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  • 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.


    December 19th, 2018 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Membership | #SPJ Works
    Jailhouse journalism sheds light on life behind bars

    It’s a Saturday in mid-September and Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods have just released Episode 1 of Season 3 of their hit podcast, Ear Hustle. The deadline for Episode 2 is in about 10 days, episode 3 two weeks after that, then four through eight, every two weeks through the end of the year.


    December 18th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    It’s not too late to apply for summer gigs

    Don’t have an internship lined up for 2019? Don’t fret. Some places still are accepting applications so get working on your cover letter and resume. WSJ. Magazine “The WSJ. Magazine internship program is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue a career in magazine journalism.


    December 18th, 2018 • Featured | #Quill Blog
    How to (still) land a summer internship

      Application deadlines for spots next summer at many of the largest (and paying) media organizations have come and gone. For students still looking to land an internship, there’s still time, especially at smaller companies and in newsrooms with new programs.


    December 16th, 2018 • Ten With...
    From intern to owner: Ten with Katherine Rowlands

    Three decades ago, Katherine Ann Rowlands started her career in journalism as an intern at Bay City News Service. Now, she’s the owner of the 24/7 news service that covers the greater San Francisco Bay Area. BCN, founded in 1979 with eight offices around the region, provides news feeds to about 100 clients, including TV, radio, digital and print newsrooms.


    December 15th, 2018 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Diversity | #Journalist on Call
    How the New York Times maintains its credibility

    For 167 years, The New York Times has rigorously investigated important national and world issues and written about them with sophistication for a curious and cultured audience. There have been some serious breaches along the way, including the revelation in 2003 that one of its reporters had been fabricating details of stories and copying the work of journalists at other newspapers.


    December 13th, 2018 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    2018 in journalism: violence against journalists, newsroom cutbacks and more monopolies

    Looking back on 2018, the troubles of the press were numerous and unrelenting. When the media was forced to cover itself, journalists — and the public — were given stark reminders of issues in the industry. Everything from controversy surrounding anonymous sources to unprovoked violence against reporters have dominated headlines in the past 12 months.


    December 10th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Edit like a boss: cool tools help you master the trade

    Reporting demands have increased in their deadline-driven, real-time nature due to the internet, social media and an overall changing news culture. With the added pressure to get things out fast, it’s easy to skim too quickly over more detailed parts of the process, like editing.


    December 7th, 2018 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Broadway play casts spotlight on ‘alternative facts’

      Early in the Broadway play “The Lifespan of a Fact,” an editor uses corporate-speak to explain why the fact-checking department at her magazine was done away with, drawing a spattering of laughs from the audience. The woman behind me whispered to her companion, “The ones who laughed at that are all the laid-off journalists here tonight.” In an equally hushed tone, her friend replied, “There’d be more here, except they can no longer afford New York theater prices.” Did that exchange of dialogue in the darkened Studio 54 theater actually happen, or I am using that bit of dialogue to make a point in this article you’re reading?


    December 5th, 2018 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Diversity | #Ten With...
    Ten with Jacqueline Thomas

    Jacqueline Thomas, an award-winning writer and editor, was once Washington bureau chief for The Detroit News. She’s appalled by the rhetoric against journalists coming from The White House these days and wants journalists to push back. “When I was a Washington bureau chief, I never had to deal with this many attacks from the White House,” Thomas said.