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WORLD’s leadership and commitment to Biblically objective journalism


Missouri pro-life leader Samuel Lee has given three decades of his life to the pro-life movement, so he naturally enjoys reading highly positive stories about it. That’s why I particularly value a letter he sent about an article by Leah Savas in our Sept. 25 issue.

The article was about women who came to pro-life centers after the Texas law protecting 6-week-old unborn children went into effect. Sam Lee praised WORLD because we did not “cherry-pick quotes to tell the story for a particular, predetermined outcome.” Sam said it would have been easy—and convenient—to say every pregnancy center saw an increase in the number of clients, and every woman came to a center happy and ready to carry her baby to term: “But that would not have been the truth!”

WORLD is thoroughly pro-life. Staff members and volunteers at pro-life centers are heroes to us. But that doesn’t mean we do public relations for them. Our job is not to make readers and listeners feel warm and fuzzy. Nor is it to make them scornful of liberals: They are also made in God’s image. Our goal is to report accurately and challenge you to think more deeply. If you agree with everything you read and hear at WORLD, we’re not doing our job.

Our goal is to report accurately and challenge you to think more deeply.

This goes against the grain in much of journalism these days. It’s easy to be tribalistic and work to satisfy a conservative or liberal base. But WORLD is not right-wing: We try to ride on the wings of angels (and we often fall off). Sometimes, when the Bible is not clear, we offer opinions based on history and a Biblical understanding of human nature, but we always try to hold those opinions lightly—and you should too.

WORLD Magazine, Digital, and Radio will continue to emphasize reporting, because that’s the only way to know what’s happening at street-level. But we are sinners reporting on sin. We will get things wrong. When we criticize a non-Biblical perspective, we will try to look at its strongest proponent, rather than nitpick or nutpick. Nutpicking may make us feel good—“Look at those crazy people”—but it doesn’t educate us or you. We will continue to emphasize Biblically objective journalism that informs, educates, and inspires. When we fail, please tell us.

Our staff has changed over the years, of course, but we’ve had a consistent theology and practice. You should know who’s in charge now. Michael Reneau continues as the terrific editor of WORLD Magazine, and Angela Lu Fulton becomes managing editor. When my wife Susan and I in 2011 started having interns living with us each summer, Angela was in the first group, and it’s been wonderful to see her progress. Lynde Langdon, with super journalistic experience and instincts, moves up from managing editor of WORLD Digital to editor. Daniel James Devine will use his eye for detail as Digital managing editor.

At WORLD Radio, we also have an excellent male and female team at the top: Paul Butler is executive producer and Leigh Jones is managing editor. All six of these great people are graduates of the World Journalism Institute (WJI), as are all our Magazine and Digital senior reporters, reporters, reviewers, and correspondents, with the exception of Arsenio Orteza, who has been our distinguished music reviewer for three decades.

When I think of all these people, along with senior editor Mindy Belz, national editor Jamie Dean, and our WORLD Radio and WORLD Watch staffers, most of whom are also WJI grads, I’m deeply grateful for all God has done. I’m also thankful to the God’s World Publications board for an extraordinary 29 years of not letting business concerns dictate editorial direction. I remember the times WORLD barely survived financially, so I’m also thankful to donors who appreciate our Christ-first perspective and have put us in a stronger economic position than ever before.

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Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books, including Reforming Journalism.

@MarvinOlasky

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mrbobmac

Periodically I see a letter to the editor (not just in World but other Christian publications too) where the writer expressed anger at the publication of a certain article, perhaps apparently approving a viewpoint the writer disagreed with. In the letter, after expressing his outrage, the writer said they were cancelling their subscription. I've often thought that's their loss. If I only expect World to publish what I am 100% in agreement with, then there really is no need for the periodical. Of, if I cared that much, I would join their staff. But Being an armchair editor-in-chief never gets me far. In fact, how can I determine a point of view is one I might disagree with... if I never read about them?

Salty1

With all the leftist propaganda both in the leftist mainstream media and on the social media sites, I think it is easy for Christians to get sucked into it. Some Christians treat the conservatives as part of the problem, but conservatives are much much closer to the truth, compared with the leftist mainstream propaganda outlets. I pray that Christians will have the eyes to see the truth, no matter how hard the devil struggles to sow discord, confusion and lies.

GC

And this is why WORLD continues to be my most trusted source of news. Thank you!