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A calling she loves: Why a young Christian chose to do journalism


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Growing up in Indiana, the thought of being a journalist always seemed a little intimidating and out of reach.

There were too many people to talk to, too many quick deadlines, too many ways to mess up.

Yet it always seemed like something that could fit my lifestyle and personality.


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I grew up with supportive English teachers who made me realize how much I love to write. But for some reason, I never pictured storytelling as part of my future. I also struggled to imagine my Christian faith being an integral part of my career.

Not until I started classes at Harding University did I realize how easily my faith and appreciation for writing could be tied together. My professors at Harding taught me how accessible and broad the field is, and the parts of journalism that had once intimidated me started to seem attainable.

Tiane Davis works on her laptop in The Christian Chronicle office.

Tiane Davis works on her laptop in The Christian Chronicle office.

I think the general American population views journalists as sneaky and distrustful, which is why I have heard the question countless times, “How can you be a Christian and work as a journalist?” My experiences at Harding have taught me to answer that very question.

My freshman year, I found myself working for the student newspaper, The Bison, as a copy editor, and that is where my love for storytelling and news writing really began. I also worked for HU16, Harding’s television news station, which showed me what the fast-paced life of a journalist could feel like.

I quickly discovered how much good can be done in the field of journalism, and how seamlessly the values of a true journalist line up with the values of a Christ-follower.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics says, “An ethical journalist acts with integrity.” That sounds much to me like Proverbs 10:9, which says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely.”

“I quickly discovered how much good can be done in the field of journalism, and how seamlessly the values of a true journalist line up with the values of a Christ-follower.”

Any job with the purpose of spreading the truth sounds like a noble profession to me.

What drew me to apply for a news internship at The Christian Chronicle was its international ministry and devotion to keeping its readers informed with accurate news. An outlet devoted to spreading the good news of the Gospel while remaining an accurate news source is a place where

I know both my skills as a reporter and love for God can grow.

My experiences as a student journalist have taught me that everyone loves to be known and recognized for the good they do. As I look forward to starting my senior year at Harding as editor-in-chief of The Bison, one thing will stick with me: A story can always be told about someone, for someone.

In the meantime, what brings me joy is the thought that I am lucky enough to be here at the Chronicle, learning from people who love to do God’s work through storytelling.

TIANE DAVIS is The Christian Chronicle’s intern. A native of Worthington, Ind., she is working this summer at the Chronicle’s office in Oklahoma City. Contact [email protected].

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