About Jim Stovall

Jim Stovall, (JPROF.com) a retired journalism prof, is now a novelist, self-publisher, watercolorist, gardener, woodworker, and beekeeper -- among other things. Subscribe to his weekly newsletter at http://www.jprof.com .
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FIU: Foreign graduate student applications increase nationally

According to a report by the Council of Graduate Schools, foreign student admission applications increased 11 percent from 2010 to 2011. These numbers have fluctuated over the past decade, but 2011 marks the highest increase since 2006. Offers and acceptance numbers have increased as well.

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GoldenGateXpress: Debate for Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier continues

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is traversed by millions of people a day. It serves as a tourist destination for many and a muse for some. But for others, the bridge serves a deeper, darker purpose. For more than 25 people every year, the bridge becomes a shining red beacon of freedom from every possible […]

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ICONN launches the ICONN NewsStream

The ICONN NewsStream, the news service of the Intercollegiate Online News Network, is up and running and providing collegiate journalists with new opportunities to practice and expanding online journalism.

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HardNewsCafe: Versatile iPad dominates tablet-computer market

When it comes to tablet-computer technology, the Apple’s iPad takes a backseat to nobody. Despite various companies attempt to break in the company’s threshold on the market, the iPad has excelled because of various innovations in technology and a wide array of “apps.” Nonetheless, iPad is impacting individuals of all generations.

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TNJN: Hiker reminisces about life on the Appalachian Trail

In April of 2010, backpacker JD Rayson embarked on a six-month-long journey from Georgia to Maine on foot. After his 2,180 mile-long trek across 14 states, the avid backpacker looks back on his hiking of the Appalachian Trail and how it led his interest in the outdoors into becoming an obsession.

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Hiker reminisces about life on the Appalachian Trail

In April of 2010, backpacker JD Rayson embarked on a six-month-long journey from Georgia to Maine on foot. After his 2,180 mile-long trek across 14 states, the avid backpacker looks back on his hiking of the Appalachian Trail and how it led his interest in the outdoors into becoming an obsession.

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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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Stay home (or wherever you are) — and Go Online

The Going Online workshops offered by the Interscholastic Online News Network give participants a flexible and affordable way to get instruction and training in various aspects of journalism, particularly online journalism.

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Get your website started with UT’s Going Online workshop

Getting started with online journalism has never been easier. That’s just one of the things you’ll learn at the Going Online workshop for journalism instructors on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. By the end of the day, you’ll have the following: • a news website that your students can […]

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JN-21.com launched to help journalism teachers, students

JN-21.com is here. This site, a part of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) and its subsidiary, the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN, is devoted to building a new journalism curriculum that breaks the bonds of print and broadcast media and emphasizes online media and the convergent aspects of 21st century journalism. Our goal is […]

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Intercollegiate Online News Network conference set for January

The Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) will hold its third annual conference on Jan. 13-14, 2011, in Athens, Ga. Mark Johnson, journalism professor at the University of Georgia and faculty adviser to the GradyJournal, is the conference chair. ICONN is an association of campus news websites that was formed at the University of Tennessee in […]

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Seven steps to the audio slideshow

Getting prepared for the upcoming semester, I took a shot at codifying the procedures for creating an audio slideshow. If any journalism instructors out there want to use this, they’re welcome to it (credit JPROF.com). Seven steps to the audio slideshow JEM 200 and 230 students (and beyond) An audio slideshow is a journalistic form […]

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JEM 200 photo story day semifinalists

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Photo story day – JEM 200’s in-class lecture assignment

Lecture assignment, March 25, 2010 Students in the JEM 200 course at the University of Tennessee were assigned to do a photo story of the lecture itself last week. Here’s a short video of how the class went. Below are some of the instructions students received about the assignment. Students, You will be asked to […]

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Crowdsourcing the Civil War

In the video below, George Rable, University of Alabama history professor, discusses the sources of information that newspaper editors during the Civil War used for their reports about battles and the war in general. One important source was letters from soldiers — a form of what we could call today crowdsourcing. This means using the […]

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Kiffen pre-presser video – last century’s journalism

The YouTube video above shows the eight minutes of controversy surrounding Bud Ford, the news reporters, and Lane Kiffen’s lack of cooperation with reporters in dispensing information about his resignation as Tennessee’s football coach last week. The video has been racing around the web (more than 175,000 views as of this morning), and lots of […]

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JPROF.com celebrates 5th anniversary

JPROF celebrates its fifth anniversary today. In the past five years the site has grown in size (more than 400), expanded in purpose and reached around the globe to people I never would have touched or heard from. JPROF was originally conceived (in my small study in Emory, VA, where we were living at the […]

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Content production is what we should be teaching

Two of the most memorable lines that have come from the movies in the last 40 years are: “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” (The Godfather) “If you build it, they will come.” (Field of Dreams) Those lines came to mind as I considered the implications of the Associated Press analysis […]

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A new edition of Fowler

Early in my academic writing career, I met Fowler. I was putting together the first edition of Writing for the Mass Media and was looking for some basic writing references and somehow — I don’t remember how — came upon Fowler. It was, the parlance of that day, the real thing. Fowler is an “it,” […]

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An almost new way of organizing news

The way a news organization arranges its content — news, business, sports, editorial, etc. — has been a standardized and unquestioned mantra of journalism for many decades. The front page, or in the digital age the “home page,” had a mix of stories and subjects, but each section such as sports had stories that could […]

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