WJI Buzz - 2009 Convergence Journalism Course

Jul 14, 2009

July 14, 2009, New York--FOX News correspondent Lauren Green was the closing dinner speaker for this year’s World Journalism Institute New York course, held May 10-30, 2009. Prior to her speech at the Harvard Club, 17 college and post-college journalism students were taken through their paces for twelve hours each day as they focused on writing, videography, internet reporting, photojournalism and blogging.

Dr. Michael Longinow of Biola University (WJI 2009 McCandlish Phillips scholar) coordinated this year’s course. Manny Garcia (el Nuevo Herald), Clayton Sizemore (CNN), and Kenny Irby (Poynter Institute) each led three-day workshops. Daylong seminars were taught by Mira Lowe (Jet magazine) and Russ Pulliam (Indianapolis Star). One student, Josiah Ryan (Hillsdale), commented about one of his teachers: “This is the excellent writing coaching I never got at CNSNews.com.” Dr. Anthony Bradley of Covenant Theological Seminary (WJI 2009 Francis Schaeffer scholar) began the course with a three-day component on Christian worldview.

During the luncheon speaker series WJI had such prominent writers as Jonathan Tobin (Commentary), Philip Gourevitch (The Paris Review), Andrea Peyser (New York Post), Joseph Bottum (First Things), Kevin Williamson (National Review), John Ziegler (L.A. radio talk show host), Lynn Vincent and Eric Metaxas (authors), and Paul Glader (Wall Street Journal) speak to the students.

After the three-week residency in New York, the students fanned out to their communities for internships and jobs and to continue to report stories for the institute under the guidance of Manny Garcia, WJI post-class mentor.

As of the end of the class, the 2009 students have already scored internships at Essence, Jerusalem Post, Asheville Citizen-Times, Portland Press Herald, True Entertainment and the Chester Village News.

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