SPJ - Quill Headlines http://www.spj.org/ SPJ Delivers Today's Media News en-us Copyright 2006 Society of Professional Journalists 1440 Lynn Walsh: An 'Aha Moment' on Anonymous Sources http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2278 One of the biggest “aha moments” I’ve had since joining the national SPJ board occurred while visiting South Florida several years ago.<br> <br> I was invited to speak on a panel, representing SPJ and the Code of Ethics. The purpose was to discuss journalism ethics with gaming journalists, bloggers and enthusiasts. The event was built around the “Gamergate” controversy, which involved online harassment and ethically questionable gaming reporting.<br> <br> This was my first real exposure to the gaming commun... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Biased Truth: Nothing is Neutral http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2279 Everyone has a story. When I became a journalist, I put much of my story behind me: I had come out as transgender in 2000, at age 16. I had worked as a baker, a barista, a busker and a sex-toy salesperson. <br> <br> My friends were sex workers and anarchists and third-wave feminists; most people around me had dropped out of school at least once. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but I left home when I was 17, hitchhiked halfway across the country and rejected much of my background. I disliked liberal... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Time to Abandon the Aversion to Immersion Journalism? http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2280 The email came in shortly after 1 a.m. on a Tuesday during spring break. <br> <br> “Dr. Cox,” it read, “I have a couple questions.” <br> <br> It was the first semester of my new experimental class, “Participatory Journalism,” and we were facing our first real ethics test. The assignment paired each student with a city official for a ride-along, including police officers, firefighters, water treatment supervisors and even the mayor. The goal was to teach narrative storytelling by having students spend a day... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Keem O. Muhammad: A Peek Into the Future of Journalism http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2281 Although he's still a student at New York University’s Tisch School, Keem O. Muhammad already has big plans for his career. First, he plans to get more education. After graduation, his goal is to get two master’s degrees: one in strategic communications from Columbia University and another in art and public policy from New York University.<br> <br> What does he want to do with those degrees? He wants to educate others as a media studies professor and work as a chief communications and operations offic... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Ten with Washington Post Columnist Margaret Sullivan http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2282 <i>It’s a cliché in journalism to find people who say they always knew what they wanted to be. Margaret Sullivan doesn’t exactly say that, but she admits that she only remembers having one serious idea of what she wanted to be. Coming of age during the Watergate hearings, she remembers watching them on TV with her parents and being inspired by the work of Woodward and Bernstein. It’s fitting, then, that all these years later, she’s true to her ideals of being a journalist — and at the same outle... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Storytelling: Report For Meaning To Find Heart And Soul http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2284 If we all agree that a good story is built on good reporting, then it follows that good reporting requires good questions. <br> <br> But what does that mean? <br> <br> A storyteller reports on three levels: <br> <br> <b>1) The most basic of facts:</b> Gathering names, correct spelling and the news, or what makes the event special.<br> <br> <b>2) Scenic reporting:</b> Watching the character, or characters, in the world in which they live. Details to put readers in that world. For example, the sounds in an operating room... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Writing: Like, As If You Didn't Know The Difference http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2285 When the ungrammatical jingle “Winston tastes good — like a cigarette should” appeared in the 1950s, it unleashed a national controversy over the proper uses of <i>like</i> and <i>as</i>. In fact, Walter Cronkite, then host of CBS News’ “The Morning Show,” disliked the error so much that he refused to read the offending words on the air, and an announcer had to do the deed. <br> It could have been what educators call a “teachable moment.” Instead, both ad and cigarette vaulted to the top of the U.... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Get Professional Perspective From Online Connections http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2286 Journalism is in a quandary. From questions of trust to how the business model can survive in the digital age, the conversation about keeping the industry afloat is ongoing. News of layoffs, lost advertising revenue and the blunt, uneasy criticism of the press from the Trump administration have become ever-present norms in the media world.<br> Also the norm: competition for jobs, as well as the anxiety of navigating a career, whether you're a younger journalists fresh from college or a laid-off ind... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Tips For Digging Out of the 'Fake News' Sinkhole http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2287 The “fake news” avalanche began a few months ago, and I continue to dig myself out.<br> I am ignoring the adage that “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”<br> Within a few days, along with reading a bevy of news reports on fake news, I served on a panel, which in part focused on fake news; a student organization asked me to serve on a panel on how to identify fake news; I did several newspaper and TV interviews on fake news; and a student working on a class project interviewed me about fake... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Beware the Rewards of Some Journalism Awards http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2288 Emails soliciting entries for various awards flood journalists’ inboxes toward the end of each year. Organizations like SPJ and the Online News Association administer most major contests, but many advocacy organizations offer similar awards intended to recognize journalists’ work. <br> <br> Non-profit organizations that advocate for cancer or environmental research, for example, may sponsor award contests for journalists covering those beats. While awards — especially ones so specific to a person’s ar... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Journalists Can't Afford Lost Trust, Anonymous or Otherwise http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2289 Anonymous sources are one of the sexiest things in journalism. The idea conjures images of late-night meetings in parking garages, voice modulators and Watergate-era intrigue. The fact that someone feels the need to be protected makes their information <i>feel</i> more valuable.<br> Like a lot of news consumers, I’ve become increasingly less skeptical of anonymous sources. If I trip over every one and hesitate on who to trust, I’ll never get to the bottom of a national security story again. I’ve be... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Freelancing Through Upheaval Takes Grit http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?REF=2290 By definition, upheaval uproots. Practices and institutions that that once felt secure suddenly seem flimsy. Even if you didn’t like them to begin with, you may find yourself wishing for them again, for the familiarity. Upheaval, by its nature, isolates. <br> <br> Independent journalists work in a constant state of upheaval: We work without roots, often alone. Rewards abound for the risks we take. Yet freelancing through the current upheaval has thrown many for a loop. <br> <br> Cara Strickland, a freelance... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 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