Telling the Truth: How to Revitalize Christian Journalism

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Telling the Truth is Dr. Olasky's valuable response to this charge from the noted theologian. In it he emphasizes both the philosophical and the practical: detailing the need for Christian journalists to have a well developed worldview, and giving essential instruction to help them hone their writing, editing, and interviewing skills.

The shortcomings of modern journalism are many. Too often evangelical publications, instead of exhibiting the journalistic excitement of the hunt,...

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Overview

Telling the Truth is Dr. Olasky's valuable response to this charge from the noted theologian. In it he emphasizes both the philosophical and the practical: detailing the need for Christian journalists to have a well developed worldview, and giving essential instruction to help them hone their writing, editing, and interviewing skills.

The shortcomings of modern journalism are many. Too often evangelical publications, instead of exhibiting the journalistic excitement of the hunt, are content printing public-relations releases and carrying on their business in a joyless manner. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Indeed, as Christians, it must not be this way! We are called to excellence; to do our work in such a way that it glorifies the Creator Himself. This incisive book not only urges journalists to grasp the significance of their purpose but also shows them how to more effectively accomplish it. As Olasky says, "If even fifty new, talented, biblically directed journalists were to emerge in America during the next few years, the revitalization of Christian journalism would be well under way."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608998982
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,320,143
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Olasky is Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, Senior Fellow of The Progress & Freedom Foundation in Washington, D.C., and Editor of World, a weekly newsmagazine from a Christian perspective. The author of ten books and the co-author or editor of many more, Dr. Olasky's critically acclaimed work, The Tragedy of American Compassion, is considered by many to be the most important book on welfare and social policy in a decade.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: The Sad State of Christian Journalism xi

1 Biblical Objectivity 17

2 Directed Reporting 31

3 A Great Cloud of Journalistic Witnesses 49

4 Field Reporting and Interviewing 63

5 Organizing for Readability 83

6 The Streets Declare the Sinfulness of Man 101

7 Investigating and Profiling 119

8 Leads, Nut Grafs, Bodies, Ends, Headlines 141

9 Theocentrism or Egocentrism? 157

10 Biblically Directed Reviewing 173

11 First Person Accounts and Sports Stories 189

12 Modern Journalism Emerges 209

13 Overview of Start-up Considerations 223

14 Journalistic Ethics in an Era of Subjectivity 233

Appendix A Line-by-Line Editing: Example 247

Appendix B McDowall's Defense of Biblical Sensationalism 255

Appendix C The Decline of American Journalism 263

Appendix D A Christian Journalism Revival? 283

Index 295

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