Archives: reporters

Being tall at Guadalcanal, a notorious pirate, rural noir, and the serial killer: newsletter, August 14, 2020

August 17, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, fiction, history, newsletter, podcasting, reporters, reporting, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (2,5xx) on Friday, August 14, 2020.   One of the things on my mind this week is the concept of respect. The thinking on that was kicked off by an NYT column by Bret Stephens on the 18th-century politician and philosopher Edmund Burke (Why Edmund Burke • Read More »

Ida Tarbell: Life after Standard Oil (part 3)

April 15, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporters, Women writers and journalists, writers, writing.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT ENGINE OIL Understanding engine oil can be complicated and making the right choice for your vehicle can be time-consuming. In fact, many of us will pick up the first bottle we see without understanding what we are putting into our vehicles. As difficult as it may be, it is incredibly important to • Read More »

The thrillers of Jack Higgins, the rise of Dorothy Thompson, plus some March literary madness: newsletter, March 6, 2020

March 8, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, newsletter, reporters, Women writers and journalists, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (2,602) on Friday, March 6, 2020.   The tornados that roared through Nashville and Middle Tennessee earlier this week left death and destruction in their wake and broke more than a few hearts — one of them being mine. I grew up in east Nashville • Read More »

Slow Burn, Season 2: Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, and impeachment

September 3, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: podcasting, reporters, reporting.

It’s been almost two decades now (really? that long!), and the impeachment of Bill Clinton still rubs up against raw feelings on the part of Clinton’s supporters and opponents. And even if you don’t have feelings about it that were generated at the time (maybe you weren’t old enough to really remember), you should list • Read More »

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Buried Truths podcast: a very American story, unfortunately

July 26, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, journalists, podcasting, reporters, reporting.

If you were an African-American in the 1940s and you wanted to participate in state and local politics, rural Georgia was not a kind or forgiving place. In fact, it could be very dangerous. That’s the story told by Hank Klibanoff, a journalist and now faculty member at Emory University in Atlanta, in the Buried • Read More »

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Good journalism saves lives

July 18, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, journalists, reporters, reporting.

Good journalism saves lives. In this Age of Hyperbole, that’s no exaggeration. A couple of weeks ago in the newsletter, I mentioned John Carreyrou, investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and the book he has written title Bad Blood. The book tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes. the wunderkind of Silicon Valley, and her • Read More »

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The courtroom sketch artist: art in a pressure-cooker

June 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporters, reporting.

Courtroom sketch artists are people who can draw (or paint) quickly, accurately depicting what they see and unafraid to allow others — maybe millions of others — to see what they have done. They work under seemingly impossible deadlines, sometimes only a few minutes, at best a few hours. There’s very little chance of editing or • Read More »

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Spending his life as a ‘Reporter’: Seymour Hersh 

June 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporters, reporting, writers.

My Lai. If you know anything at all about the war in Vietnam, you know this word. It was the village where more than 100 unarmed civilians were killed by American soldiers during a 1968 offensive. The word has taken on literal and symbolic meaning. We might not know the word at all if it • Read More »

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David Douglas Duncan, the photographer every photojournalist aspired to be

June 11, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, photojournalism, reporters.

If you were a news photographer in the 20th century, you probably wanted to be like David Douglas Duncan — courageous, fearless, adventurous, and constantly seeing what others don’t see. Duncan died this past week at the age of 102. His legacy of photography — particularly combat photography — is unmatched. Here’s part of what • Read More »

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Lillian Ross, reporter and precursor of the 1960s New Journalism movement

September 28, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, journalists, reporters, reporting, Women writers and journalists, writers, writing.

Was she the mother of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s — the movement that showcased the deep reporting of people like Truman Capote and Gay Talese? Many people thought so. Lillian Ross, who died Sept. 20, 2017, at the age of 99, was doing that kind of reporting and writing for the New • Read More »

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The Newspaperman: A poem from the 1880s

August 8, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, journalists, news, newspapers, reporters, reporting.

In doing some research in 19th century newspapers recently, I found this clever little poem: THE NEWSPAPER MAN Little they know. or even think, Of the work there is in shedding Ink By the busy wielders of pencil and pen, Generally known as newspaper men. “Jottings,” “In General,” “Spice of Life,” “Variations,” and rumors rife, • Read More »

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Another passing: the NYT copy desk

July 28, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: editing, reporters, writers, writing.

The copy desk saved me — more than once. In old-times newspaper terms, the copy desk in a newspaper’s newsroom was a horseshoe shaped table around which sat a number of editors who read what reporters wrote. On the other side of the table in the “slot” was the chief copy editor who handed out • Read More »

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Digital Reader blogger tries to get at the real facts about ebook sales

May 25, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, journalists, news, reporters, reporting, self publishing.

A lot of buzzing and scoffing these days in the world of independent publishing about the “fact” that ebook sales are down. Blogger Nate Hoffelder tries to set the facts — the real facts — about ebook sales straight. Source: Damn the Facts: The “Ebook Sales Are Down” Narrative Must be Maintained at All Costs • Read More »

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50 years ago, Harrison Salisbury did not win the Pulitzer Prize

April 11, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: news, reporters, reporting.

[button link=”http://dl.bookfunnel.com/iygwd1dtrg” style=”tick” color=”silver” bg_color=”#adadad” border=”#080708″ window=”yes”]Free ebook: KILL THE QUARTERBACK[/button]   Fifty years ago when the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded, politics — not merit — kept Harrison Salisbury from winning the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. This week’s announcement (see below) of the latest prizes brings this sad tale to mind. Salisbury was a • Read More »

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Swag for SPJ’s Front Page Follies

July 2, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, news, reporters.

For the past several years I have been asked (and honored to be asked) to provide some items for the silent auction for the Front Page Follies, the annual musical production of the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists. So, here are this year’s offerings: The first is a watercolor that was posted on Facebook • Read More »

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A journalist needs something to write about: Richard Ben Cramer, Alex Rodriguez and the book that did not get written

January 22, 2014 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, Home, reporters, reporting, writers, writing.

In 2006 Cramer sold both his publisher and his subject on a book about Alex Rodriguez, the star of the New York Yankees who was recently banned for a year by Major League Baseball for taking banned substances. The book had the title, The Importance of Being Alex: A Life with the Yankees. He had a $550,000 advance from the Hachette Book Group. Rodriguez had agreed to cooperate fully. In fact, he welcomed Cramer into his entourage. What happened after that is a sad tale but, unfortunately, not unique.

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Tennessee Journalism Series: Media Reporting

May 23, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, First Amendment, reporters, reporting, teaching journalism.

Reporting is hard work. It is frustrating and difficult. Reporters are constantly called upon to use their wit and imagination, to think of where information is and who has it — and then to persuade those who have it to give it up. Reporters do not have subpoena power. They cannot compel sources to part with their information.

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

May 17, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: reporters.

Reporters depend not only on the First Amendment freedom to publish but also the implied First Amendment freedom to gather the news. Issues surrounding how reporters work — and the legal and quasi-legal obstacles they encounter — are covered by an organization called the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Check out this organization’s web site (http://www.rcfp.org) on a regular basis if you want to keep up with the world of reporting.

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