Description of Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

May 11, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: books, textbooks.

Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How is a comprehensive introduction to the field, covering how news is produced and delivered, how news organizations work, and how audiences react to and interact with the news media. For students preparing for a career in journalism, the text describes the range of job possibilities in the field and offers practical, basic instruction in the fundamental practices of journalism: reporting, writing, editing and presentation. Journalism helps students understand this exciting and important field and become more critical consumers of mass media. It also provides an overview of the rich history of journalism in America.

Go to the book’s web site at Allyn and Bacon.
Order the book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble.


  • Features up-to-date examples and discussions of current issues and controversies, allowing students to understand the principles of journalism in the context of issues that are familiar to them.
  • Focuses on the importance and challenge of maintaining accuracy and honesty in the media, encouraging students to think about ethics and values.
  • Includes both practical and conceptual approaches to the study of journalism, giving students a full picture of the field.
  • Covers history in four lively chapters that tie journalism to larger societal trends, helping students engage in the material rather than be put off by it.
  • Contains a chapter on writing based on the author’s widely-used text Writing for the Mass Media , giving students practical instruction in writing and opportunities to practice what they are learning.

Praise for Journalism

“I had no doubt as I read the text that Stovall had done his research and had probably had substantial experience in news media. I was in the hands of an excellent teacher.”
—Don R. Gregory , Westchester Community College

“The author writes in a strong, clear, straightforward way that is the right level for my students and that makes the material very accessible.”
—Leland F. Ryan , University of Kentucky

“The use of real-world examples and the attention paid to the culture of journalism are the most notable portions of this text.”
—Daniel Ryder , Mt. Blue High School (Farmington, Maine)

Get a FREE copy of Kill the Quarterback

Get a free digital copy of Jim Stovall's mystery novel, Kill the Quarterback. You will also get Jim's newsletter and advanced notice of publications, free downloads and a variety of information about what he is working on. Jim likes to stay in touch, so sign up today.

Powered by ConvertKit


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *