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Foothills Voices, volume 2, set of launch on May 9

April 30, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books.

From the Blount County Public Library: The second volume of Foothills Voices: Echoes of Southern Appalachia will be unveiled on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson room of the Blount County Public Library. Twelve writers from the East Tennessee region tell twelve stories – true stories of love, family, joy, and • Read More »

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What makes readers buy books?

August 23, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, self publishing, writers, writing.

Why do readers buy books? It’s an ancient question with no definitive answer, but fortunately folks keep searching for one. Maggie Lynch, author of numerous books and articles, has a roundup (Opinion: What Makes Readers Buy Books? | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center) of some of the latest research on the Alliance of Independent Authors • Read More »

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An offer you can’t refuse: The Guardian’s top 10 books about gangsters

July 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writing.

If you’re like me, you’re a bit of a sucker for “top 10” or “10 best” lists — especially when it comes to books about topics that interest me. So here’s a good one. Crime novelist Ron Reynolds has written an intelligent and entertaining piece for The Guardian on his top 10 books about gangsters. • Read More »

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Library of Congress stands fast against America’s strain of anti-intellectualism

April 25, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism.

The strain of anti-intellectualism that pervades American culture is always at war with those of us who value learning and believe that life is more than just a set of economic facts. We have many valuable and visible allies. One of the most visible is the Library of Congress.

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A pointed, provocative post: Why You Should Stop Reading News by Shane Parrish

January 29, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, news.

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Parrish wisely makes the distinction between “news creators” and “journalists.” News creators simply want to gain your attention and hold it for as long as possible. He doesn’t spell it out, but I assume that in his view journalists report information that adds value to your life.

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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

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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Writing for the Mass Media (8th edition)

May 11, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Writing for the Mass Media.

For more than 20 years, Writing for the Mass Media has been introducing students to all of the basic forms of media writing: the inverted pyramid for print, the drama unity form for broadcasting, summaries and other specialized writing for the web, copy platforms and storyboards for advertising. and news releases and other forms of writing for public relations.

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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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