WORLD Journalism Institute’s College Course is a two-week, multimedia journalism boot camp for college students and recent college graduates hosted at Dordt University in Iowa.
Participants will be equipped with the practical skills needed to work in the field of journalism while engaging with a Biblical worldview. Experienced WORLD News Group reporters and editors instruct students on how to apply Scripture to the profession of journalism. Participants will learn how to report for print, digital, radio, and video platforms, and then receive hands-on experience in those areas, applying the lessons they learned in the classroom. During the two weeks, about fifteen seasoned journalists will instruct, edit students’ work line-by-line, and mentor a cohort of about thirty students.
Opportunities and Experience
Students will emerge from the course with:
A portfolio of pieces in multiple mediums, plus one week in either the broadcast, feature writing, or digital news writing track
An understanding of how to report with Biblical objectivity
A supportive network of like-minded peers and professionals
Experience and skills in the reporting and editing process, including proficiency with Adobe Premier and Audition
Participants who produce excellent work during the course also have the opportunity to get their work published on WORLD News Group platforms. Following the course, WJI students are eligible for a paid, four-to-eight-week internship with WORLD News Group and to become freelance contractors for WORLD.
Accepted students receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, housing, and meals. Our mission is to develop and equip the next generation of journalists to hone their craft and report from a Biblically objective worldview.
The Ideal Candidate
College students and recent college graduates are eligible to apply. Two years of college credit, experience working for a publication, and/or published work adds to the likelihood of being accepted to this competitive course.
Ideal candidates will also have:
An active and professed faith in Jesus Christ
A curiosity about the world
A desire to understand how the Bible informs our perspective on current events
A teachable disposition
This intensive is designed to stretch participants so they can gain the confidence necessary for jobs in a competitive marketplace. It also allows students to explore how their callings and skills align.
The early bird deadline is Friday, February 9, 2024.
The final deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2024.
The application includes a testimony and faith background section, an autobiographical sketch, and a writing exercise in the form of an obituary.
Applicants will receive a confirmation that their application has been received within five business days. Invitations to RSVP will be extended to selected candidates the week following the deadline. Applicants will also be notified of pre-course assignments and an equipment list.
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The course includes instruction on how a Christian worldview informs journalism and practically the nuts and bolts of backpack journalism for convergent media. Instructors 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 will improve their interviewing techniques and journalistic style, and gain training from professionals in photography, videography, and audio work. Class periods will include short lectures but emphasize discussion and analyzing/editing students' stories and practical field experience.
The intensive course includes pre-class assignments followed by two weeks of class residency.
During week one, students learn together, but in the second-week students are placed in a track—either feature writing, broadcast, or digital news— where students get even more intentional feedback from instructors and complete larger assignments. The two factors used to determine their track are their expressed preference and where instructors see their strengths.
Students should expect to work twelve hours a day—except on Sunday.
Arrivals and check-ins all-day
Dinner, Introductions, and Tour of Campus
Reporting Workshop with Lee Pitts
Depart and Report
Writing Workshop: Editing
Introduction to WORLD Broadcast with The World and Everything In It hosts Nick Eicher and Myrna Brown
Lecture: Worldview Journalism and Newspaper Storytelling
Writing Workshop: Profiles
WORLD Broadcast: Stand-Ups Ups Prep and Exercise
Practice Press Conference and Debrief
Lecture: Worldview Journalism and Biblical Objectivity
Lunch with Guest Speaker
Lecture: Thinking About Stories and Journalistic Writing Style
Writing Workshop: Revising Obits
Workshop: Additional Video Editing and Camera Training
Week Two Sample Day:
Workshop: Script Writing and Editing
Reporting: Time to work on track assignment
Nick Eicher is executive producer of WORLD Radio. He has been a broadcast and print journalist for over three decades. He has served WORLD magazine as a writer and reporter, editor, managing editor and publisher. He served as CEO of WORLD’s parent corporation, God’s World Publications, where he oversaw the publication of WORLD as well as the training program of the World Journalism Institute. In his spare time, Nick has taught editing and story structure for WJI. He has also served his duty in government and politics—as a press secretary to U.S. Rep. John W. “Jack” Buechner in Washington (1986-88) and then as press secretary for the Mark F. “Thor” Hearne congressional campaign (‘88). Eicher started broadcasting as a high-schooler (KYMC-FM, WCBW-FM, St. Louis), earned a news anchor position as a freshman (KCOU, Columbia) at the University of Missouri, became news director of KSIV-AM, St. Louis, while finishing his degree at Southern Illinois University and served as reporter at KMOX-AM, St. Louis, the summer after graduation.
Russ is the Associate Editor of The Indianapolis Star and Director of Pulliam Fellowship Program. In the past, he has been a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Springfield Union, The Indianapolis News, The Indianapolis Star, and the Associated Press. He is the author of Publisher: Gene Pulliam, Last of the Newspaper Titans and a WJI monograph collection of his columns. Pulliam has earned numerous journalistic awards and has his B.A. from Williams College.
Associate Dean, World Journalism Institute
As Washington Bureau Chief for WORLD magazine for more than five years, Lee's assignments sent him from Capitol Hill to the White House to the Supreme Court. But his reporting also has taken him beyond the Capital Beltway. Leading up to the 2010 elections, Lee embarked on a 10-day, 4,225 mile cross-country trip through competitive congressional districts in 16 states. In 2004-2005, as a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Lee embedded with a National Guard Regimental Combat unit in Iraq for nearly 7 months, going on humanitarian and combat missions. Before joining WORLD, Lee served as press secretary for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. Now in his fifteenth year in the media world, Lee earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and now leads the journalism program at Dordt University.
After serving for seven years as a missionary in an African village, Mark Volkers traveled the planet for a decade as a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker for Christian organizations. His films about the cultures, people and places of the world have earned him over 50 national and international awards. Mark continues to make films but now as a professor of digital media at Dordt University in Iowa. Students in the program are involved in storytelling in all corners of the globe, and have won numerous awards for their work.
Paul is the executive producer and features editor for WORLD Radio as well as senior producer for the Effective Compassion and Legal Docket podcasts. He is a World Journalism Institute graduate, a Moody Radio alum, a pastor, and a former college professor. He resides with his family in Arlington, Ill.
Les is a WORLD Radio correspondent and commentator. He previously spent two decades as WORLD Magazine's Mailbag editor. Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College and resides in Purcellville, Va., with his family.
Accepted students will receive a full scholarship upon admission to WJI which will cover the cost of tuition, housing, and most meals. Students will be responsible for bringing individual class equipment which will be explained upon admission to WJI.