The Quill

The Quill is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 1, January/February

A Dying Breed
Despite recent attempts to reverse the trend, afternoon papers seem headed toward extinction Blame it on CNN. Or on worsening urban traffic. Or even on all those dot.coms out there. While theories on why the afternoon newspaper has been dying abound,...
Bad Blood with the Boys in Blue
Reporters in Milwaukee are finding themselves listed in their own police blotters just for doing their jobs Reporters often find themselves in unique relationships with the police they cover. On one hand, law enforcement officials are important sources...
Behind Bars: What to Do If You're Arrested on the Job
The first thing any reporter or photographer arrested while on the job should do is let common sense (and a cool head) prevail. Bellowing threats about "First Amendment" rights is probably not going to help matters if a police officer has already taken...
Committee Seeks Input on Changes to the Society's Governance
Editor's Note: In the past year; the Society of Professional Journalists' Strategic Planning Committee has taken a hard look at the organization's programs and structure The committee has done the research, reached some conclusions, developed a plan,...
Cop, Lies and Videotape
Ethical answers are cloudy in the recent Columbine video case There has been no shortage of ethical dilemmas in my neck of the woods lately. The latest was Jefferson County Sheriff John Stone's handling of the video tapes made by Eric Harris and Dylan...
Covering Entrepreneurship and Small Business: Basic Economic Principles: Part 1
For decades, business journalists have focused their attention on major companies. News organizations are nail beginning to recognize the role of entrepreneurs and the value of small business, the leading generator ofjobs in the U7.S. economy. Journalists...
Death in the Afternoon
Readers of toro p.m. dailies challenge the corporate decisionmakers-and the circulation odds THE STORY LINE IS TYPICALLY PREDICTABLE. The local afternoon newspaper has been struggling. Circulation is down. It's a battle to retain advertisers. Rumors...
Deaths
David C. Beeder, 69, a former Associated Press bureau chief and longtime reporter and editor for the Omaha World-Herald, died Dec. 7 while undergoing medical treatment for bile duct cancer. A native of Dodge City, Kan., he was a journalist for 43 years,...
Gogek to Use Funding for Substance Abuse Research
SPJ names 1999 Pulliam Editorial Fellowship recipient The Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation have selected Jim Gogek of The San Diego UnionTribune as the recipient of the 1999 Pulliam Editorial Fellowship for Editorial...
Hit or Miss?
For many reporters, covering Y2K was a shot in the dark. How did the media do in the millennium guessing game? A SLOW NEWS DAY? So little news was coming from the U.S. Y2K command center on New Year's Eve that some television technicians popped in a...
Indiana FOIA Audit Wins an Award and Inspires Others
SPJ President Kyle Elyse Niederpruem accepted an award in November from The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information on behalf of the Indianapolis Star and six other Indiana newspapers for a statewide records-access project. The groundbreaking Indiana...
Internet News Organization Files Suit to See Judges' Records
APBnews.com on Dec. 22 filed a lawsuit against members of a federal judiciary panel that denied the news organization access to financial disclosure forms. APBnews.com had requested the 1998 financial disclosure forms from all 1,600 federal judges, paid...
Learning the Role of Democracy
Inexperienced Czech journalist prepare for long road ahead Ten years after the Velvet Revolution, the Czech press has yet to mature into the institution the country's voters need if they are to retain and strengthen their new democracy. Commercial television...
Legal Defense Fund Offers Valuable Resource
Freedom is more expensive than you'd think, and the Society needs your help to foot the bill All right, so I better `fess up from the start: I thought chairing the Society's Legal Defense Fund Committee would be a snap. Raise some money, spend some money,...
Make Stories Speak to Readers
If your copy doesn't talk the talk, it might not be reaching its audience A chief cause of unreadability in journalistic writing is lack of conversational clarity and grace. Newswriting, whether hard or soft, too often reads like a bureaucratic report...
Networks Using More Women as Experts
The economic coverage on the three main networks' newscasts features more women speaking as experts than it did 10 years ago, according to the l lth annual Women Men and Media Study, conducted by the Media Studies Center and ADT Research. But women are...
New Staff, New Building, New Ideas, New Approach
Changes in Society will keep members at the wheel In the process of earning my stripes as an association CEO some years ago, I attended a workshop devoted solely to something the speaker called, "Reducing Exit Barriers." While it sounds like something...
People
Charles Schulz, 77, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, has stopped drawing the cartoon to focus on recovering from colon cancer. Schulz has drawn every frame of his comic strip, seven days a week since its inception in October 1950. But after a week...
Public Records: Yours for the Asking
Nontraditional student remind us that the fight for access continues, and there are places to go for help Joe Belzer is a vocational student, a 52-year-old construction worker who lost some fingers in an accident. The accident changed his life, and now...
SPJ Expands Member Programs and Services
This month SPJ announces two new and unique member benefit programs and an expansion of services in personal finance. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. and Fred Sands are the latest companies to become part of a package of benefit programs in the varied...
Staff Discusses Difficulty of Covering Columnist's Murder
When Philadelphia Daily News columnist W Russell G. Byers was stabbed to death on Dec. 4> the newspaper staff had to contend with reporting a murder and mourning a friend. It was a difficult balano to keep, the staff said afterwards in a Philadelphia...
The Courage to Care
Journalism is about people, and the human element should define the work journalists do He has learned to see life through a veil of pain and loss. Only one year ago, he witnessed the brutal campaign of maiming and slave-child warfare in the obscure...
Three Journalists Killed in Columbia, One in Guatemala
Three Colombian journalists and an American journalist working in Guatemala have been killed since late November. Cameraman Luis Alberto Rincon and reporter Alberto Sanchez were covering a local election in Colombia when they were killed on Nov. 28,...