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  • 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.


    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 24th, 2018 • Featured
    Journalism’s complicated relationship with transparency

    Despite first being added to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics in 2014, “transparency” has always been an elemental part of journalism. As SPJ embarks on its 15th annual Ethics Week and the organization calls for more transparency throughout journalism, it’s important to look back at the complicated relationship between the concept and the profession.


    April 17th, 2018 • Featured
    Happy 109th Birthday, SPJ! Here are 109 things we love about you.

    The Society of Professional Journalists turns 109 today! In honor of over a century of promoting ethical journalism, training journalists and protecting the First Amendment, the staff of SPJ Headquarters solicited help from members to create a list of 109 things we all love about SPJ.


    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.


    April 11th, 2018 • Diversity
    A primer for journalists covering sexual assault 

    “It was 40 years ago.” “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” “There’s nothing wrong with a 30-year-old single male asking a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old, or a 16-year-old out on a date.” These are quotes from public officials defending Roy Moore, Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.


    April 9th, 2018 • Featured
    Sinclair’s ‘teachable moment’ raises even more questions

    Sinclair Broadcast Group executives reportedly called the recent backlash to its company-wide promotional videos “teachable moment” in a call Wednesday with representatives from the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. That same day, the National Press Photographers Association issued a statement calling on all media companies to “improve and celebrate ethical journalism in effective, meaningful and respectful ways.” By “teachable moment,” perhaps the Sinclair executives – who include past NPPA honorees – meant they’d be teaching those who criticized their company a lesson.


    April 3rd, 2018 • Featured
    Sinclair’s mandates threaten independent, local journalism

    Journalists at Sinclair Broadcast Group stations across the country have been appearing in carbon-copy promotional videos claiming that some media outlets are publishing “fake stories” and that some members of the media “push their own personal bias and agenda.” How America’s largest local TV owner turned its news anchors into soldiers in Trump’s war on the media: https://t.co/iLVtKRQycL pic.twitter.com/dMdSGellH3 — Deadspin (@Deadspin) March 31, 2018 As others point out, the videos are troubling since they borrow wording from some of the attacks President Donald Trump lobs at journalists and news organizations.