Quill and Scroll’s Mission

We encourage, support and recognize individual student initiative and achievement in scholastic journalism, regardless the medium.

Quill and Scroll’s Vision

To recognize every student, through induction into the society, who meets the criteria established by the society.

Quill and Scroll’s Motto

“Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make ye free.”

Quill and Scroll’s Eight Guiding Principles

  1. Truth
  2. Learning
  3. Leadership
  4. Loyalty
  5. Initiative
  6. Integrity
  7. Judgment
  8. Friendship


Since 1777, when students hand-wrote, copied and distributed The Student Gazette in Philadelphia, scholastic journalism has given voice to secondary school students across the United States and around the world. In the intervening 241 years, scholastic journalism has evolved into a highly fascinating, multimedia endeavor that challenges students to embrace the ideals of journalistic practice, as well as the rights and responsibilities endowed them by the U.S. Constitution and other national and international statements of human rights.

From the heart of this widespread interest in scholastic journalism, two important organizational movements also developed. The first was the creation of state, regional and national scholastic press associations — beginning with the Virginia High School League in 1913 — primarily in the U.S. The second movement was the founding of Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists, in April 1926 on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Scholastic media associations exist to improve publications — print, broadcast and digital — and to serve the profession at large. Quill and Scroll directs its main focus to the individual staff member, though it does provide a news media evaluation service for publications.