School of Communication
Communication Studies: Journalism
Barks, Mallory, "New Media in Missions" (2011). Senior Honors Theses. 218.
Throughout modern history, missionaries have communicated with people at home and with nationals through print and electronic media, including television and radio. Today, the emergence of digital communication technologies is changing the way missionaries communicate internationally, allowing them to exchange personalized information immediately.
This project explores how several of today’s missionaries utilize print, electronic, and digital media in the practice of their calling. This study bases its findings on the content of interviews with ten missionaries. Though their specific practices differ slightly, all use some or all of these digital media types for missional purposes on a daily basis. As a whole they saw similar advantages in the digital media, such as a broader audience and a voluntary receiver, and similar disadvantages, such as a need for censorship and a loss of the personal touch.