That is the basic finding of a new study conducted by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The basic finding is probably not surprising, but what is impressive and important is how widespread and consistent is the tendency of journalists to use men rather than women as sources of information.
One of the great pleasures of putting together the book Seeing Suffrage: The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade, Its Photographs, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape was taking a close look at the photographs that were available for the book. They were interesting and beautiful. But there was one that stands out as my favorite.
The story here is that J. Edgar Hoover and Ronald Reagan betrayed the nation. They weren’t agents of a foreign power. Instead, they became what they said they were fighting — subversives. They (and many others with them) actively undermined the laws and values of America to advance their own political agendas and to gain and maintain their political power.
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 »
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 • Read More »
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 • Read More »
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 • Read More »
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 • Read More »
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 • Read More »
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 • Read More »
Journalists have to tell their audiences bad news. It’s not fun or pleasant to do this, but you’re going to be a journalist, that’s what you have to do.
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Bob Niles is taking Microsoft and News Corp. to task for trying to restrict access to content. Their agreement, he says, is oh so 20th century — when you could get away with creating content and then parceling it out. Not any more: But, today, it (the deal) illustrates just the latest example of backward-thinking • Read More »
David Sirota, writing for Salon.com, steps on a couple of the Big Feet of Washington journalism for supporting the Idiocracy: First came a now-famous column about Afghanistan by the Washington Post’s David Broder. The “dean” of the press corps attacked President Obama not for choosing any particular policy, but for simply taking time to meticulously • Read More »
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 »
A few months ago, I wrote a piece about the demise of newspapers being a good thing for the future of journalism. Today, I am using those ideas — and a new more — as a basis for a speech I am giving to the Knoxville Torch Club. Here is the basic text of the • Read More »
The Ossoli Circle — one of the oldest women’s clubs in the South — has asked me to speak today. The invitation came because of the mystery novel, Kill the Quarterback, which was published last year. The following is a text of some of what I plan to say: When people ask what Kill the • Read More »
Alger Hiss and the Battle for History by Susan Jacoby Susan Jacoby, a former Washington Post reporter and now a keen observer of the American intellect and intelligencia, has examined the strange case of Alger Hiss and the hold that his perjury conviction nearly 60 years ago has had on the minds of the political • Read More »
Procrastination is a sin. That’s what we’re taught anyway. Putting things off, not getting things done — those things mark you as a slacker, a nere-do-well, a skylarker (military), a goldbrick (also military), a bum. And around the part of the country where I live, you’re just plain “sorry.” W. L. Pannapacker, an associate professor • Read More »