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WORLD Magazine is a biweekly Christian
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament...

 news magazine
A news magazine is a typed, printed, and published piece of paper, magazine or a radio or television program, usually weekly, featuring articles or segments on current events...

, published in the United States of America
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 by God's World Publications, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 11th largest city in North Carolina. The City is home to the United States National Climatic Data Center , which is the world's largest active...

, North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west and Virginia to the north. North Carolina contains 100 counties. Its capital is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte...

. WORLD differs from most other news magazines in that its declared perspective is one of conservative
Conservative Christianity
Conservative Christianity is a term applied to a number of groups or movements seen as giving priority to traditional Christian beliefs and practices...

Evangelicalism is a Protestant Christian movement which began in Great Britain in the 1730s and gained popularity in the United States during the series of Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th century.Its key commitments are:...

Protestantism is one of the three major groupings within Christianity. It is a movement that began in Germany in the early 16th century as a reaction against medieval Roman Catholic doctrines and practices, especially in regards to salvation, justification, and ecclesiology.The doctrines of the...

. Its mission statement is "To report, interpret, and illustrate the news in a timely, accurate, enjoyable, and arresting fashion from a perspective committed to the Bible
The Bible refers to any one of the collections of the primary religious texts of Judaism and Christianity. There is no common version of the Bible, as the individual books , their contents and their order vary among denominations...

 as the inerrant Word of God."

Each issue features both U.S. and international news, cultural analysis, editorials and commentary, as well as book, music and movie reviews. In addition, WORLD also publishes an end of the year issue that covers the top stories from the previous year, obituaries, and statistics.


Launched by Joel Belz
Joel Belz
Joel Belz is the founder of God's World Publications in 1977, which includes the World Journalism Institute started in 1999 and WORLD Magazine, a biweekly Christian newsmagazine, in 1986.-Personal life:...

 in 1986 as a replacement for The Presbyterian Journal, an at-that-time 44-year-old publication that had been founded specifically "to challenge the assumptions and activities of the liberals and to return the [Southern Presbyterian] denomination to its biblical moorings," WORLD was intended to serve "an educational rather than an ecclesiastical task--a vision focused on the importance of a biblical worldview for all of life." It started small--only about 5,000 initial subscribers, and only 12,000 after three years. The publishers initially requested donations in every issue to stay afloat. It has grown significantly in the years since, and as a non-profit organization, it continues to accept donations as its publishers have expressed the hope of creating a larger Christian news-gathering organization. As of April 2008, it had reached a circulation of about 123,000.

Editorial team

Currently, Nickolas S. Eicher is the magazine's publisher and Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine, the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion, and Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College...

 is its editor in chief
Editor in chief
An editor-in-chief is a publication's primary editor, having final responsibility for the operations and policies. Additionally, the editor-in-chief is held accountable for delegating tasks to staff members as well as keeping up with the time it takes them to complete their task...

, with Mindy Belz as editor, Timothy Lamer as managing editor
Managing editor
A managing editor is a senior member of a publication's management team.In the United States, a managing editor oversees and coordinates the publication's editorial activities...

, Jamie Dean as news editor, and Janie B. Cheaney, Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky
Susan Northway Olasky is a senior writer for World magazine and the author of eight historical novels for children. She is also an assistant professor of public policy at Patrick Henry College.-Youth and education:...

, John Piper
John Piper (theologian)
John Stephen Piper is a Christian preacher and author, currently serving as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota...

, Edward E. Plowman, Andrée Seu, Cal Thomas
Cal Thomas
John Calvin "Cal" Thomas is an American conservative syndicated columnist, pundit, author and radio commentator.-Life and career:...

, Gene Edward Veith, and Lynn Vincent
Lynn Vincent
Lynn Vincent is a bestselling conservative American writer, journalist, and author or co-author of 10 books. Vincent's work focuses on memoirs, politics and current events...

 as senior writers. The reporting staff is made up of Emily Belz and Edward Lee Pitts. Other contributors include Megan Basham, Mark Bergin, Anthony Bradley, Rebecca Cusey, John Dawson, Daniel James Devine, Paul Glader, Joel Hannahs, Amy Henry, Meghan Keane, Michael Leaser, Angela Lu, Jill Nelson, Daniel Olasky, Arsenio Orteza, and Tiffany Owens. The magazine's art director
Art director
The art director is a person who supervise the creative process of a design.The term 'art director' is a blanket title for a variety of similar job functions in advertising, publishing, film and television, the Internet, and video games....

 is David K. Freeland, with Robert L. Patete serving as associate art director. WORLDs CEO is Kevin Martin, while Warren Cole Smith serves as associate publisher.

Collaboration on memoir

WORLD received widespread national media attention in 2009 when its former features editor and current senior writer Lynn Vincent
Lynn Vincent
Lynn Vincent is a bestselling conservative American writer, journalist, and author or co-author of 10 books. Vincent's work focuses on memoirs, politics and current events...

 was tapped to collaborate on former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
Sarah Louise Palin is an American politician, commentator and author. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major party and first Republican woman nominated for the vice-presidency.She was...

