The Weekly Scroll for Friday, Sept. 1

News, tips and advice from the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society.
Compiled and written by Marni Wax, Allison Wunder and Emily LaGrange.

The Lede:

The water is coming, the water is coming!
For all of our teacher or adviser readers…first day of school jitters this year? Just think about how jittery these teachers were, when they didn’t know if their students were safe from the water in Houston. “I’m lucky to be safe and dry, but I worry for the thousands of others who are not as fortunate — particularly many of my students. One of my students was being evacuated when I called to check up on her.” Click here to educate yourself on the schools that have been closed in Texas because of Hurricane Harvey.

You can help Texas’ high school journalists
Feeling inspired from the article above that you just read? We’re sure you are. So do you wanna help journalism students in Texas? Here’s how.

Think you can cover the unthinkable? Think again
Unfortunately, advisers and student journalists too often have to weigh the decision to write about student suicide in their schools. Here, from the Student Press Law Center, is an article on best practices when confronted with covering suicide.

It’s an honor:

Like it? Write it. Quill & Scroll Q&A with the founder of Global Student Square
Journalists, have you ever discovered a newsworthy story on accident? Students, have you ever told a teacher a story that shaped your relationship? Put these two in action together and you have the nonprofit Global Student Square. Click here to see how the students have told their stories and how founder, Beatrice Motamedi, planted the seed for the non profit.

A word from one of our own
Here’s a story from Long Island Herald (N.Y.) written by Mikelly Baptiste, a student at Elmont High School. Elmont High School is a Q&S charter school. Baptiste, a Haitian-American, vividly describes what she sees when she looks at the audience at the annual New York State School Music Association competition, where she plays the flute. “I’ve always gotten looks,” she said. “People look at me differently, whether it’s regarding dance, music or my academics. They just don’t think of me as the same.”

What’s Viral:

What should we do here?
ESPN football analyst Ed Cunningham, a former college and professional football player, announced his retirement from broadcasting this week, citing the number of head injuries in the sport as his reason for quitting. “I think people are starting to think, What should we do here?” How do your high school and the state’s athletic governing body feel about head injuries, not just in football but in all sports? What measures are being taken to reduce them? Are those measures effective?

Amid the floodwaters, journalists persist
School starting always causes distractions and commotion in itself. If you’re like us at Quill and Scroll, regardless of  those distractions and where your head may be, your heart is in Texas this victims dealing with the disaster of Hurricane Harvey. So, we’re pausing here to spend a few moments with Texas journalists, and how they have covered stories about the rising waters in Houston.

Just a Thought:

Attention, avid texters.
Is your tone fun? Is it sarcastic? Is it professional? Click here to see the trends in learning to develop a personality or style through the use of acronyms as you further your writing career.

Say what?
“Keep using that word, hon. It doesn’t mean what you think it does.” Someone ever say that to you? Have you ever thought that when listening to someone speak? Well guess what…browse over here and see the decoding done by The Skimm of some of those phrases.

The Weekly Scroll for Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

News, tips and advice from the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society.
Compiled and written by Allison Wunder, Marni Wax and Emily LaGrange.

The Lede:

More fake news and how to fight it

The investigative reporting of six students at Pittsburg (Kansas) High School’s newspaper led to the resignation of a newly hired principal, Amy Robertson, who faked her college credentials. Now, the students are calling for Pittsburg Superintendent Destry Brown to take responsibility for his support of Robertson and failing to follow through on her questionable accreditations. When students brought their concerns to Brown in multiple meetings, they say they were brushed off. They are now seeing real changes being made in the Board of Education and its hiring procedures. Click here to read more.

This is not the blank space T. Swift was talking about

Two openly gay seniors at Kearney (Missouri) High School used their senior yearbook quotes to celebrate their sexual orientation, but the students found blank spaces by their pictures instead of their words. The quotes were removed without warning by administrators, who were concerned they would “potentially offend” other students, whom they addressed in a statement to parents and local media. The two students brought their story to a Kansas City television station. Click here to read more.

Sick beats for journalists

Places to visit and people to talk to when covering the beats of city hall and local government, police and public safety, and courts. Click here to read more.

It’s an Honor:

Winner, winner; (five) chicken dinners

Quill and Scroll announced the names of five scholarship winners for 2017. This article covers this year’s winners, their future plans, and how to apply for the scholarships yourself. Click here to read more.

Girl Power doesn’t come with a cost

In this article by Erinn Aulfinger, one of the two 2017 winners of the George and Ophelia Gallup Scholarship awarded by Quill and Scroll, discusses the value of applying the skills you learn. Aulfinger published and distributed a free book for young girls to combat the issues that arise from low self-esteem. With this book, she hopes to make a real difference in a global problem. Click here to read more.

