Over the weekend, I attended the Christians in the Media Access All Areas (for some reason, the content isn’t available without logging in… hopefully this will change) conference. The conference drew Christian media workers from all over Australia and South East Asia.

I found the weekend really encouraging and thought-provoking as a young journalist.

Here’s just some of the things I’ll take away from the weekend:

– In an industry characterised by opinion and arrogance, it’s important to approach stories with humility and be willing to listen more than we talk.

– Sharing the gospel at work starts with working hard and being the best you can be at your job.

– We should be flexible with the culture we live in, to some extent, but should know where to draw the line and not compromise our godliness.

– As Christians and journalists, we are called to testify to the truth, and we shouldn’t take that calling lightly.

– What are my motives for wanting to be a journalist? Am I in it for my own glory, or for the Lord’s?

As you can probably imagine, there were so many more helpful things I learnt over the weekend. It was so worthwhile, and I will hopefully be going to the next one in a few years time.

The other great thing was meeting and connecting with media workers from all over the world. It’s so great to know I’m not alone in this (in more ways than one), and to have my gaze lifted from myself.