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Jim Stovall, a retired journalism prof, is now a novelist, self publisher, watercolorist, gardener, woodworker and beekeeper -- among others things.
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The Newseum opens in Washington

Gannett’s splashy new monument to journalism, the Newseum, opened in Washington yesterday. For the most part, I think, the reviews are good. (Check out this interactive guide at USA Today. And here’s the review.) (My old friend from Navy days, Thomas A.K. Kai, was there and sent me a link to the pictures he took, […]

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TNJN wins regional SPJ awards

The Tennessee Journalist <TNJN.com>, the news web site of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at UT, has been named as the best independent news web site for Region 12 of the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards. A number of the staffers have received individual awards. I am the faculty adviser […]

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Public Conversation on Web Journalism conference at UT

The University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media is hosting a two-day conference titled “A Public Conversation on Web Journalism” on April 3-4. The conference is being funded by a grant from the Scripps Foundation. It will feature Rob Curley, vice president of WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, as the dinner speaker on Thursday evening. Among […]

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The Tennessee Journalist

The Tennessee Journalist is the news web site of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. TNJN.com was created in the fall of 2006, soon after I joined the faculty at UT. This news site is part of the curriculum of the School and is operated by a student staff. […]

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JPROF’s third anniversary

JPROF observes its third anniversary today. Three years ago, after a couple of months of preparation, I launched JPROF from my small study in the house we were renting from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va. The site was a personal endeavor, designed to help me keep up with the field of journalism so […]

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Audio slide shows

Web journalism students should learn how to produce an audio slide show. These things are not easy to do in that they require students to select pictures for a slide sequence and write a script that will be recorded for that sequence. But they are certainly well within a student’s grasp. This article on JPROF […]

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Launching Politico

The coming launch of the political news web site Politico has drawn much attention from those who wonder about its longevity (see the latest New York Times article about it; and an earlier one). I have no idea about how long it will last — though, being a political news junkie, I hope it will […]

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Tributes to a coach

Not a football coach, though it is that time of year. A writing coach. Don Murray, a man whose work and ideas influenced many of us in the business of writing and teaching writing, passed away Dec. 30. Writing gurus Roy Peter Clark and Chip Scanlon at the Poynter Institute have written fitting tributes to […]

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2007 — year of the First Amendment?

Well, it isn’t likely, but I always begin a year with that great hope — and very little else. There is no reason to be confident. Our leaders want to diminish the rights of the Constitution because it will make them more comfortable and more secure in their power. The people seem to buy these […]

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Second anniversary

JPROF celebrates its second birthday today. This is one of those things that “the world will little note nor long remember” (Abraham Lincoln, a big supporter of JPROF). Still, we pause for a moment. I’ve had a lot of fun putting this thing together and then adding to it over the last couple of years. […]

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Photos you can use

One of the first topics that JPROF.com tackled (which is coming up on its second birthday in less than a week) was that of how a news web site that didn’t have access to syndicated photos could stay visually current. There are a few sites that provide free photos, such as DefenseLink, that we pointed […]

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A personal note

It has been several weeks since any new entry appeared on this site. That’s certainly not due to a lack of issues and events to write about. It’s more a case of my inefficiency — and the fact that we have been busy at the University of Tennessee launching a news web site for the […]

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The Iraq war is like . . . a comma

Once again, commas are in the news. Well, make that once in a blue moon. In a speech the other day, George W. Bush said that eventually the war in Iraq would be seen as “just a comma” in the history books. He didn’t offer any explanation for what he meant, and his detractors have […]

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Redundancies in the air

If you’re a collector in the word game (as I am), keeping your redundancy box full is a fairly easy matter. All you have to do is pay attention occasionally. That’s what I was doing when I was driving along yesterday, listening to story on National Public Radio. The story was on the opening of […]

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Editing for the web

The web is a different medium. Then why do we keep seeing so much shovelware — articles that were written for print — on news web sites. One reason, of course, is that news organizations (particularly newspapers) do not invest in enough people who can change print stories into web-friendly packages. Another is that editors […]

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Another Football Saturday . . .

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Today’s Word on Journalism

“In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils that it creates.” —Alexis de Tocqueville, French commentator on the American experiment, 1835 That quotation comes from Ted Pease’s Today’s Word on Journalism, a daily email that contains a quotation about some […]

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Couric takes over

In the long history of the CBS Evening News, there had been only three permanent anchors: Douglas Edwards, Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. Now there is a fourth. Katie Couric CBS biography) debuted as the newscast’s latest anchor last night. Couric is a legitimate journalist who was part of NBC’s news team covering the Pentagon […]

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The iconic image

Few of us get to leave the impression that Joe Rosenthal did. Rosenthal was the 33-year-old Associated Press photographer who took the picture of Marines raising the flag during the fierce battle of Iwo Jima in the Pacific in 1945. That image struck an instant chord with viewers, and it has been stuck in our […]

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News orgs discover web’s immediacy

A couple of stories from Romenesko’s blog on today show that big time news organizations are discovering the immediacy of the web. One comes from Westworld, which reports that when the Denver Post stumbled onto a scoop last month about beer magnate Peter Coors being arrested for drunk driving, the Post nailed the story and […]

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