Well into his adult life, Cump Sherman considered himself a failure. So did others. He had attended West Point and had accomplished some relative successes in his military career. But when he left the army, he proceeded to fail at everything he tried. His health — he suffered from asthma — and his mental stability were • Read More »
More than 50 years ago, the Alabama-Georgia matchup resulted, not in a national championship, but in a legal ruling that expanded the First Amendment protections we now enjoy.
Tags: actual malice, Bear Bryant, Ed Krzemienski, First Amendment, football, Frank Graham Jr., George Burnett, Joe Namath, libel, public figure, Randy Roberts, Rising Tide, Roger Kahn, Saturday Evening Post, The Story of a College Football Fix, Wally Butts
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 • Read More »
Tags: A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors, A Sting in the Tale, bees, book review, books about bees, BrainPickings.org, Dave Goulson, E.O. Wilson, Maria Popova, sex and plants, species extinction
The advice given to a future president by his father about forming sentences gives us a picturesque metaphor for good writing.
Tags: A Scott Berg, biography, choose precisely the right words, Joseph Wilson, let nothing distract, recognize the target, use only the words necessary, Woodrow Wilson, write like a rifle, writing advice
A journalist needs something to write about: Richard Ben Cramer, Alex Rodriguez and the book that did not get writtenJanuary 22, 2014 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, Home, reporters, reporting, writers, writing.
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 a $550,000 advance from the Hachette Book Group. Rodriguez had agreed to cooperate fully. In fact, he welcomed Cramer into his entourage. What happened after that is a sad tale but, unfortunately, not unique.
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Tags: A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, baseball, books, Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, Edmund Morris, Hachette Book Group, journalists, magazines, New York Yankees, performance enhancing drugs, Richard Ben Cramer, Ronald Reagan, S.L. Price, Sports Illustrated, writers
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 edition at some point. I wanted a place to put all the stuff I was pulling together (much of it from my own files of more than 25 years of teaching journalism).
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 Stovall.
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Jonathan Swift wanted his writing to be “understood by the meanest.” It’s the standard we want our journalism students to shoot for.
Tags: A Modest Proposal, biography of Jonathan Swift, book review, Gulliver's Travels, John Simon, Jonathan Swift, Leo Damrosch, New York Times, Swift on religion, Swift wanted his writing to be understood by the meanest
In this two-and-a-half minute video, Dr. Dwight Teeter explains some of the political maneuvering that occurred to get the an amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech into the hotly-debated Constitution in the late 1780s. The freedoms protected by the amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — were not foremost in the minds of the Founding Fathers. Discussion questions are included with this video.
The web has imposed new responsibilities on the journalist – responsibilities that go far beyond those of the traditional print or broadcast reporter.
Tags: Allyn and Bacon, audio, backpack journalism, curate, engage their audiences, HTML tags, images, lateral reporting, ninth edition, original reporting, Pearson, pictures, promote their material, reporting for the web, text, textbooks, video, work with speed, Writing for the Mass Media, writing for the web
Some professors ban laptops, tablets and smart phones from their classrooms, seeing them as distractions for their students. Instead, they should welcome them as tools for engagement.
The speed of the Internet and the World Wide Web in disseminating information has forced editors and journalists to rethink the way they present news and the structure of writing.
Tags: acceleration of writing, accuracy, bullet points of information, CNN, highlights, inverted pyramid, mobile devices, mobile journalism, news, news story structure, newswriting, speed of writing for the web, Twitter, World Wide Web, writing, Writing for the Mass Media
The nation had just endured a bitter debate about whether or not it should go to war. The Japanese ended the debate on Dec. 7, 1941, but the attack on Pearl Harbor had not cleared away the bitterness. Franklin Roosevelt had to weigh his words carefully.
Tags: America First, Charles Lindbergh, conscription, date which will live in infamy, Dec. 7 1941, draft, Franklin Roosevelt, Gold Star Mothers, Grace Tully, Japanese invasion of America, Pearl Harbor, war in Eruope, Winston Churchill, World War II
How do you make an interactive chart like this one and put it onto your web page? The video on this page will explain it all.
Tags: charts and graphs, creating interactive charts with Google spreadsheets, free software for charts, getting a chart from data, Google, graphics journalism, informational graphics, interactive, video, Vimeo
The analogy between teaching journalism and teaching mathematics is just about perfect. But there’s a problem.
Tags: David Lipscomb University, high school journalism, scholastic journalism, slide rule, slide rule analogy, teaching journalism, teaching journalism with a news website, teaching journalism with a newspaper, teaching online journalism, Tennessee High School Press Association
Katie Couric is the latest media star to catch a glimpse of the future. That future is online.
Tags: All Things D, Andrea Peterson, Business Week, Claire Suddath, David Pogue, increasing importance of video, inexorable march to online, Kara Swisher, Katie Couric, Marissa Mayer, New York Times, on demand video, shift to online, Washington Post, Yahoo