March 4, 2021

News, tips and advice from Quill and Scroll

The Lede

Vaccines by May?

President Biden states the U.S. will have enough vaccines for all adult Americans by May

President Biden stated Tuesday that the U.S. expects to have enough COVID-19 vaccines for all adult Americans by May. This expected date is two months earlier than Biden originally predicted.

Biden also said he hopes to have at least one dose of any vaccine to all teachers and school workers by the end of March to speed up school re-openings.

This weekend, the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine was approved for emergency use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday.  The company will partner with Merck, another top pharmaceutical producer, will help produce the vaccine for dispersal.

More than 800,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected to be distributed to pharmacies this week along with the nearly 2.5 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Biden administration stated the U.S. should prepare to distribute 16 to 17 million doses weekly in March and 17 to 18 million doses in April of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Johnson and Johnson expects to distribute four to five million weekly doses by the end of March and five to six million weekly doses in April.

When asked when the U.S. can expect to return to normal, Biden stated it is unclear, but hopefully before this time in 2022.

Cuomo brothers, accusations, and journalistic integrity

Governor Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment, brother Chris Cuomo refuses to personally cover on CNN

Sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared for the first time in December of 2020. Now, nearly four months later, two more former aides have spoke out about instances of sexual harassment involving the New York governor.

A. Cuomo has reached a new level of fame during the COVID-19 pandemic: his strict stance on CDC guidelines have earned him high amounts of media coverage that often paint the governor in a positive light. The continuous allegations against A. Cuomo have thrusted him into the media again: this time, while facing heavy scrutiny from fellow politicians, Democrats and citizens alike.

A. Cuomo’s brother, Chris Cuomo, is a popular on-air host for CNN. In the past, C. Cuomo has interviewed his older brother on multiple occasions during the COVID-19 pandemic per suspension of CNN’s rule against interviewing family members or close personal relations. The two’s recorded interactions were ended in June when CNN reinstated the rule.

C. Cuomo addressed the issue involving his brother at the top of the hour on Monday, “Obviously, I’m aware of what’s going on with my brother,” C. Cuomo said. “Obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.”

The problem with this comment is C. Cuomo’s recent history interviewing his brother. In the past, issues discussed were not highly personal, and did not negatively impact the governor. Now, it seems that the host may only have ethical qualms about covering the sexual harassment allegations because of the negative light it brings on his brother.

The question now becomes why no ethical questions were raised during C. Cuomo’s initial coverage of events surrounding A. Cuomo. While the sexual harassment allegations may be perceived as “more serious” than other issues that the two Cuomo’s discussed,

A. Cuomo addressed harassment claims Wednesday afternoon, expressing remorse for his actions and stating the discomfort was “unintentional” and apologizing for the incidents. A. Cuomo stated he would not be stepping down from his position as governor of New York.

Nonprofit organizations at risk

Research shows one in three non-profits will close because of COVID-19 pandemic

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A study conducted by the philanthropy research group Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy released research Wednesday that stated over one third of non-profit organizations are at risk of closing within two years because of the financial harm inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a time when more people are in financial need or financial loss than normal, non-profit organizations and philanthropies have suffered from a lack of donations and resources that have negatively impacted their sustainability and donation efforts throughout their specific community.

The study analyzed over 300,000 non-profit organizations under 20 separate scenarios to determine how the organization would fare. Worst-case scenarios led to the closing of 38% of those organizations. According to the research, the most vulnerable non-profits were those involved in arts and entertainment.

Candid executive vice president Jacob Harold said, “If you are a donor who cares about an organization that is rooted in place and relies on revenue from in-person services, now is the time probably to give more.”

As a non-profit organization, Quill and Scroll is committed to serving scholastic journalism. If you would like to donate to our organization, visit our donation page. Donations go toward student and adviser scholarships, chapter and initiation sponsorships and general organization upkeep.

Spring NHSJC registration open

Virtual convention offers easy access to materials

The JEA/National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Spring National High School Journalism Convention registration is now open! Because the convention is virtual this year, teachers and students have access to convention materials from March 15 – May 15.

