Archives: reporting

Robert Caro’s interviewing trick; something new in Nashville; and reader recommendations for the cold winter: newsletter, Feb. 1, 2019

February 4, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, newsletter, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to all of the subscribers on Jim’s list (x) on Friday, February 1, 2019.   Despite snow interruptions in East Tennessee (and much, much worse elsewhere), this has been a busy week of discoveries and revelations. Another volume in the Baseball Joe series has been uploaded — see the list below • Read More »

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‘The Woman Who Smashed Codes’ taught her biographer cryptology after her death

September 13, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, reporting, writers, writing.

Journalist Jason Fagon, when he set out to write a biography of the extraordinary Elizebeth Friedman, America’s chief codebreaker during World War II, had an obstacle to overcome that most biographers don’t face: He had to learn cryptology, the art and science of secret writing. Fortunately, Fagon had a good teacher: Elizebeth Friedman herself. Friedman • Read More »

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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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