WJI Newsroom

  • WJI comes to the Midwest for 2017

    Jan 8, 2017

    NEWS RELEASE: Immediate Release CONTACTS: Sarah Vander Plaats (712) 722-6053   Dordt College hosts World Journalism Institute SIOUX CENTER—Students selected to explore the life of a journalist through the World Journalism Institute (WJI) will get to expand their reporting and writing skills in Northwest Iowa this May. Dordt College is partnering w... more >

  • WJI Testimonies - Jessica Franks

    Nov 29, 2016

    Meet Jessica Franks - WJI Class of 2003.  Jessica Franks grew up in Connecticut. Growing up, she was obsessed with magazines. She loved how the writing was combined with artistic designs. As Jessica prepared to enter college she wanted to study art but didn’t think she would be able to make a living with an art degree, so she majored in publishing and minored in art. &... more >

  • WJI Testimonies - Timothy Meinch

    Nov 3, 2016

    Timothy Meinch likes to travel. He enjoys learning about new cultures, seeing new places, meeting new people—and that’s why he became a “backpack journalist.”   Raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Meinch attended high school with Drew Belz, who introduced him to WORLD Magazine. Like many students, Meinch learned about journalism through hig... more >

  • Check out the WJI 2016 Blog!

    Jul 19, 2016

    Check out the WJI 2016 blog that Wheaton College student Ciera Horton made for her class. You can find pictures in the gallery, daily blog posts and student testimonies from WJI. WJI Class of 2016 Third row: Molly Hulsey, Madison Frambes, Madeline Fry, Hosanna Gonzales, Becca Robb, Caleb Harshberger / Second row: Julia Camara, Susan Olasky, Savannah Petree, Ciera... more >

  • WJI 2016 Blog - Day Thirteen - That's A Wrap!

    May 28, 2016

    Madeline Fry Hillsdale College I would try to sum up the first 12 days at WJI, but they’ve taught me that you can never tell the story, you can only tell a story. We journalists report cold, hard facts. So here they are: On Saturday morning, we took our seats in the AC-heavy, green-carpeted 18’x20’ conference room. After gorging... more >

  • WJI 2016 Blog - Day Twelve - Shaky Cams, Barber Shops and Fancy Rhino

    May 27, 2016

    Molly Hulsey Covenant College Grins glinted in laughter, eyes watered or opened wide with wonder as filmmaker Drew Belz had unveiled Fancy Rhino’s—his mixed media firm—cinematographic magic the night before. Their film crew captured everything from a teacher’s enthusiasm as blazed an Oregon Trail in his classroom, the splinter of early morning over an impo... more >

  • WJI 2016 Blog - Day Eleven - Plunging Right in

    May 26, 2016

    Becca Robb Taylor University Confession: I dread phone calls. I’m that person who lets calls go to voicemail because talking over the phone leeches so much energy. Today, Editor-in-Chief Marvin Olasky assigned us to investigate a story. Our research included making phone calls—lots of them. Great. I gathered my laptop, phone, and headphones and found an empty offi... more >

  • WJI 2016 Blog - Day Ten - Smells, Stories and Spotlight

    May 25, 2016

    Ashley Bloemhof Dordt College If there’s one thing I love about stepping outside Sweet Peas every morning, it’s Asheville’s smell—a hint of cigarette smoke, a dash of pine and maple trees, a pinch of fried breakfast food. The unlikely trio makes for a delightful aroma. Pair that morning perfume with a healthy dose of sunny vitamin D and you&rsqu... more >

  • WJI 2016 Blog - Day Nine - Hitting the streets with pad and pencil

    May 24, 2016

    Savannah Petree Patrick Henry College  “If you didn’t enjoy the assignment today, journalism might not be for you.” That’s actually been the case for a lot of our work here at the World Journalism Institute. Whole-hearted diligence to the task at hand is essential. Even if we students have zero experience—be it in radio, pho... more >

  • WJI 2016 Blog - Day Eight - Day in the Life

    May 23, 2016

    Madison Frambes Westmont College This morning felt like last Monday all over again: I woke up a little early, slipped on the same outfit, walked to High Five for a cortado—but then Hosanna came in and sat with me. Emma came next. Ciera walked in and ordered coffee and a bagel. Today wasn’t like last Monday, because last Monday we were all still strangers. We filed in ... more >