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  • 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.


    September 4th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #From the President
    From the President: Carpe diem

    One hundred ten years ago, 10 young men dressed in black and white ceremoniously entered the chapel at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and pledged their faith to the power of journalism. Their youthful idealism gave rise to the Society of Professional Journalists.


    August 29th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog
    Excerpt: “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms” explores barriers facing women journalists

    In the new book “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned About What It Takes to Lead,” authors Kristin Grady Gilger, senior dean at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, and Julia Wallace, the first woman editor-in-chief at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, share stories of groundbreaking women journalists.


    August 23rd, 2019 • Quill Archives
    Video: Celebrating SPJ’s 110th at the place where it began

    In 1909, a group of students founded the Society of Professional Journalists (as Sigma Delta Chi) at DePauw University. On Aug. 23, SPJ staffers, its board president, university official and more gathered on the spot where it happened for a brief ceremony celebrating its 110th anniversary.


    August 15th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Odds and Ends
    Review: It’s the press against the Pres in new Watergate board game

    Connecting two sources directly to President Nixon was proving challenging, in spite of the efforts of reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Just when a connection looked solid, a potential source clammed up. Evidence couldn’t be secured. And Nixon was building momentum heading toward the end of his term.


    August 8th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Ethics Toolbox
    Quill question: When does sponsored content require disclosure?

    An SPJ member asked: “A local entertainment publication provides a weekly print edition with information on weekly entertainment happenings in the area. They also feature various articles on people and events. Sometimes the cover is sold for the featured event. Does this require a disclosure?


    August 5th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Q&A: Ben Montgomery, the reporter whose work led to Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Nickel Boys”

    Ben Montgomery estimates that he’s written more than 150,000 words about Florida’s Arthur Dozier School for Boys, where for more than 100 years children were abused—or worse—at the hands of the state. Estimates are that nearly 100 boys died and were buried there before the facility was shut down in June 2011, and as recently as mid-July, University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle began an investigation of 27 possible graves at the site.


    July 11th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Journalism Education
    Excerpt: Bio explores pioneering AIDS reporter Randy Shilts’ wounded heart/determined soul

    Randy Shilts was one of the pioneering reporters covering the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. With his book, “And the Band Played On,” his voice helped shape mainstream understanding of not only the disease, but of gay culture. In an excerpt from his new book, “The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts” (University of Illinois Press), Andrew Stoner, an assistant professor at California State University, writes about his personal connection to Shilts and his work. 


    June 24th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Freelancing | #Journalism Education
    Excerpt: In “Talk to Me,” a lesson learned on the importance of interview location

    Whether you are a seasoned vet or a newcomer to the field, it’s never a bad idea to refresh or rethink your interview skills. In an excerpt from Dean Nelson’s recent book, “Talk to Me,” the forty-year veteran journalist whose byline has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and more writes about his “tactical error” in interviewing Mexican president Vicente Fox and what he learned about the importance of location.


    June 14th, 2019 • Quill Archives
    The dirt on gossip columns

    Susan Yerkes doesn’t like to call what she used to write a gossip column. “I never thought of what I wrote as that,” she said. “The word gossip, to me, has an unpleasant connotation, kind of a snarky one. I think of gossip as a kind of negative, personal besmirching.” But the column that Yerkes wrote, first for the San Antonio Light, and later for the Express-News, fits into what most people would recognize as a gossip column: short items of news, usually about people or about the culture, full of human interest and foibles, though not usually about scandal.


    June 14th, 2019 • From the President
    Countering this disinformation tsunami

    In 2016, the world woke up to the reality that freedom of expression itself had been weaponized. The enemies of strong democratic values had learned a new trick. They had turned the power of self-expression on social media platforms — which only five years earlier had helped unleash the natural desire for self-determination in the Arab Spring — into a cloaking device that allowed them to wage a surreptitious influence campaign.


    June 3rd, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    110 Journalism Movies, Ranked

    Hollywood helps define just about everything in America. And journalism is no exception. From “Citizen Kane” to “The Post” and from “Libeled Lady” to “All the President’s Men,” reporters have clashed with editors, danced on both sides of the ethical line, and otherwise populated hits and duds on the silver screen.