A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists


  • November 25th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    “Bad Education,” “The Photograph,” “Most Wanted” and more journalism movies

    Need ideas for what to watch over the holiday breaks? Here are a batch of recent films we’ve added to our almost-exhaustive, ranked list of 110+ Journalism Movies. To see where these are ranked and to view the entire list, click here. 


    November 23rd, 2020 • Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 11/23/2020: Person of the Year reveal, Pinedale Mall memories, more

    This year, as you’re hopefully socially distanced while eating turkey and watching the Detroit Lions or Dallas Cowboys, be sure to include in your Thanksgiving list those people doing the hard work of daily journalism — some of whom are mentioned in this week’s News Biz Quiz.


    November 17th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Caution boosted credibility in election coverage

    Lost in the Trump-fueled chaos of the presidential election is a glimmer of light cast on the news media for doing an exceptional job covering it. In recent years, news organizations have been trying harder to prove to news consumers they can be trusted by providing information about reporters who covered a story, uploading more documents to back up their reporting and explaining controversial news decisions, among other efforts.


    November 16th, 2020 • Quill Archives
    News Biz Quiz for 11/16/2020

    Do they allow inmates at Camp Cupcake to read Wine Spectator? What pairs well with half-baked insider trading schemes, anyway? There’s lots to chew on in this week’s News Biz Quiz.     “Read News, Speak Free” is the slogan of what conservative social media platform which became the most-downloaded software on the Apple App Store on the weekend many news organizations called the 2020 election for President-elect Joe Biden?   Three news photographers who captured images of President Trump golfing on the day his electoral loss was announced by the news networks had to shoot their images from nearly a mile away across what body of water?   A California District Court judge said Mayor Christina Shea violated the First Amendment when she blocked some viewers of her Facebook profile, following controversial statements she made in the wake of this summer’s police brutality protests.


    November 10th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Diversity
    From a Brooklyn apartment to the Kennedy Center, BIPOC critics lab challenges norms

    There’s no question that the arts criticism world is primarily a white world, with few BIPOC (Black, Indiginous and people of color) voices in the mix. Frustrated by that fact, Jose Solís, co-founder and co-host of the Token Theatre Friends podcast, decided to take matters into his own hands by creating the BIPOC Critics Lab, meeting for 10 weeks via Zoom with eight future critics from around the country.


    November 9th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    News Biz Quiz: Election edition

    The election may have an outcome, but we still have questions…in this week’s News Biz Quiz. 1. Arrange these news networks by the order in which they (FINALLY!) called the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, Nov. 7: NBC CBS ABC CNN Fox News 2.


    November 5th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
    2020 Fellow Interview: Les Zaitz

    No one would have faulted veteran investigative reporter Les Zaitz if, after retiring from The Oregonian in 2016, he’d kicked back at his east Oregon ranch with his wife and watched the world go by. What did a man who’d covered the Mount St.


    November 2nd, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 11/2: Election inaccuracies, disinformation and a legendary sports scribe

    “BREAKING: Dewey Defeats Truman!”  Or maybe not.  It regularly takes a while — sometimes days, even — to get full results from an election. So we shouldn’t call the outcome and risk disenfranchising voters until we’re sure.  In the meantime, while we all patiently wait, try this week’s News Biz Quiz.


    October 29th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
    2020 SPJ Fellow Tribute: Gwen Ifill

    Gwen Ifill was a trailblazer and journalism icon with near-universal respect from peers for how she conducted her craft. She began her career in newspapers and moved to television networks, serving as moderator and managing editor of PBS’s “Washington Week” and co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” at the time of her death in 2016.


    October 26th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz for 10/28: New meaning to ‘media exposure’

    In this week’s News Biz Quiz, we learn what the term “media exposure” is NOT supposed to mean, and there’s no joy in Mudville as sports networks lose carriers.   1. Okay, let’s dispense with this straightaway: What legal analyst was suspended from his job at The New Yorker and placed on leave by CNN after (accidentally, he says) exposing himself on a Zoom call with colleagues?


    October 23rd, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #People and Places
    2020 Fellow interview: Jorge Ramos

    A breaking news event that occurred in the United States 39 years ago started longtime Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on his journalism career path. To help pay for college, the Mexico City native was working at a Mexico radio station. When then-U.S.


    October 22nd, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Before you write about that “haunted” house …

    Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season…for otherwise credible publications to publish unsubstantiated reports of haunted houses and other paranormal activity. To discuss why this is a problem, Quill reached out to Dr. Rob Pyatt, who led the “Weird Science: What Journalists Get Wrong About Scientific Studies…and How to Get It Right” program at the SPJ2020.


    October 19th, 2020 • Quill Archives
    News Biz Quiz for 10/19: a buyout, a merger and a gossip columnist documentary

    Hello, Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea, let’s go to press…with this week’s News Biz Quiz!   A University of Mississippi study shows that what group of people is appearing on three times more magazine covers than in past years?


    October 13th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Bookshelf
    Q&A: Leonard Downie Jr. on 44 years with The Washington Post, his memoir and more

    During his 44 years at The Washington Post, 17 of them as executive editor, Leonard Downie Jr. found himself at the nexus of historic events ranging from Watergate to 9/11 to the Clinton impeachment. Now, as the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, he finally has the time to put it all down in his just-released personal memoir, “All About the Story: News, Power, Politics and The Washington Post.” 


    October 12th, 2020 • Quill Archives
    News Biz Quiz for 10/12: Twitter rules, an auctioned desk and more

    No, The Big Red Machine is not the name for Alexander Lukashenko’s cabinet. But they both figure into this week’s News Biz Quiz.   Over the weekend, the Radio-Television Digital News Association held its national awards ceremony digitally, due to COVID-19. For what legendary newsman are those awards named?


    October 8th, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Bookshelf
    Bookshelf: A career journalist travels the U.S. to define “Genus Americanus”

    Mark Twain once said that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” It is those who never wander past their front door, who have the hardest time making sense of a world in constant evolution, where the status quo is a symbol of stagnation, rather than progress.