FRIDAY ‘Twitter takeover’ will reveal international winners
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!
Sweepstakes and National winners for all 34 categories will be announced via Twitter tomorrow, Friday, March 19, starting at 10 a.m. CDT. Stay tuned for our Quill and Scroll Twitter takeover!
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.
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.
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.
Help for editors
Quill and Scroll student board establishes online discussion board for student editors
A note from Kathleen Ortiz, Kingwood Park HS Student Advisory Board member
Hi there! On the Quill and Scroll Student Advisory Board we’re working on projects and one of them is a monthly newsletter and a Discord chat for editors to use, so they can give and receive help, tips and ideas from other editors.
Advisers, if you could please send this Discord link to any of your editors who might be interested in being part of this new initiative, we would really appreciate it. We would like our network to really encompass and connect as many editors as we can. Thank you so much for your time!
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.
JEA President Sarah Nichols discusses JEA events, Q&S values
We welcomed Sarah Nichols to the SOURCE, and she obliged by discussing how she uses Quill and Scroll’s eight guiding principles as lessons for her students to share. In addition, you’ll hear about managing JEA during the pandemic, the status of the JEA Advisers Institute, the National High School Journalism Conference and so much more.
It’s required listening if you’re in scholastic journalism or care about it.