's memoir,
Going Rogue: An American Life
Going Rogue: An American Life
Going Rogue: An American Life is a personal and political memoir of Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican candidate for U.S. Vice President. The book became a New York Times #1 bestseller in its first week of release, and remained there for six weeks...


The Fellowship

In an August 29, 2009, cover story,
WORLD reported on the scandal-tainted C Street house in Washington, D.C., and the secretive organization behind it, the Fellowship, a.k.a. "The Family." Scott Horton of Harper's Magazine
Harper's Magazine
Harper's Magazine is a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts, with a generally left-wing perspective. It is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S. . The current editor is Ellen Rosenbush, who replaced Roger Hodge in January 2010...

noted, "As the lede makes clear ('an organization big on protecting its own and small on church ties and theology'), [WORLD 's] attitude is critical and exacting. The piece looks like serious journalism, much like the publication’s exposé work on Ralph Reed and other scandals in the past." WORLDs coverage of C Street house also caught the attention of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow
Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television host and political commentator. Maddow hosts a nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC. Her syndicated talk radio program, The Rachel Maddow Show, aired on Air America Radio...

, who on her August 17, 2009, show said, "The article exposes The Family‘s mysterious money trail and describes the C Street scandals using the word 'scandal' and argues that The Family subscribes to a, quote, 'muddy theology' and it harbors, quote, 'a disdain for the established church.'"

Electronic Media

The magazine's website, WORLDmag.com, is headed up by Web Executive Editor Mickey McLean and includes online-only "Web Extras" written by the magazine's editors, reporters, writers, and contributors, as well as daily news briefs and commentaries, podcasts, and editorial cartoons.

In March 2011, WORLD released an electronic version of its magazine for the Apple iPad
The iPad is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, and web content. The iPad was introduced on January 27, 2010 by Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs. Its size and...

, which is available to download through Apple's App Store.

WORLD also introduced in 2011 WORLD Virginia, its first in what's planned to be a network of student news bureaus providing expanded online coverage of state and regional issues. WORLD Virginia is edited by Les Sillars and is associated with Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College is a private, independent college with Evangelical Christian basis that focuses on teaching classical liberal arts and government, located in Purcellville, Virginia, United States The first college in the United States founded specifically for Christian home-schooled...

. WORLD California, edited by Angela Lu and associated with Biola University
Biola University
Biola University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university located near Los Angeles. Biola's main campus is in La Mirada in Los Angeles County, California. In addition, the university has several satellite campuses in Chino Hills, Inglewood, San Diego, and Laguna Hills.-...

, and WORLD New York, edited by Tiffany Owens and associated with The King's College (New York), were launched in the fall of 2011.

In September 2011, WORLD launched WORLD on Campus, a news site designed for students from age 15 to 25. Leigh Jones serves as editor.


On August 6, 2011, WORLD, in partnership with the Salem Radio Network
Salem Radio Network
Salem Radio Network is a United States-based radio network that specializes in syndicated Christian talk, music, and secular news/talk programming...

, launched a weekly two-hour radio news program called The World and Everything in It. Hosted by WORLD Publisher Nick Eicher and veteran radio producer Joseph Slife, the program airs weekends on Salem stations and features reports, interviews, and analysis from the magazine's editorial team.

In February 2010, WORLD began broadcasting a daily news report hosted by Publisher Nick Eicher. This Is News from WORLD Magazine airs weekdays on the Bott Radio Network and other radio stations across the United States.

WORLD, in partnership with the Salem Radio Network
Salem Radio Network
Salem Radio Network is a United States-based radio network that specializes in syndicated Christian talk, music, and secular news/talk programming...

, also produced a special radio program to commemorate Memorial Day 2011, which aired on stations across the country over the Memorial Day weekend.

Daniel of the Year

Since 1998, WORLD has chosen a "Daniel of The Year". Having a different emphasis than TIME
Time (magazine)
Time is an American news magazine. A European edition is published from London. Time Europe covers the Middle East, Africa and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong...

's Person of the Year
Person of the Year
Person of the Year is an annual issue of the United States newsmagazine Time that features and profiles a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year."- History :The tradition of selecting a Man of the Year...

, the Daniels exhibit bravery in defense of God
God is the English name given to a singular being in theistic and deistic religions who is either the sole deity in monotheism, or a single deity in polytheism....

's authority and not their autonomy. The honor is named for the main character
Daniel is the protagonist in the Book of Daniel of the Hebrew Bible. In the narrative, when Daniel was a young man, he was taken into Babylonian captivity where he was educated in Chaldean thought. However, he never converted to Neo-Babylonian ways...

 of the book of Daniel
Book of Daniel
The Book of Daniel is a book in the Hebrew Bible. The book tells of how Daniel, and his Judean companions, were inducted into Babylon during Jewish exile, and how their positions elevated in the court of Nebuchadnezzar. The court tales span events that occur during the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar,...

 in the Bible
The Bible refers to any one of the collections of the primary religious texts of Judaism and Christianity. There is no common version of the Bible, as the individual books , their contents and their order vary among denominations...

