The third session I went to today was called “Writing is Both Vocation and Calling: Finding Your Passion in a Profession of Pessimism.” The category was “Church-Related,” so I was really intrigued. A couple of great panelists and a message centered around God was what I needed here.
The guy who really stood out was Kevin Armstrong, who is the advisor of the student newspaper, the ORU Oracle, at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had so much to say and was so encouraging. What really stuck out were these sentences – “Do not do this unless you know your vocation is a calling. We desperately need you.”
As a Christian who is considering journalism, this session really stuck with me and is continuing to stick. Armstrong, RELEVANT (the magazine) editorial director Roxanne Wieman and King’s College newspaper advisor Kim Collins had some of the best things to say. Collins brought up 1 Peter 3:15 as a mantra for witnessing in the newsroom: “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
What a call. Not all journalists will be Christians. But if I continue on this path, I now feel more confident in how to do it as a child of God.
– Zachary Horner