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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!

Description

Application Deadline: March 29

Our journalism course at Northwest Iowa's Dordt College gives college journalists and recent graduates who are Christians the basics they need to maximize their journalistic job opportunities in a tough economy.

The course emphasizes news/feature writing and reporting for either secular publications or World New Group products: magazine, website, and radio. Students will learn to think through stories Christianly and improve their marketable skills for the digital age by receiving training in photography, videography, and sound from top professionals.

Class Size
With our commitment to individual attention, enrollment for the course is limited to 26. 

Cost (free)
This course is free for all accepted student journalists. That's free tuition, free lodging, and free lunches and dinners. Students pay for their travel, a few meals (mainly breakfast), required hardware/software (see list), and the cost of receiving academic credit from colleges. For more information on the pre-WJI prep, the course and post-course components, see "Curriculum and assignments."

Experience

WJI students are eligible for paid internships with the World News Group. Here are comments from recent WJI students/interns about what they learned: 

 

"WJI became the keystone of my journalistic education and helped me "learn the ropes" probably more than an enclosed semester-long course could.  This is probably due to the fact that while students do spend time in the classroom taking notes, a good bit of the program involves on-the-street reporting and discussion with working reporters (both from World and secular news networks) as they share their stories and advice.  WJI flawlessly melds both the "doctrinal" backbone of journalism and practical experience in a way that gives a fledgling journalist--whether they are studying journalism in school or not--a head start on learning what its actually like to work in the field.  WJI serves as a crucial launching pad for a multi-media career in this increasingly competitive field and, perhaps even more importantly, provides a framework for living out one's Christian worldview at a time when being a believing journalist has become even more difficult." - Molly Hulsey, Covenant College.

"WJI is a wake-up call. I went into the program thinking I was a decent writer, but after one hour I knew I had a lot to learn. And the best part was, when it was all said and done, I gained knowledge I can take with me for the rest of my life. WJI is not a traditional classroom experience. You don't sit there and get lectured at or discuss what you read in a textbook. What you get, is an opportunity to write and to fail. Each day you have a professional journalist edit your stories line-by-line and talk with you through every detail. You learn by doing. And you learn by correcting your mistakes and breaking bad habits. At the end of the program you leave more refined in your craft and a renewed sense of what it means to be an effective journalist. The best part about WJI is the wealth of people that contribute to teaching the program. WORLD staff members and other professionals working in journalistic fields frequently come and share their advice and experiences. I loved having the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from someone who can give me a practical answer based on their experiences."-  Evan Wilt from Geneva College.

"My time at WJI showed me there shouldn’t be a distinction between my faith and my job. With each task we worked on under the real-life pressure of time constraints, I learned to apply “biblical objectivity” to every story. From mock press conferences on controversial issues to searching out the Christian values in a story, the program facilitators taught us to stand by God’s word in our writing while remaining unbiased. The program helped me become a better multimedia journalist who writes with my Christian faith as a guidebook as we worked with photography, video, and print journalism."- Onize Ohikere from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 office@worldji.com.

Academic Credit

Some Christian colleges grant their students academic credit for work completed at the institute. Other colleges have granted their students undergraduate credit for work completed at the institute. WJI will give students a pass/fail certificate if requested.

Paid Internship

Paid internships for those still in college will typically be for the following summer. (If colleges have their own payment plans to interns, those supersede WJI's.) College graduates will receive paid internships, and those may begin immediately after the course or during the subsequent summer. World News Group interns may have stipends extended past initial internships. Internships need to be earned, and no student should come to this course assuming one.

Housing/meals

WJI and its host partner Dordt College will provide lunches and dinners during the days of the course. Breakfast meals are the student's responsibility.

To learn more about Dordt College click on the Arithmetic tab on this website and go to www.dordt.edu.

Dress Code

Casual, but no t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, or micro-skirts.

