Context is always essential: Dear Christian Radio is a growing industry leader that aims to do even more for the Christian media industry and the world. We provide leadership and direction to other Christian media organizations through the Dear Christian Radio website and blog. Our readers want relevant content that impacts them now.
The DCR blog covers topics on leadership, compliance, culture, engineering, fundraising, programming, promotions, social media, underwriting, and more. We do this in an open and candid way. Therefore, it’s not enough to simply tell them, you have to show them, as well. If you’re up to the task, click the blue button below.
Essays – Your unique take on Christian radio or a relevant news item with significant context for the reader.
Features – DCR features have a strong voice, factual support, and thoughtful analysis. There are four main blog categories: #ENCW, Features, Leadership, and Series. This is our bread and butter.
First Person – There are no punches pulled and no organization to hide behind–this is you and your thoughts out in the open and in the raw. These are honest first-person accounts as lived by you.
Think Pieces: These open commentaries allow the writer to explore issues that require deeper thought. This includes shifts in cultural norms, listener trends (real or projected) or opinions on the industry’s future.
500 words is minimum, 1,500 words is optimal, 2,500 words is the maximum.
Expert / Professional / Personal / Candid
AP Style preferred; MLA accepted. Please write with a business savvy that enriches the radio industry.
Introduction – First, every DCR blog begins with “Dear Christian Radio,”. Second, this opening portion of your submission is critical for establishing the tone of your piece. You should use a hook in your opening sentence to entice the reader to continue on. Whatever you choose to say should coincides with the overall theme of your piece. Be sure to provide enough detail that the reader quickly begins to understand your main idea. Finally, avoid passive statements in the introduction and throughout your submission.
Body – Here you will both develop and support your ideas. Three or more paragraphs with support or examples for each is best. Be sure to elaborate on statements you introduced earlier. Case studies, personal experiences, anecdotes, and cited third party research improve the body of your piece–helping to establish you as an expert in your area of expertise.
Conclusion – The conclusion should tie the introduction and body of your piece together. Your conclusion should also be in paragraph form. The conclusion is where you bring together all of the elements you previously mentioned in the other sections. This should not simply restate everything you have already said, but rather, wrap up your ideas in one nice clean package.
Summary – Almost all DCR blogs conclude with a summary of the main points fleshed out in the body. Three points (1, 2, 3) is the standard, but up to five is acceptable. Limit each summary point to a single, concise sentence as much as possible. This provides a cleaner look online and makes for a cleaner read.
No – Did you know that non-profit fundraising has gotten harder?
Yes – A growing number of non-profit fundraisers face an unclear future as organizations wrestle with a new technological paradigm.
No – Fundraising is down 25 percent for non-profits.
Yes – According to research conducted by Top NonProfits, charitable giving is forecast to decline in 2016.
Dear Christian Radio…
1. Embrace conflict. Let it knit you together as a team, never allow it to tear you apart.
2. Practice candor. A lot of conflict is due to a lack of clear communication.
3. Be mindful of self. There is no “I” in team; be willing to listen, adapt, and press in as needed when conflict arises.
We do hard things. These 10 ways of being are the #ENCW Way…