  • 1998: Kenneth Starr
    Kenneth Starr
    Kenneth Winston "Ken" Starr is an American lawyer and educational administrator who has also been a federal judge. He is best known for his investigation of figures during the Clinton administration....

  • 1999: Generation WWJD
    What would Jesus do?
    The phrase "What would Jesus do?" became popular in the United States in the 1990s and as a personal motto for adherents of Evangelical Christianity who used the phrase as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through the...

  • 2000: Michael Yerko
  • 2001: John Ashcroft
    John Ashcroft
    John David Ashcroft is a United States politician who served as the 79th United States Attorney General, from 2001 until 2005, appointed by President George W. Bush. Ashcroft previously served as the 50th Governor of Missouri and a U.S...

  • 2002: Franklin Graham
    Franklin Graham
    William Franklin Graham III , known publicly as Franklin Graham, is an American Christian evangelist and missionary. He is the president and CEO of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.He currently lives in Boone,...

  • 2003: Phillip E. Johnson
    Phillip E. Johnson
    Phillip E. Johnson is a retired UC Berkeley law professor and author. He became a born-again Christian while a tenured professor and is considered the father of the intelligent design movement...

  • 2004: Caroline Cox
  • 2005: Makoto Fujimura
    Makoto Fujimura
    Makoto Fujimura is a 21st Century Contemporary Artist. He graduated with a B.A. from Bucknell University, then studied in a traditional Japanese painting doctorate program for several years at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with several notable artists such as Takashi Murakami...

  • 2006: Peter Jasper Akinola and Henry Luke Orombi
    Henry Luke Orombi
    Henry Luke Orombi is the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Bishop of the Anglican Doicese of Kampala. He has served in that capacity since 2004.-Background:...

  • 2007: Wanda Kohn
  • 2008: Zakaria Botros
    Zakaria Botros
    Zakaria Botros is a Coptic priest from Egypt, he worked as a priest in Australia in 1992,he has a Bachelors of Arts in History, best known his critiques of the Quran and other books of Islam. Father Botros has received applause from places such as World Magazine awarded him the Daniel of the Year...

  • 2009: Stephen C. Meyer
    Stephen C. Meyer
    Stephen C. Meyer is an American scholar, philosopher and advocate for intelligent design. He helped found the Center for Science and Culture of the Discovery Institute , which is the main organisation behind the intelligent design movement. Before joining the DI, Meyer was a professor at...

  • 2010: Richard Brandsford

Hope Award for Effective Compassion

In conjunction with the American Bible Society
American Bible Society
The American Bible Society is an interconfessional, non-denominational, nonprofit organization, founded in 1816 in New York City, which publishes, distributes and translates the Bible and provides study aids and other tools to help people engage with the Bible.It is probably best known for its...

, WORLD presents an annual Hope Award for Effective Compassion to small Christian ministry organizations that do effective work in helping those in need without receiving government funding.
  • 2006: Christian Women's Job Corps, Nashville, Tenn.
  • 2007: Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Batesville, Ark.
  • 2008: A Way Out, Memphis, Tenn.
  • 2009: Forgiven Ministry, Taylorsville, N.C.
  • 2010: Freedom for Youth, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2011: Victory Trade School, Springfield, Mo.

Book of the Year

Since 2008, the editors of WORLD have selected a Book of the Year, which recognizes a Christian book and author that effectively tackles a topic important to the evangelical community in a timely manner. Each Book of the Year is prominently featured in the magazine's annual Books Issue. WORLD selected co-Books of the Year in 2011.
  • 2008: The Reason for God
    The Reason for God
    The Reason for God is the title of a Christian apologetics book and associated DVD by Dr. Timothy J. Keller, a scholar and founder of one of the largest churches in New York City.- Book :...

    : Belief in an Age of Skepticism
    , by Timothy J. Keller
  • 2009: ESV Study Bible, published by Crossway, a division of Good News Publishers
    Good News Publishers
    Good News Publishers is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that publishes and distributes gospel tracts. Good News Publishers is the parent company of Crossway Books, a publisher of evangelical Christian books. Good News/Crossway is headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois...

  • 2010: The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future, by Arthur C. Brooks
    Arthur C. Brooks
    Arthur C. Brooks is an American social scientist and musician. He is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Brooks is best known for his work on the junctions between culture, economics, and politics...

  • 2011: Should Christians Embrace Evolution? edited by Norman C. Nevin, and God and Evolution, edited by Jay Richards
    Jay Richards
    Jay Wesley Richards is an American analytic philosopher and advocate of Intelligent Design. He is the Director of Acton Media and a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute, and Program Director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture , which has as its primary role the advocacy...

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