Liberty U prepares journalists for secular newsroom

Friday, January 26, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

News with magnifying glass 2What would be the effect on a wildly liberal mainstream media if conservative Christian journalists started flooding their newsrooms? 

The dean of a leading Christian University says it's only a trickle now, but they're already making a difference.

Samantha Ponder (pictured below) is one of the new wave of bright, well-spoken women making waves at networks such as ESPN, where she currently hosts the NFL Countdown. 

Before she hit a national broadcast, Ponder studied journalism at Liberty University, an unapologetically Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Dr. Bruce Kirk, dean of the School of Communication at Liberty, says even at a sports network such ESPN, and certainly at the more liberal news networks, a conservative Christian is going to be challenged.

"I'm not joking when I say they've got to put on their armor and be ready for battle," he warns, "because it's a spiritual battle, it's a moral battle, it's a battle for truth as we've found here lately with this whole 'fake news'."

He says he advises his students not to go looking for a confrontation - but to be ready if it comes.

Samantha Ponder ESPN"I don't think our students ever feel like they need to go out and pound on their Bible to get their point across," he observes. "I believe they take that quiet version, which is My work will stand for itself, my values will stand for themselves."

Most importantly, Kirk says, Christian journalists in the mainstream media should not have to compromise their journalistic integrity to maintain their faith.

"They're okay with showing both sides of a story because they're not afraid to show the other side," he says. "Because they believe the truth is so powerful, that will tell the story."

But it may eventually happen, and when Liberty graduates are challenged about their faith, says the school dean, they are not surprised that they are "salt" and "light" in a secular newsroom.

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