Author Archives: Jim Killam

Apocalypse Sunday

Editor’s note: In a departure from the usual type of Go Tell It post, this one simply illustrates how creative writing can teach. My friend, Cherice Ullrich, and her colleague, Chris Jones, teach Bible at Rockford (Ill.) Christian High School. … Continue reading

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Overcoming the monster

People who teach writing like to talk about the basic elements of any good story. Characters. Setting. Conflict. A 350-foot-tall lizard that breathes lightning and threatens humanity. Stick with me here. Any story needs a monster, and according to three … Continue reading

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From prayer letter to video story

  The video above came about through strong communication among Wycliffe Global Alliance partners. Let me walk you through the process. Jurek Marcol, director of the Biblical Missionary Association (Wycliffe Poland), wrote a letter about working with Roma people in … Continue reading

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5 keys to shooting smartphone video of yourself

Suppose you need to shoot a video of yourself speaking. Even if you have no equipment other than a smartphone, here are five ways to maximize quality: 1. Lighting Light your face. If there is a window, it should be … Continue reading

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Inside jargon, outside voice

During a recent sermon, American televangelist and presidential adviser Paula White prayed: “We command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now.” Wait, what? Social media went crazy. Isn’t she pro-life? Who is satanic and pregnant? Those Christians really are nuts. … Continue reading

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Writing for a global audience

Imagine you are talking with a friend. Then write that way. That was one of the best pieces of writing advice I ever received in college. It has served me well through almost four decades now, because it helps me … Continue reading

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Interviewing for video

Even though I had worked for decades as a print journalist, I had to relearn how to interview people for video stories. A good interview is a conversation, not an interrogation. In a two-way conversation, both people talk a lot. … Continue reading

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How to tell a dangerous story

Here’s another guest post from our friend and fellow missions journalist, Heather Pubols. You can learn more about Heather’s work at: http://www.lemotif.org “I know how you can tell this story,” I said to a colleague with a smile. “Someone did … Continue reading

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2019: Year of the Shed

I’m building a backyard shed this year. Several months ago, I would have told you I’m building a backyard shed this weekend. We needed more storage space and this seemed like a good idea at the time. That was before I … Continue reading

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Simplicity gone astray

Today we welcome this guest post by our friend, Heather Pubols. Heather has traveled the world getting stories for mission organizations. You can learn more about her work at: http://www.lemotif.org In 2012 I took a media team to a country … Continue reading

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