Covering National News

This week we introduce a new website feature, Covering National News, which is a place for CQS journalists to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the national breaking-news stories they are working on. We begin the feature with three essays from CQS alums who had a hand in covering the devastation in West, Texas, and Boston [...]

Remembering Al Neuharth


Song adds another Pulitzer for Chips Quinn Scholars family

Editor’s note: Two Chipsters were among the newsroom teams that won 2013 Pulitzer Prizes, not one, as reported in a story posted April 19 to the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute website. Yesenia Robles (CQS Spring 2011), staff writer for The Denver Post, and her newsroom colleagues won in the breaking news category for the movie-theater [...]

And the Pulitzer for National Reporting goes to…

Lisa Song (Spring 2010), with Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their “rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or ‘dilbit’), a controversial form of oil,” according to the press release. Song [...]

The truth about pessimism

by Zen Vuong
Old journalists are disgruntled journalists.
The statement isn’t true for all veteran reporters, but it is a truth generally acknowledged for those who have survived the once grand and profitable newspaper industry. It is true for photojournalists at the Los Angeles Daily News. They were once flown to Washington, D.C., for presidential events. It [...]

Dedication to a dream

by Nicholas Creegan
When students are given the opportunity to be an intern at the company of their dreams, they have two options. They can sit back and let the summer pass them by while doing the bare minimum, or they can rise above mediocrity and propose novel story ideas.
I decided to be that rare intern, [...]

From copy editing to reporting and back

by Anna Gallegos
Sometimes it takes the best internship you’ve ever had to realize that what you’re doing is not what you want to do.
By spending my time as a reporter this summer at The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, I realized that I wanted to return to copy editing.
Copy editing isn’t as glamorous as reporting. Superman was [...]

Five things I learned at the Victoria (Texas) Advocate

by Josh Morgan
Different State, Different “Normal”
Texas is very different from Arizona, where I attend school. I learned this quickly while working as a multimedia intern for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. One early assignment was to cover a rededication of a statue that honored a Confederate soldier. Talk about culture shock. Men were dressed as [...]

An internship in photos

I was grateful to have been assigned to cover my first music festival, Bonnaroo, in Manchester, Tenn., in June. I photographed some iconic figures and created a series on dreadlocks. I learned the importance of simplicity, unconventional brainstorming and being on time. This photograph of Ludacris wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t arrived 45 [...]

The CQS program unlocked a scholar’s passion

by Tiffany Williams
In 2010, I’d just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and was headed to graduate school in the fall. Although I would soon start my journey toward a master’s degree in journalism, I was questioning whether it was the right field for me. Would I be good enough? Should I concentrate on [...]

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