“With the Feast already half over, Jesus showed up in the Temple, teaching. The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: ‘How does he know so much without being schooled?’” John 7:14-15.
I caught a segment on public TV in which Tavis Smiley interviewed Ted Koppel, one of the most influential TV newsman who set a high standard for journalism. He was asked, “Would you encourage young people to become journalists?” He answered simply, “Yes,” but he went on to say those interested in being a journalist shouldn’t just go to a journalism school, they should first get a good solid education and become well-rounded in what’s going on in the world.
Koppel also said it’s harder to be a good journalist today because news is on all day instead of morning and evening, as when he got into the field. It causes a degree of shabby reporting without the time it takes to research and report.
Jesus reported what he knew received from the best source, his Father. He taught without a manuscript and didn’t make up facts to impress anyone. Jesus cautioned the Jews, “A person making things up tries to make himself look good. But someone trying to honor the one who sent him sticks to the facts and doesn’t tamper with reality.” (vs. 18)
Students entering the field of journalism could learn from the greatest teacher of all—Jesus—who learned from the creator of all knowledge.
Thank you, Jesus, for telling the news as it really happened. Amen.