Amanda Nicole Woods, a 20-year-old aspiring reporter, lands a job last summer with a Christian blog, Revelife.com.
Amanda is from Brooklyn, New York. She is studying Journalism at the University at Buffalo.
Last summer, Amanda’s chief editor, Eric Corpus requested she write about controversial issues of denominational organizations and the relations between church and state. Amanda did as told and in effect, the blog spurred mass attention. The readers posted responses and interrogative comments, which propelled her argument’s intensity. Her blog culminated critic acclaim and soared ratings and views. Amanda was left in awe. She questioned the effect of her message and its perception among readers. Amanda said, “ I felt guilty, I felt as if I was dividing people instead of uniting them.”
Bearing an equivocal attitude toward her post, Amanda proceeded to blog about contentious issues in addition to her own. She covered sexual matters and prompted question toward the rights and wrongs of social issues in Christian faith. An experience that she considered “dirty and demeaning”, Amanda said.
Her editor, Eric recognized her estrangement with his proposed topic, therefore he limited controversial topics to every other post. Still ambivalent about her role as a reporter, Amanda looked toward proportionately dividing topics that seemed too controversial and opinionated. And in virtue of her precarious writing, Amanda was able to improve her writing skills, challenge her social creed and transgress beyond religious opinion.