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  • 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.


    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.