WJI’s mission is to engage, equip, connect, and encourage Christians called to use their gifts in the field of multimedia journalism.
We do this through multiple intensives for different audiences throughout the year which are a week to two weeks long and require pre-course work. WJI can lead to having work published, internship opportunities with WORLD and other media organizations, and connection to an alumni community of over 500.
WORLD Journalism Institute is a training intensive conducted by WORLD News Group that offers Christians ways to explore their calling in the fast-growing field of multimedia journalism.
WJI is more than an on-the-ground reporting intensive. Lecturers teach the nuts and bolts of backpack journalism and offer a foundation to understanding how a Christian worldview and journalism intersect. Our students get out of the classroom and report for multiple platforms including digital, magazine, and broadcast for both audio and video. Instructors, reporters, and guest speakers who have spent decades honing their craft lead our workshops and give line-by-line feedback to the work that students produce. From brainstorming story pitches to published work on WORLD’s platforms, instructors are coaching students along the way.
WJI equips and encourages its graduates by growing their skills, their portfolio, and their faith and provides on-going opportunities to connect with fellow alums and build relationships that can lead to new career possibilities and lifelong friendships.
We need gutsy Christians in the reporting field who can be salt and light in an increasingly secular age. WJI is all about training reporters to be great journalists who stay true to their beliefs, despite cultural trends and polarizing dialogue.
Do you value truth, clarity, diligence, connections, and encouragement?
We do too. Applicants are eligible for WJI courses if they profess faith in Jesus Christ, are curious about the world, want to understand how the Bible informs how we think about current events, and are ready to be stretched to gain the confidence needed to hone skills for jobs in a competitive marketplace. Apply through our listed programs or this link: https://wji.world/apply-now
WJI offers several courses throughout the year.
The College Course in May is the only two-week course and offers 28 seats to students with at least two years of college credit up to recent graduates early in their careers. The one-week WJI High School Course takes place in the beginning of June, and the international courses are usually held in the late summer or early fall. All intensive courses require a few pre-class assignments and basic reporting equipment.
The need for trained journalists is global. WJI sees that and is responding.
The College Course and High School Course are hosted on the campus of Dordt University in Northwest Iowa. Students stay in the dorms that border the school’s colorful prairie, learn in state-of-the-art classrooms in the Science and Technology building, use the computer labs equipped with Adobe Premiere software, eat most meals in the cafeteria, have access to the gym facilities, and can explore the town of Sioux Center.
The Mid Career Course is held in Asheville, North Carolina, at WORLD's main offices. Attendees stay in a nearby hotel, can see the main offices, and get a taste of what the popular town of Asheville has to offer.
Professional journalists blend in-person, individual instruction and feedback with hands-on reporting experiences to teach students how to tell stories informed by a Biblical foundation in print, online, and on the air.
Students are not just sitting in class listening to lectures on the craft of storytelling and journalism, they are assigned multiple assignments and go out into the community to interview and report. Instructors are right there beside them and honing their reporting skills. It’s a learning environment where students will be challenged out of their comfort zones and gain confidence in their craft.