Welcome

Welcome to the web site for the seventh edition of Writing for the Mass Media. Writing for the Mass Media is a text written to introduce students to the various basic forms of writing for the mass media and to the professional requirements of writing in a media environment.

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Maria Popova reviews ‘A Sting in the Tale’ by Dave Goulson

  Maria Popova, who produces the wonderful and stimulating BrainPickings.org website, has written a lengthy review of Dave Goulson’s book, A Sting in the Tale. The review is titled, A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors, and subtitled, How a striped, winged, six-legged love machine sparked “the longest marketing campaign in history,” which should be enough to […]

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Advice to young Tommy Wilson: load your sentences like a rifle, not a shotgun

The advice given to a future president by his father about forming sentences gives us a picturesque metaphor for good writing.

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Writing for the Mass Media used in 180+ schools in 2013

Here’s where Writing for the Mass Media, now in its eighth edition, was used as a textbook in 2013.

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A journalist needs something to write about: Richard Ben Cramer, Alex Rodriguez and the book that did not get written

In 2006 Cramer sold both his publisher and his subject on a book about Alex Rodriguez, the star of the New York Yankees who was recently banned for a year by Major League Baseball for taking banned substances. The book had the title, The Importance of Being Alex: A Life with the Yankees. He had […]

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Happy birthday, JPROF.com

The image I had for JPROF.com during those first weeks was as a giant filing cabinet for information and resources I was gathering about journalism education and how to teach journalism. Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How had just been published by Allyn and Bacon, and I thought there might be a second […]

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Yes, Virginia: the world’s most beloved editorial

Here’s the story of a little girl’s letter that sparked an editorial that become eternal: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

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The First Amendment today

The nation seems to be in a state of perpetual war, and during times of crisis, individual freedoms are always in danger. Professor Dwight Teeter of the University of Tennessee discusses the state and strength of First Amendment freedoms today.

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The First Amendment in times of crisis

University of Tennessee professor Dwight Teeter discusses the fragility of the First Amendment during times of war and national hysteria. During these times, he says, civil liberties always gets eroded.

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The nationalization of the First Amendment

During the 19th century, the First Amendment had not meant much to individual Americans. States still assumed enormous powers to restrict freedoms. But after World War I, a set of Supreme Court decisions – Gitlow v. New York and Near v. Minnesota – established the precedent that the First Amendment applied to states and to […]

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The First Amendment, Luther Baldwin and the Alien and Sedition Acts

University of Tennessee professor Dwight Teeter discusses the case of Luther Baldwin, a New Jersey man who was prosecuted under the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. Baldwin became a symbol of Federalist intolerance during the 1800 presidential election. This video is part of the Tennessee Journalism Series and was produced and edited by Jim […]

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