If God is in control of history’s events, how should a Christian report on politics, wars, natural disasters, the economy, technology, the arts, marriage and gender issues?
WORLD Journalism Institute's annual mid-career course is an intensive training in reporting and writing magazine, website, and broadcast stories from a Christian worldview. The next course will be hosted in Asheville, North Carolina. We will begin with a welcome dinner on Sunday, March 3, and end with a farewell breakfast on Saturday, March 9.
Over this five-day course, we will explore how to report from a Biblical perspective and how Scripture informs the craft of storytelling. Both seasoned applicants seeking to take their journalism career to the next level and amateurs hoping to hone their writing skills will benefit from this course. Throughout the week, participants will:
Expand their skills in broadcast journalism by interviewing, scripting, and recording a podcast profile or news story and practicing video stand-ups
Receive line-by-line editing from experienced reporters
Have the opportunity to publish their work on WORLD platforms
Discuss how a Biblical worldview shapes journalism
Connect with others who share similar values and desire to sharpen their writing skills
The course leads to opportunities for those with talent and drive to report for WORLD within their metropolitan area or field of expertise. Grads will also have access to WJI Network, WJI’s alumni community to help grads connect with fellow alumni. Since 2012, approximately 120 people have attended WJI's Mid-Career course from all careers and backgrounds. Many have become reporters, editors, or occasional correspondents for WORLD and other major media outlets.
Attendees will stay at a local hotel within walking distance of WORLD’s offices. WJI can cover the cost of tuition, housing, and most meals. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Participants will provide their own meals during field reporting assignments and for most dinners.
The deadline to apply is October 27 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants will be contacted within five business days confirming that their application has been received. Please email email@example.com if you have questions about the course! Invitations to RSVP will be extended to selected candidates shortly following the deadline.
The course emphasizes news feature reporting and writing, based on principles of Biblical objectivity. It’s not for those whose goal is to write columns, op. eds., devotionals, exegetical essays, memoirs, fiction, or poetry. It is for those willing to learn about pavement-pounding, phone-calling, document-reading reporting, and about writing with strong verbs and nouns in the active voice. Only those prepared to absorb tough criticism of their writing should attend. The courses will also touch on the history and current state of Christian journalism.
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 currently leads the journalism program at Dordt University.
Experienced reporters and editors for WORLD News Group will lead instruction and offer line-by-line feedback on students' work during the course. They will teach students how to report with excellence for print, digital, audio, and video platforms.