World Journalism Institute Trains Aspiring Journalists
Bootcamp course prepares students to utilize new media
NEW YORK, May 15, 2011—With its myriad television stations, newspapers and magazines, New York City is undoubtedly the media capital of the world. That’s why the World Journalism Institute, an independent school of journalism at The King’s College, trains aspiring Christian journalists pursuing careers in the mainstream media here.
The World Journalism Institute, founded by Dr. Robert Case, aims to “recruit, equip, place and encourage Christians in the mainstream newsrooms of America first and then the world.” The summer course, with on-site classes held in the Empire State Building, aims to teach accurate reporting, while emphasizing a biblical worldview. It lasts from May 15-July 9.
Each summer, Case invites respected professionals to teach the eight-week course. This summer’s teachers include Clayton Sizemore of CNN, Russell Pulliam of the Indianapolis Star, Les Sillars of Patrick Henry College, and Michael Chute of Union University.
Dr. Michael Ray Smith of Campbell University will serve as the John McCandlish Phillips Chair of Journalism, equipping the students to embody excellence in their reporting. Dr. Udo Middelmann of the Francis Schaeffer Foundation in Switzerland will be the Schaeffer Chair of Apologetics and will instruct students in developing a clear, Christian worldview.
This year, 15 students were selected after a rigorous application process. They learn the growing need for journalists to be proficient not only in traditional print media, but also to feel comfortable with new media. To help learn this “backpack journalism,” students learn elements of podcasting, internet reporting, blogs, photojournalism and video reporting, in addition to enhancing their writing skills.
Alumni of WJI have worked for the New York Times, Public Radio International, the Bangor (ME) Daily News, and World magazine. Other alumni have interned for The Jerusalem Post, Essence, CBS News in New York, and the Hartford (CT) Courant. WJI awards paid internships to the top students completing the course.
The World Journalism Institute’s offices are located at The King’s College, located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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