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  • March 15th, 2018 • Quill Blog
    What I wish I knew before I took my first reporting job

    In September of 2014, I moved from Portland, Oregon, to a small, rural town in Washington state. Why give up the Rose City for the boondocks? With all its hipster charm, Portland was a great place to live – but a hard place to make a living.

    March 15th, 2018 • Featured
    How PolitiFact is fighting ‘Fake News,’ one stop at a time

    Last August, President Donald Trump told an arena of supporters in Huntington, West Virginia, that the “Russia story is a total fabrication.” Investigators, he said, should be looking into the uranium Hillary Clinton “sold, which is now in the hands of very angry Russians.” Neither claim was accurate.

    March 14th, 2018 • Featured
    When journalists aren’t trusted, corruption often follows

    Vladimir Putin’s media consolidation efforts in the early 2000s began on well-prepared soil. The public’s trust in journalism as a profession in Russia had become so low — driven down by a distinct mixture of economic, political and cultural factors following the fall of the Soviet Union —that Putin’s efforts weren’t the cause for alarm one might otherwise expect.

    March 12th, 2018 • Featured
    How news literacy programs can help journalists earn back trust

    In the fall of 2006, after spending nearly 35 years as a reporter, editor and then the editor of one of America’s largest daily newspapers, I left my job to help start the newest journalism school in the country. Even then, it was an act of audacious optimism.

    March 12th, 2018 • Featured
    Can transparency save journalism from outside attacks?

    Just over one month before a special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate, The Washington Post published a story about Republican candidate Roy Moore that revealed inappropriate contact he made with teenage girls. The understated importance of this story was it included bits and pieces of how the story was reported to begin with; right within in the story, the reporters showed how they learned of the allegations.

    March 12th, 2018 • Ten With...
    Ten Questions with Jim Acosta

    It was fewer than 10 days before Donald Trump’s inauguration when he berated CNN and its reporter, Jim Acosta, during a news conference at Trump Tower. “Quiet,” Trump told Acosta as the reporter tried to answer a question. “Don’t be rude, don’t be rude.”

    March 9th, 2018 • Freedom of Information
    Whistleblowers and journalism are essential for democracy

    Journalists have a long history of working with their sources to reveal essential public information and informing the citizenry. A free press is one of the cornerstones of American democracy, after all. But when government officials attack reporters or their sources and try to control the exposure of the truth, power is taken away from the citizens and that pillar of democracy crumbles.

    March 7th, 2018 • Freelancing
    Will Ebony settlement be ‘start of something big’ for freelancers?

    The news that 45 freelance journalists will receive their fees for unpaid work published by Ebony magazine is more than welcome – it’s cheer-worthy!

    March 6th, 2018 • Code Words
    On-Air Interviews – A Complex Equation

    Journalists must know when to move discussions off air. Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, granted many interviews to journalists Monday that produced several accusations and conflicting statements.

    February 28th, 2018 • Freedom of Information
    Washington’s governor needs to use veto pen to make stand for transparency

    As Yogi Berra would say, it’s déjà vu all over again. A legislature has rushed through a bill curtailing the state’s public records act, waiving rules to minimize public comment and present the governor with a bill that has enough votes to override any veto, and members of the public are as mad as hell.

    February 26th, 2018 • Net Worked
    Championing women every day

    Next Thursday, International Women’s Day is observed – the day where women’s contributions to society, including in journalism, are celebrated. Much of the conversation has been on the role of women in journalism in light of the #MeToo movement on social media and the sexual harassment allegations against prominent male media figures, including Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose, Michael Oreskes, Garrison Keillor, Harvey Weinstein, and most recently, Tom Ashbrook.

    February 25th, 2018 • Net Worked
    Obsessions over beats

    It is a piece of guidance which is as established as the institution of journalism itself – as you work your way through school to get a degree, you form a specialism along the way. This specialism would guide much of the work that you would do during the course of your career. Yet, the evolution of the landscape in the digital age has challenged the convention of that thinking. As social media and the culture of the internet impacts how one consumes news and how one disseminates it, the idea of a specialism or beat can appear rather outdated.

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