For college students of all majors and recent graduates who want to strengthen their communication and reporting skills. You don’t have to be a journalism major to attend!
Last year 28 students from 17 states and 3 countries spent two weeks exploring the life of a journalist.
WJI held its first summer training program in 1999.
Since then, young journalists have gathered in Asheville, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, California, New York City, Austin, Texas, and now Sioux Center, Iowa to study journalism.
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.
The next course for college students will start in May 2023.
This program trains prospective journalists in storytelling through writing, videography, and radio podcasting. Students work individually and in teams to create newspaper and magazine-style written projects, video news profiles, and radio pieces.
Open to those who have completed at least two years of college, the course exposes students to potential internships and job opportunities in addition to instruction. Upon acceptance, they receive a full scholarship covering the cost of tuition, housing, and all lunches and dinners during the program.
I loved hearing from speakers about what it looks like to do biblically objective journalism and getting hands on experience every day.
I loved the classes and found the seminar to be very helpful. I especially enjoyed being able to critique each other's writing and do the line by line editing together. The hands-on experience was unbeatable.
Meeting the mentors and working with them helped me immensely. Physically seeing how journalism works as a whole with people in the business was an incredible opportunity. I loved hearing and perfecting this craft of journalism in the name of the Lord.
The mid-career writing course expanded my horizons: It taught me to write in new ways, for different audiences, and on topics that need attention from a Christian worldview. Sometimes a well-meaning amateur tries to coach your batting swing or tennis serve and ends up disrupting your natural rhythm so badly that you can’t even hit the ball! The mid-career writing course had an opposite effect: coaching by experienced writers sharpened my skills and led to opportunities that I had never anticipated.
I had never quite experienced journalism or community in that way before.
Thank you so much for doing this! The best!
I was blown away by the quality of the program and the genuine helpfulness of all the faculty. They challenged us for sure, but I could tell they wanted to see us succeed, too. Also, the quality of the students. I was older than nearly all of the other students, but they were all so mature and genuine. I truly, truly loved getting to know several of them. The atmosphere of camaraderie and supporting each other was incredible.
What most impacted me at WJI was the Christian atmosphere and the drive for excellence in journalism.