What’s Viral: 

Zoinks, Scoob, I think we got the wrong guy

Shortly after a group of white nationalists led a march through the University of Virginia, social media sleuths went on a mission to identify people who participated in the protest and make their identities known to employers, family members, and the general public. While this worked in some cases, it did not for one Kyle Quinn, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and a falsely accused participant. Quinn woke up to demands that he lose his job, vulgar messages on his social media, accusations of racism, and posts of his home address, causing him and his wife to take safety measures for the weekend. While the actual man that Quinn bore resemblance to has not been identified, his case shows the danger and consequences of the “reckless spread of misinformation in breaking news” because of a lack of research and fact-checking that is necessary for good journalism. Click here to read more.

The Village Voice finds a bullhorn

After 62 years, the weekly New York City newspaper known as the Village Voice is ending its print publication. The paper will shift its focus to media platforms as well as producing more content throughout the week. Since their move, the Village Voice has already seen an increase in audience, and the beloved home of opinion and New York flare is safe in the arms of the internet. Click here to read more.

Just a Thought:

Dismantling the Copy Desk

The copy desk to some is an antiquated feature of news, where copy editors are best moved into roles of reporting or production to save money and resources. More than 20 years ago, when many papers started making this change, more mistakes sneaked into print, and thus the copy desk was saved, its purpose reaffirmed. Now, the New York Times is preparing to reinvent its copy editing staff, keeping only a few of its 100 members to become “strong editors” that will cover all the copy editing duties. While times are very different from the original experiment in the 90’s, is it still a bad idea to dismantle the copy desk? Click here to read more.

Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for High School Journalists was founded in 1926 at the University of Iowa by George Gallup. Check out our website to read more useful articles and to learn out how to become a charter school and/or a member.

Quill and Scroll Executive Director Appointed

thumbnail_Jeff_Browne.2017Jeff Browne has been appointed executive director of Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists beginning July 5.

Currently the director of CU News Corps at the University of Colorado Boulder, Browne will succeed Vanessa Shelton as Quill and Scroll director. She is retiring after nearly 10 years in the position.

As executive director, Browne will direct the honor society and also will serve as editor of Quill & Scroll magazine and other organization media, and will direct Quill and Scroll Foundation.

Browne has extensive experience in scholastic journalism education, including as the executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association from 2009-2013 and of the Colorado Scholastic Press Association from 2003-2004. In addition to directing the CU News Corps student media project at the University of Colorado, Browne is a journalism instructor teaching two to three courses per semester.

Under his direction, the News Corps students produced an award-winning documentary “Taking the Lede: Colorado Edition,” which won a Best of Competition Award in 2016 at the BEA Festival of Media Arts. The documentary aired on Rocky Mountain PBS in June 2016. He served as producer of the film about First Amendment rights for Colorado high school student journalists.

From 1999-2009, Browne advised student media at Colorado State University and taught high school journalism, English and history from 1990-1999. He also has worked as a journalist in Florida.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.

Active in national journalism organizations and conferences including JEA and NSPA, Browne is completing a two-year term through October as head of the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). He has taught at summer journalism workshops and was director of the Kansas Journalism Institute summer workshop from 2009-2013.

For more than a year, he has volunteered with Intercambio de Communidades teaching English to Spanish-speaking immigrants in Boulder County, Colorado.

Media Ethics Workshop Storify

Announcing the Blue and Gold Awards

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists recognized six scholastic media staffs with the inaugural Blue and Gold Awards launched this year in conjunction with the organization’s 90th anniversary. These awards honor high school journalism programs that excelled in the International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest. Top publishing teams will also be recognized in the upcoming Yearbook Excellence Contest.

The Blue and Gold Awards are presented to top staffs based on individual student performance in the following categories: Comprehensive Writing, Comprehensive Visuals and Staff Excellence. The winning staffs are:

Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, received the Staff Excellence Award for overall excellence in its publication. It is the highest Blue and Gold Award a staff can receive.

Three schools received the Comprehensive Writing Award: Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio; Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, California; and Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, for overall excellence in writing, including editorials, features and news. Health, science and agricultural writing was added as a category this year.

Four schools were presented the Comprehensive Visuals Award: Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas; McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas; Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas; and Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, were recognized for overall excellence in visuals, including graphic design, photography, infographics and photo illustrations.

With the founding of the Blue and Gold Awards, the Society continues supporting and recognizing schools for their journalistic endeavors, not just for individual achievements but for staffs as a whole.

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