A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

  • November 12th, 2020 • Featured | #Toolbox | #Quill Archives | #Digital Media Toolbox
    Journalist’s Toolbox at 25

    Victor Hernandez preaches the gospel of newsroom productivity, whether he’s working with his reporters in the Crosscut newsroom in Seattle or training journalists at conferences around the country. Hernandez’s philosophy is simple: Think trends and not tools when finding digital resources that can make you more productive.

    August 4th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Ethics Toolbox
    Researchers: Knowledge of SPJ Code of Ethics helps students better navigate ethical issues

    College journalists who were familiar with the SPJ Code of Ethics, had taken an ethics course or had other exposure to ethical decision making were more likely to identify unethical behavior in scenarios posed to them in a survey by two South Carolina researchers.

    July 29th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Diversity | #People and Places
    Wind Newspaper: A free, bilingual weekly with a staff of one makes a difference in San Francisco

    Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Portia Li makes the 45-minute trek north from her Millbrae home to San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown neighborhood. On a particularly gorgeous day, with a warmth that is the antithesis of the cool weather the City by the Bay is known for, she purposely parks on hilly Sacramento Street.

    July 29th, 2021 • Quill Archives
    Ten more films added to Quill’s journalism movie rankings

    Did you think we were going to stop at 110? When SPJ celebrated its 110th anniversary, one of the features included in Quill was a ranked guide to 110 journalism movies. The popularity of that piece sparked us to continuing adding movie reviews, new and old, and adjusting our rankings accordingly.

    July 21st, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Bookshelf
    Interview: Jerry Ceppos and “Covering Politics in the Age of Trump”

    Jerry Ceppos, former executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News and vice president of news at Knight Ridder, got to “sit out” reporting on the Trump administration, thanks to his current position as a distinguished professor of journalism at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

    July 12th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Digital Media Toolbox
    SPJ Journalist’s Toolbox Tool of the Month: Video Editing on VN Smartphone App

    There are many good smartphone video editing apps on the market, but for my work, the VN video editing app for iPhone and Android gets the job done better than any other tool based on ease of use and powerful controls.

    July 6th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Freedom of the Prez | #From the President
    From the President: Our most important interviews

    Remember your first nerve-racking interview as a student journalist? Remember the thrill of finishing your first story and having it actually be in the world? Remember reaching out to pros for advice while in college, not knowing if they’d talk to you, then hearing they gladly would?

    June 30th, 2021 • Featured
    Capital Gazette memorial unveiled

    Three years to the day after five staff members of the Capital Gazette were killed in an assault on their Annapolis, Maryland newsroom, a memorial to the victims, “The Guardians of the First Amendment,” was unveiled in downtown Annapolis on Monday.

    June 28th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #People and Places | #Ten With...
    10 with Lindsay Peoples Wagner

    Named editor-in-chief at biweekly The Cut in January, Lindsay Peoples Wagner took the reins of the fashion magazine after serving in the same role at Teen Vogue — where she was the youngest and among the few Black journalists serving as editor-in-chief of a Condé Nast publication.

    June 14th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Digital Media Toolbox
    SPJ Journalist’s Toolbox Tool of the Month: Tools for Visualizing the Census, Part II

    If you need to visualize U.S. Census data, unemployment statistics or other datasets quick and with no spreadsheets or coding, give the Google Public Data Explorer a try. The Data Explorer is linked into several official databases, including the census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Eurostat, the Inter-American Development Bank, World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.

    June 1st, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
    June — and final — News Biz Quiz

    I’d like to begin this, the final Quill News Biz Quiz, by saying thanks. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed these quizzes over the last few months and perhaps even gotten some new insight into how media itself can shape the news. As for me, I’m signing off to start work on my PhD in mass communications at: a) Syracuse University’s Newhouse School b) Faber College c) Grand Lakes University d) Wossamatta U e) UC Sunnydale The correct answer is a, obviously, but bonus points for you if you can name the source of the fictional higher education locations on this list.

    May 27th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Journalism Education
    Navigating Remote Learning

    This feature celebrates one of SPJ’s four guiding principals: We are producers of journalism’s future.  These days, Robert Walz approaches his teaching in much the same way he did as a TV news anchor: with short bursts of information delivered in an engaging way.

    May 26th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Bookshelf | #Diversity
    Bookshelf: Ken Ellingwood looks at journalism pioneer Elijah Lovejoy

    Ken Ellingwood readily admits that the subject of his new book is not exactly a household name. But for anyone who believes mightily in the First Amendment, Elijah Lovejoy was a titan of its promise and protections. “First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery” is Ellingwood’s deeply researched story of a man in the 1830s who used the power of the pen to speak out firmly against the horrors of slavery, fighting back harder with every death threat and unruly mob who came after him.

    May 19th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Ethics Toolbox
    Connecting to the Code

    This feature celebrates one of SPJ’s four guiding principals: We are stewards of ethical journalism.  Truth took a beating during the past four years, with the previous U.S. president frequently spewing provably false or misleading statements as disinformation overall coursed through social media with ferocious speed.

    May 10th, 2021 • Featured | #Toolbox | #Quill Archives | #Digital Media Toolbox
    SPJ Journalist’s Toolbox Tool of the Month: Tools for Visualizing the Census, Part I

    There are many ways to visualize data from the U.S. Census. Next month, we’ll explore chart-making software to visualize demographic data. But this month we’ll explore how to visualize physical change with Google Earth Engine Timelapse. Earth Engine is a project organized by Google, Carnegie Mellon, the US Geological Survey and NASA.

    April 30th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #News Biz Quiz
    News Biz Quiz: A renamed Times section, new AP style points, more

    Ah, spring, the time of year when our minds turn to blooming flowers, escaping a year of COVID captivity and, of course, the May News Biz Quiz! It’s been a good month for comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, so let’s get started!

    April 27th, 2021 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Bookshelf
    Bookshelf: Editing the annual ‘Best American Magazine Writing’ anthology

    Sid Holt, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors, knows a thing or two about long-form journalism. He started his career in 1984 at Rolling Stone, where he rose to managing editor within six years. His crowded resume also includes a stint as editorial director of Us Magazine; editor-in-chief and executive vice president of Adweek Magazines from 1998 to 2004; chief editor of Editor & Publisher; and editorial director of VNU Business Media, whose digital and print portfolio includes Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter.