SPJ - Quill Headlines http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 Transparency And FOIA In The Age Of Trump http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2274 What does the Trump administration mean for freedom of information, public records, and general government accountability and transparency? Maybe the news media should shy away from the prediction business based on the not-too-stellar record of poll watching in 2016. No matter who is president, there’s an ever-increasing need for vigilance from journalists to safeguard the values of government transparency and openness underscored by the Freedom of Information Act and all public records laws. <br> ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Under Trump, A (Potentially) Bright Spot In A Foggy Landscape http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2275 President Donald Trump craves the spotlight.<br> <br> For that reason alone, he will not shut out the media over the next four years. He is too dependent on their attention. <br> <br> But he will continue to single out favorites for special treatment and bash those who cover him critically. And because they will not be able to rely upon him for consistency in policies and messages, he will drive his White House staffers, military advisers, diplomats, cabinet members, party officials and the White House pr... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Let’s Teach Old Public Records Laws New Tricks http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2276 There’s good reason for existential angst about transparency in the Trump administration.<br> <br> Breaking with precedent, President Donald Trump declined to release his tax returns as a candidate. He ditched his press pool. And while Freedom of Information Act requests from other people provided him endless speech and tweet fodder during his fight for the presidency, he has shown no eagerness to return the favor and strengthen the law. Instead, he’s hinted that too much transparency hinders America’... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Trump To Make FOI Great Again http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2277 A Donald Trump presidency is the best thing that could have ever happened for freedom of information.<br> <br> We know from history that threats to democracy result in bolstered freedom of information. Excessive government secrecy following World War II led journalists to push for the Freedom of Information Act. Watergate inspired a host of states to pass open record laws. The PATRIOT Act and increased post-Iraq War secrecy led to emergence of more state open government coalitions and federal FOIA adv... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Lynn Walsh: Protect Press Freedom So The World Can Be Free http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2270 <i>"I am here because I believe that the most important thing for free men to do is to protect the freedom of others. I am here so that my son when he is grown will not have to fight or die in a land not his own, because one man or group of men try to take his liberty from him. I am here because I believe that free men should take up arms and stand together and fight and destroy the groups and forces that want to take the rights of people away."</i><br> <br> The person who wrote this had his United St... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 A View (Of Donald Trump) From Afar http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2271 There is <b><a href="https://vimeo.com/107777831">a great scene in "All the President's Men,"</a></b> the film about The Washington Post's reporting that eventually led to Richard Nixon’s resignation as president of the United States. Executive editor Ben Bradlee is talking with reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward about a strange interaction they just had with a source. <br> <br> “All non-denial denials,” Bradlee says. “They don’t say the story is inaccurate.”<br> <br> “Did you understand one thin... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Ten with Tara Gatewood http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2272 <i>Nothing in Tara Gatewood’s career went according to plan. If it had, she says, she would be a photographer somewhere doing “amazing shoots.” Her interest in journalism — and course of study — started with photography at Montgomery College in Maryland, having moved from her home in the Isleta Pueblo tribal community in New Mexico. The cutlines of her photos “started getting really long,” and savvy editors noticed she had a knack for writing, not just photography. After stints with the Boston G... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Boyd Huppert: A Journalist With 10,000 Stories http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2273 At 16, Boyd Huppert did his first broadcast writing. Four decades later, he’s still going.<br> <br> As a teenager, he oversaw the controls of a local radio station during Green Bay Packers broadcasts. Between commercials he gathered death notices from local funeral homes to compose obituaries. <br> <br> From the beginning, Huppert has never shied away from hard work. “The harder I work, the luckier I get” is one of his favorite quotes, and it shows in the care he puts into each piece. He said his work ethic... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Use Social Media As A Watchdog Spotlight http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2265 One of my proudest moments in recent memory happened when I tracked down a little-known government meeting and sent live updates to my Twitter followers on what turned out to be a $1 million cash subsidy to a major company. <br> <br> While the government agency did not alert journalists about the 8 a.m. meeting until late afternoon the day before, the tweets made the contents of the meeting common knowledge throughout an otherwise boring Friday news dump. <br> <br> While I ended up posting a breaking news s... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Freelance Goal-Setting: Keep Your Eye On The Prize http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2266 When I was a kid, I remember waking up on New Year's Day and excitedly pulling out my unicorn-and-rainbows box filled with paper and a pencil. I'd write down my New Year's resolutions and tuck them away in the box, along with my not-so-great drawings of horses, my love at the time.<br> <br> Within three days, I'd have bitten my nails, argued with my brother or done whatever else I'd vowed not to do for the whole year. The horses remained. The resolutions did not.<br> <br> I never sat down to write yearly go... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Online Harassment Is An Ethics Issue For Journalists http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2267 The internet inarguably shook up the profession of journalism more than any other technology throughout its history. People spend a lot of time discussing the internet’s impact on storytelling and the business of journalism, but they typically ignore the harassment it unleashed on journalists.<br> <br> The issue snuck into the daily lives of journalists as the community known as Gamergate grew into an army of anonymous internet users willing to attack any person or reporter who got in their way. Peopl... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Storytelling: Think Musically To Create With Purpose http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2268 Last December, I took vacation, pulled out one of my guitars from the closet and began playing again after a long hiatus. There is a writing lesson here, I promise. After strumming a few songs, I decided to get serious and go back to learning and then practicing my scales. <br> I’d learned the patterns years ago, but I’d never spent the time to understand how, when and why to use them. I decided now to focus on just the A scale: major, minor and the three related pentatonic, all in just one positio... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Caution! Beware The Redundant http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2269 A sharp-eyed reader named Tom sends examples from the media of what he calls the “sophomoric redundancy” of the phrasing “potentially dangerous.” He points to potentially dangerous natural gas levels, potentially dangerous levels of a fungicide in orange juice, even a potentially dangerous bit of choreography.<br> <br> Tom correctly argues that “potentially dangerous” seems to conflate the concepts of “possibly dangerous” and “potentially harmful.” Said another way, <i>potential</i> is the very essenc... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Steve Buttry: Objectively, A Journalism Life Well Lived http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2264 <b><i>Editor’s Note:</b> This is among the last major articles Steve Buttry wrote. Though for those who knew him, or knew of his work in the journalism field and through his training and teaching blog, <b><a href="https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/">The Buttry Diary</a></b>, it would come as no surprise that the last thing he wrote was most likely his obituary. Steve Buttry died February 19, age 62, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. (<b><a href="https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2017... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Journalists, Let’s Not Get Checkmated http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2263 Scum. Liars. Disgusting. Corrupt.<br> <br> All words the public and journalists heard during what could very well be the most divisive election we've ever seen.<br> <br> While the U.S. presidential race may be over, the wounds are still healing. <br> <br> And while President-elect Donald Trump seems to be softening on some of his campaign promises, he has yet to back off the media.<br> <br> So, what happens next? That's up to us.<br> <br> We, as journalists, have been challenged. And that means it's our time to shine. We are... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 From the President http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2259 Wow! My first column as president of the Society of Professional Journalists.<br> <br> I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous and a lot excited. But mostly I am grateful and honored to serve you and have an opportunity to be a representative voice for journalists.<br> <br> I caught the journalism bug in high school. I signed up for a journalism elective at the Catholic school I attended in Columbus, Ohio, and had no idea what I would be doing. At the time I was probably more interested in taki... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Ten with Marty Baron http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2260 <i>Marty Baron took over as editor-in-chief of the Boston Globe at a time before the internet significantly changed the business and distribution of journalism. His pushing of the Globe’s now-famous Spotlight team to deeply pursue the intuitional corruption of the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse cover-up in the Boston Archdiocese is portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight.” Baron has since moved on to lead the Washington Post. But since the movie reignited the 2001 t... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Shield Laws and Journalist’s Privilege http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2261 <i>Note: This article first ran online at CJR.org. It’s running in Quill as part of an editorial-sharing partnership between SPJ and CJR. <b><a href="http://www.tinyurl.com/CJRShieldLaw">Read the original and more CJR stories here</a></b>.</i><br><br><br> <br> <br> A federal judge has ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of confidential sources he used in his reporting that a Saudi Arabian man was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. The man sued Beck for defamation after he was cleared of an... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Member Profile: George Daniels http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2262 For George Daniels, journalism is about the people you meet along the way. Looking back, he recalls the names of several mentors who helped him develop from high school on to college and in his career. Those five mentors he considers instrumental, saying they shaped his career in broadcast journalism and journalism/mass communication as a professor.<br><br><br> His first journalism experience in eighth grade was learning about meteorologist roles at local TV stations. That interview sparked his int... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Words & Language Toolbox http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2253 I get lots of reader queries about <i>that</i> and <i>which</i>. Here’s a typical email:<br> “I’m pretty good at grammar and usage, but apparently I don’t have a clue about the correct use of <i>which</i> and <i>that</i>. There’s some principle at work here that I don’t understand. Can you help?”<br> There is indeed a principle at work here, and it eludes many, including (and sometimes especially) the highly educated. However, I can make a comforting promise: Once we “get” <i>that</i> and <i>which</i>... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500