The Quill

The Quill is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 97, No. 2, March

A Woman's Right to Write
and sit with men in the press boxBelow are excerpts from a story that originally appeared in the December 1969 issue of Quill:Is the pen really mightier than the sword? Carrie Nation set about her daily work carrying an axe. I carry a typewriter. So...
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Don't Start the New Year Wrong
THE RUSH OF NEWS THAT SEEMS to accompany a new year cari create a bumper crop of weak, weird and wrong writing. Maybe it has to do with holiday overload or short staffs, or maybe we're hung over, figuratively speaking, from the year that just passed...
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Facebook Blurs Lines of Friendship
I'M STUCK ON THE WORD "FRIEND." Friends get together to see movies, talk about their families, maybe swap secrets.The people we cover should not be our friends. If they are, we shouldn't cover them.Sixteen years ago, my closest friend, Melissa Hale-Spencer,...
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Hot off the Press
"Hot Off the Press" highlights recently released books that are aimed at hot media issues.SEEDING CIVIL WAR | Kansas in the National News, 1854-1858Following the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Kansas Territory was a national issue that dominated...
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How SPJ Can Help Freelancers
FREELANCE JOURNALISM can be solitary work. I work from an extra bedroom of my home, my dog snoring at my feet. Some of my friends and family wonder whether I really have a job. My editors are scattered nationwide. Few have met me in person. For all they...
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How to Best Re-Write History
SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES EVER WRITTEN start with words like these: "Fifty years ago today..."They are stories of events or issues that changed lives and places. But how does a reporter who wasn't born 50 years ago or even 25 years ago understand...
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Italian Job: Getting Work as a Reporter Is No Easy Assignment
HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED of working as a local reporter or editor in Rome, Florence, Venice or even Naples? Before you pack your bags and head off to one of these great cities, you may want to think twice. Make that three times.In Italy, all prospective...
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Join Us in Celebrating 100 Years of SPJ at DePauw University in April
IN APRIL 1909, 10 STUDENTS AT DEPAUW University in Greencastle, Ind., decided they wanted to start a new fraternity. This one was for journalists: Sigma Delta Chi. One hundred years later, that fraternity, which evolved into the journalism advocacy group...
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Journalism History Is Merely a List of Surprises
The Society of Professional Journalists was founded as Sigma Delta Chi in 1909, one year after Henry Ford produced the first Model T - the product that kicked the Industrial Age into high gear with interchangeable parts and an assembly line. No one knew...
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Pauley Seeds Project
Task force's goal to help educationIn lieu of the regular member profile in Quill, this month's SPJ Report takes a look back at a feature from the March 1995 issue. The following article reviews the efforts of then-NBC anchor Jane Pauley and SPJ to examine...
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Spj through the Years
THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS, celebrating its centennial in 2009, has plowed a path through 1 0O years of journalism - through mass printing, through radio, through television, through the Internet. We've been there every step of the way,...
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Toxic Error
Not all the murk is in the air and water; some is in books, magazines, newspapers and broadcastsBelow are excerpts from a story that originally appeared in the December 1985 issue of Quill:Like most other Americans, I get a good deal of my information...
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Using Shoe Leather and Ingenuity
ON JAN. 24. A GUNMAN WALKED along a downtown Portland, Ore., street and opened fire. He shot into a crowd of high school girls ready to enter an underage nightclub, killing two and wounding seven others before taking his own life by sticking the handgun...
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Watch out for Privacy Creep
CALL IT "PRIVACY CREEP." It's an evergrowing list of public records that officials close in the name of privacy and identity theft. Because bad ideas spread, journalists and freedom of information advocates should review the following examples to make...
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Why the Race Debate Is Far from Over
NOW THAT BARACK OBAMA has been sworn in as the nation's 44th president, most reporters have turned their attention away from questions over Obama's racial identity to his plan of attack on war, the economy, health care and more.Indeed, most stories addressing...
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Write What You Know
I WAS STANDING IN AN ARMY CHAPEL as a battalion commander told more than 200 officer candidates what they were in for. But something the commander said stuck."I am a soldier," he said. "It's not a job, it's who I am."I am a journalist. Meaning I'm an...
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