Welcome to the web site for Journalism: Who, What, When, Where Why and How, an introductory text to the field of journalism by James Glen Stovall.

Journalism is an important, exciting, and dynamic field. The book introduces students to a broad range of topics from the nature of news and the culture of professional journalism to the future of the field and the prospects for those who wish to enter it.

Journalists tell us about ourselves.

In doing so, they perform a role that is not just important but vital for our society. The information they provide gives us context for our personal world and a connection to a larger environment. That information helps us make decisions, from the mundane (whether or not to carry an umbrella because of the threat of rain) to the cosmic (where to get an education, what career to choose). None of these parts of our lives could be complete if we lacked the information provided to us by journalists.

Certainly, we get information from many sources besides journalism -- friends, family, books, movies, bulletin boards, etc. -- but journalism reaches across these other sources to provide information that helps us weave what we hear and read together. Journalism, directly or indirectly, touches every part of our lives. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing at the moment has been influenced by the work of a journalist.

Not only does journalism affect us personally, but it also has a profound effect on the society that we live in. This effect takes form at many levels and in all aspects of society -- political, social, economic, etc. Journalism determines not only how we see ourselves within a larger environment but it also determines how we share that environment with other people. Journalism is especially important to American society, where there is a tradition of access to information and the exchange of facts, opinions and ideas. That exchange cannot take place without journalism.

This site is designed to aid instructors and students in using the book and to provide additional information and materials. It is organized to coordinate with the sections and chapters of the book. Some additional material is included for instructors who are using the book as a text for their classes and may be accessed by clicking on the Instructors button on the left.

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Section I | 1: News and Society  |  2: Culture of Journalism  |  3: Becoming a Journalist
Section II  |  4: Newspapers  |  5: Magazines  |  6: Television and Radio  |  7: News Web Sites
Section III  |  8: Reporters  |  9: Reporting  |  10: Writing news and features  |  11: Style  |
  12: Editors13: Editing and headline writing  |  14: Visual Journalists  |  15: Graphics Journalism  |
  16: Photojournalism  |  17: Publication Design  |  18: Broadcasters  |  19: Writing for Broadcast
Section IV  |  20: Beginnings of Journalism  |  21: Journalism Comes of Age  | 
22: New Realities, New Journalism  |   23: 20th Century and Beyond
Section V  |  24: Law and the Journalist  |  25: Ethical Practices  |   26: Present and Future
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