Archives: teaching journalism

E.B. White on a writer’s responsibility

May 10, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, teaching journalism, writing.

One of the great writers — a true craftsman — of the the 20th century, E.B. White, had this to say on the responsibility that writers have: “A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter. I feel no obligation to deal with politics. I do feel • Read More »

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Happy birthday, JPROF.com

December 31, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, JPROF, teaching journalism.

The image I had for JPROF.com during those first weeks was as a giant filing cabinet for information and resources I was gathering about journalism education and how to teach journalism. Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How had just been published by Allyn and Bacon, and I thought there might be a second edition at some point. I wanted a place to put all the stuff I was pulling together (much of it from my own files of more than 25 years of teaching journalism).

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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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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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The web imposes new responsibilities on journalists

December 16, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, journalism, news, teaching journalism, web journalism.

The web has imposed new responsibilities on the journalist – responsibilities that go far beyond those of the traditional print or broadcast reporter.

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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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The sliderule analogy

December 4, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Home, teaching journalism.

The analogy between teaching journalism and teaching mathematics is just about perfect. But there’s a problem.

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Tennessee Journalism Series: Going Online

May 24, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, First Amendment, teaching journalism.

Designed by the people who helped create and maintain the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN), Going Online presents brief, practical lessons in the journalism of today and tomorrow. It shows teaches and students how they can practice journalism on a daily or hourly basis, something they were unable to do before the advent of the World Wide Web.

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Tennessee Journalism Series: The Devil and His Due

May 24, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, First Amendment, teaching journalism.

Many of the things that happened first during the Penny Press era have become the staples of today’s journalism: the dominance of non-partisan news; the emphasis on speed; new areas of reporting, including sports reporting; an expansion of readership to include working classes. The list could go on. Much that is on that list began with James Gordon Bennett.

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Tennessee Journalism Series

May 24, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, First Amendment, Home, teaching journalism.

The Tennessee Journalism Series is a set of texts and instructional material developed by the faculty of the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media for journalism and instructors around the world. The idea behind the series is “multimedia first.” That is, these books are built for the iPad and contain a variety of multimedia elements: text, audio, video, photo galleries, interactive images, and interactive reviews and quizzes.

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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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