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  • December 3rd, 2019 • Featured
    Review: “Mike Wallace is Here”

    There’s something of an unwritten back half to the title of “Mike Wallace is Here,” Avi Belkin’s documentary about the American reporter whose legendarily merciless interview tactics established “60 Minutes” as both appointment TV and a vigilant watchdog (The film is now streaming on Hulu and available for rental on other sites).


    November 27th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    POV: Journalism PTSD

    Marcella Raymond joined the WGN News team in October 1998 and serves as a general assignment reporter. In June of 2019, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. “Sharing my story is scary,” she said, “but I’m hoping we can address the stigma of PTSD, show the warning signs, and get real.” She added, “I’m not looking for your sympathy.


    November 19th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    A note from the next generation

    As we look to the future of journalism, we at SPJ thought it would be insightful to hear from the future of journalism. The Future of Journalism essay contest asked student journalists to submit essays on the subject with a prize of $500, registration at SPJ’s Excellence in Journalism conference in San Antonio, and publication here.


    October 21st, 2019 • Featured
    The future of global journalism

    What does the future hold for journalists? While nobody can know the impact of a world of variables, Quill nonetheless asked Meera Selva director of the journalism fellowship programme at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute to speculate. In the year 2029, as the last printed newspapers roll off the presses, journalists have redefined news and their relationship with their readers.


    October 1st, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #Ethics Toolbox
    The SPJ Code of Ethics at 110

    As the Society of Professional Journalists celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2019, it may come as a surprise that SPJ did not have its signature Code of Ethics for the group’s first 17 years. In 1909 when the young men at DePauw University founded SPJ as a college fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi, one of their goals was “to advance the standards of the press by fostering a higher ethical code.” But they could not agree on just what that code would be.


    September 25th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Ten With...
    10 with Brian Stelter

    Now a senior media correspondent for CNN and the host of “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter’s rise to prominence began as a freshman in college when he created the blog CableNewser (later renamed TVNewser). His blog caught the attention of many media executives and was ultimately bought by MediaBistro.


    September 18th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    Looking backward: 1909

    In an effort to understand where we came from, Quill asked Sandy Davidson, Curators’ Teaching Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, to paint a picture of what the world looked like for the media around the time of SPJ’s founding.


    September 12th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    Teaching truth

    A Stanford University study found most middle school students surveyed couldn’t tell native advertisements from news articles. As concerning: Many high school students couldn’t distinguish between a real news source and a fake one on Facebook. “When I started in 2011, there was not any concept that media literacy was needed in the 21st century,” according to Erin McNeill, founder of the national Media Literacy Now organization.


    September 4th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives | #From the President
    From the President: Carpe diem

    One hundred ten years ago, 10 young men dressed in black and white ceremoniously entered the chapel at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and pledged their faith to the power of journalism. Their youthful idealism gave rise to the Society of Professional Journalists.


    August 29th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog
    Excerpt: “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms” explores barriers facing women journalists

    In the new book “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned About What It Takes to Lead,” authors Kristin Grady Gilger, senior dean at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, and Julia Wallace, the first woman editor-in-chief at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, share stories of groundbreaking women journalists.


    August 23rd, 2019 • Quill Archives
    Video: Celebrating SPJ’s 110th at the place where it began

    In 1909, a group of students founded the Society of Professional Journalists (as Sigma Delta Chi) at DePauw University. On Aug. 23, SPJ staffers, its board president, university official and more gathered on the spot where it happened for a brief ceremony celebrating its 110th anniversary.


    August 15th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Blog | #Quill Archives | #Odds and Ends
    Review: It’s the press against the Pres in new Watergate board game

    Connecting two sources directly to President Nixon was proving challenging, in spite of the efforts of reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Just when a connection looked solid, a potential source clammed up. Evidence couldn’t be secured. And Nixon was building momentum heading toward the end of his term.