Archives: journalism

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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Battlelines: Gettysburg displays never-before-published work of Civil War sketch artists

August 10, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Battlelines, books, Civil War, history, journalism.

Many rare and never-before-published drawings of Civil War sketch artists are now available in Battlelines: Gettysburg, newly released by First Inning Press.

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Writing for the Mass Media now an all-digital offering from Pearson

June 13, 2015 | By Jim Stovall | Comments Off on Writing for the Mass Media now an all-digital offering from Pearson | Filed in: journalism education, textbooks, writing, Writing for the Mass Media.

Writing for the Mass Media, now in its ninth edition and in print since 1985, is now being offered by Pearson, the publisher, in a digital edition that downloads to all formats and devices. This book, which is used as a textbook for courses in about 200 colleges and universities each year, is one of • 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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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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JPROF: New look, new location

May 22, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: JPROF, teaching journalism.

JPROF has been around for more than eight years, but this month (May 2013) we made some changes:

• We switched from a pure HTML base to a content management system (Wordpress). About time.
• We thus acquired a new look. The theme is Canvas from Woo Themes.
• We’re in the process of getting ourselves re-organized. That may take a bit of time, but we’re working on it.

The change-over wasn’t easy, but we have tried to preserve all of the content that viewers come to expect. If you can’t find something you need or you’ve seen here before, let us know (jgstovall@gmail.com).

There is also a lot of new material that never has appeared on JPROF.com before. We consolidated content from other sites, mainly JN-21.com, the educational resources site of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN). We hope all this makes it easier for those who want to teach and learn journalism.

Thanks very much for visiting JPROF.com.

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Get your website started with UT’s Going Online workshop

March 26, 2011 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: news.

Getting started with online journalism has never been easier. That’s just one of the things you’ll learn at the Going Online workshop for journalism instructors on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. By the end of the day, you’ll have the following: • a news website that your students can • Read More »

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JN-21.com launched to help journalism teachers, students

March 20, 2011 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: news.

JN-21.com is here. This site, a part of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) and its subsidiary, the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN, is devoted to building a new journalism curriculum that breaks the bonds of print and broadcast media and emphasizes online media and the convergent aspects of 21st century journalism. Our goal is • Read More »

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