Introduction to Journalism


James Glen Stovall

Journalism is changing.

It’s in the middle of a transition from traditional forms (print, broadcast, etc.) to multimedia forms.

Introduction to Journalism offers students a window into this important and exciting field. This book is for students who want to report, write and understand what news is and how it’s produced.

BONUS CHAPTER: The book contains an abridged version of The First Amendment by the same author.

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Table of Contents


Tennessee Journalism Series      3

Forward          5


What is Journalism       6

1. Definitions    7

2. News            12

3. News Consumers      17

4. Professional Values  23

5. Personal Attributes  28

6. Journalism Today     34

7. The Beginning           40

8. The News and 9/11   44

9. Honesty       48

10. Photojournalism       52

11. The Intercollegiate Online News Network   56


12. BONUS CHAPTER: The First Amendment    61


The Author      83



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