The journalism industry is a mess, writes PHC Journalism Professor Les Sillars in WORLD Magazine’s Saturday Series. In an essay titled, “The Abolition of Journalism,” he points out that news industry’s credibility is tanking, its business model is in shambles, and its commitment to objectivity has burned to the ground.
Clearly, Sillars continued, this is a perfect time for Christians to embrace journalism.
Disruption offers an opportunity to build and support excellent news organizations, he wrote, but Christians have undervalued journalism and should reconsider how they think about it. The job of the reporter is “to see the world clearly and help others see it clearly too,” he wrote. “Journalism is a profoundly noble and deeply biblical calling that combines the gifts of a storyteller, a historian, a philosopher, and a theologian. To live rightly, we must understand the times in which we live, the culture that shapes our imaginations, and the people God calls us to serve.”