WJI Frequently Asked Questions

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Are students from all Christian denominations and traditions welcome in the programs of the World Journalism Institute?

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All students who profess faith in Jesus Christ and have a reference from a pastor or campus Christian minister are eligible..

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Do students face a political litmus test?

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No. At the World News Group we are pro-life and committed to the belief that God created the universe, created us male and female, and gave us good work to do. Our belief in the Fall leaves us skeptical of systems that centralize power, hinder civil society and free markets, and attempt to perfect humanity apart from the Cross. Beyond that, we have a range of political views and we welcome students from a variety of positions. 

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May high school students attend the institute programs?

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No.

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Who should apply?

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The May convergence course accepts college students who are entering their junior or senior years, or recent college graduates. Successful applicants are good writers from a variety of majors. Experience on a campus newspaper or other publications is helpful.

The mid-career course accepts applicants who are good writers and bring professional or life experience that would be valuable to the World News Group.

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What does it cost to attend?

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For the May convergence course, students pay for travel and some meals: WJI does not charge for tuition or lodging.  Mid-career attendees also receive free tuition but pay for travel, lodging, and most meals.  

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What is the appropriate dress for the institute programs?

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Students should wear business casual. If you wouldn't wear it to your job, don't wear it to class. 

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May a student miss classes if there is a scheduling conflict?

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No, with rare exceptions. 

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What is the policy about class lateness?

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Classes begin on time, and instructors expect students to be in their seats five minutes before class begins.

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What is the basic level of instruction during the courses?

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We set professional standards and help students produce pieces ready for publication.

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Should I major in journalism in college?

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Journalists need to write well and to know at least a little bit about lots of things. Journalism courses often offer good training in concise and descriptive writing. Whether you major in journalism or not, it's good to take a broad range of courses in subjects such as  history, economics, political science, business, and science. 

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Are there jobs in journalism?

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Many big city newspapers have shrunk their staffs, but enterprising journalists have more opportunities than ever before. There will always be a need for story-tellers, and journalists of the future will have to tell stories across a variety of platforms, using not only writing skills but training in photography, video, and sound.