Thursday, September 09, 2004
Good reads: The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash has an excellent article on actor Stephen Baldwin. Stephen is the one Baldwin brother who doesn't walk in lockstep with the Hollywood elite.
The Columbia Journalism Review has an article on the World Journalism Institute -- a group which trains Christians interested in a career in journalism. The WJI has come under attack before because disgraced newspaperman Jack Kelley once taught classes for them.
What I found interesting in the article was this quote by program director Robert Case II:
He thinks evangelicals have closed themselves into what he calls a “ghetto” of their own making. They have fled mainstream culture rather than engage it. But if evangelicals expect to be depicted fairly and fully by the elite media, Case says, they need to get their hands dirty and play a role in the institutions that define the larger culture. This doesn’t mean he wants journalism to be done differently. He just wants enough evangelicals to be at places like The New York Times and The Washington Post so that reporters begin to see them as living, breathing people and not backward bible-thumpers.
“The homosexuals are our role model in this,” Case says. “They had the same problems we do twenty, twenty-five years ago — a despised minority hiding in the closet, and all the stories in the media looked to point out their weaknesses. They overcame this by integrating into the mainstream.”
I think Case has a point. In my experience, there seems to be less acceptance of Christians in the mid- to large-sized newsrooms than there is towards gays.
Of course, it could also just be directed toward me.