The author

James Glen Stovall is the Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

In addition to Writing for the Mass Media, Stovall is the author of the following texts:

Stovall operates the following web sites and blogs:

  • – All things journalism; devoted to the teaching of journalism.
  • The Generous Beekeeper – beekeeping, gardening, woodworking, baseball, and things of that nature.

Before coming to Knoxville, he was a visiting professor of mass communication at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va., from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that he was a journalism professor at the University of Alabama for 25 years. He is also a co-director of Southern Opinion Research, a private survey public opinion firm specializing in political and media research.

JGS0408-3cStovall began teaching at the University of Alabama since 1978. During that time he has also served as director of the Communication Research and Service Center, co-director of the Capstone Poll, and assistant dean in the College of Communication.

His teaching specialties are writing, editing, visual journalism, teaching high school journalism and public opinion research.

Stovall spent the summer of 1998 working in the news graphics department of the Chicago Tribune. Most of his time was spent as a graphics coordinator. As such, he researched and designed graphics to support news stories for the paper. He was at the Tribune as part of a fellowship he received from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He returned to the Tribune to work in the same capacity in the summer of 1999.

As a survey researcher, Stovall has conducted more than 200 public opinion surveys on a wide variety of topics. As co-director of Southern Opinion Research, he has worked with clients such as the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, the Alabama Press Association, WBRC-Channel 6 in Birmingham, and a variety of newspapers and news organizations.

He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and received his bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee in 1970. He received his master’s degree in political science from American University in 1973 and earned his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Tennessee in 1978.

From 1970 to 1974, he served on active duty in the United States Navy. During much of that time he was a staff writer for All Hands magazine.

His reporting and editing experience includes stints with the Bristol (Tenn.-Va.) Herald Courier, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the Birmingham News and theTuscaloosa News.

Stovall is married to Sally McMillan of Maryville, Tennessee, and they have one son, Jefferson, who was born in 1980.


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