Minnesota jury reaches a verdict; teenage Ohio girl shot by police Tuesday night
Minneapolis and the entire U.S. braced for the worst this week thinking a jury might return a not-guilty verdict in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes last year, ending Floyd’s life.
On Tuesday, however, the jury returned a verdict of guilty for Chauvin. The jury acted on the wishes of prosecutors, of course, but also on the wishes of Minneapolis police and millions of others who have felt too often that their pleas for social justice have gone unheard.
“The officer took action to protect another young girl in our community,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said after watching the footage on the body-cam.
Protestors are gathering in Columbus near both the location of the shooting and of Columbus police headquarters.
Israelis are out and about, while U.S. may soon have more supply than demand
Americans continue to far outpace President Biden’s plan for a million shots a day through April, and because of that, we may soon reach a point where the U.S. has more vaccine than it does people who want the shot.
That may sound like nothing but positive news, but for the country to rid itself of the virus, it needs to reach at least 70 and possibly 85 percent of the population becoming immune. And too many people may opt not to get the vaccine if they think it’s not needed for them to avoid COVID.
“Efforts to encourage vaccination will become much harder, presenting a challenge to reaching the levels of herd immunity that are expected to be needed,” the Kaiser Family Foundation wrote in a study released Tuesday.
News Media Evaluation critique service is ready for your publications
You have until June 15 to enter your news magazine, newspaper, online news site or multimedia/multi-platform into the prestigious News Media evaluation critique service sponsored by Quill and Scroll. We have a team of professional journalists, journalism professors and skilled former journalism advisers (Hall of Famers, all) ready to provide valuable feedback that your staffs can build on for next year. We GUARANTEE that you will receive your rating and feedback before Sept. 1, 2021.
Here’s a video tutorial that explains the levels of service and how to enter.
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.
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.
The student scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2021. Winners will be notified by June 1, 2021.
Adviser Scholarship — Next-to-last call!
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.
Applications are due by April 30, 2021. Last year’s winner was Laura Bowe of the King School in Connecticut.
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 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!
Here’s a tutorial on filling out the regular order form, the one you’d use if you pay by check or purchase order, or if you have more to order than just memberships (with pins) and graduation cords.
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.
If you’re still wondering about how you can do a safe induction in person, take this hint from the 2020 Quill and Scroll Chapter of the Year at Francis Howell North High School in Missouri and have it outside. By the way, the Chapter of the Year entry form is now available. Applications are due May 31.
Lizzy McGuire is back… but on a different network — and in a different show. Hillary Duff has signed on to play the lead character in the “How I Met Your Mother” remake, “How I Met Your Father.” The show has signed a contract with Hulu streaming service.
Many fans of the 2000s Disney cult show were disappointed to learn the reboot — originally set to premiere on Disney+ — was being cancelled. Now, fans will have to tune into a much more adult show (but no less a cult classic) to watch Duff.
Movie theaters in crisis
Hollywood will celebrate itself Sunday at the Oscars, but the fate of movie theaters is still in the air
Sunday’s a big day in the lives of Hollywood movie producers, actors, directors, critics, fans — well, everybody who likes and lives for the movies. But the COVID-19 crisis has closed theaters in the U.S., many of them for good.
Massachusetts education commissioner hopes to remove barriers at vocational schools
When Massachusetts established vocational schools, the idea behind them was to open up specific education to more students. Civil rights groups have argued, however, that the strict criteria for admission discriminated against students from lower socio-economic groups and students of color.
Here’s an interesting article about the Massachusetts education commissioner’s plans to make vocational schools more accessible for disadvantaged students.
Just A Thought
Literary elements in journalism
Poet lends advice to students about using poetic language in memoir and profile stories
Quill and Scroll invited a poet, a memoirist, a novelist and a journalist onto our podcast, THE SOURCE. Of course, all of those labels are embodied by our single guest, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the former poet laureate for the state of Kansas.
She talks about memoir as a legitimate journalistic form, and how effort and ethics play into producing effective profiles. Enjoy.
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