WJI Newsroom

  • 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 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 >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 9 AM: Why I want to be a journalist

    May 22, 2017

    Jordyn Pair Hillsdale College  This blog post was originally going to talk about the power of video, since video is what we talked about today. I was going to string poetic phrases together and try to capture how I think audio and visuals can sometimes be more impactful than words, how they add another dimension to a story. Then I opened up Twitter. Then I saw news of Ma... more >

  • WJI 2017 Blog Day 8: Our Purpose Here

    May 21, 2017

    Lauren Leising University of Georgia  Sunday brings with it a chance to pause and take a deep breath. To be still. For me, Sundays are when I reflect on the week and allow myself a much needed rest. Today, going to worship and then exploring Sioux Falls, South Dakota provided that space to process and store up all we have learned. Having time to walk around the beautiful par... more >

  • 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 >