What to bring

See required items tab for a detailed list
  • Joseph Slife

    Joseph Slife

    World News Group

    Joseph Slife serves as the senior producer/co-host of The World and Everything in It, World News Group's weekly radio program/podcast. He also has written for WORLD Magazine and Sound Mind Investing. For 15 years, he served as a radio producer for Crown Financial Ministries. ...  more >

  • Russell Pulliam

    Russell Pulliam

    Indianapolis Star

    Russ is the Associate Editor of The Indianapolis Star and Director of Pulliam Fellowship Program. In the past, he has been a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Springfield Union, The Indianapolis News, The Indianapolis Star, and the Associated Press. He is the author of ...  more >

  • Lee Pitts

    Lee Pitts

    Associate Dean, World Journalism Institute

    As Washington Bureau Chief for WORLD magazine for more than five years, Lee's assignments sent him from Capitol Hill to the White House to the Supreme Court. But his reporting also has taken him beyond the Capital Beltway. Leading up to the 2010 elections, Lee embarked on a 10-day, 4,225 m...  more >

  • Rob Patete

    Rob Patete

    WORLD magazine

    Rob Patete is the Associate Art Director at World Magazine, and has been for over 14 years. He and his wife are graduates of Calvin College and live in Asheville, N.C., with their three children.   more >

  • Marvin Olasky

    Marvin Olasky

    Dean, World Journalism Institute

    Marvin Olasky is editor in chief of the World News Group, dean of the World Journalism Institute, and holder of the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College. He worked at The Boston Globe, taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 through 2007, a...  more >

  • Susan Olasky

    Susan Olasky

    World magazine

    Susan Olasky is a senior writer for WORLD, with particular responsibility for book reviews and lifestyle features. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a master's degree in public policy, she founded the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center in 1984 and has co-authored articles opposing ...  more >

  • Mickey McLean

    Mickey McLean

    WORLDmag.com

    As WORLD Magazine’s web executive editor, Mickey McLean oversees the Christian newsmagazine’s online presence. Before joining WORLD full time, Mickey was a regular contributor to WORLDMagBlog, a position he earned after winning WORLD’s “Best Blogger” contest. A gr...  more >

  • Nick Eicher

    Nick Eicher

    WORLD Radio

    Nick Eicher is executive producer of WORLD Radio. He has been a broadcast and print journalist for over three decades. He has served WORLD magazine as a writer and reporter, editor, managing editor and publisher. He served as CEO of WORLD’s parent corporation, God’s World Publicati...  more >

  • Jamie Dean

    Jamie Dean

    WORLD magazine

    Jamie Dean is news editor at WORLD Magazine, where she’s worked as a reporter and editor since 2005. Before working at WORLD, Jamie was editor of The Charlotte World, a bi-weekly newspaper covering local news from a biblical perspective. She’s also worked at Reformed Theological Se...  more >

  • Drew Belz

    Drew Belz

    Fancy Rhino

    Drew Belz grew up in the purple mountains of Asheville, N.C., and is son to Nat and Mindy Belz. He devoted time in high school and college to travel, exploring as much ground as possible and learning from a large swathe of cultures. After graduating from Covenant College with de...  more >

  • Mindy Belz

    Mindy Belz

    WORLD magazine

    Mindy Belz is the senior editor of WORLD Magazine, and has written for that publication since 1986. She is the author of They Say We Are Infidels (Tyndale House, 2016) about her experiences covering war in Iraq and Syria. She has also covered wars in Afghanistan, Africa, and the Balk...  more >

Who can apply?

Applicants for the course 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" above. In addition to the online form, you will need to submit electronically your:

1. Resume

2. College transcript(s)

3. Links or PDFs 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. A 300- 350 word obituary profiling a famous person. See "Writing" tab for list of subjects to choose from and for some obit writing tips.

6. (Optional) A published article you have submitted, or an unpublished one you plan to submit for an Amy Award. See "Writing" tab.

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 sent with an email to office@worldji.com. If you don't have access to a scanner, visit an Office Depot or Staples.

Those students interested in college credit must make arrangements with the particular college or seminary. Since this course is limited to 20 students, admission is competitive. Application deadline is March 22, 2017. We admit students on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Required Reading

Required Reading

Students should read the following before the course begins, and bring copies to the course:

The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E.B. White

"Reporter's Guide to Multimedia Proficiency", Mindy McAdams (free download available online- Google it)

World Policybook: Principles, Policies, Procedures, Writing Tips- emailed to admitted students.

Five chapters from Prodigal Press and Telling the Truth -- emailed to admitted students

Recommended Reading:

The New New Journalism, Robert Boynton

 A Writer's Coach, Jack Hart

Telling True Stories, Mark Kramer and Wendy Call

How Christianity Changed the World, Alvin Schmidt

AP Guide to Photojournalism, Brian Horton

Discipling Nations, Darrow Miller

The Big Story, Justin Buzzard

Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People who Led Extraordinary Lives, Jim Sheeler

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Writing

 Required

To be admitted to the course, each student must write a 300-350 word obituary profiling a famous person.  Students should write the obit choosing from the list provided below.  Our goal in these pieces is to tell the life stories about people who have achieved success in some field. So you are not writing about that person's death- you are writing about his or her life. You are capturing in words the essence of that life. This is not a death notice like you see family members write with the help of a funeral home … no need to speculate on pallbearers and visiting hours!

