WJI Blog Day 1: The Frenzied Beginning

May 17, 2018

Caroline Wolfe

Samford University

When I arrived at WJI today, I was exhausted, running on adrenaline, 4 hours of sleep and a single cup of coffee that a kind stewardess had offered me. And I wasn't alone. Some of my fellow classmates have been awake since 2 or 3 am this morning. Someone else hadn't slept for nearly two days straight. And all because we want to write well, interview with skill, shoot some video, and live out our Christian faith in the world of journalism.

The sad thing is, I know plenty of Christians my age who enjoy writing and want to tell good stories. But they don't want to work in journalism, especially if it means long hours, meager pay, and colleagues that question one’s faith (and if you’re conservative, your political beliefs as well). And no matter their political or religious background, journalists must be persistent and creative. Choosing this field means early mornings and late nights, countless emails and phone calls, and a willingness to travel, often with a camera and notepad by your side.

But a career in journalism also allows you to see the world in a way that other careers cannot. You can glimpse into other people's lives and hear their stories. You can interview everyone from Hollywood producers and Supreme Court justices, to immigrants and the homeless. Journalism is never boring.

I want to be a journalist because journalism allows us to meet people and experience things that we can't meet, or experience, otherwise. Journalists explain what the world looks like from someone else's perspective. They encourage us to challenge our leaders or to care for the weak. Journalists can shape the historical record and even impact public policy.

But at the end of the day, without an eternal purpose, what is journalism but just another career? Journalism is more fun and more rewarding when we use our work, not to bask in the fleeting glory of a byline, but to "glorify God and enjoy him forever."

Journalism can be exciting, fun, and it has eternal purpose. Honestly, who wouldn't want a career like this?

For more information:

World Journalism Institute