Writing Like a Journalist

Journalists write for a living. They use words precisely and efficiently. They present accurate, verified information in a way that a mass audience will understand it by reading or hearing it only once. Such writing takes skill, discipline and practice. Writing Like a Journalist will give the reader some of the basic concepts of how journalists achieve good writing. More

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About Jim Stovall

James Glen Stovall is Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the University of Tennessee. Before coming to Tennessee, he was a visiting professor of mass communication at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. From 1978 to 2003 he taught journalism at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and is a former reporter and editor for several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune. Stovall has more than five years of public relations experience.

He is the author of a number of textbooks, including Writing for the Mass Media (9th edition, 2015), Web Journalism: Practice and Promise of a New Medium (2004), Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How (2005) and Infographics: A Journalist’s Guide (1997), all published by Allyn and Bacon. He is also the author of Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape, (2013) published by the University of Tennessee Press.

His website, www.jprof.com, contains a wide variety of material for teaching journalism.

Stovall is also the author of the mystery novel, “Kill the Quarterback.”

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