Key note speakers include Juanita Ceballos, the producer of “Vice News Tonight,” Brian Rosenthal, investigative reporter for “The New York Times” and Rob Curley, editor of the “Spokesman-Review.”

Early bird registration rates are available until March 1. The last day to register and access convention materials is May 15.

The convention includes contests like NSPA’s “Best of Show,” “Staff Recognition,” and individual competitions. You can also apply for registration scholarships for the convention.

It’s An Honor


Apply now for Quill and Scroll scholarships before applications close

The Quill and Scroll scholarship applications for both students and advisers are open now on our website! Interested in applying? Read below for information on both student and adviser scholarships.

Each year we award a number of scholarships to students and advisers focused on continuing their education or career in journalism. Scholarships are funded by our Quill and Scroll scholarship fund. In 2020, we awarded four student scholarships and one adviser scholarship.

Student Scholarships

All Quill and Scroll members as well as national winners in our Yearbook Excellence Contest and International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest are eligible to apply for our student scholarships. Applicants must intend to major in journalism or a related area of communications to qualify for the award. The scholarship can be used for tuition, room and board at any college or university. The top prize is $1,500, with other prizes of $500 available.

The student scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2021. Winners will be notified by June 1, 2021.

Adviser Scholarship

The Lester G. Benz Scholarship of $500 is available to teachers who:

  • teach at a Quill and Scroll school,
  • have at least one year teaching high school journalism and/or advising publications,
  • plan to return to the high school classroom and media advising next year AND
  • will apply the information gained in the course work, seminar or workshop taken as a result of this scholarship.

Two letters of recommendation are required to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2021. Last year’s winner was Laura Bowe of the King School in Connecticut.

Visit here for more information on adviser scholarships. 

WPM closed

Results to come soon!

Our 2021 Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest closed in early February. Since then, our judges have been hard at work reviewing entry materials in all 34 categories of the contest! We will be announcing winners by the end of March via Twitter and a special announcement on our website.

Help for editors

Quill and Scroll student board establishes online discussion board for student editors

The Quill and Scroll Student Advisory Board is working on a project that will produce a monthly newsletter and a discord chat for editors to use, so they can give and receive help, tips and ideas from other editors.

If you are an editor at a yearbook or news publication or broadcast news entity, sign up on this Google Form to be a part of the discussion. If you’re an adviser, forward it to your editors, be they editors-in-chief, section editors, photo editors or any leader on your staff.

We would like our network to really encompass and connect as many editors as we can. Thank you so much for your time!

New podcast!

Q&S 2020-2021 student board discusses scholastic journalism impacts

Here is Quill and Scroll’s Student Advisory Board speaking about the issues that matter the most to them and how they value scholastic journalism both as a means for learning about the world around and for connecting with their peers and their communities.

The podcast includes discussion of famous Supreme Court cases like Tinker v. Des Moines and Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier as well as first hand accounts from Student Advisory Board Members Calina He, Emily Rivera, Emma Diehl, Grant Johnson, Jennifer Xia, Mizuki Kai and Kathleen Ortiz. Sylvia Clubb hosts.

Induction season!

It’s time to honor seniors and induct members

It’s that time of the year when Quill and Scroll chapters should be nudging their advisers to think about honoring seniors and inducting new members — be they sophomores, juniors or seniors — into our international journalism honor society.

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 in late 2020. It is still valid and 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.

We encourage advisers to submit their induction orders sooner rather than later to ensure speedy fulfillment and delivery. As we get closer to the end of the school year, our order numbers tend to increase. Order now to receive your materials sooner!

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.

What’s Viral?

Confrontation Gen Z

Younger generations more willing to accept and identify as LGBTQ+, call out racial inequities in society

The Washington Post’s daily podcast for March 2 focuses on the rising number of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ in the United States. In Washington Post reporter Samantha Schmidt’s conversations and research into LGBTQ+ persons, she unveils that a larger percentage of the younger generations – especially Generation Z – identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Why is this?

This podcast also focuses on this season of “The Bachelor,” the first of the series’ seasons to feature a Black male lead. While the season was first championed for their decision to cast a person of color as their lead (the first POC lead was Rachel Lindsay, the second Tayshia Adams), the show quickly fell under fire when a contestant’s racist past was revealed over social media. Then, the shows long-time host, Chris Harrison, made insensitive comments about the issues, resulting in his indeterminate leave from the show. Now, the future of the show remains uncertain as more and more racial inequities were revealed to be ingrained in the show.

Check out this podcast, and other daily podcasts by The Washington Post, here.

Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published

Children’s books elicit racist images, Dr. Seuss Enterprises halts printing

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Six popular Dr. Seuss books will no longer be printed because of racist imagery and messages, Dr. Seuss enterprises announced Tuesday. The books include, “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937),” “McElligot’s Pool (1947),” “If I Ran the Zoo (1950),” Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953),” “On Beyond Zebra! (1955)” and “The Cat’s Quizzer (1976).”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises was created by the author’s family and works to preserve and protect the author’s legacy and work. The decision to discontinue the printing of the six books has been in the works since last year and was a part of a larger conversation for months.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said to The Associated Press. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families. Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles.”

While Dr. Seuss is well-known within the children’s literature community and has been translated into many languages, education associations and teachers have worked in recent years to move away from emphasizing his work so heavily because of racial undertones that can be found in many of his children books, but also for other adult, political cartoons.

The six discontinued books portray Asian and Black people in a stereotypical and harmful manner.

Dr. Seuss was listed as #2 on Forbes’ list of highest paid deceased celebrities, earning $33 million in 2020.

‘Thomas Brady’ 38-year-old surgery

How Terry Bradshaw may have, just, predicted, the future – four decades ago

You may know Terry Bradshaw now as co-host of FOX NFL SUNDAY, a HOF quarterback, or even a reality TV show star — but how much do you really know of Bradshaw’s height of fame during his NFL career?

Bradshaw is a rarity in NFL football – staying with the same team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for thirteen seasons before his retirement in 1983. Along the way, he claimed eight AFC titles and four Super Bowl championships. That kind of success accrued him a certain amount of fame – shall we say Tom Brady-esque levels?

So, career threatening injuries or surgeries were highly publicized when they happened. Because of this, famous athletes may enter hospitals under false names or no name at all. Well, in 1983 Bradshaw suffered muscle tears in his elbow that required surgery for proper healing. What did Bradshaw do when he entered the hospital? Registered under a fake name.

That name? Thomas Brady.

Now, it seems laughable that that was the fake name Bradshaw chose – of course, it makes sense: Thomas Brady is an anagram for Terry Bradshaw, TB. Yet, at the same time, an extremely popular and successful NFL quarterback chose the name of the future winningest quarterback in history. The real Tom Brady was only five years old at the time. Crazy coincidence? You decide.

Just A Thought

Lighting the candle

Inductions are still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic

Late last week, we received fantastic video coverage of the 2021 Quill and Scroll Induction ceremony held at Atlantic High School in Atlantic, Iowa. The ceremony was held on February 10 — in person — at AHS.

Atlantic HS established its Quill and Scroll Charter in 1927, making the school one of our earliest Quill and Scroll chapters. What we notice most about this induction is not the legacy of Atlantic HS as one of our oldest Quill and Scroll chapters; instead, we notice that this is the first induction ceremony at the school in known memory.

Even among the COVID-19 pandemic, masked and observing CDC guidelines, the chapter and its adviser, Allison Berryhill, have found a way to bring Quill and Scroll into the future with them. No matter how long you have had a Quill and Scroll chapter at your school, it is never too late to start new traditions: even within the realities of today.

If you’re interested in holding an induction ceremony for the first time and need assistance, please contact us at [email protected] Interested in a virtual induction ceremony featuring Quill and Scroll Executive Director Jeff Browne? Let Jeff know at [email protected].