Staff profiles: Brandon Rupert

DSC_0025Brandon Rupert was born in Ann Arbor, Mich. on February  5, 1986. He graduated from Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh, Mich. in 2004. He then attended Washtenaw Community College and received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. After attending community college he worked for Balance Consulting, LLC, also in Ann Arbor, Mich. as a software salesman and consultant. In 2008 he joined the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was Honorably Discharged in 2012. He now attends the University of Tennessee and is pursuing a degree in journalism.

Brandon is married to Ridley Rupert and has one son, Leyland David Rupert, who was born September 11, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Amidst his ongoing work and education he has been on two separate medical mission trips to Mexico where he worked as a translator for the medical staff and patients. He is an avid golfer and baseball fan. His son is named after the current manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland. Previously he has worked as a sous chef, bartender, baseball umpire, assembly line worker, sales consultant, computer network administrator among other things. He has lived in Michigan, California, South Carolina, Hawaii and now in Tennessee. His travels have taken him from Afghanistan to the Phillipines, and also include 15 Major League Baseball stadiums across the country.

Staff Profiles: Emory Barnett

Emory Barnett is an undergraduate in the College of Communications at The University of Tennessee. Outside of his

studies, he spends most of his time in the creation of media works in photography, music composition, screenwriting and directing short films.

After having spent most of ten years as a veteran touring musician, Emory began attending college in 2010 as an escape from the intense physical and mental stress of constant travel.

He now lives with his wife and dog in downtown Knoxville, TN.



Staff profiles: Trevor Lane

Trevor Lane is a Communication Studies major at the University of Tennessee. He has recently picked up a Journalism and Electronic Media minor. Trevor hopes to one day be a fashion editor for a magazine. His sights are set on a lesser known, independent magazine because he would like to grow with the magazine. This is opposed to working at a major publication like Vogue or Marie Claire.

In addition to fashion editing, Trevor would like to become an illustrator. He likes the ability to create any look or idea without the confines of reality. Many fashion stylists have to worry about funds or availability of merchandise in order to showcase them in a look. When illustrating, creativity is the only restriction to creating a look.


Staff profiles: Matthew Moon

Matthew Moon is a 32-year-old returning student at the University of Tennessee.  He was not very good at school the first time around in the late 90s, but he is embarrassing himself much less this time around.

Matt has been been married to the lovely Gina Moon for just over seven years.  They have no children because they prefer to keep what little extra time and money they have to themselves.

Matt currently spends most nights working in the kitchen at the Tomato Head restaurant, and the occasional day volunteering as a deejay at local radio station 90.3 The Rock.  In his (very limited) spare time, he enjoys reading and trail-running.

Staff profiles: Megan Gutgsell

Megan Gutgsell is a 23-year-old senior Journalism and Electronics Media major at the University of Tennessee. Megan was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has a degree in Communications from Arizona State and is in Knoxville for a second Bachelor’s degree.

Megan is interested in the entertainment aspect of journalism and will be writing for the arts and culture section. She became interested in journalism from watching different dynamics of the career growing up. Megan has also had previous internships with a music production company as well as a website.


Staff profile: Jim Stovall, faculty adviser

Jim Stovall is the faculty adviser for the Tennessee Journalist.

Stovall holds the position of Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at the University of Tennessee.

Before joining the UT faculty in 2006, Stovall was a visiting professor of mass communication at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va. He came to Emory and Henry in 2003 after serving as a journalism professor for 25 years at the University of Alabama, where he is professor emeritus. He is also a co-director of Southern Opinion Research, a private survey public opinion firm specializing in legal, political and media research.

Stovall began teaching at the University of Alabama in 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, web journalism, editing, visual journalism, teaching high school journalism and public opinion research. At Tennessee he initiated the development of the Tennessee Journalist (, the student-operated news web site of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

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.

Stovall is the author or co-author of the following books:

Seeing Suffrage: The Washington Suffrage Parade of 1913, Its Pictures and Its Effect on the American Political Landscape (University of Tennessee Press, 2013);

Journalism: Who, What, Where, Why and How, an introduction to the field of journalism, published in 2005 by Allyn and Bacon;

Writing for the Mass Media (8th edition), an introductory writing textbook that has been used at more than 400 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;

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), 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.

As a survey researcher, 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.