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Three Dead Americans: Life’s famous World War II photo

November 29, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Civil War, First Amendment, history, Home, photojournalism.

Americans waited nearly two years before the news media printed a combat photograph that showed a dead U.S. serviceman. The reasons for that wait were that such producing such photos are too shocking for the friends and families of the deceased and that the public’s morale and support for the war might be diminished.

The story of the Life magazine photo is an interesting one and demonstrates the controversy surrounding photographing the deceased, particularly those who have died in combat.

Below is a set of photographs of soldiers killed in battle during the Civil War.

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JFK assassination: TV news grows up in a hurry

November 22, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, Home, journalism.

To those who lived through it (including me), nothing is comparable to those four days in 1963 beginning on Nov. 22 when we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. Televisions all over America went on and stayed on through Monday night. We had never seen anything like it — wall-to-wall coverage of a news event.

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John F. Kennedy on the importance of open government (audio)

November 13, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, Home, reporting.

In April 1961, a few months after taking office as president of the United States, John F. Kennedy spoke to the American Newspaper Publishers Association about the importance of maintaining an open government. In the speech he said, “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.”

Writing for the Mass Media – 9th edition

November 1, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, Home, journalism, textbooks, writing.

Writing for the Mass Media will be a new edition — its 9th — next year. The new edition will maintain the same chapter outline (with some minor adjustments) as the 8th edition, but the material in the book will be expanded and updated. This new edition will be more closely tied to the book’s • Read More »

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NYT article demonstrated the power of radio – and a radio station

October 31, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: baseball, Home, writing.

KMOX-AM in St. Louis has been broadcasting the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games (with a short interruption a few years ago) since 1926. The station is a powerful one — 50,000 watts — and spreads itself throughout the country when night falls and AM stations have their maximum reach. That fact has, over the years, • Read More »

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Tennessee Journalism Series: British Media

October 30, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home.

Drawing upon both experience and a series of recent interviews, Harmon explains the structure of the press, the place of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the minds of the British People, and the role of the Press Complaints Commission in trying to assure a fair and honest dissemination of the day’s news.

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Website design: what the ACA designers missed, and KY got right

October 29, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, journalism, web journalism.

Jakob Neilsen’s Nielsen Norman Group, web design researchers, has a critique of the site that is as enlightening as it is devastating. There are lessons in it for all of us who work with the web. The critique is written by Jen Cardello and says the website broke 10 usability guideline the NNG preaches over and over again.

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Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape

June 27, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, Home.

The book chronicles the Washington suffrage parade of 1913, which took place on March 3, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as president of the United States. On that Monday afternoon, more than 5,000 suffragists (mostly women but also a few men) marched up Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol Building to the U.S. Treasury Building in a dazzling and colorful display of their support for a Constitutional amendment that would allow women to vote.

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Following ‘th’ iliction returns’

June 26, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, Home.

More than 100 years ago, newspaper humorist Finley Peter Dunne, speaking through his wise-beyond-years character Mr. Dooley, ended a soliloquy about the Supreme Court by saying:

“That is, no matther whether th’ constitution follows th’ flag or not, th’ supreme coort follows th’ iliction returns.”

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Self-publish or go with an traditional publisher? Reasons for doing both

June 3, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, self publishing.

Hybrid authors cite good reasons for self-publishing and for sticking with traditional publishers. I am one of those — a hybrid author who has used traditional publishers and self publishing — and the reasons others cite line up with my own,

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Andrew Greeley, author: prolific

May 31, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home.

One word describes author Andrew Greeley, who died this week in Chicago: prolific. He wrote novels, sociological research, religious analyses and screeds (in the best sense of the word), newspaper columns, and many other forms. The sum of his writings is that he loved the human intellect and loved life itself.

Update: A New York Times editor praises the stand Greeley took against the Catholic Church hierarchy in covering up the abuse of children by priests.

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