JOURNALISTIC BELIEFS

SALT, NOT SUGAR

We value journalism that’s salt, not sugar.
That means reporting good news but not making it sticky-sweet. It also means reporting bad news because Christ’s grace becomes most meaningful when we’re aware of sin. It means being tough-minded but warmhearted.

GOD’S IN CHARGE

We are looking for those who don’t scream that the sky is falling, because they know God holds up the sky. They like front row seats at the circus but know the circus is not ultimate reality. They try to avoid the extremes of either solemnity or snark by combining seriousness and smiles. They are happy warriors, following their calling and teaching others not to despair.

GLORY AND SIN

We are looking for those who understand that the heavens declare the glory of God, but the streets proclaim the sinfulness of man. Our goal is not to midwife amoral journalism that sees lives as sound-and-fury tales told by idiots, signifying nothing, nor journalistic moralism that reduces life to rule-following. We see sin but also redemptive twists.

WAY OF WISDOM

We are looking for journalists who want to go beyond existential subjectivity (with emphasis on our own opinions) toward biblical objectivity, where we attempt to apply biblical wisdom to everyday life. We show ways to neither overuse nor underuse the Bible. We believe in writing with sensational facts but understated prose, and in taking strong stands when the Bible is clear but not when it is opaque.

PAVEMENT POUNDING

We look for provocative and evocative news stories that are the result of pavement-pounding rather than thumb-sucking.  We distinguish between journalism and propaganda: Journalism is about truth-telling, even when it hurts, while propaganda involves a willingness to lie whenever that will supposedly help. Our goal is to tell the truth, and we want others to do so also.

MORE ABOUT STORIES

This column from WORLD explains more about the types of stories we look for:

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