Archives: journalism

Women as news sources

May 11, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporting.

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.

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Seeing Suffrage: Two Ladies from Iowa

October 3, 2012 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

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.

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RecentReads: Subversives: A sad, enraging tale

September 28, 2012 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

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.

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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 Seven steps to the audio slideshow JEM 200 and 230 students (and beyond) An audio slideshow is a journalistic form • Read More »

Crowdsourcing the Civil War

March 24, 2010 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Civil War, journalism, newspapers.

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 »

Kiffen pre-presser video – last century’s journalism

January 19, 2010 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporters, reporting.

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 »

Content production is what we should be teaching

December 30, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

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 »

An almost new way of organizing news

December 8, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

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 »

Bad news

December 4, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, news.

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.


Stepping on the Big Feet of Washington journalism

November 23, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

David Sirota, writing for, 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 »

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 »

Leonardo and the ‘fleeting quality of imagination’

March 28, 2009 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: journalism.

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 »