Application deadline:Mar 29, 2019

College Course 21: Backpack journalism in a digital age

May 16, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019

Last May we had 26 students from 18 states and three countries attend our hands-on course at Dordt College. WJI strengthened their ability to communicate and report. We focused on the best storytelling techniques for newspaper, magazine, radio, and video. We kept the class size small so everyone can got individual attention and mentoring from journalists with decades of reporting experiences from around the world. We gave students opportunities to get their work published. And all of this was free: free tuition, free housing, and free meals. We believe so much in our mission of developing the next generation of journalists that we invest in them as they invest in their craft. Please explore this site for more information on how you can join WJI 2019. And check us out on Facebook for pictures and videos of WJI 2018!

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