It is not uncommon for media outlets to prewrite the obituaries of famous people who are still alive and keep them on file so they are prepared to post a well thought out and edited piece at the appropriate time. Sometimes these pre-written obits leak out to the public. (People published its obit of Kirk Douglas on the magazine's website while the actor was still alive!

Writing a compelling obit in 300-350 words is difficult, especially regarding lives filled with accomplishment. So think of this as a snapshot, not a full-length biography. In a few carefully chosen words you're trying to answer the question: What's that person's life story really about? You need to research their achievements and exploits and deeds, and you need to put them in the proper context for the way they affected our culture, economy or government.  Look for the little jewels, the quick caricatures that capture your subject’s persona. Resist any urges to speak in clichés or gloss over the hard parts. What were the challenges? A good obit needs some tension.

In completing this assignment, you will need to remind yourself repeatedly, “Do I have good, specific examples from the touchstone moments in their lives?” You are looking for anecdotes, physical descriptions, and quotes to embed within your obits that flesh out your subject.

Before you begin writing, make sure your subject hasn't died recently. Try writing a sentence or paragraph that states clearly what the story is about. The sentence might not make it into your obit, but it will help you decide which details to include and which to leave out. Please remember to verify- errors are bad in all journalistic writing- but no one likes to see inaccuracies in the story about the dearly departed!

For more thoughts about writing obituaries please read: The Artist of the Obituary by Andrew Ferguson.

 

OBIT OPTIONS (with birth year)

 

James L. Buckley politician 1923

Hal Holbrook, actor 1925

Mel Brooks 1926

 

Pope Benedict XVI 1927

Harry Belafonte 1927

 

Whitey Ford 1928

Burt Bacharach 1928

 

T. Boone Pickens, 1928

James Watson, 1928

 

Bob Newhart 1929

Ed Asner 1929

Berry Gordy Jr. 1929

Edward O. Wilson,1929

 

Gene Hackman 1930

Michael Collins 1930

Joanne Woodward 1930

Robert Wagner 1930

 

James Earl Jones 1931

Dan Rather 1931

William Shatner 1931

Desmond Tutu 1931

Raul Castro 1931

Tom Wolfe 1931

 

Alvin Plantinga 1932

Nicholas Wolterstorff 1932

Donald Rumsfeld 1932

 

 

Yoko Ono 1933

Roman Polanski 1933

Michael Dukakis 1933

Louis Farrakhan 1933

Michael Caine 1933

David McCallum 1933

Walter Kaiser  Jr. 1933

Diane Feinstein   1933

 

Chuck Swindoll 1934

Hank Aaron 1934

Sophia Loren 1934

Bill Russell 1934

Brigitte Bardot 1934

Jane Goodall 1934

Frankie Valli 1934

Shirley MacLaine 1934

Pat Boone 1934

Bart Starr 1934

Alan Arkin 1934

Wilford Brimley 1934

Dwayne Hickman 1934

 

Christo 1935

13th Dalai Lama 1935

Ron Paul 1935

Woody Allen 1935

Tony Campolo 1935

 

 

'Rithmetic

Tuition and accommodations are free for college students. WJI and its host partner, Dordt College, will provide lunches and dinners on nearly all days; students are responsible for other meals (mainly breakfast) and for their transportation expenses to and from the course. If you have additional question  please contact WJI's Associate Dean Lee Pitts at lpitts@wng.com.

About Dordt College: 

Located in Sioux Center, Iowa on the edge of the Great Plains, Dordt College is a Christian school dedicated to preparing students for service in Christ's kingdom. The Wall Street Journal recently named Dordt the number one school in the nation for student engagement. Dordt's campus is a great place to be dring the summer months. You can take a stroll through the Dordt Prairie to enjoy its wild grasses and flowers, relax by the large indoor/outdoor pool complex, or hang out with friends at the coffee house adjoining the main dorms. Dord will host WJI in the state-of-the-art classrooms found in the school’s two-year-old Science and Technology Building. Students will be housed in some of the newest dorms on campus that border the school’s colorful prairie and is across the street from the pool complex. 

Dordt College Vice President Howard Wilson said Dordt and WJI are natural fits with both organizations’ emphasis on the role of faith in the exploration of truth.

