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Daily News and Prayer is inspired by The Christian Science Monitor, one of the most important (and most underappreciated) newspapers in the world. Posts are usually (but not always) responses to articles in the Monitor about events and trends that call for prayer.

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Getting beyond the fear narrative

This is just a quick post to alert readers to a TEDx talk given by Stephanie Hanes a few months ago, titled “A call for a new journalistic narrative.” This journalist, who writes for The Christian Science Monitor and other publications, cites Monitor founder Mary Baker Eddy’s words, published in 1883, as descriptive of one of the big problems for journalism today. Eddy said, “Looking over the newspapers of the day, one naturally reflects that it is dangerous to live so loaded with disease seems the very air.”

Hanes believes this “fear narrative” (her words) is still rampant in the news media, but she believes that this can change, that journalism can not only shape the reality we see but has a responsibility to do so in positive ways.

Watch her talk. It’s insightful.

Note to readers: I have not posted much lately, as I have been engaged in some long-term writing projects. My apologies, if apologies are needed. I will get back to this at some point . . . Meanwhile, my thanks to everyone who is keeping alert to ways that prayer can help shape the news and change the fear narrative!

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Don't apologize for writing! We all are looking forward to your writing... and love to read what you write. You enlarge our horizons!

November 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

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