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May/June 2014
Volume 102 | Number 3
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What It Takes To Win
John Tlumacki had stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon for years to take photographs, with little incident. In 2013, he was there as always with his camera when the first bomb went off. Then there was the second bomb. Tlumacki, a veteran Boston Globe photographer with 35 years of experience, ...

This Is How the Internet Works (And Why You Need To Know)
If you’re a journalist, understanding how the Internet works is probably the most important thing you can do to benefit your career right now. No, I don’t necessarily mean learning how to code, although that would boost your career immensely. (See the January/February Quill cover story on coding.) ...

Ten with John Tlumacki
It’s hard to think of anyone more “Boston” than John Tlumacki, though he doesn’t have an impossibly thick accent or use the stereotypical “wicked” modifier. Growing up 20 miles north of the city, he attended Boston University to pursue journalism. He got his start in the field as his high school’s ...

Member Profile - David Bulla
If David Bulla’s career had a voice-activated GPS system, it would probably say, “Start driving on sports road, then merge onto journalism highway. From there, take a pit stop for more education and finally make an exit onto teaching street.” Alas, GPS systems don’t map out our futures so seamlessly ...

Narrative Writing Toolbox
In a previous column I turned to readers to see if any wanted to participate in an on-going experiment to help writers make the leap from news to features, and from features to narrative. We work in a cluttered and competitive media world, battling for the attention of consumers who can choose radio, ...

Diversity Toolbox
In December 2012, a young man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, 20 of them children. We later learned that he’d killed his mother before going to the school. His many issues relating to social isolation came out in the following months, including the ...

Freelance Toolbox
Taking a look at the news business, most viewers and readers would assume firms that deal in information are destined for extinction. While large newspapers shutter their operations and broadcast outlets form partnerships and try to consolidate, a few news organizations are staying viable and even turning ...

Education Toolbox
Detroit Free Press reporter Jim Schaefer is well known for winning a Pulitzer after uncovering the scandals of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. At the April SPJ Region 4 conference, Schaefer shared those reporting experiences and many others with a roomful of aspiring journalists. He also cleared ...

Words & Language Toolbox
I’ve often used this space to extol the virtue of the small word — the bright, clear word we all know and understand. So why do I bring it up again? I bring it up again because today, the day of this writing in April, would have been William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. And while our finest communicators ...

FOI Toolbox
According to at least one study, Facebook is dying. Princeton researchers John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler claim that Facebook will lose 80 percent of its users in the next three years. So what? At the least, it’s an indication that the tools we use to communicate within our society are constantly ...

Generation J Toolbox
When I was 24, I landed my first reporter position at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. I was one of the youngest reporters on staff, and I looked even younger. I remember thinking, “Man, I really need to stay on top of my game to prove myself!” And I did. As a newsroom newbie, it can feel daunting ...

Ethics Toolbox
Transparency is the new objectivity. If you don’t believe me, ask many of journalism’s millennial ethicists; they’ll tell you it’s far better to be open about your conflicts than it is to be detached from them. That represents a significant step in a new ethical direction. Over the past year I’ve ...

Obituaries - Richard Leonard and Scott Schmedel
Richard Leonard Richard Leonard, who served as 1976-77 president of the organization then called Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, died May 18. He was 92. He was the longtime editor of the Milwaukee Journal (now the Journal- Sentinel), having joined the paper in 1947 after ...

Obituaries - Richard Leonard and Scott Schmedel
Richard Leonard Richard Leonard, who served as 1976-77 president of the organization then called Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, died May 18. He was 92. He was the longtime editor of the Milwaukee Journal (now the Journal- Sentinel), having joined the paper in 1947 after ...

From the President
Now, more than ever, every journalist should have a “Plan B.” Journalism is not dead or dying, and there are amazing opportunities out there; but clearly the industry is a little more fluid today than it used to be. It’s crucial to develop a network to spring to a new opportunity if the need comes ...

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