“We resonate with WORLD magazine’s vision for preparing young Christian journalists to serve in the media,” Wilson said. “We believe it is important for members of the press to do their work through a Christian worldview, like all other areas of study and callings.”

To learn more about Dordt and see pictures of its campus go to Dordt.edu.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Required items/hardware/software

Bible

Personal blog site, for posting course articles (Wordpress is a good option)

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and G-mail accounts (we share stories using Google Drive)

Due to the intensive and technical nature of the course, all students must have particular equipment and software for the WJI course pre-class and class reporting assignments. Some student buy and others borrow, but no exceptions will be made to these requirements. Contact Lee Pitts (lpitts@worldmag.com) with questions well before the course. As college students and recent college graduates, most should already have much of this equipment.  

Students must bring all equipment/materials to class each day ready to report, as a backpack journalist must be ready to cover news always: Your backpack should contain equipment and items, such as fully charged batteries, cables, snack, etc.) so you are ready to go at a moment's notice. Please hold off on buying new equipment until you have been accepted into the program!

 

Item Specifications Est. Cost Notes
Laptop (Mac or PC) Macs are preferred, but PCs are acceptable. $1,000-2,000 A netbook is not acceptable.
Digital camera and minimum 2GB storage card(s) 7 megapixels or better, image stabilization, video with audio (can be used as video option as well if DSLR camera), 3x OPTICAL zoom or better, USB output $99-400 For specific camera recommendations, see McAdams.
Tripod (optional) A tripod for your video camera makes reporting easier and more professional. This is optional but highly recommended. $15-50  
Video Camera (pick one of the following options...you don't need to buy the microphone unless you plan on using your iPhone.

1. Panasonic HC-V500K

2. iPhone: must be 4.2 or 5 or 6 with the added purchase of a AR-41 microphone or and IM2 microphone for increased sound quality.

3. For more image quality, you can purchase a DSLR camera and microphone. A recommendation: the Canon Rebel T3i/T5i with a shotgun microphone is a good option. If you have any video camera questions, email Drew Belz: drew@fancyrhino.com

1. $239-500

2. microphone: AR -41 $100, IM2 ($30 thru April 30)

3. $500-700

 
Microphone (s) Will be used with the video camera and must be compatible. See video options. $30-100  
Cell phone Text message capability is required. n/a Smartphone is optional, but helpful.
Digital audio recorder External microphone jack, headphone jack and USB output $50-100 See McAdams for recommendations.
USB flash drive(s) 128 MB minimum $5-20  
Earbuds or headphones These must be compatible with your laptop, digital camera, video camera and audio recorder. $10-25  
Extra batteries These are essential for cameras and audio recorders. n/a  
Cables for all equipment Students must have Ethernet cable, power cables, and connector cables for transferring files from cameras and recorders. n/a  
  Total estimated cost: $1,500-3,000  

 

 
 
       
Microsoft Word or compatible Students must be able to save and submit work in .doc format. $0-150* *MS Office 2007 includes Word and Excel for $150.
Microsoft Excel (03 or later)   $150*  
iMovie (Mac users), Windows Movie Maker or Corel VideoStudio (PC users)   $0-70 PC users: Corel is better than Windows Movie Maker.
Photoshop, Gimpshop or other photo editing software   $0-699 Photoshop is $299 with student discount. Gimpshop is free.
Audacity (audio editing software)   free audacity.sourceforge.net
Soundslides (This specific software for slide shows is required.)   $40-70 soundslides.com
 
Optional: Adobe Flash   $249-269  
Optional: Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express   $199-999  
  Total estimated cost: $200-2,700  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Curriculum & Assignments

The WJI course includes instruction in Christian worldview and the nuts and bolts of backpack journalism for convergent media. The intensive course includes pre-class assignments, two weeks of class residency, and six weeks of post-class reporting and writing.

This is a course in news/feature writing and reporting, designed to help young journalists think through stories Christianly and improve their marketable skills for the digital age. Students will generate a series of multimedia articles for their professional portfolios.

Students will improve their interviewing techniques and journalistic style, and gain training from professionals in photography, videography, and audio work. Class periods will include short lectures but emphasize discussion and analyzing/editing students' stories.

1) The pre-class component: We want to maximize reporting, analyzing, and editing time when we are together, so students will read in advance what we might otherwise offer in lectures. Readings may address topics such as story development, sources of information, interviewing, investigations, accuracy, writing styles, grammar and usage, film and book reviewing, journalism history, ethics, etc.

