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From the Back Cover

Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How is a comprehensive introduction to the field, covering how news is produced and delivered, how news organizations work, and how audiences react to and interact with the news media. For students preparing for a career in journalism, the text describes the range of job possibilities in the field and offers practical, basic instruction in the fundamental practices of journalism: reporting, writing, editing and presentation. Journalism helps students understand this exciting and important field and become more critical consumers of mass media. It also provides an overview of the rich history of journalism in America.


  • Features up-to-date examples and discussions of current issues and controversies, allowing students to understand the principles of journalism in the context of issues that are familiar to them.
  • Focuses on the importance and challenge of maintaining accuracy and honesty in the media, encouraging students to think about ethics and values.
  • Includes both practical and conceptual approaches to the study of journalism, giving students a full picture of the field.
  • Covers history in four lively chapters that tie journalism to larger societal trends, helping students engage in the material rather than be put off by it.
  • Contains a chapter on writing based on the author's widely-used text Writing for the Mass Media, giving students practical instruction in writing and opportunities to practice what they are learning.

About the Author

James Glen Stovall taught journalism and mass communication for 25 years at the University of Alabama before joining the faculty of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, in 2003. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor and graphic journalist and is the author of a number of books including Writing for the Mass Media (Allyn and Bacon, 2002) and Web Journalism: Practice and Promise of a New Medium (Allyn and Bacon, 2004).

Praise for Journalism

“I had no doubt as I read the text that Stovall had done his research and had probably had substantial experience in news media. I was in the hands of an excellent teacher.”
Don R. Gregory, Westchester Community College

“The author writes in a strong, clear, straightforward way that is the right level for my students and that makes the material very accessible.”
Leland F. Ryan, University of Kentucky

“The use of real-world examples and the attention paid to the culture of journalism are the most notable portions of this text.”
Daniel Ryder, Mt. Blue High School (Farmington, Maine)


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (November 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020537204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205372041
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex Honda on May 3, 2008
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Covering broadcast, print and web, JOURNALISM: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW by James G. Stovall is a pretty informative book on the basics of journalism.

Arranged in sections following the 5-Ws(who, what, when, where, why & how), Stovall breaks down the duties that occur in newsrooms across the country from the beat reporters to the editors to the producers. So it's a very good source for beginning students of journalism. The book also contains numerous websites to visit for further info.

However, the one problem with the book is the writing exercises that are found throughout. Since there's no sample solution/answers, beginning students really have nothing to compare their work to. This would actually work better in a classroom setting or if the book contained re-written answers as a guide. Even then it would be difficult to judge one's own writing. The classroom would be the best option where beginning journalists can get instant feedback on their writing from professionals in the business.

This also brings up another problem. If you've already taken classes in journalism this book will NOT give you any new info concerning the business. Since it's not concentrated into one area(i.e. broadcast), the book can only touch on the basics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Tong on December 25, 2010
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This is a REALLY good textbook, especially if you major in communications or anything related to journalism.

Before this book, I was pretty ignorant about my major, journalism is writing, blah, blah, blah, I'm sure I'll make it, blah, blah, blah.

This book really straightened me out.

It taught me a lot of things I would probably never find online or hear something say. Journalism does not require a degree. That took my breath away.
It gives a lot of real-life events examples for a better understanding of the most important ethics and such of journalism.

If you are majoring in journalism, I suggest you get this book. It teaches you what/what not to do, what's right and what's wrong in journalim. You'll be surprised.
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