The international organization of Quill and Scroll makes no requirements as to the activities of local chapters. Each chapter is encouraged to engage in activities and service that best serve the school’s journalism/media program.
Here are some common practices among member schools:
- Forming a school chapter that includes members who staff any of the school’s media. Officers are elected, meetings held and activities planned during regularly scheduled meetings.
- Conducting formal ceremonies to induct new members, recognize member achievements as well as to present graduating members with honor cords, or non-members who meet eligibility requirements with our new recognition cords. Ceremonies are often organized and conducted by chapter members. We have a formal induction pledge with or without a candle-lighting that may be used.
- Combining the induction ceremony with awards programs in which students are recognized for Quill and Scroll and other achievements and awards. Consider inviting all media students, parents, administrators and other supporters.
- Providing services to the school and community. Chapter members engage in services from producing websites, announcement broadcasts and newsletters to developing Constitution Day programs at their schools, or offer journalism education activities for young students at feeder middle and primary schools. The latter activity helps cultivate future journalism students!
- Raising funds to pay registration and travel fees associated with media staff participation in journalism conferences and workshops, or to buy new computers and supplies.
To become a school chapter, the school must be chartered as a member of Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists. This is a one-time membership. Once a school is chartered by Quill and Scroll, that membership remains in effect for the life of the school. After inactivity at the school, it’s easy to reactivate – simply identify eligible students and recommend them for membership! And participate in Quill and Scroll activities, such as contests.
Quill and Scroll chapter manuals offer information about the organization and chapter activities. It’s available at this link.
Still not sure? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
Want to find out if your school is a chartered member of Quill and Scroll? Check the lists below or contact our office at [email protected] or (612) 200-9295.
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Chapter Activity Ideas
After speaking with several members, we heard similar questions: What do we do in meetings? What can chapters do? To help advisers and students, Quill and Scroll started to develop these ideas and tools for advisers to utilize. Below is a synopsis of what has been posted in our Weekly Scrolls with links to where the information can be found.
- AI Photography: How do we trust what we see? How do student journalists ensure readers trust the images in student media is real?
- AI Writing: How will you teach your student journalists and readers about determining what is really and what is fake? Here are a few ideas.
- Concerns and Hope: Talk with your reporters about bringing in their concerns and hopes into their reporting in an ethical way.
- Constitution Day: A wonderful, beginning-of-the-year activity that can help you and your students learn about censorship and your student’s freedom of speech status.
- Covering the Middle East: Resources for distinguishing truth from misinformation when it comes to the Israel-Hamas war.
- Dance Party: Downtime and camaraderie are always important, especially during the end of semesters. Take some time for yourself and enjoy. Here are a few ideas.
- Guest Speakers: Bring in guest speakers to help showcase what professional journalism is like.
- International Press Freedom: As the role of the press is seeming to change in the international community and their rights are being questioned, especially in authoritarian countries, here are some tips to have a good discussion with your staff about international press rights.
- Kickball: Need to relieve stress in your organization? Try a kickball game.
- Mission of Journalism: What is the mission of journalism? Listen to a podcast created by professional journalists that talk about the role of journalists and the mission of objectivity.
- Morale Booster: This activity involves students providing compliments to each other.
- Next Year’s Goals: How will you approach meeting the goals of being a Quill and Scroll Chapter as well as of your staff, more generally?
- Quill and Scroll Induction: Make plans for inducting your members into Quill and Scroll.
- Recruitment Plans: Recruiting is the lifeblood of student journalism. This provides some general questions to help put together recruiting timelines and plans.
- Staff Policies: AI, takedown requests, oh my! Encourage your staff (and yourself) to take a look at your current editorial and staff policies.
- Student Press Day: Examine the role and condition of student press organizations in your school district or state.
- Student Press Rights: On or near Constitution Day, engage your students in a discuss about what their rights are as student journalists.
- Why Journalism Matters: Discussing with students why the industry they are so passionate about matters, especially in a changing landscape, is a great activity to help answer why someone is in the job. Check out our list of 100 reasons scholastic journalism matters.