country and asserted they are not “enemies of the people” as the president has frequently said.
Hundreds of newspapers across the country united in solidarity today and published editorials on the importance on the First Amendment. The coordinated editorials are in response to a campaign by The Boston Globe that called on publications to condemn President Trump’s oft-repeated assertions that journalists are “the enemy of the people.”
June 29th, 2018 • Featured
SPJ releases statement on Capital Gazette shootings
The following statement may be attributed to SPJ National President Rebecca Baker. “SPJ is deeply saddened by the reports from Annapolis, Maryland, that a shooter entered the Annapolis Capital Gazette building and shot several people. Our hearts go out to the victims and their family, friends and colleagues.
“May you live in interesting times …” The quote has been attributed to various sources, and rightfully so, being that it has been used by many to describe different time periods. Along with its true author, the original meaning of this quote has been lost to time, but can aptly describe today’s media climate.
“I was sitting there, choking. I couldn’t breathe.” Davis Winborne, a freelance photojournalist, remembers the night he and several other journalists were forcefully loaded into a van by police while covering a protest in St. Louis last September. “All of a sudden, there were no cops around us,” he said.