A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists


January 16th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
Update: “Bombshell,” “Richard Jewell” and more

“110 Journalism Movies, Ranked”  — Quill’s cinematic way of celebrating the 110th anniversary of SPJ — proved overwhelmingly popular. And it continues to get visited by a steady stream of readers. Since publication of the original piece, though, there has been a run of new movies with journalistic themes, which put our seemingly exhaustive story at risk of being outdated.


January 14th, 2020 • Featured
Journalism on autopilot: The upside and downside of computer-generated stories

Curt Conrad still remembers heading to bed at 4 a.m. on football Friday nights. With multiple games to cover, quotes to cull and stats to sort, football Friday inevitably led to sleepy Saturday. Not now. Conrad, a sports reporter with the all-digital Richland Source in Mansfield, Ohio, relies on automated journalism to cover brass tacks such as the final score, scoring plays by quarter, team records, basic stats and future schedules to generate game stories independently.


January 2nd, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Archives
POV: Asperger’s in the newsroom

What’s the fallout from the radical downturn in the influence of newspapers? To be sure, a less informed populace. More stories generated from press releases. Fewer in-depth articles. Less enterprise coverage of local and regional news. I think there’s something else.


December 20th, 2019 • Featured | #From the President
From the President: Women have long been a force at SPJ

Since the days of Nellie Bly – and likely before – women have been a force in journalism. They lead newsrooms. They win Pulitzer Prizes. They fill pages and screens with high-quality, can’t-miss coverage. And in my world – journalism higher ed – they fill far more classroom seats than their male counterparts.


December 19th, 2019 • Featured | #Journalist on Call
Hicks: Media essential in impeachment understanding

Much of the evidence introduced during the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump was accessible to Americans through the news media and online sites. This allowed unprecedented access to hours of testimony, the opportunity to review documents and, ostensibly, to judge the case against Trump for themselves.


December 17th, 2019 • Featured
Review: Final Newseum show looks at seriously funny “Daily Show”

In its final months on Pennsylvania Avenue before closing (see timeline, below), Washington, D.C.’s  Newseum presents an exhibit that explores an institution whose future seems as unknowable as its own. “Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” celebrates the program that continues to evolve from its parody roots as self-proclaimed fake news into the current era of You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up.


December 13th, 2019 • Featured | #Toolbox
Toolbox: What’s to like (and not like) about “likes” leaving Instagram? 

Instagram has begun hiding likes. Well, from the public. You, as a user, will still be able to see your own likes once this reaches all accounts, but your followers (and their followers and their friends), won’t be able to see your likes.


December 11th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
POV: “Richard Jewell” and the real Kathy Scruggs

I love movies about the news industry. The best ones provide the public true insight into the hard work, long hours and dedication to truth that define real journalists like the ones I’ve been privileged to call workmates in various newsrooms across America.


December 3rd, 2019 • Featured
Review: “Mike Wallace is Here”

There’s something of an unwritten back half to the title of “Mike Wallace is Here,” Avi Belkin’s documentary about the American reporter whose legendarily merciless interview tactics established “60 Minutes” as both appointment TV and a vigilant watchdog (The film is now streaming on Hulu and available for rental on other sites).


November 27th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
POV: Journalism PTSD

Marcella Raymond joined the WGN News team in October 1998 and serves as a general assignment reporter. In June of 2019, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. “Sharing my story is scary,” she said, “but I’m hoping we can address the stigma of PTSD, show the warning signs, and get real.”


November 19th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
A note from the next generation

As we look to the future of journalism, we at SPJ thought it would be insightful to hear from the future of journalism. The Future of Journalism essay contest asked student journalists to submit essays on the subject with a prize of $500, registration at SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in San Antonio, and publication here.


October 21st, 2019 • Featured
The future of global journalism

What does the future hold for journalists? While nobody can know the impact of a world of variables, Quill nonetheless asked Meera Selva director of the journalism fellowship programme at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute to speculate. In the year 2029, as the last printed newspapers roll off the presses, journalists have redefined news and their relationship with their readers.


October 1st, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Ethics Toolbox
The SPJ Code of Ethics at 110

As the Society of Professional Journalists celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2019, it may come as a surprise that SPJ did not have its signature Code of Ethics for the group’s first 17 years. In 1909 when the young men at DePauw University founded SPJ as a college fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, one of their goals was “to advance the standards of the press by fostering a higher ethical code.”


September 25th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Ten With...
10 with Brian Stelter

Now a senior media correspondent for CNN and the host of “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter’s rise to prominence began as a freshman in college when he created the blog CableNewser (later renamed TVNewser). His blog caught the attention of many media executives and was ultimately bought by MediaBistro.


September 18th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
Looking backward: 1909

In an effort to understand where we came from, Quill asked Sandy Davidson, Curators’ Teaching Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, to paint a picture of what the world looked like for the media around the time of SPJ’s founding.


September 12th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
Teaching truth

A Stanford University study found most middle school students surveyed couldn’t tell native advertisements from news articles. As concerning: Many high school students couldn’t distinguish between a real news source and a fake one on Facebook. “When I started in 2011, there was not any concept that media literacy was needed in the 21st century,” according to Erin McNeill, founder of the national Media Literacy Now organization.