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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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FDR, the editor: A date which will live in infamy

December 7, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: audio journalism, editing, history, Home, journalism.

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.

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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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Katie Couric, David Pogue, Yahoo and the inexorable march to online

December 3, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, journalism, journalists, web journalism.

Katie Couric is the latest media star to catch a glimpse of the future. That future is online.

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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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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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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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MC 102 Lecture 4: News and newswriting

May 28, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

News is one of the things that holds society together. It is something we all use and share. News is what we have in common. Up to this point in the course, we have tried to emphasize and apply some of the basic tenants of good writing and to discuss what it means to write in a professional environment. This week, we begin to learn the various forms of writing for the mass media.

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MC 102 Lecture 02: Grammar and style

May 28, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

For media writers — people who make their living in this profession, however, the rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation and style are essential. Knowing those rules and being able to apply them consciously to your writing is the mark of a professional. What you don’t know about these things, you should try to learn as quickly as possible.

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Exercise: Commas 01

May 20, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: exercises, journalism.

This exercise consists of 10 sentences. Re-type each sentence inserting commas in the correct locations. Print this out when you have finished or follow the directions of your instructor in completing this exercise. A link appears at the end of the sentences that gives an explanation for each sentence.

Super Bowl advertising (2005)

May 20, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Advertisers at this year’s Super Bowl will spend $2.4 million to reach the 90 million people in the television audience for 30 seconds. That figure is up slightly from the $2.3 million they spent last year. Traditionally, the Super Bowl draws the single largest television audience of any show during the year.

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Mr. Magazine

May 20, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

One of the most interesting and up-to-date people keeping up with the magazine world is Samir Husni — or, as he has tagged himself, Mr. Magazine. Husni is especially interested in monitoring magazine startup.

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