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  • 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 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.


    May 10th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    Critical Eye: Rupert Murdoch on Broadway in Tony-nominated “Ink”

    James Graham’s play “Ink” opened April 24 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Quill asked New York-based arts journalist Martha Wade Steketee to take a look and report back. Here are her thoughts.   Playwright James Graham’s “Ink” imagines tabloid emperor Rupert Murdoch’s origin story, rooted in a 1969 London we barely see, amidst London landmarks that are named but not evoked, told by characters sometimes half described.


    April 18th, 2019 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Impactful Pulitzer-winning journalism undermines ‘fake news’ claims

    The news stories that won Pulitzer Prizes this week show the benefits of having journalists free to tediously dig through records, analyze volumes of data, interview sources under dangerous circumstances and widely share their findings. They show how good journalism can help people understand issues that directly impact their lives.


    March 26th, 2019 • Quill Archives
    Perception of bias: the media and the Mueller report

    There’s much chatter on social media claiming that the failure of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to draw any conclusive links between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — combined with the exhaustive coverage of the investigation — is proof of a bias against the president by the news media.


    March 19th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Journalist on Call
    Sacramento residents assess media coverage in wake of Stephon Clark shooting

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Residents across Sacramento said they generally are pleased with the breadth and accuracy of the local news media’s coverage related to the death of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man killed last year by two police officers.


    March 13th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    110 journalism landmarks for the 110th. Your input requested.

    This fall, SPJ continues the celebration of its 110th anniversary with a special print issue of Quill devoted to 110 landmark moments in American journalism. From the first newspaper in America to the publication of the Pentagon Papers and from the printing of the Federalist Papers to the document dumps of Wikileaks, we are looking for the moments that shaped and defined the Fourth Estate.