The Quill

The Quill is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 94, No. 9, December

Alice in Journalism
What will the human landscape in newsrooms look like for J-school graduates?Imagine what kind of a world that bright, newly minted journalism graduates step into after accepting their first real-world, post-graduation jobs.Is it populated by determined,...
Be It Print or Web, We Must Always Think like Storytellers
QUILL TOOLBOXNARRATIVE WRITINGWhen I left on an out-of-town assignment a few weeks ago, I was handed a piece of equipment that showed me just how quickly the concept of "reporting the story" is changing within this industry.Reporting used to mean little...
Chapter News
EAST TENNESSEE PRO CHAPTER LEARNS POLITICAL LESSONSMembers of the East Tennessee Pro chapter were scheduled to host a luncheon program about covering politics and lessons learned Oct. 19. Panelists included Rebecca Ferrar from the Knoxville News Sentinel,...
Descriptive Language Can Paint Wrong Picture
QUILL TOOLBOXDIVERSITYMetaphors are such great friends to a writer. They help us make abstract concepts accessible and ideas more clear.But are metaphors really trustworthy? Linguist Otto Santa Ana studies the use of figurative language in the news media,...
Freelance Committee Spells out New Goals
QUILL TOOLBOXFREELANCESometimes it's all about the timing. That's how I've felt about my freelance writing career since embarking on it on a full-time basis more than eight years ago.While I like to think that at least some of my work comes from what...
Government Outsourcing Leads to Cloaked Figures
QUILL TOOLBOXFOIMitch Pearlman, the longtime head of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, once likened government privatization to the Klingon Empire's "cloaking device," which hides spacecraft in the sci-fi TV series "Star Trek."To be...
Have a Say in SPJ's Future
FROM THE PRESIDENTBy the time you read this, SPJ's executive committee and a select group of national leaders and headquarters staff should have convened in Denver to begin Grafting a strategic plan aimed at steering the Society deftly into what is an...
How to Be a Multimedia SUPERHERO
Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent once said, "I've got a minor in just about everything. A good reporter needs to know all kinds of things."Superman's alter ego made a good point, which is relevant in today's evolving media industry. Now, more than ever,...
Letters to the Editor
DOES QUILL ADVOCATE MANUFACTURING STORIES?To the editor:On Page 34 of the October/November issue of Quill, David Cullier's "The Art of Access: Getting public records through the power of persuasion" column contains the following paragraph in a section...
Make the Most of Your Contributions Now
Matching grant program will expand Society's workStaff ReportEvery day, journalists are challenged - to work harder and faster; to understand and convey complex information; to do more with less; to get past the "he said, she said" and to the heart of...
Make Your Point; Don't Back into a Sentence
QUILL TOOLBOXWORDS/ LANGUAGELet's say we're writing a story about how the earthquake in Hawaii may have affected tourism. We begin, as did this reporter:"Even as damage estimates mounted on Hawaii's Big Island after Sunday's 6.7-magnitude earthquake...
Newspaper Works to Include Blogging in Code of Ethics
QUILL TOOLBOXETHICSEditor Steve Smith said he knew there had to be a change in the Spokane SpokesmanReview code of ethics when the newspaper began sponsoring blogs.The only question was: How does the paper incorporate the loose, sometimes marginal journalism...
Off Beat
LOG ON AND LEARNHas it been a while since you've visited SPJ.org? If so, then you are missing out on a ton of resources geared to help you do your job better and stay current with journalism trends, news and events.Here is just a sampling of the things...
People/places
BROWN DUNLAP HONORED FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICEKaren Brown Dunlap, SPJ member and president of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FIa., was recently awarded the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.She has spent...
Pioneer Puts Concepts to Work
In 1981, Roger Fidler wrote an essay for the Associated Press Managing Editors about what newspapers might be like in 2000 and beyond.Fidler, now the director of technology initiatives for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School...
Singapore Laws Make Life Tough for Journalists
QUILL TOOLBOXGLOBALThe smallest country in Southeast Asia is creating some of the largest difficulties for journalists. Since the Republic of Singapore passed the Media Development Authority Act in 2002, the national and international media have been...
Student Makes Mark Covering National Stories
Member ProfileVery few journalists get called in the middle of the night by ABC's "Good Morning America" asking them to cover an unfolding disaster story. Even fewer are juniors in college."It was midnight, I had just gotten in bed," said West Virginia...
THE EVER-EVOLVING Newspaper
COMPANIES MUST EMBRACE NEW TECHNOLOGY TO BE VIABLE IN TODAY'S MEDIAYour kids get the latest hype about their world by text messaging their friends, but your neighbor still relies on an ink-on-paper newspaper to bring his news to his doorstep.Some go...
The Whole Picture
When writers and photographers work together, the results can be spectacularQUILL TOOLBOXNEWS GEMSMaybe the smartest thing I did during my daily reporting days was to become friends with the photographers at my newspapers. I'd chat with them about the...
Work & Play
An editor's ability to juggle home lives and job responsibilites is key to a happy newsroomWhen a breaking news tip comes in at 6 p.m. or later, editors have to figure out who to put on the story and fast. The decision isn't as simple as picking the...