Was content a factor in Gannett axing “Doonesbury”?
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by Lou Harry
3d ago
Fans of “Doonesbury” who’ve been getting the edgy comic strip in a Gannett-owned newspaper searched in vain for it Sunday. That day’s strip mocked the notion that something other than slavery was the primary cause of the Civil War and featured a teacher telling students that many Southerners assisted the Union Army. No Gannett newspaper carried the strip. Bob Krause, who runs an organization that supports homeless and war-injured veterans and served briefly in the Carter administration, posted the strip on X (formerly Twitter) and noted its absence in papers owned by Gannett, the nation’s larg ..read more
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Diversity programs under attack
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by Kim Tsuyuki
1M ago
Assistant Professor Chalise Macklin makes sure guests who speak to her broadcast classes at the University of Memphis include people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ+  community. And her lectures weave in examples that showcase a diverse range of people and communities. It’s a reminder to her students that many types of people will consume the news they produce when they start their journalism careers and that diversity should be reflected in their reporting. She also wants to send the message that people just like them, regardless of race, gender identity, social class or other a ..read more
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10 With Clayton Weimers of Reporters Without Borders
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by Kim Tsuyuki
1M ago
Since 1985, Reporters Without Borders has defended press freedom, pluralism and independence the world over. Approximately half the global population has no or limited access to free, uncensored, reliable news and information means that its work to track and publicize issues of press freedom infringement is happening around the clock. Quill spoke with Clayton Weimers, U.S. executive director of Reporters Without Borders, about the organization’s work and impact. The following has been edited for clarity and length. From 2002 to 2023, the U.S. dropped from the 17th position to 45th in World Pre ..read more
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From the President: On board for a bright future
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by Kim Tsuyuki
2M ago
As we embark on another year of service to the journalism community, I am honored to address you as the President of the Society of Professional Journalists. The SPJ board is already hard at work focusing on improving our fiscal health, strengthening our advocacy for journalism’s vital principles and ensuring SPJ remains relevant and inclusive. We’re listening to our members, engaging with non-traditional journalists and expanding our reach to support early career journalists. Additionally, we are striving to provide necessary resources and mentorship for those who may be experiencing career t ..read more
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2023 Journalist’s Gift Guide
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by Kim Tsuyuki
2M ago
Welcome to what has become a Quill winter tradition. Once again, we exercised our research skills, took into account the advice of experts in the field and did a seek and find to uncover great gifts for you or the journalist in your life. Our prime criteria: Hey, this is either really useful, cool, or ideally, both. While some of these items may be too pricey for your office gift exchange, you can still drop hints to your loved ones. Or treat yourself. Happy Holidays. HOHEM PHONE GIMBAL STABILIZER ISTEADY XE — $79 OR OSMO MOBILE 6 SLATE GRAY — $149 If you’ve never used a smartphone gimbal, pre ..read more
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Bookshelf: “Last Paper Standing” recounts Colorado newspaper rivalry
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by Lou Harry
3M ago
As anyone who’s read about 19th century U.S. journalism already knows, old-timey newspaper circulation wars between rival papers could get pretty ugly. Yet even in those two-fisted times, when battles over readership sometimes turned into literal battles, the century-long struggle between the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News was something else. “I can’t imagine being in a competitive environment where I have to watch over my shoulder just to make sure I’m not clubbed or maybe shot by a competitor,” said Pittsburg State University professor Ken Ward.  (Photo courtesy of Ken Ward ..read more
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Appeals court decision reinstates controversial drone photography law
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by Lou Harry
4M ago
In a decision that is likely to restrict the rights of Texas photojournalists to use drones in their reporting, a federal appeals court panel has reversed a lower court ruling that had found major portions of the state’s restrictive drone law unconstitutional ..read more
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“Freelance,” “The Good Mother,” “Perfect,” more added to Quill’s ranked list of journalism films
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by Lou Harry
4M ago
Two brand-new releases, a more-than-a-century old Joan Crawford flick, and seven others get added to Quill’s epic, ongoing ranked list of jorunalism movies. Alas, none here rank very high. To see where our critics panel placed them, you can find the entire list here.  ..read more
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2023 Fellow Feature: Lesley Visser
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by Zoë Berg
5M ago
“I was always the youngest and the first,” Lesley Visser says, summing up, in one short sentence, her pioneering career in sports media.  Visser’s list of history-making moments is longer than a Tom Brady touchdown pass. She was the first woman to cover an NFL team as a beat writer (she reported on the New England Patriots for The Boston Globe beginning in the 1970s) … the first woman to broadcast the NBA Finals, Final Four and World Series … the first woman assigned to “Monday Night Football” … the first woman to handle a Super Bowl trophy presentation … the first woman to be honored by ..read more
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2023 Fellow Feature: Dana Priest
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by Zoë Berg
5M ago
Two Pulitzer Prizes — for reporting on the CIA’s secret prisons, and conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center — are just the tip of the journalistic iceberg for Dana Priest. A career reporter (primarily at The Washington Post) and bestselling author, she is the recipient of: the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism awarded by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University; the Gerald R ..read more
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