Students, faculty, and staff convened on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the induction of Jack Zipper ’24 into the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society. Students inducted into the King’s chapter of the society must complete an application demonstrating a commitment to journalism through professional development, community engagement, and ethics. Jack’s acceptance is a testament to his talent and hard work as a producer of “King Cast,” King’s economics podcast, and as an editor of “The Pelican,” King’s student newspaper.
Led by last year's Quill and Scroll inductees Luisa Simon ’23 and Antonia Kolb ’24, the ceremony featured remarks from Quill and Scroll Director Lori Keekly and King’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Adriana Hauser, a former broadcast journalist.
Luisa opened the ceremony and introduced Keekly, who pointed out that since its foundation in 1926, the society has recognized only the most talented young journalists from around the world. The society's mission and eight guiding principles – truth, learning, leadership, loyalty, initiative, integrity, judgment, and friendship – set a high standard for rising journalists.
Antonia’s praise of Jack’s work on “The Pelican” underlined his range of talents. “We appreciate the hard work you’ve done, your curiosity, empathy, and critical thinking,” she said.
As Jack affixed his Quill and Scroll pin to his sweater, he recited a pledge to work for the advancement of the community, to be authentic, to live up to the ideals of trustworthy journalism, and to be impartial in the interpretation of truth.
“Journalism has taught me many important skills such as research, inquiry, and interviewing,” Jack said as he addressed guests. “It has also taught me valuable life lessons, such as the value of integrity and the responsibility to speak truth to power, both of which are reflected in our King virtues.”
Hauser, who started her career in news and became an Emmy Award-winning journalist at CNN, recognized the shared values underlying both the profession of journalism and the education of King. She encouraged Jack to live by the King virtues, Respect, Perseverance, Integrity, and Kindness throughout his life.
“Never lose sight of those guiding principles,” Hauser stressed, “as a person and as a journalist.”