Students will write two stories that experienced editor Russell Pulliam will read and critique. The students should be prepared to respond to Mr. Pulliam's e-mail comments as quickly as possible. Students will also write one obituary to be read by Marvin and Susan Olasky for potential publication in World.

2) The class component (two weeks): Students should expect to spend 10 hours a day—except on Sunday. 

3) The post-class component (4-8 weeks): Select students will gain more reporting, writing, and video/audio experience . Students will publish their work on Worldmag.com or in local newspapers.

GRADING/CREDIT

All students who successfully complete all the work on time will receive a "Pass" grade, indicating at least a "C" grade. Many Christian colleges grant their students academic credit for work completed at the institute. Other colleges have granted their students undergraduate credit for work completed at the institute.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Class Component - Calendar

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NOTE: This is a working schedule that is subject to change.  The WJI team is committed to the belief that journalism is best learned by doing. We want to get you out of your desks and into the world. So most of the classroom sections will include field exercises that will immerse students into  the surrounding campus and community. Sundays will be days of rest with shuttle service to a local church. 

 
Thursday  Friday  Saturday Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
17-May 18-May 19-May 21-May 22-May 23-May 24-May 25-May
Check-ins               
throughout the day               
9:00 AM Stories matter: the joys and responsibilities  Tulip Festival news reporting  News story-telling with Russ B. Pulliam  Press ethics  with World Editor in Chief Marvin Olasky  More Radio storytelling with Eicher, Derrick,  The right stuff  for journalists with Olasky Radio with Nick Eicher, J.C. Derrick, and Kriten Flavin 
  of covering the news: Lee Pitts    of the Indianapolis Star    and Kristen Flavin    
10:00 Stories matter: the joys and responsibilities   Tulip Festival news reporting  Newswriting with Pulliam   A quick look at World history with Marvin Olasky More Radio storytelling with Eicher, Derrick, and Flavin   Asking the right questions with Olasky Radio with Nick Eicher, J.C. Derrick and Kristen Flavin   
  of covering the news: Lee Pitts             
11:00 Stories matter: the joys and responsibilities  Tulip Festival news reporting  Newswriting with Pulliam Biblical objectivity with Olasky More Radio storytelling with Eicher, Derrick, and Flavin   Olasky interviewing World editor Tim Lamer on magazine writing.    Radio with Nick Eicher, J.C. Derrick and Kristen Flavin 
  of covering the news: Lee Pitts             
12:00  Lunch  Lunch at Festival  Lunch with World Radio's Sarah Schweinsberg   Lunch with World Magazine's National Editor Jamie Dean   Lunch with World's Senior Editor Mindy Belz  Lunch with World Digital's Africa Correspondent  Onize Ohikere   Lunch with World Magazine Reporter Sophia Lee 
1:00  Radio storytelling: Tulip Festival sound gathering  Profile writing and Story Critiques with Pulliam More radio reporting with Nick Eicher  Telling stories through photos   Video Storytelling with Dordt College's Mark Volkers  More Photography 
  World Radio Executive Producer Nick Eicher            
2:00  Radio storytelling: Tulip Festival sound gathering  Profile writing and Story Critiques with Pulliam More radio reporting with Nick Eicher  Telling stories through photos   Video Storytelling with Dordt College's Mark Volkers  More Photography 
  World Radio Executive Producer Nick Eicher            
3:00  Radio storytelling: Tulip Festival sound gathering Profile writing and Story Critiques with Pulliam  More radio reporting--Eicher and  Telling Stories through photos Video Storytelling with Dordt College's Mark Volkers  More Video 
  World Radio Executive Producer Nick Eicher     World Radio managing editor JC Derrick       
4:00 Radio storytelling:  Tulip Festival sound gathering Profile writing and Story Critiques with Pulliam More radio reporting-- Eicher and Derrick  Telling stories through photos Video Storytelling with Dordt College's Mark Volkers   More Video 
  World Radio Executive Producer Nick Eicher            
5:00  Radio storytelling: Return to Sioux Center Profile writing and Story Critiques with Pulliam More radio reporting-- Eicher and Derrick Telling stories through photos Video Storytelling with Dordt College's Mark Volkers   More Video 
  World Radio Executive Producer Nick Eicher            
6:00 dinner  dinner dinner dinner dinner  dinner dinner
7:00  More radio reporting Story writing and rewriting  Movie about journalism ethics: Shattered Glass More radio reporting News Huddle with Pitts  News Huddle with Pitts    News Huddle with Pitts 
Orientation               
Meeting and Pizza               
8:00  More radio reporting Story writing and rewriitng  Movie: Shattered Glass More radio reporting News Huddle   News Huddle  Movie Night 
9:00  More  radio reporting Final Stories Due  News Huddle with Pitts   News Huddle News Huddle News Huddle  Movie Night  

