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December 15th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Freedom of the Prez | #From the President | #Membership
From the President: Doubling down on SPJ

It was 229 years ago, on Dec. 15, 1791, that this nation adopted the 45 words of the First Amendment. And that set the foundation for everything our free press has done since. On that same date, in 1971, my parents welcomed me into the world and named me after Henry David Thoreau — and set the foundation for everything I’ve done since.


December 14th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
News Biz Quiz: The Doctor is in … unless Joseph Epstein has his way

Dear Joseph Epstein — kiddo — you may want to jump to question 5. For the rest, start at the beginning and see how you do with this edition of the News Biz Quiz.   Both the House and Senate have passed a defense spending bill which refuses to delete Section 230 of what 1996 legislation (full name or Act acceptable), which protects against lawsuits stemming from user comments on internet sites?   Time Magazine named tech entrepreneur Eric Yuan its Businessperson of the Year.


December 7th, 2020 • Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
New Biz Quiz 12/7: Cord cutting, staffing and more

More cord-cutters may still be able to get their local newscasts, but who’s staffing those newsrooms, exactly? Those topics and more in this week’s News Biz Quiz.   1. Which streaming service says it’ll offer newscasts from as many as 100 local TV markets by the end of 2021?


December 5th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Archives
Journalists’ Gift Guide 2020

How to use this guide Step 1: Consider a journalist you love. Step 2: Survey our selection of recommended gifts. Step 3: Find them at your friendly local retailer or order online. Step 4: When you acquire the item, wrap it festively (or in one of the newspapers to which you happily still subscribe).


December 1st, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
2020 Fellow Feature: Nikole Hannah-Jones

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has been reporting on race, education and segregation for decades, picking up the MacArthur Fellowship, Polk and Peabody awards along the way. Now at The New York Times Magazine, where she created The 1619 Project, she said she’s “doing exactly what I’ve worked my entire career to do … The only reason I ever wanted to become a journalist was to write about racial inequalities.”


November 30th, 2020 • Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
News Biz Quiz for 11/30: Newcomers making headlines

New is in the news with a press secretary designate and a change in ownership at a major media company. Have you been keeping up? 1. The Boston Globe Company has named its co-owner, Linda Henry, as CEO. She’s part of the family that owns the Boston Red Sox, as well as what English Premier League soccer team, which plays home games at Anfield in Merseyside?


November 25th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
“Bad Education,” “The Photograph,” “Most Wanted” and more journalism movies

Need ideas for what to watch over the holiday breaks? Here are a batch of recent films we’ve added to our almost-exhaustive, ranked list of 110+ Journalism Movies. To see where these are ranked and to view the entire list, click here. 


November 23rd, 2020 • Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
News Biz Quiz for 11/23/2020: Person of the Year reveal, Pinedale Mall memories, more

This year, as you’re hopefully socially distanced while eating turkey and watching the Detroit Lions or Dallas Cowboys, be sure to include in your Thanksgiving list those people doing the hard work of daily journalism — some of whom are mentioned in this week’s News Biz Quiz.


November 17th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
Caution boosted credibility in election coverage

Lost in the Trump-fueled chaos of the presidential election is a glimmer of light cast on the news media for doing an exceptional job covering it. In recent years, news organizations have been trying harder to prove to news consumers they can be trusted by providing information about reporters who covered a story, uploading more documents to back up their reporting and explaining controversial news decisions, among other efforts.


November 16th, 2020 • Quill Archives
News Biz Quiz for 11/16/2020

Do they allow inmates at Camp Cupcake to read Wine Spectator? What pairs well with half-baked insider trading schemes, anyway? There’s lots to chew on in this week’s News Biz Quiz.     “Read News, Speak Free” is the slogan of what conservative social media platform which became the most-downloaded software on the Apple App Store on the weekend many news organizations called the 2020 election for President-elect Joe Biden?   Three news photographers who captured images of President Trump golfing on the day his electoral loss was announced by the news networks had to shoot their images from nearly a mile away across what body of water?   A California District Court judge said Mayor Christina Shea violated the First Amendment when she blocked some viewers of her Facebook profile, following controversial statements she made in the wake of this summer’s police brutality protests.


November 12th, 2020 • Featured | #Toolbox | #Quill Archives | #Digital Media Toolbox
Journalist’s Toolbox at 25

Victor Hernandez preaches the gospel of newsroom productivity, whether he’s working with his reporters in the Crosscut newsroom in Seattle or training journalists at conferences around the country. Hernandez’s philosophy is simple: Think trends and not tools when finding digital resources that can make you more productive.


November 10th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Diversity
From a Brooklyn apartment to the Kennedy Center, BIPOC critics lab challenges norms

There’s no question that the arts criticism world is primarily a white world, with few BIPOC (Black, Indiginous and people of color) voices in the mix. Frustrated by that fact, Jose Solís, co-founder and co-host of the Token Theatre Friends podcast, decided to take matters into his own hands by creating the BIPOC Critics Lab, meeting for 10 weeks via Zoom with eight future critics from around the country.


November 9th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
News Biz Quiz: Election edition

The election may have an outcome, but we still have questions…in this week’s News Biz Quiz. 1. Arrange these news networks by the order in which they (FINALLY!) called the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, Nov. 7: NBC CBS ABC CNN Fox News 2.


November 5th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
2020 Fellow Interview: Les Zaitz

No one would have faulted veteran investigative reporter Les Zaitz if, after retiring from The Oregonian in 2016, he’d kicked back at his east Oregon ranch with his wife and watched the world go by. What did a man who’d covered the Mount St.


November 2nd, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
News Biz Quiz for 11/2: Election inaccuracies, disinformation and a legendary sports scribe

“BREAKING: Dewey Defeats Truman!”  Or maybe not.  It regularly takes a while — sometimes days, even — to get full results from an election. So we shouldn’t call the outcome and risk disenfranchising voters until we’re sure.  In the meantime, while we all patiently wait, try this week’s News Biz Quiz.


October 29th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
2020 SPJ Fellow Tribute: Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill was a trailblazer and journalism icon with near-universal respect from peers for how she conducted her craft. She began her career in newspapers and moved to television networks, serving as moderator and managing editor of PBS’s “Washington Week” and co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” at the time of her death in 2016.