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Civil War Trust provides excellent video introduction to Gettysburg

Editor’s note: Once again we share a post with the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable website, KCWRT.org.


With the approach of the anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3), KCWRT.org will be providing some information about the battle during the next couple of weeks.

A great place to start is the video introduction to the battle produce by the Civil War Trust, which you can see below.


Historian Garry Adelman gives a quick run-through of the battle with lots of animation and supplementary footage.

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The First Amendment today

Dwight Teeter, a true scholar and true gentleman, left us a little more than a year ago. Those of us who were privileged to know him still miss both his wit and wisdom.

Several years ago Dwight did a series of videos for me about the First Amendment. We are going to repost some of those on JPROF.com.

The First Amendment today from Jim Stovall on Vimeo.

The nation seems to be in a state of perpetual war, and during times of crisis, individual freedoms are always in danger. Professor Dwight Teeter of the University of Tennessee discusses the state and strength of First Amendment freedoms today.

Other discussions of the First Amendment on JPROF.com:

The web imposes new responsibilities on journalists

The web has imposed new responsibilities on the journalist – responsibilities that go far beyond those of the traditional print or broadcast reporter.

Web journalists must report and write original information, just as traditional journalists do. They have the additional responsibility of finding the best information about the topic that is already available on the web and presenting that information through links. That process is sometimes called curating information.

Competence in using all of the tools of the journalist – text, pictures, audio and video – is another responsibility of the web journalist. And with knowledge of the hardware and software available for reporting must also come an understanding of when these tools are best used to present the information that the reporter has gathered. The choice of tools of reporting has many aspects, not the least of which that the reporter often choose the tool he or she is most comfortable and most confident in using.

Web journalists must also work with speed. The web is an immediate medium, DF-ST-99-05401ready to disseminate information as quickly as it is prepared. Reporters often find themselves in increasingly competitive situations where a few minutes or even a few seconds will mean the difference between having an audiences and not having one.

Once information is posted, journalists must be willing to promote their material so that those who are interested in it know that it is available and have some incentive for finding it. As they get better and more experienced, reporters should have an increasing and committed audience for what they do.

Finally, reporters should be willing to engage their audience. The interactivity of the web, referred to earlier in this chapter, allows audience members to be participants in the conversation that is generated by a reporter’s efforts. The reporter, in a real sense, has a responsibility to join in and even lead that conversation.

All of these responsibilities make the life of the reporter more interesting, complex and demanding. They give journalists an important part in generating and supporting the public conversation that is vital to a democratic society.

A version of this essay will appear in the ninth edition of Writing for the Mass Media. The new edition will be in print during the summer of 2014.


Creating an interactive chart with Google Spreadsheets (video)

The software and the process for building a chart and embedding it into a website are no longer mysterious, complicated or expensive.

And you should be having your students use it.

The software is Google spreadsheets. The process is as simple as entering the data into the spreadsheet and creating a chart with a few simple clicks. Google spreadsheets give you an embed code that allows you to place the chart onto a web page. That chart is interactive.

And all this is free.

The video below shows you how to do it.


Building a graph with Google spreadsheets from Jim Stovall on Vimeo.

And here is the chart that was made in the video.

As you can see the chart is interactive. That is, when you roll your mouse over any part of it, the numbers pop up. (The embed code for this chart is included below the chart just so you can see what it looks like.)


<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ai4E-j24LyDLdEFkd0VIb1NXZWw2VnQ1ZkQzQndFT2c&amp;single=true&amp;gid=1&amp;output=html&amp;widget=true” height=”400″ width=”600″ frameborder=”1″></iframe>

Seeing Suffrage: The iPad edition is on its way

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″]https://vimeo.com/51379619[/vimeo]

The video above is the opening video for the iPad edition of Seeing Suffrage.

The print edition of Seeing Suffrage will not be out until sometime in 2013, but readers with an iPad won’t have to wait that long — fortunately.

The iPad edition of the book is nearly complete, and plans now are to have it available on the iBookstore by the first week in November.

The iPad edition, because it is electronic and multimedia, will offer much more (and at a significantly lower price) than the print edition. For instance, included in the iPad edition are:

  • All of the photographs included in the book, plus some of the photographs of the parade that were eliminated from the print edition;
  • Videos featuring the author and other historians and commentators familiar with the parade and the events surrounding it. Michael Keene, a University of Tennessee English professor who co-authored a study of Alice Paul’s protest techniques, appears in a number of these videos;
  • Essays and commentary by the author of Seeing Suffrage;
  • Additional in formation on the British suffrage movement, including videos, and the British suffragettes;
  • A bonus chapter on the meaning an history of the First Amendment, which protects the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

The iPad edition of Seeing Suffrage is produced in conjunction with First Inning Press, the publishing arm of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN).

Below are some screen shots of pages from the iPad edition: