Quote from Journalist Jonathan Stinson

Jonathan Stinson is the publisher of The Sand Mountain Reporter newspaper in Albertville, Alabama. I recently discovered him on Twitter and was immediately impressed with his level of professionalism.

I have no personal experience with the University of Alabama, but I’m beginning to think it must have a top-notch journalism school. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, one of the most-respected TV journalists in Charlotte was Bob Inman of WBTV. A native of Elba, Alabama, Robert Inman is a successful novelist today. He is a product of the University of Alabama.

Lee Perryman, one of my far-flung Morrison cousins is another graduate of the University of Alabama. Lee recently retired after a celebrated career with the Associated Press in Washington, DC. In retirement, Lee continues to champion the field of journalism in his hometown of Sylacauga, Alabama.

Many years later to happen upon another Alabama native and alumnus of that university’s Department of Journalism — Jonathan Stinson —  cannot be merely coincidental. I did not major in journalism in college but, if I were looking for a good journalism school to invest my time and money in as a student, I would certainly give the University of Alabama my serious consideration.

Here’s the quote from Jonathan Stinson that first grabbed my attention:

“Everything you write is about the reader. The sooner you accept this truth as a writer, the better off you’ll be because you’ll have a clear understanding of what it is you’re trying to do.” – quote from Jonathan Stinson’s blog, at http://JstinsonINK.com.

I typed the quote and keep it by my computer monitor so I can read it every day.

Jonathan Stinson can be followed on Twitter as @JstinsonINK and on his blog as referenced above.

In this day in America when reporters and journalists are being recklessly maligned almost daily by the US President and his staff and surrogates, it is reassuring to know that there are countless journalists in this country who are dedicated to reporting the facts. Not “alternative facts,” but facts.

Lest we forget

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads as follows:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read. (I’m reading The Second Mrs. Hockaday, by Susan Rivers.) If you’re a writer, I hope you have quality writing time.


2 thoughts on “Quote from Journalist Jonathan Stinson

  1. Hi Janet, I found your blog quite by accident, while trying to find details on an event I’m supposed to be attending in Davidson in the fall, and was delighted to learn that you’ve been reading my novel. (See how Google’s mind works?…’book’, ‘Davidson,’ ‘The Second Mrs. Hockaday,’ = Janet’s Writing Blog.) I can relate to your comments on social media — the time it’s been soaking up these days is killing me — but I can’t deny that’s it’s increased my contact with readers and writers, and that’s been a wonderful benefit I didn’t fully foresee. Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying your time with Placidia and Gryffth and are getting writing of your own done, Twitter be damned. With appreciation, Susan Rivers.


  2. Hi Susan, I was thrilled to see your comment this afternoon! I saw “Susan Rivers” and thought, “Wow! I know that name!” I finished reading The Second Mrs. Hockaday on Tuesday and gave it five stars on Goodreads.com. I liked the format of using letters to convey the story from several points-of-view. All the historical background (battles, etc.) you worked into the letters was fascinating and helped put me in the moment. I sometimes fail to take into consideration that our ancestors who lived through wars and depressions did not know how things were going to turn out. Historical fiction is a wonderful way to convey that their lives were wrought with uncertainties. I must say that you kept me guessing about the identity of the villain in Hockaday to the point that I started to wonder if I had missed that revelation. I loved how everything came together in the end. Isn’t it true that the women left behind during war and other times of great crises often turn out to be the bravest individuals as they suffer in silence in order to protect those who have gone off to fight? Thank you for your words of encouragement and commiseration regarding social media. I often feel it is a source of great irritation, but then someone like you magically makes a connection with me and makes it all worthwhile. I hope your upcoming event in Davidson will be something book related that I can attend. I’ll be on the lookout for an announcement this fall. Thank you for taking the time to let me know you found my blog! Best regards, Janet.


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