A reflection on ‘The Banner’

This is the last article I will ever write for The Banner, and for the first time in my college journalism career, I have no idea what to write.

Maybe it’s the pressure of an oncoming deadline or maybe it’s hesitation to write a first-person editorial. In general, I like sharing other people’s stories and opinions, not my own.

But what I think it comes down to is, I actually have so much to say: so much to say about my experience at this school and so much to say about my experience working with “The Banner.” Since I only have a limited amount of space, I think I’ll just stick with the latter.

Most other Banner Editor-in- Chiefs, as one of the designers reminded me, used the last issue to reminisce about their experience, so I will do the same.

I came to this school as a transfer student, with three years left to go, hoping to get connected. Even though I knew my major would be journalism, I didn’t realize how much time I would spend working on campus publications, or better yet, that I would eventually lead the newspaper staff.

Unashamedly, I admit, I was a pretty naïve person when I first entered college. I didn’t even know how the college credit system worked.

That was part of the appeal of journalism, for me. It gives me the opportunity to cover variety of subjects and understand how the world works, because I have to figure it out by talking to people and doing research. Then, after doing all of that, I have to communicate what I’ve learned in written format.

For some, that would be grueling task. But to me, it’s a worthy challenge.

It’s also a ministry—an unconventional one at that—and maybe only one that Christian journalist’s can understand. It’s the ministry of truth telling.

Mark Galli of Christianity Today says it best when talking about his publication’s mission: “For us, journalism is not just a profession but also a ministry. And an unusual ministry it is—one that strives to tell the truth, that asks questions others are afraid to ask…”

So even though Christian journalists aren’t always reporting the Gospel truth, they are pointing to the fact that there is truth and it can be discovered.

But in order to report well, one must master the basic skills. That’s what working for “The Banner” provided me and for that, I am so grateful.

On top of the great educational opportunities it offered, I was able to make friends with some of the quirkiest, most genuine and wonderful people I know. I want to name drop, but I also don’t want to leave anyone out. So, I’ll leave it at that and with a written “thank you.”

Thank you, Banner staff, for all your hard work this year and especially to Mary Ann, our adviser, who will also be “graduating” in a sense.

About Jenny Miner

I am a journalism major and long-time Banner staff member and will, this year, be serving as the Editor-in-Chief. I just returned from an intense semester in Washington, DC, where I learned a lot about the future of journalism. I am looking forward to one last year working for The Banner and am hopeful that the team will make great strides in keeping up with the rapidly changing journalism field, as well as do our job to keep the CBU community informed about all news California Baptist University.

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