JN-21.com is here.

This site, a part of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) and its subsidiary, the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN, is devoted to building a new journalism curriculum that breaks the bonds of print and broadcast media and emphasizes online media and the convergent aspects of 21st century journalism.

Our goal is to help teachers teach — and students learn — the basics of good journalism in a converged media environment.

Good journalism means accuracy, clarity, precision and efficiency. It means telling people stories that are interesting and giving people information that is significant — information that will help them understand their world. Journalists have a high social calling, and we intend to honor that calling with proper attention to the traditional values of journalism but with a deep understanding of how today’s technology has changed the process and outcome of journalism.

But this site doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and it’s not just another teaching site.

It is part of the Intercollegiate Online News Network, which seeks to accomplish the following:

changing the focus of journalism education on both the collegiate and scholastic levels by encouraging the creation of campus news websites;– setting up a network that  includes new sites as well as those already established by campus newspapers;– creating a centralized site that can house all of the content of all of the member sites;

– creating a news service to feed content from member sites out to all sites;

– building a network is a powerful news operation that includes an audio and video operation;

– that such a network could be a powerful advertising tool.

These are, admittedly, ambitious goals. They won’t be accomplished easily or quickly. But we believe they are worth our efforts. Join the work by emailing Jim Stovall, jgstovall@gmail.com.

Journalism education books now on the iPad

A series of  journalism texts built specifically for the iPad is now available to high school and journalism teachers and students.

(Watch the trailer video about this series.)

ICONN Journalism Series from Jim Stovall on Vimeo.


The Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN), in association with First Inning Press, is producing a series of journalism-related texts for the iPad. Currently, there are four titles in this series:Introduction to Journalism; Reporting: An Introduction; Photojournalism: Telling Stories with Pictures and Words; and The First Amendment.

Each text was built especially for the iPad and is suitable for high school or college journalism classes. Each has a variety of multimedia elements including video, audio, photo galleries and other interactive resources.

The introductory, reporting and photojournalism texts contain an abridged version of the First Amendment text. (A stand-alone free version of the First Amendment book is also available.)

Each text is $1.99 on the iBookstore.

Here are links to the iTunes pages for the textbooks:

The textbooks themselves can only be viewed and downloaded with an iPad.

More texts (for example: feature writing, journalistic writing, sports journalism, video news) are planned for this series.

ICONN is an association of campus news websites that was formed at the University of Tennessee in 2008. Academic programs, campus news websites, professional organizations and individuals are welcome to join ICONN at no cost. If you are wanting to start a news website for your course or program, ICONN can help you do that with its JeffersonNet content management system. More information can be found at the ICONN website.

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