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  • 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

    Rebecca Baker 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.


    May 31st, 2018 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    Do journalists deserve some blame for America’s mass shootings?

    The reporter who won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for feature writing initially thought she was in Charleston, South Carolina, to chronicle the lives of nine church-goers who died in 2015 when a stranger with a Glock murdered them while they were praying.


    May 15th, 2018 • Quill Blog
    SPJ Member Profile: Monica Victor

    Monica Victor is a copywriter at Consolidated Credit, a nonprofit company that helps customers overcome and stay out of credit card debt, but she spends her free time writing, designing and promoting her own publication — each regular edition consisting of over 100 pages.


    May 7th, 2018 • Quill Blog
    Parkland students embrace advocacy journalism

    Eight days after the Feb. 14 school shooting, Rebecca Schneid and her high school newspaper’s staff sat down to figure out a plan. Schneid is one of the editors-in-chief of the Eagle Eye, the student newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


    May 3rd, 2018 • Featured
    World Press Freedom Day hits home

    Today we celebrate the 25th annual World Press Freedom Day, a designation determined by the Paris-based United Nations Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and proclaimed in the U.N. General Assembly in 1993. It is a day when press freedom advocates and journalists come together to discuss issues of press freedom, including access to information and attacks on journalists.


    April 27th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Ethics Toolbox
    Transparency on full display in Garrison Keillor case

    As Minnesota prepared for an early April storm that would dump over a foot of snow in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Public Radio and Garrison Keillor struck a deal. Nearly five months after MPR and its parent company, American Public Media Group, severed ties with Keillor over accusations of sexual harassment, Keillor and MPR reached an agreement where the archives of the two programs for which he worked, The Writer’s Almanac and A Prairie Home Companion, would be restored.



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