Journalism is a high calling. WJI is concerned with covering news that remembers the needs of the "uns": the unborn, the uneducated, the unemployed, and the unfashionable.
At WJI’s summer course, you will learn how to hone your writing skills for God’s glory. Journalists and editors who’ve spent decades reporting at home and abroad will grow and challenge you. You can actually get paid to write history’s rough draft, and WJI prepares you for that experience. You'll witness firsthand social and political settings you might never have been able to access otherwise.
Our mission is to recruit, equip, place and encourage journalists who are Christians.
If you profess faith in Christ, are curious about the world, have completed at least two years of college, and are passionate about journalism and curious about the world, you’re eligible. If you want to improve your writing and be stretched to gain the confidence needed to find jobs in a competitive marketplace click “Apply now” for the next annual WJI college-and-beyond summer course.
We offer instruction in Christian worldview and the nuts and bolts of backpack journalism for convergent media. The course focuses on news/feature writing and reporting for magazine, website, and radio. With professional mentors by their side, participants will draft print stories, record radio spots, shoot photography slide shows, and film video reports. We call it “Backpack Reporting for the Digital Age.” Guest speakers who have spent decades honing their crafts in these areas lead our workshops. Our students get to report using radio, video, still camera equipment as well as the old-fashioned but indispensable notepad and pencil.
The intensive course occurs every May and includes pre-class assignments and two weeks of class residency, with a full scholarship covering the cost of tuition and housing for accepted applicants. WJI and its host partner, Dordt College, will provide lunches and dinners on nearly all days; students are responsible for other meals (mainly breakfast) and for their transportation expenses to and from the course.
The two weeks of class are on the campus of Dordt College, a Christian college located on the edge of the Great Plains in Northwest Iowa, recently ranked the number one college in the nation for student engagement by the Wall Street Journal for two years in a row . Dordt’s campus is a great place to be during the summer months. Take a walk through the Dordt Prairie to experience the windblown grasses and flowers, relax by the pool at the All Seasons Center, or hang out with new friends in the Campus Center.
The program will take place on the green cusp of the region’s prairie land near the Big Sioux River. Dordt will hold WJI in the state-of-the-art classrooms found in the school’s two-year-old Science and Technology building. Students will be housed in some of the newest dorms on campus that border the school’s colorful prairie and is across the street from the pool complex.
We need more gutsy Christians in the reporting field, but it’s tough. Young reporters need to learn both how to be great journalists and how to stay true to their beliefs, despite fears over what the culture tells them.
We keep the class size small so everyone can receive individual attention. We discuss the role of faith and the art of truth-telling. A Christian journalist is not just a reporter who happens to go to church for an hour each Sunday. We report the news while remaining committed to the Bible and its teachings as the inerrant Word of God. We treat story subjects as persons created in God’s image and not mere topics for assignments. We report as Jesus would report, mirroring his tone by being gentle with the broken and outsiders but strong toward the powerful and the rich.
If you have additional question please contact WJI's Associate Dean Lee Pitts.