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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.  


November 20th, 2018 • Freedom of the Prez | #From the President
Championing global press freedom

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.


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.


October 8th, 2018 • Quill Archives
When approaching a story, you must play your cards right

About a year ago I began playing a card game that offers lessons for reporters and writers. How we approach and structure a story reminds me of how I decide what to bid while playing Pitch. The simple game is similar to poker.


September 30th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Ethics Toolbox
10 lessons in journalism ethics

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. 


September 22nd, 2018 • Featured
What I learned in my great American newsroom trip

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 22nd, 2018 • Quill Archives
A media historian reflects on using Quill as a source

For more than a century the Society of Professional Journalists’ Quill has evolved from the ambitious, collegiate musings of a few earnest young men in a journalistic fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, to the national resource that it remains for all its members.


September 18th, 2018 • Toolbox | #Quill Archives | #Freelance Toolbox | #Freelancing
2017 law means changes for freelancers’ taxes

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.


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.


September 14th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Freedom of the Prez
Honor those who sacrificed their lives practicing ethical journalism

In the fall issue of Quill, we examine the state of local news from a writer who visited dozens of newsrooms across the country. Those of us who work in local newsrooms, or have friends and colleagues working there, know all too well about the challenges they face under relentless financial pressures.