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Fourteen distinguished journalists and communicators from across the U.S. will serve on The Christian Chronicle’s newly created Journalism Advisory Council.
Council members will offer input on journalistic and ethical matters and contribute occasional op-ed pieces to the newspaper’s editorial pages, Editor-in-Chief Bobby Ross Jr. announced.
“I’m thrilled that these devoted Christians have accepted our invitation to join in The Christian Chronicle’s mission of informing, inspiring and uniting Churches of Christ.”
“I’m thrilled that these devoted Christians have accepted our invitation to join in the Chronicle’s mission of informing, inspiring and uniting Churches of Christ,” Ross said.
The Chronicle, owned by Oklahoma Christian University and governed by a national Board of Trustees, is an independent newspaper committed to the highest standards of quality journalism. The new council will play a different role from that of the Chronicle’s board, said Erik Tryggestad, president and CEO.
“Our trustees are invaluable members of our team who support us as we navigate an increasingly complicated media landscape,” Tryggestad said. “The Journalism Advisory Council will be, as we so like to say, separate and apart, focused on the journalistic side of this ministry.”
The 76-year-old publication serves 135,000 U.S. print subscribers and thousands of readers online, with a new app initiated by Tryggestad and overseen by Digital News Editor Chellie Ison under development.
The Chronicle has received frequent journalistic honors from the Associated Church Press, the Evangelical Press Association, the Religion News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
“For the Journalism Advisory Council, we wanted to bring in folks who have hearts for real journalism that honors God,” Tryggestad said. “We wanted dedicated professionals who will help us on the journalistic side of the operation. And I’m thrilled with the group Bobby has put together.”
The newly appointed council members are:
Bacon is retired chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Abilene Christian University in Texas.
In retirement, she enjoys freelance writing and consulting, especially with churches. A regular contributor to The Christian Chronicle, she is a member of the University Church of Christ.
Bramblett is owner of the Bramblett Group, a public relations and marketing firm in Henderson, Tenn., whose clients include Freed-Hardeman University.
She is a member of the Jacks Creek Church of Christ, where her husband, Jason, serves as an elder.
Brewer is a legal assistant for Brewer & Brewer Attorneys at Law in Wilkesboro, N.C.
Chaudoin is assistant vice president of public relations and communications at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.
She is a member of the Otter Creek Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tenn.
Edwards is a television news anchor for ABC 33/40 News and Sinclair Broadcasting in Birmingham, Ala.
He is a member of the Riverchase Church of Christ in Birmingham.
Gibson is vice president for public affairs and church relations at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
He is a member of the University Church of Christ. He serves as president of the LA5 Rotary Club of Los Angeles.
Harrington is children’s ministry coordinator for the Lone Oak Church of Christ in Paducah, Ky.
She often discusses her faith in a column she writes for a local newspaper, the Marshall County Daily.
Harris is director of the Innovation and Collaboration Center and an adjunct professor of journalism at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Jackson is senior director of global communications at Walmart Inc. in Bentonville, Ark.
A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, he is a member of the Bentonville Church of Christ.
Pybus is chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Abilene Christian University in Texas.
He is a member of the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene.
Rucker is vice president for university communications and enrollment at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
She is a member of the College Church of Christ.
Simmons is professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City.
A former longtime minister in Portland, Ore., he is a member of the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. He also is a member of The Christian Chronicle’s national board of trustees.
She is a children’s ministry leader for the Culver Palms Church of Christ in Los Angeles.
Swearingen is retired vice president of corporate communications for Johnson & Johnson in New York.
He is an elder of the University Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas.
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