Jim Stovall

Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media

Phone: 865-974-5109
E-mail: stovall@utk.edu

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Jim Stovall, the Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of journalism and electronic media, is an expert in writing and editing, web journalism, visual journalism, and journalism education. He teaches basic news writing and managing news websites. He is the author of JPROF.com, a blog devoted to teaching journalism, and has written numerous books on journalism and writing and one novel, Kill the Quarterback, published in 2008. His Writing for the Mass Media is now in its ninth edition and is used as a textbook for courses in about 200 colleges and universities each year. He is currently conducting research on the history of the suffrage movement and is the author of Seeing Suffrage: The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade, Its Photographs, and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape. Stovall has a doctorate in mass communication from UT, a master's degree in political science from American University, a bachelor's degree in journalism from UT. While in the Navy in the early 1970s, he was a staff writer for All Hands magazine. Before coming to UT as a faculty member in 2006, Stovall taught at the University of Alabama and at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. He has worked at the Chicago Tribune, Tuscaloosa News, Birmingham News and Bristol Herald Courier. He also served as the press secretary for a US senate candidate. Stovall helped direct Southern Opinion Research, a private survey public opinion firm specializing in legal, political and media research for more than twenty years.

Topics of expertise: News writing, online journalism, editing, visual journalism, politics, public opinion, journalism education

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