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The Christian Chronicle has named four new members to its…
The Christian Chronicle has appointed six new members to its Journalism Advisory Council. They join a dozen distinguished journalists and communicators previously named to the panel.
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 Journalism Advisory Council plays a different role from that of the Chronicle’s trustees and its Editorial Board, a seven-person group that collaborates on topics and stances for the newspaper’s editorials.
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Journalism Advisory Council members — all members of Churches of Christ — offer guidance on journalistic and ethical matters and otherwise lend their expertise to the Chronicle’s effort to report real news that honors God.
The 78-year-old publication reaches 135,000 U.S. print subscribers and thousands of readers online.
Joining the journalism panel are:
Coates is a news anchor and executive producer for WMGT-TV in Macon, Ga. She attends the Chapel Hill Road Church of Christ in Macon.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Irwin, a member of the Rochester Church of Christ in Rochester Hills, Mich., is a blogger and podcaster who has served as a nonprofit director, public information specialist, project leader and minister.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing/advertising from Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Rochester University, where he received an associate’s degree in business administration, honored him as an outstanding alumnus in 2015.
Hall, who spent most of his career as a TV news reporter and anchor, works for FEMA in external affairs.
The son and brother of ministers, he attends the Twickenham Church of Christ in Huntsville.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.
Johnson is an assistant professor of communication and media at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
She is a member of the Deerfoot Church of Christ in Pinson, Ala., where her husband, Johnathan, serves as youth minister.
She earned her Ph.D. in communication and information sciences from the University of Alabama.
McKenzie is a senior news producer for CBS 11, a network affiliate serving viewers in Dallas-Fort Worth.
He is a deacon and Bible class teacher at the Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, Texas.
Miller is an associate professor of communication and a faculty fellow in the Honors College at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
A member of the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy, he served as chair of Harding’s Department of Communication from 2014 to 2019. He teaches courses in writing and reporting, research methods and media ethics.
He earned his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Tennessee.
Twelve of the 14 founding members of the Chronicle’s Journalism Advisory Council — created in December 2019 — will keep serving.
Two members, Paula Harrington and Jana Rucker, decided to step down. The Chronicle thanks them for their service!
The remaining 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.
A member of the Wilkesboro Church of Christ, she earned a master’s in English from Wake Forest University. She organizes the annual Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival to raise money for the camp.
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 WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn.
A journalism graduate of Abilene Christian University in Texas, he is looking for a new church home after relocating to Connecticut.
Gibson is senior vice chancellor of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. He previously served as Pepperdine’s chief marketing officer and vice president for public affairs and church relations.
He is a member of the University Church of Christ in Malibu.
Harris is director of the Innovation and Collaboration Center and an adjunct professor of journalism at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
He spent 24 years as a reporter for The Washington Post and now serves as a freelance correspondent for The Christian Chronicle. He preaches for the Glenarden Church of Christ.
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 looking for a new church home in Abilene.
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.
Smith is assistant professor of communication and director of Pepperdine Graphic Media at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
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.
BOBBY ROSS JR. is Editor-in-Chief of The Christian Chronicle. Reach him at [email protected].
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