Advocacy, Objectivity, Editorial Freedom, and Journalistic Quality: A Study of Issues in the Protestant Press

Ken Waters

Ken Waters notes that while Christian publications reach millions of readers each year, to the culture at large they are seemingly invisible. Critics of Christian magazines contend the invisibility stems, in part, from the poor writing and design. Other critics have noted that publication editors have little freedom to determine content, and that many stories are nothing more than warmed over news releases from denominational or parachurch executives. A survey of magazine editors identifies key areas of their editorial focus and philosophy. While admitting deficiencies, editors say they enjoy editorial freedom, remain dedicated to fair and accurate reporting, and maintain high standards of publication design. Mr. Waters is Professor of Journalism at Pepperdine University.

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