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  • Recent WJI alum now reporting on Africa

    Feb 3, 2016

    Onize Ohikere just graduated from the World Institute last summer, but she already finds herself covering Africa. She writes daily stories for World Magazine’s website.   So far she’s covered disease and civil war in Nigeria, the slums in Kenya, Mozambique refugees, Tunisia’s fledgling democracy, Ethiopia’s drought, Congo adoptions, and Tanzanian el... more >

  • Recent WJI grad now covering Washington

    Jan 25, 2016

    Congratulations to Evan Wilt, a 2015 WJI graduate, for his current reporter's posting in the nation's capital. Less than a year after completing the World Journalism Institute's summer course in Asheville, Evan now founds himself covering events like President Obama's State of the Union address, the annual March for Life rally, and a campaign speech by presidential candidate ... more >

  • Congrats to award winning WJI alum

    Jan 11, 2016

    In the recent Hoosier State Press Associaiton Foundation's Better Newspaper Contest, 2010 WJI alum Sarah Einselen won three awards. Einselen, a news editor for the Pharos-Tribune in Longansport, Ind., received first place for Best In-Depth Feature or Feature Package, second place for Headline Writing, and third place for Best Business Section or Pages.  Overall, staff members for Sa... more >

  • Wall-Street Journal proclaims Asheville the "South’s Insider Destination."

    Oct 30, 2015

    Thinking about joining us next summer in Asheville? Well you will be in good company as this Wall Street Journal article proclaims that the city is "catching on fast with the rest of the country" as a top destination. Click on the below link and read to learn about the place where you could spend two weeks next May: Asheville: The South’s Insider Destination Long an i... more >

  • 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 >