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  • WJI Day 12: Crossing the finish line

    May 30, 2015

    Day 12- WJI By Abigail Reese  We crossed the finish line. After 14 days jam-packed full of intellectually stimulating speakers, intense writing assignments, and multi-media projects, we put our metaphorical robes on today and graduated. Our commencement speaker, Kenan Minkoff, came to us from Kings College. With a background in law, psychology and literature, he passiona... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 10: Stories as king

    May 28, 2015

    Day 10: Storied Stories Evan Wilt Thursday positioned stories as king. In the morning we picked up where we left off from the day before, on the phones. Some called the Pentagon for investigation and others called their mothers for validation. Three hours flew by in a frenzy of writing and editing before a 12 o’clock deadline. Our fast fingers took a break for a lunch h... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 9: The AP, Pulitzer Prizes and cat videos

    May 27, 2015

    WJI 2015 Day 9 By Michaela Wasson Today we learned there is more to the Internet than funny cat videos. In the morning, Lee Pitts gave us a class on the possibilities of computer-assisted research. There are sites for almost every question I could think of asking. Mr. Pitts offered 24 pages of sites, to be exact. Do you need to know how many people move from one state to anot... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 8: The Compelling power of stories

    May 26, 2015

    WJI 8: The Compelling Power of Stories By Onize Ohikere At WJI, we are constantly reminded of the importance of letting the Bible shape our journalistic perspectives. Jamie Dean, a WORLD editor, took it a step further: The Bible teaches us that God created us to be compelled by stories. I agree. The Bible contains some well written stories like that of Joseph. In them, we... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 7: Being a stranger in a strange land

    May 25, 2015

    Day 7 Heather Bridges “How embarrassed do you want to be?” asked Mindy Belz, World editor and world traveler. International reporting, and reporting in general, hinges on a series of awkward moments. As Mindy spoke to the class, we learned that journalism necessitates a constantly changing environment, whether abroad or down the street. You’ll encounter the... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 6: slideshows, Chipotle, and chocolate

    May 23, 2015

    WJI Day 6: The Photography Challenge By Faith Auslund Today was the last day of week one, and everyone did his or her best to push through. As has been the case all week, today we were pushed out of our comfort zone. In the course of the afternoon, we were told to find an event or unique story to photograph, while taking notes and finding interesting information. I chose the Keni... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 5:press conferences, radio recordings and laughter

    May 22, 2015

    Friday – Day 5 with Nick Eicher By Margaret Tazioli Crowded on the front lawn of WORLD News Group with all of our phone recorders cued and photographers circling on the perimeter, we watched the door in anxious anticipation. Two attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [LINK: http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org] traveled to Asheville for the morning to participat... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 4: Connecting the dots as reporters

    May 21, 2015

    WJI DAY 4: Connecting the dots through investigative reporting.  By Jonathan Boes Connect the dots.  Warren Smith dotted the whiteboard with a marker and asked us what he’d begun to draw. Nobody knew. He drew another dot, and another, making a sort-of-maybe triangle.  Still no idea. Smith kept adding dots until a picture emerged: a simple smiley face.... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 3: Capturing Asheville

    May 20, 2015

    WJI — Day 4: Capturing Asheville By Kirkland An   There are so many adjectives to attribute to Asheville, but one that stands out is: hipster.    As AJ Pyatt described his town, "It is just so hipster, but it knows it and embraces it." AJ Pyatt is an African American street performer with a smile that catches the eye and a tenor voice that b... more >

  • WJI 2015 Day 2: Dealing in the lives of others as journalists

    May 19, 2015

    By Kaylen Tanner You are dealing in people’s lives. Caitlin Byrd, local reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times, kept repeating that reminder: You are dealing with people’s lives. Her recollection of telling a woman, over the phone, about the sudden deaths of three friends, due to a plane crash, reveled how hard that can be. When asked if she would continue her current caree... more >