I have been working at the church now for about 14 months. Before that, I used to work here. And before that, I used to work here.
If you followed those links, or even moused over them to see what the address was, you know my current job is in a much different industry than my previous two.
Since getting out of the newspaper business, I have had a chance to see what people outside that industry think of the news media. There have been several occasions where my church has been involved in some news stories and it's been very interesting for me to watch how the staff has handled it.
Two times in the past week there has been interaction with local news outlets and it's got me a little intrigued. The staff here seems to go on the defensive whenever somebody from the media makes contact. It's as if there's some kind of fear of being misrepresented - which I totally understand.
As a whole, Christianity takes a beating almost daily in the media so it's no surprise that my church is a little wary of things being printed or broadcast about us.
My feelings are quite biased, I'm well aware, but I truly believe most media outlets (at least the local ones) are not out to get the Christians. I believe they're just trying to tell the stories they see going on around them.
So, this is a post seeking your feedback. I know there are a few people from the newspaper business who read this blog, and some who have no experience in that field at all. That should make for a nice mix.
I just want to know how you feel about the media, as it relates to your faith and your church. Should the church be wary of reporters? Should the church allow cameras inside it's walls? Where does this fear come from? Do you believe the news media is trying to tell the true stories, or do they have an agenda?
I'm looking forward to your responses!