Application deadline:Mar 29, 2018

College Course 20: Backpack journalism in a digital age

May 17, 2018 - Jun 2, 2018

This May we have 28 students from 18 states and three countries attending our hands-on course at Dordt College, WJI teachers will strengthen their ability to communicate and report. We will focus on the best storytelling techniques for newspaper, magazine, radio, and video. We kept the class size small so everyone can get individual attention and mentoring from journalists with decades of reporting experience from around the world. We will give them opportunities to get their work published. And all of this is free: free tuition, free housing, and free meals. We believe so much in our mission of developing the next generation of journalists that we want to invest in them as they invest in their craft. Please explore this site for more information and come back next fall for a chance to apply to WJI 2019. And check us out on Facebook!

Application Requirements

Applicants must have at least one year of college and some writing experience, preferably with online, college, or professional publications. To apply, use our web site application by clicking "Apply now." In addition to the online form, you wil need to submit electronically your:

1. Resume
2. College transcript(s)
3. Links to 1 - 3 examples of your published work (articles, photos, and/or videos)
4. Recommendation letter (on letterhead) from your pastor or campus Christian group leader.
5. Brief autobiographical sketch and a personal testimony (300 words each).
6. 300-word obituary profiling a famous person from a list provided. See "Writing" tab for list.
7. (Optional) Letter on letterhead from your local newspaper editor attesting to a freelance agreement as described under "Course Information."

Materials should be scanned and emailed to