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June 13th, 2018 • Quill Blog, Freedom of the Prez
Let’s work together to protect student journalism

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.


April 25th, 2018 • Quill Blog, Journalism Education
Student journalists wave a warning flag

Journalism is an ecosystem. Journalists work their way up from internships to paid jobs, from small community publications to big-city papers, from news briefs to investigative reports. And for many professional reporters, their first journalism experience was in their newsroom of their college paper.


April 16th, 2018 • Journalism Education
Student press freedom laws gain momentum

OLYMPIA, Washington – Washington became the 14th state to protect student journalists and their free speech rights by passing a New Voices bill on March 21. Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB5064, which states that student journalists should be free from school censorship if their reporting is not libelous, illegal or invading anyone’s privacy.


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.


December 6th, 2012 • Quill Archives
Is J-School Necessary? A View From Across the Pond

When I entered journalism in late 2001, I was a career changer. I’d spent my 20s working in industries such as publishing and Web design, hoping to settle into a long-term career relationship. But nothing clicked. I dallied. I dithered. My father had been a journalist all his life, working first in print and then in radio at the BBC.


December 6th, 2012 • Quill Archives
Questioning the J-School Choice

“It’s 2012 and I’m in journalism school. Am I an idiot?” Call it a shot across the bow. Call it an angst-ridden plea for help. Call it obvious. Whatever you want to call that question Reddit user “Sound_Sop” asked of Ira Glass, it’s the basis for a very worthwhile discussion on the state of the industry and the value of the venerable journalism degree.


August 6th, 2009 • Quill Archives
Survey of J-school graduates finds slumping job prospects

Nearly 40 percent of graduates from undergraduate programs in journalism and mass communication in 2008 had trouble finding full-time employment, according to the recently released Annual Survey of Mass Communication Graduates. That number represents an increase in 10 percentage points over the previous year’s survey.