‘THE SOURCE’ supplies tips
Q&S Podcast series preps students to enter WPM Contest
Retired adviser and journalist G. Fred Wickman joined host Sylvia Clubb on our podcast, THE SOURCE, to discuss how student journalists should be covering COVID-19, writing for appropriate audiences, investigative journalism and his long career writing as a journalist and advising college students.
Wickman has been the judge of the news writing category for Quill and Scroll’s Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest since the 1980s; his experience translates to an understanding of media changes throughout the past few decades.
The WPM Contest will open its submission boxes for entries on Dec. 1. As we discussed with Wickman, we added four new categories to the mix:
- Pandemic Coverage (Single Story)
- Pandemic Coverage (Series of Stories)
- Climate and Environment Writing
- Sports Game Story
And of course, submit your work to our 30 other categories.
The final entry deadline for the WPM Contest is Feb. 10, but it’s never too early to decide which work you will submit to the contest.
If you’re looking for more advice from our panel of esteemed WPM judges, make sure you check out our podcasts with journalists Jann Nyfeller and Lyle Muller.
Quill and Scroll adopts SPJ Code of Ethics
Code of Ethics now applies to all 11,500 Q&S chapters around the world
Quill and Scroll has adopted the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics for all its chapters around the world, Executive Director Jeff Browne announced this week. The SPJ Code of Ethics has been the gold standard of journalistic codes for decades, and Quill and Scroll hopes that chapters use the document to launch discussions about how student journalists are bound by the same rules as professional journalists.
The SPJ code features four imperatives that any ethical journalist follows:
- Seek Truth and Report It
- Minimize Harm
- Act Independently
- Be Accountable and Transparent
“The SPJ’s four tenets merge seamlessly with Quill and Scroll’s eight guiding principles,” Browne said. “Many of our student journalists and their advisers already use the code in their newsrooms, but we hope that an official endorsement refocuses all of us on the importance of ethical reporting and editing, no matter the medium — yearbook, broadcast, and online and print news.”
See “Just a Thought” below to read more about the SPJ Code of Ethics and Quill and Scroll.
It’s never too late (or early!) to honor seniors and induct members
If you put off your spring celebrations, you can still induct new Quill and Scroll members and honor seniors this fall. We’re able to take and fulfill orders, even as Quill and Scroll staff work from both our home offices and our offices at the Adler Journalism Building on the University of Iowa campus.
We published this update earlier in August. It includes a simplified order form for schools and advisers willing to pay via credit card, and an offer to host an online induction ceremony for your students. The sooner you induct new members, the sooner they’ll be able start planning chapter activities in the spirit of Quill and Scroll. Here’s a link to a PDF file of the Q&S Chapter Handbook if you don’t already have it.
A reminder about cords:
Students MUST HAVE BEEN OR WILL BE INDUCTED into the Society to earn the honor to wear an Honor Cord (GHC) or Honor Cord with Insignia (GCI). If you order cords for non-members, please choose the Non-Member Cord Option (NCD). Quill and Scroll exists because of the special unifying bond brought about by membership and the lasting legacy of the induction ceremony.
And, as always, feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Yearbook Excellence Contest closed for entries
Quill and Scroll’s 2020 Yearbook Excellence Contest closed for entries on Oct. 17. Our judges are currently completing their evaluations of all 18 categories.
Winners will be announced the week of December 7. Until then, keep producing great journalism!