WJI comes to the Midwest for 2017

Jan 8, 2017

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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 with World News Group to host the 19th annual WJI summer course for college reporters and recent college graduates.

This program, where enterprising students learn the best storytelling techniques to succeed on the front lines of the modern media world, will take place at the edge of the Great Plains in Sioux Center, Iowa, from May 14 to May 27.

Dordt College, recently ranked the number one college in the nation for student engagement by the Wall Street Journal, will house WJI in the state-of-the-art classrooms found in the school’s two-year-old Science and Technology Center. Students will be housed in some of the newest dorms on campus that border the school’s colorful prairie and that is across the street from the swimming pool.

At WJI, students will spend two weeks honing their reporting and writing skills while working with experienced journalists. Those accepted will be awarded free tuition, housing, and meals. With their professional mentors by their side, participants will create for a variety of platforms: drafting print stories, recording radio spots, shooting photography slide shows, and filming video reports.

Dordt College Vice President Howard Wilson said Dordt and WJI are natural fits with both organizations’ emphasis on the role of faith in the exploration of truth. 

“We resonate with WORLD magazine’s vision for preparing young Christian journalists to serve in the media,” Wilson said. “We believe it is important for members of the press to do their work through a Christian worldview, like all other areas of study and callings.”

WJI seeks to help Christians explore the life of a journalist while staying true to their beliefs. With class sizes small enough so everyone can receive individual attention, students will spend time with reporters who have the lessons and tools needed to thrive in this profession. A theme of the program will be how those answering the call of journalism should seek justice, liberty, and fulfillment for all people as they report on society in truth and love.

“We’re glad to partner with Dordt as we train students not to be part of the religious right or the religious left, but to practice biblically objective journalism that informs, educates, and inspires,” said Marvin Olasky, World’s editor-in-chief and WJI’s dean.

WJI held its first summer training program in 1999. Since then, young journalists have gathered in Asheville, N.C., Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, and Austin, Tex., to study journalism from a Christian worldview. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in such newsrooms as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Des Moines Register, and World Magazine.

To learn more about how to join the WJI family this summer visit World Journalism Institute on Facebook and Twitter. To apply before the late March deadline please go to www.worldji.com. Email questions to office@worldji.com.

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