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James Glen Stovall is a visiting professor of mass communication at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va. Before coming to Emory and Henry in 2003, 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.

Stovall 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.

In addition to Journalism: Who, What, Where, Why and How, Stovall is the author or co-author of the following books:

Writing for the Mass Media (5th edition), an introductory writing textbook that has been used at more than 350 colleges and universities;

Web Journalism: Practice and Promise of a New Medium, published in 2003 by Allyn and Bacon;

Alabama Political Almanac, second edition, (with Patrick R. Cotter and Samuel H. Fisher III), published by University of Alabama Press, 1997 (for a more extensive look at the Alabama Political Almanac, go to the Almanac's page at the Southern Opinion Research website);


Infographics: A Journalist's Guide, published in 1997 by Allyn and Bacon;

Disconnected: Public Opinion and Politics in Alabama (with Patrick R. Cotter and Samuel H. Fisher III), published in 1994 by Vision Press;

The Complete Editor, revised edition, (with Ed Mullins), to be published in 2005 by Allyn and Bacon;

Watergate: A Crisis for the World, published in 1980 by Pergamon Press.

Stovall has also edited a text on mass communication history and an introduction to mass communication.

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 the Tuscaloosa News.

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



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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