WJI — Day 9: Healing Scalpel

Dear Reader,

I woke up sore from yesterday’s soccer game. Enough said on that front.

Today, we started out by talking about features writing. Among many of the points raised was the fact that Christian journalists have the unique opportunity to be “the scalpel that heals,” and that we should be someone who reports harshly in order to bring about change for the better.

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, 

but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 

Proverbs 12:18

That hit close to home for me especially, with the memory of recent harsh reporting done at The Wheaton Record, and how in many ways, while we were definitely a scalpel at times, we neglected to bring about healing.

After we learned about feature writing, our classroom of 14 transformed into an operating newsroom as we adapted stories from AP’s website and called our own sources to write stories for the World website.

I wrote my story on the Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes (the man who shot up a Batman movie showing) death penalty case which is ongoing. I encountered my share of embarrassment, fumbling around legal terms while on the phone with Colorado lawyers.

Lesson learned: make sure you’re somewhat comfortable with the vernacular of the people you’re about to interview. 

Before heading to bed, I finished my book review on a great little read about sex. Fun!

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