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  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 7 PM: Tulips, parades, and Dutch dancing in the rain

    May 20, 2017

    A.K. Parsons, WJI Blog Post—Saturday, May 20, 2017 Furman University  Spending a day at the Tulip Festival in the pouring rain turned out to be one of my favorite activities this week. I tried my first ever Apple Gouda Brotwurst, which the vendor believes are “the only ones’ in the world.” Attendance was sparse earlier in the day. The people who were ... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 7 AM: Gaining a reporter's courage

    May 20, 2017

    Harvest Prude Patrick Henry College Today I felt like a journalist. I’ve written for publications before. But typically, I work in familiar places like my hometown or at my college. Today with World Journalism Institute we  visited the Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa. The Festival is a vibrant, three day celebration of Dutch heritage and culture including authe... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 6 AM: Is a journalist ever objective?

    May 19, 2017

    Alyssa Sperrazza Oklahoma Baptist Is a journalist ever objective? Well, for the better part of the morning, we discussed the recognition that everything we do, whether intended or not, falls short of being objective. What words we use, how you cover a story, what photos you use… even the stories we chose to write and the ones we skip over expose our lack of objectivity. It... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 6 PM: Photography- more than a simple camera click

    May 19, 2017

    Catherine Shackelford University of Arkansas  I think I've spent most of my life underestimating the power of images. After all, knowledge is power, not images...right? I sit here, humbly realizing the significance of both. Knowledge, with image, is powerful. Photography snags knowledge by its throat, demanding to not only be seen, but also felt. There's something in... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 5 PM: WJI is a marathon, not a sprint

    May 18, 2017

    Nathan Ecarma – PM Bryan College Advisors say life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Well, here at WJI, it’s both. Yesterday, Nick Eicher briefed us on radio journalism. And today, we put what we were taught into practice. At least, that was the plan. At lunch, Sarah Wedel, WJI alumna, spoke to us. While I’m sure she had sound advice for us, I preoccup... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 5 AM: A mock press conference at the Supreme Court

    May 18, 2017

    Melissa Woodford Reformation Bible Late-night hours of analyzing legal details paid off this morning at WJI’s thrilling mock press conference. Legal advocates Caleb Dalton and Jordan Lorence from Alliance Defending Freedom arrived at 9 AM. Although the actual Supreme Court case in consideration occurred last month on April 19th, the advocates posed as if they had just desce... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 4 AM: Becoming a better journalist and person

    May 17, 2017

    Nathaniel Howard Johnson University  This morning, we shifted focus from print news to broadcast journalism. Nick Eicher, radio director for World took over at the podium. This part of the course poses a particular area of interest for me. Although I have recently worked primarily in print, radio was the medium that first sparked my pursuit of journalism. Last night I inexpl... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 4 PM: Obtaining the wreath of a storyteller

    May 17, 2017

    Andrew Hanchett Washington State At lunchtime, the cafeteria staff served all the flavors of Hispanic cooking. The meal was made perfect with churros – a wonderful combination of ingredients that must be a gift (or a curse) from the gods of the Aztec and Mayans. As we ate, we listened to Lynde Langdon, WORLD’s digital editor, discuss the importance of discipline in th... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog- Day Three PM: Profiles are stories not fact sheets

    May 16, 2017

    Kendall McCullough Baylor  This afternoon fellow World Journalism students and I hunkered down together to write profiles of each other. Each of us alone in our toil but together in spirit. This unseen bond encouraged me to strive forward when creative juices waned and my words failed me. After hours of revising I had had enough. I retreated to the snack room where lo and behold... more >

  • WJI 2017 Day Three AM - Developing discernment and humility to succeed in journalism

    May 16, 2017

    Andy Wilson   University of South Carolina   This morning Marvin Olasky launched into his series of profiles of Christian journalists, beginning with St. Luke. He discussed how prior religious writers were like modern PR people, stretching the truth or omitting inconvenient facts to accommodate their agenda. Luke was among the first to aim for objectivity, care... more >