Archives: University of Alabama

Leonardo’s journals; eyewitness to the biggest event of the first century; football art and the First Amendment; newsletter Feb. 9, 2018

February 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, newsletter, writing.

Cades Cove Sunday morning - 1

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (3,317) on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Hi,  This has been The Week of Interesting Things for me. Most of my weeks could take that moniker, but this one seemed especially full. I try to put a lot of interesting things I find into the newsletter, but I • Read More »

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Artist Daniel Moore announces latest national championship painting

February 7, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: First Amendment, sports.

Moore discovered a gold mine for his artwork in 1979 when he produced “The Goal Line Stand,” a photo-realistic oil painting of the moments when Alabama prevented Penn State from scoring in the Sugar Bowl.

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Collecting redundancies: a strange hobby that started years ago

January 24, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 6 Comments | Filed in: journalism, writing.

I wrote the post below some years ago when I was teaching a beginning writing course at the University of Alabama. I’m still at this odd hobby, though not as actively as when I was teaching. I collect redundancies. They’re cheap; they’re fun; and they don’t take up much shelf space. And they’re not hard to • Read More »

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The death of a great mystery writer; and more crimes against English; newsletter Jan. 5, 2017

January 8, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (3,662) on Friday, January 5, 2017. Special note: If you have unsubscribed to this list previously, I apologize for this email. I had some problems with the list this week — due mainly to my incompetence — and some unsubscribers may have been added back in. • Read More »

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High in the Air, watercolor

January 6, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, watercolor.

Even this grouchy ex-prof (football coaches are paid too much) who is not even a football fan (baseball is the only REAL game) has a touch of championship fever. Congratulations to Alabama and Georgia, and best of luck to my many friends on both sides of the stadium. For those who are interested: This watercolor • Read More »

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College football heads for its zenith

January 1, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: sports.

Update on Tuesday, Jan. 2: Congratulations to all four teams (Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama) who participated in the College Football Playoff — and especially to the winners of last night’s games, Georgia and Alabama. The championship game next Monday should be a fun one for all fans, especially the Tiders and the Dawgs.
Many of us on the academic side of campus (including me) spent a lot of time grousing about the over-emphasis on football and the enormous salaries that many big-time football coaches make compared to, say, the governor of a state. The grousing is not misplaced, but we forget, ignore, or are unaware of the deep historical roots that the game of football has on the nation’s campuses. Some higher ed historians argue that that many colleges in the late 19th and early 20th century could not have survived if football had not been there to attract students and create a brand to which alumni and others, particularly doners, could be loyal.

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More on the ‘private eye’ and Dashiell Hammett; lots of reader response this week

January 1, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter, Private eye.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (4,431) on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Hi,  A lot of you readers took the time to respond to various parts of the newsletter last week, and I have included some of those responses here. Thanks to you all. Your responses make great reading, and I • Read More »

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The state of Alabama, various and sundry; newsletter, Dec. 15, 2017

December 18, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (4,204) on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.   The state of Alabama plays a prominent role in this week’s newsletter. So does Edgar Allan Poe (again), James Whistler, and the Washington Post. The newsletters this week and next week are a bit shorter than usual because of the Christmas season. Next week I • Read More »

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Journalism 100 syllabus: University of Alabama

May 20, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: teaching journalism.

As the prerequisite for all classes in the journalism department, this survey course introduces students to the concepts, processes, and practices of journalism. Students will be challenged to think how journalists think, learn what journalists do and see what they themselves will be experiencing as journalism majors. This freshman-level course also reinforces basic college study skills and introduces some of the software tools used to produce news products.

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Daniel Moore – Artist, journalist . . . or both?

May 18, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: First Amendment, law.

The University of Alabama, where I taught for 25 years, has sued artist Daniel Moore saying that Moore’s paintings, many of which depicted memorable moments in Crimson Tide football history, violate the University’s trademark protections. Moore has responded with a suit against the University saying it is interferring with his business. Moore also makes a First Amendment claim. He says that what he does — observing a game, executing a painting, making prints and selling them — is no different from what a photojournalist for a newspaper does. The University, he says, does not charge the newspaper with trademark violations when it publishes pictures of the football game and sells its newspapers to the public. So why should it charge him? Why, indeed?

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