Access All Areas Monday, May 26 2008 

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.

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The contents of my mind. Saturday, Jul 7 2007 

Have you ever seen on the news when someone catches a huge shark, and they cut it open to see what it has eaten?

I was always fascinated at some of the crazy things inside the shark; barbie dolls, fishing tackle, life jackets, etc. These were things a shark should not have been eating. They weren’t healthy.

In some ways, I feel like those sharks when I consume things (thoughts, ideas, images) from the media that aren’t healthy for me.

I’m naive if I think these things won’t affect me. If my mind is not made up of what I put into it, then what is it made up of?

I’ve felt particularly convicted lately to stop watching so many chick flicks. They just give me false ideas about romance and life.

Even if I consciously ignore the relationship lies, I find that I come out of them feeling like I am the perfect woman; that I deserve a perfect man. I want to be the beautiful heroine who prances around in gorgeous outfits and has no serious character flaws.

But that is not reality. I am not perfect, as I am so wonderfully reminded every time I try to criticise someone else.

So, for a while, I think I’m gonna stop watching a lot of these movies. They just aren’t helpful. This is not out of legalism or a desire to be strictly religious, but out of the undeniable fact that what I watch on TV, or listen to on the radio, or read in a magazine ultimately affects the way I think and live.