Archives: journalism education

The college admissions scandal: a modest proposal

March 21, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, journalism education, journalists, reporting, writing.

What has practically every story you’ve read or heard during the last couple of weeks about the college admissions scandal had in common? The journalists and commentators have consistently used the terms elite colleges or elite universities. They have done without any critical assessment of the terms themselves, and therein lies a problem — possibly The Problem. We • Read More »

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Writing for the Mass Media now an all-digital offering from Pearson

June 13, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | Comments Off on Writing for the Mass Media now an all-digital offering from Pearson | Filed in: journalism education, textbooks, writing, Writing for the Mass Media.

Writing for the Mass Media, now in its ninth edition and in print since 1985, is now being offered by Pearson, the publisher, in a digital edition that downloads to all formats and devices. This book, which is used as a textbook for courses in about 200 colleges and universities each year, is one of • Read More »

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The First Amendment, Luther Baldwin and the Alien and Sedition Acts

December 21, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: First Amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, Home, journalism education.

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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Writing good tags should be part of the journalist’s writing process

December 19, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, journalism, journalism education, teaching journalism, web journalism, writing, Writing for the Mass Media.

At minimum, tags should include
• all of the proper names and places referred to in your story;
• major ideas and concepts of the subject of the story:
• important actions and processes referred to in the story.

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Jonathan Swift, writer ‘to the vulgar’

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, Home, JEM 200, journalism, journalism education, writers, writing.

Jonathan Swift wanted his writing to be “understood by the meanest.” It’s the standard we want our journalism students to shoot for.

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How we got the First Amendment (video)

December 17, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: First Amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, history, Home, journalism, journalism education, teaching journalism.

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.

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7 reasons why you should encourage your students to tweet your lectures

December 12, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, JEM 200, journalism, journalism education, reporting, web journalism, writing.

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.

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Newswriting in the near future

December 10, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, journalism, journalism education, news, writing.

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.

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Creating an interactive chart with Google Spreadsheets (video)

December 5, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, journalism, journalism education, teaching journalism, web journalism.

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.

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Seven steps to the audio slideshow

August 10, 2010 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: audio journalism, journalism, journalism education, JPROF, photojournalism.

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 • Read More »

University of Tennessee proposes new curriculum for journalism students

November 20, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, journalism education.

UPDATE: The college faculty just voted to approve, with minor changes, the proposed changes in the journalism curriculum and requirements. (Nov. 20, 2009, 10 a.m.) The faculty of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennnesse has proposed a number of changes to our curriculum. These changes are based on the • Read More »

Audio journalism III: Teaching j-students about recording, editing and distribution

March 8, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: audio journalism, journalism education, web journalism.

Beginning journalism students, in their first news writing classes, should be taught the basics of audio journalism and should put those basics into practice. The concept of audio journalism takes us beyond the medium of radio and requires that we think about sound itself as an increasingly available and important tool of the journalist (as • Read More »

What’s right with J-education at Tennessee

February 17, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism education.

The call has gone out from Innovation in College Media for journalism profs to come together on Sunday for a chat on journalism education. It begins with a blog post, and one of the suggested topics is “What’s going right at your school.” Here’s what’s going right at Tennessee: The Tennessee Journalist (TNJN.com) TNJN.com is • Read More »