Archives: teaching journalism

Happy birthday,

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

The image I had for 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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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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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 (

There is also a lot of new material that never has appeared on before. We consolidated content from other sites, mainly, 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

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First reporting assignment: a preview story

May 11, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: reporters, reporting, teaching journalism.

It’s the first week of class in your reporting class. Your students are bright and eager — and they don’t have a clue about what they are supposed to do. You want to get them into the field quickly, but you’re afraid (rightly so) to unleash them on an unsuspecting campus.

The solution: a preview story. It’s a simple, straightforward assignment and will give them some confidence as they get into the reporting game. has some thoughts about the preview assignment and an example for your students to follow in either HTML or PDF form.

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