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  • August 17th, 2018 • Featured
    Why the #FreePress editorials were not enough

    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.

    August 16th, 2018 • Featured | #Freedom of Information | #Freedom of the Prez
    News organizations unite in nationwide push to counter anti-press rhetoric

    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.”

    July 2nd, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Words & Language Toolbox
    Take this quiz to help refresh your writing

    Nothing annoys readers like having to plow through a litter of errors on their way to a period. And because even professional writers can get rusty regarding the basics, it’s a good idea to check on one’s recall from time to time.

    June 29th, 2018 • Quill Blog
    Press Club of Long Island honors its legacy with historical marker

    On Long Island, we preach about advocating for journalism all the time. Every Press Club event and outing is about making sure our members and the community at-large believe in the journalists doing great work all around us. With that comes the need to shed light on the history of journalism in our area as well.

    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.

    June 18th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Narrative Writing Toolbox
    Turn your ideas into stories

    During my 40 years in the business, I’ve learned to listen to anyone who tells me they have a story. Great stories come unannounced, like a soft tap on the door. You need to be alert to that sound. The series that turned out to be the story that won me the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2001 came from a telephone call to me from a reader.

    June 15th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Ten With...
    Ten Questions with Christine MacDonald

    Christine MacDonald was raised in Michigan, went to college in Michigan and has spent her 20-year career as a journalist at four Michigan newspapers, the past 15 at the Detroit News. That dedication to local journalism gave MacDonald the foundation to publish a series of articles about housing problems and evictions in Detroit, which earned her a Sigma Delta Chi Award in Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000).

    June 14th, 2018 • Featured
    Media must do better with race reporting

    “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.

    June 13th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Freedom of the Prez
    Let’s work together to protect student journalism

    One of the best parts of my SPJ presidency has been meeting young people who are interested in journalism. This spring, I was delighted to meet dozens of talented student journalists at our regional conferences in Chicago, Philadelphia and Little Rock, Arkansas.

    June 12th, 2018 • Featured
    Meet the victims of violence against journalists

    “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.

    June 11th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #SPJ Works
    Colorado Pro chapter helps high school newspaper in Africa

    High school girls in Senegal, one of the poorest countries in Africa, have been granted $2,000 by the SPJ Colorado Pro chapter to help them start an online newspaper. The international effort, a first for the Colorado chapter, was proposed by Bob Burdick, a chapter board member and former editor of the Denver Rocky Mountain News.

    June 5th, 2018 • Featured
    Lawsuits and #MeToo changed internships — for the better

    When it comes to internships, most in the news industry can agree on a few key aspects: Internships should be educational. Interns should be compensated for their work – either with paychecks or with university credit. And interns should be protected from discrimination and sexual harassment or misconduct.

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