By Sydney Jones
There is an unfortunate stigma that going to school for writing is a waste of time and money. Add Christian to that mix, and you have a recipe for disaster.
I have always loved to tell stories. As a child, I would constantly create my own stories with accompanying illustrations and present them them proudly to my parents as something worth of a Pulitzer or Nobel. As I became older, I wanted a profession that could merge my love of telling stories with my desire to connect with people.
Being a journalist has given me that opportunity, as I am able to blend my talents and my passions together in a career field that is known for being a pioneer of personal freedom.
However, many currently do not view reporters in a positive light. We are stereotyped as being shady, manipulative and biased. Many major news networks are considered untrustworthy by those who do not line up with their ideologies. The same could be said about Christians, with the popular opinion being that all who adhere to the Christian faith are alt-right racists.
Yet as a Christian journalist I believe my faith helps rather than hinders my reporting due to the fact that I am being held to a higher standard of truthfulness and accuracy in my reporting.
Called to Excellence
There are multiple times in the Bible that Christians are called to pursue excellence in all areas of life. This naturally pertains to my career in journalism.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus admonishes his follows to let a Christian’s works reflect God. This is a concept that I am constantly reminded of during my work as a reporter. If I am lazy and produce mediocre content, it reflects poorly on my God.
Therefore, I am extremely motivated to become an accomplished journalist so that I can glorify and exalt the God who created me.
I believe that every member of the media has bias due to the fact that every human adheres to some sort of ideology or worldview.
However, as a member of the media my job is not to try and convince my audience to follow my worldview. My role as a member of the media is to inform and educate my audience of the current events happening in the world so that they can be more well-informed citizens.
I must be aware of my bias, but at the end of the day do not allow them to hinder me from doing my job to the best of my ability.
I believe that the media can be a wonderful force for good. Whether it is disseminating important information, revealing corruption or covering historical events, I have a duty to my audience to do my job in a concise and accurate way.
As a Christian journalist, I continually strive to be a positive influence on my audience. I hope that through my reporting, my faith and commitment to excellence will be obvious. If more reporters stay committed to their craft, maybe negative stereotypes might start to change.