WJI Newsroom

  • Flashback to WJI 2017 Day One Blog

    Nov 21, 2017

    Danny Mooers  Dordt College    The first day of anything is always going to be emotional. Everyone remembers their first day of high school or the beginning of college orientation. These days are full of anticipation and little details rarely go unnoticed.   I still remember what I ate for lunch on my first day of high school and will never forget my s... more >

  • Midwest Welcome

    Nov 18, 2017

    Students who attended WJI last summer wrote the following article that was then published in WORLD Magazine. Andrew Hanchett, Sarah Holcomb, Hayley Schoeppler, Anna Smith all attened WJI in Sioux Center Iowa this past summer.  SIOUX CENTER, Iowa—Olivia’s Bakery is one of several immigrant-owned businesses on North Main Avenue in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Mexican bakery... more >

  • Congrats to WJI Alumni

    Nov 9, 2017

    A recent WJI alumni recently won awards from  The National Academy of Arts and Sciences Student Awards. Read the full article about Thomas Miller's awards. https://www.cofo.edu/content/PR/pressRelease.aspx?id=1ee14003-b326-4b33-8cca-c8501bb66638   more >

  • Grave Matters

    Oct 18, 2017

    SIOUX CENTER, Iowa—When Mary Van De Berg, the “meat lady” of Sioux Center, Iowa, died at age 72 a week before Memorial Day, 250 people in the city of 7,400 came to her funeral. Among the crowd sat about 35 of her co-workers from the closed-for-the-day Fareway supermarket, where for 26 years she had a reputation for knowing everything there is to know about meat. Van De ... more >

  • WJI Blog Day 12: Pavement stomping reporting

    May 25, 2017

    By Hayley Schoeppler Boyce College  Imagine you’re trapped over a zoo enclosure.  A boa constrictor threatens you on one side.  A jaguar prowls along your other side.  Meanwhile a shark circles in water underneath you.  What in the world does this have to do with World Journalism Institute?   Well, it was a fellow student’s nightmare last... more >

  • WJI Blog Day 11 PM: Interviewing as an opportunity to love others

    May 24, 2017

    By Morgan Channels Hillsdale College  The first ring is always the hardest part of an interview. The recently dialed numbers blink on the screen as I stare at the phone on the table in front of me. It doesn’t matter that the questions are prepared, written on the notebook next to the phone. It rings a second time. I sit, heart beating.  Speaking on the phone and a... more >

  • WJI Blog Day 11 AM: Hitting the streets to report

    May 24, 2017

      Jade Gleason Rutgers University    TODAY WAS SO FUN.  Today I got to do my news story and actually be on scene to interview like a real journalist!  I got to talk with the art director in Orange County and really enjoyed just getting to meet people where they are in life.  She described art as a way to provide storytelling and connectedness wit... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 10 PM: Building community through journalism

    May 23, 2017

    Stories and Coffee Connoisseurs Kara Johnson Moody Bible Institute    There’s always a story no matter where you look. People, places, and things have a history and it becomes a part of what can inspire us or even change our world. It’s just a drink but there are so many ways coffee changes a person. It offers community, conversation, and new friends. I&... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 10 AM: Helping readers see beyond themselves

    May 23, 2017

    By Julia Klukow North Greenville University He led us through the kitchen, passed an employee scrubbing dishes, a dusty, unplugged TV, and tools scattered over a stained concrete floor. Red and blue lights barely lit the tiny studio behind the kitchen. Down the center of the room ran a table full of microphones, hoops of wires, and amplifiers. When my teammate and I decided t... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 9 PM: Exploring video journalism

    May 22, 2017

    Anna Smith Covenant College  We are entering week two of WJI. Somehow it feels like we’ve always been here at Dordt, hearing the clock tower’s bells and sniffing the faint scent of cow manure in the air. And after going to the Orange City Tulip Festival on Saturday, I’m wishing that I were Dutch. Dordt and Sioux Center have grown on me. Prof. Volkers gave u... more >