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  • January 22nd, 2020 • Featured | #Ten With...
    10 with Al Letson

    Bringing with him a résumé that included work as a hip-hop musician, a slam poet, a playwright, a performer and even a comic book author, Al Letson joined The Center for Investigative Reporting to help launch and host public radio’s first hourlong investigative journalism show, “Reveal.”


    January 16th, 2020 • Quill Blog | #Quill Archives
    Update: “Bombshell,” “Richard Jewell” and more

    “110 Journalism Movies, Ranked”  — Quill’s cinematic way of celebrating the 110th anniversary of SPJ — proved overwhelmingly popular. And it continues to get visited by a steady stream of readers. Since publication of the original piece, though, there has been a run of new movies with journalistic themes, which put our seemingly exhaustive story at risk of being outdated.


    January 14th, 2020 • Featured
    Journalism on autopilot: The upside and downside of computer-generated stories

    Curt Conrad still remembers heading to bed at 4 a.m. on football Friday nights. With multiple games to cover, quotes to cull and stats to sort, football Friday inevitably led to sleepy Saturday. Not now. Conrad, a sports reporter with the all-digital Richland Source in Mansfield, Ohio, relies on automated journalism to cover brass tacks such as the final score, scoring plays by quarter, team records, basic stats and future schedules to generate game stories independently.


    January 2nd, 2020 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    POV: Asperger’s in the newsroom

    What’s the fallout from the radical downturn in the influence of newspapers? To be sure, a less informed populace. More stories generated from press releases. Fewer in-depth articles. Less enterprise coverage of local and regional news. I think there’s something else.


    December 20th, 2019 • Featured | #From the President
    From the President: Women have long been a force at SPJ

    Since the days of Nellie Bly – and likely before – women have been a force in journalism. They lead newsrooms. They win Pulitzer Prizes. They fill pages and screens with high-quality, can’t-miss coverage. And in my world – journalism higher ed – they fill far more classroom seats than their male counterparts.


    December 19th, 2019 • Featured | #Journalist on Call
    Hicks: Media essential in impeachment understanding

    Much of the evidence introduced during the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump was accessible to Americans through the news media and online sites. This allowed unprecedented access to hours of testimony, the opportunity to review documents and, ostensibly, to judge the case against Trump for themselves.


    December 17th, 2019 • Featured
    Review: Final Newseum show looks at seriously funny “Daily Show”

    In its final months on Pennsylvania Avenue before closing (see timeline, below), Washington, D.C.’s  Newseum presents an exhibit that explores an institution whose future seems as unknowable as its own. “Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” celebrates the program that continues to evolve from its parody roots as self-proclaimed fake news into the current era of You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up.


    December 13th, 2019 • Featured | #Toolbox
    Toolbox: What’s to like (and not like) about “likes” leaving Instagram? 

    Instagram has begun hiding likes. Well, from the public. You, as a user, will still be able to see your own likes once this reaches all accounts, but your followers (and their followers and their friends), won’t be able to see your likes.


    December 11th, 2019 • Featured | #Quill Archives
    POV: “Richard Jewell” and the real Kathy Scruggs

    I love movies about the news industry. The best ones provide the public true insight into the hard work, long hours and dedication to truth that define real journalists like the ones I’ve been privileged to call workmates in various newsrooms across America.


    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.”


    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.