Category Archives: Writing

Pointing people to God

Here’s an inspiring article about C.S. Lewis’ motivation. I think it works pretty well for journalists, too. … his methods were not manipulative. He was committed to objective value, seeking to follow the truth where ever it led. He was … Continue reading

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A tragic story, told well

Vanity Fair has published an incredible, haunting account about the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro. The ship sank during a 2015 Caribbean hurricane, and all 33 people aboard drowned. …the ship was found resting upright on a sandy plain 15,400 … Continue reading

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Develop an eagle eye for wonder

Near the northern Illinois farm where I grew up and where my parents still live stands a bald eagles’ nest. It’s about 100 yards back from the road, atop a tall oak tree overlooking the Piscasaw Creek. Miles of cornfields … Continue reading

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A Thousand Pictures

   

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Miracles: Handle with care

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” That jarring statement used to hang in Chicago’s famed City News Bureau as an admonishment to reporters. In the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago journalism, it simply meant to verify all … Continue reading

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Says Who?

At the missions organization where I work, we’re moving toward using “says” rather than “said” most of the time for attribution in stories. The reason is part of our gradual change in voice. “Says” helps build drama. It helps build … Continue reading

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Starry, Starry Night

I spent Monday and Tuesday visiting a friend and his wife at their mountain home above Taos, N.M. They live almost 9,000 feet above sea level, and one unexpected highlight was stepping outside about 10 p.m. The sky was clear. … Continue reading

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