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  • 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.


    March 12th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    SPJ calls on Congress to pass strong Federal Shield Law

    Each day, journalists throughout the country are working tirelessly to inform their readers what the government is up to. The free press is one of the most important pillars of American democracy. By reporting the truth, reporters allow the citizenry to elect leaders that represent their values and ideals and craft laws and policies that they believe in.


    January 24th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog
    Bad week for journalism can have long-term impact

    Journalism is wrapping up a bad week — a week of mischaracterizations in news reports that further tainted the credibility of the industry.


    January 21st, 2019 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Is news without names the new normal?

    Anonymous sources — one of journalism’s most powerful tools — are also one of its most dangerous.      Almost every journalist has received a request for anonymity. A source calls up promising a big scoop or an untold story with one condition: that his or her name not be used in the story.  


    January 9th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    Where has all the sex advice for men gone?

    In a post #MeToo era, men’s magazines are pulling sex from their pages. Experts say they shouldn’t. This is not your father’s sex coverage. If there’s one message men’s magazines are sending, it’s that they will not report on sex the way they have in the past.