Towards a Christian model for journalism

J.D. Froneman
1997 Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship  
Towards a Christian model for journalism While it is necessary to question the underlying presuppositions o f the news media, it is not adequate merely to criticize or reject non-Christian models. However, little has been done to formulate a comprehensive Christian model fo r the media in general, or journalism in particular. In this article some outlines o f a Christian model fo r journalism are suggested. It includes three basic principles as well as several sub-principles (or norms). It is
more » ... gued that the suggested norms could be regarded as "news values ". The general use o f the term "news values" is thus rejected in order to protect the normative character o f values. It is stressed that as journalism is not an "objective", value-free activity, all aspects o f the ongoing selection process instrinsic to journalism ought to acquire a Christian flavour.
doi:10.4102/koers.v62i1.551 fatcat:bnboxudibraftesc54rj7fgxga