What is more likely to sell newspapers or radio advertising? News stories are often more about what the people want to hear than about getting the truth out there so people can make up their own minds. Surely the latter is the way of wisdom?


4 responses to “MEDIA

  1. Noel Buchanan, religion editor,, The Lethbridge Herald, Alberta, Canada 1972-76 plus HWT roles

    June 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

    The entries on the media site date back to early April 2011. Does this mean there has been no further comment or interaction since that time? If the site really has been silent for 12 months, who and how many Christians and/or media staff pay any attention to this discussion? The silence says a lot about Christian concern over media content. Does the church wish to engage the world Jesus gave His life for (John 3: 16)?

  2. Bob Simpson

    April 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    “Connection is vital!” What a truth!

    But what could happen when a critical few empathetic media professionals and a critical few far-sighted movers and shifters among Christian leaders joined together for a larger social purpose?

    One thing’s for sure, the purpose could not be Christian propaganda. And, I think that’s what most church going Christians think they need from the media. But Christians need to know that good journalists would never work that way.

    So what could create that connection? I’d like to meet anyone who has food for thought.

    Bob Simpson
    AMEP (The Australian Media Engagement Project)

  3. Bryan

    April 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I think one of the major problems is that Christians and the media are mutuallly suspicious of each other. I also believe neither side really knows what the other side is about, how they operate and what principles they count as important.

    As a Christian who is also a journalist I despair about the naivety of most Christians about what happens in the “real world” of cutthroat journalism (and don’t really care to know). And I despair that most of my journalistic collegues think Christians are just quaint but largely irrelevant members of society.

    It’s about reality and I think sadly that neither Christians or media know much about each other. Connection is vital. But will either side be bothered to take that road?

    • david wilson

      April 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Thanks for these comments Bryan. I look forward to some good blogging on this and picking up on your thoughts at that lunch in a Richmond pub very soon….


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