 

 

Week 2
 

 

Saturday
5/26

Monday
5/28

Tuesday
5/29

Wednesday
5/30

Thursday
5/31

Friday
6/1

Saturday
6/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00

  Video and Photography Shoots 

Magazine Feature Writing with Susan Olasky 

More Feature Writing with Olaskys 

 

Begin Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Continue Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

 Final Newspaper, magazine, radio work 

 

Farewell Breakfast and goodbyes  

 

10:00

 Video and Photography Shoots 

Magazine Feature Writing with Olaskys 

More Feature Writing  

 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Final Newspaper, magazine, radio work 

 

Trips to airport

11:00

 Video and Photography Shoots 

Magazine Feature Writing with Olaskys  More Feature Writing  

Newspaper, magazine, radio work 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork   Newspaper, magazine, radio work  

 

 

12:00

lunch 

Lunch with World Magazine's NYC Reporter Emily Belz  

Lunch with World's Cheif Executive Office Kevin Martin and Founder Joel Belz

Lunch 

Lunch

Lunch 

 

1:00

  Video and Photography Shoots 

Feature writing with Olaskys

Final feature writing

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

 Final Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

 

 

 

2:00

  Video and Photography Shoots 

Feature writing with Olaskys

Final feature writing

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Final Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

 

 

 

3:00

  Video and Photography Shoots 

Feature Writing with Olaskys 

Final feature writing

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Final Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork  

 

 

4:00

  Video and Photography Shoots 

 

Feature Writing with Olaskys   

 

Final feature Writing  

 

Newspaper, magazine, radio work 

 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Final Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork  

 

 

5:00

  Video and Photography Shoots 

 

More Feature Writing   

Final feature Writing 

 

Newspaper, magazine, radio work 

 

Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

Final Newspaper, magazine, radio fieldwork 

 

6:00

 dinner 

Memorial Day cookout

dinner 

dinner

dinner 

dinner

 

7:00

Editing Night  

cookout

Video/Photos  Editing 

Video/photo edits 

Photo showings   

VideoShowings 

 

8:00

Editing Night 

Movie Night 

Video/ Photos editing 

Video/photo edits 

Photo showings   

 

Video Showings 

 

9:00

 

 Movie Night 

 Video/photo edits 

 Video/photo edits

Trip to Fruited Plain Coffeehouse 

 Ice Cream Capital of the World 

 



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pre-Class Component

Pre-Class Component

 

Russell Pulliam, associate editor of The Indianapolis Star, is also a reporter who has worked at the Associated Press, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and other newspapers. He will give close attention to assignments 1 and 2. The students should be prepared to respond to Mr. Pulliam's e-mail comments as quickly as possible. The more editing you can receive before you get to WJI, the better.

 

Assignment 1, to be mailed to Russell.pulliam@indystar.com by 6 p.m. on May 8:

 

Write a 400-word feature article about the person who has had the most influence on your life. Explain why this individual has had such an effect on you; make your readers want to learn more about or even meet this individual.

 

Your particular subject might be your mother or father, a sibling, a friend, a pastor, a teacher or even someone whose non- Christian ways spurred you to change your life for the better. Whatever your choice, it should be someone who has made a dramatic impact on your beliefs and your life. Write your story in third-person (do not use first-person "I"), as though you were writing a news profile.

 

 

Assignment 2, to be mailed to Russell.pulliam@indystar.com by 6 p.m. on May 10:

 

 Write a 500-word profile of a ministry having a beneficial impact on the community or state in which you live or go to school (Jeremiah 29:7 counsels us to have such an impact.) You don't need to know the ministry beforehand, but it could help if you do. Write a profile of the organization answering who, what, when, where, why, how and so what. Include quotations from at least two people who know the ministry and be sure to explain the ministry’s key to success in serving those in need in your area. 

 

You should get the quotes, ideally, in your own interview. It would be a great idea if you could visit the ministry in person for a day or so and watch its people in action serving those in need in their area. If you use a quote from a news story, give credit to the original source. Remember to avoid using personal opinion or bias. Show the significance of the ministry by stories and facts, not by telling the reader the person is wonderful and important.

 

Look over this piece on World Magazine’s website, written by instructor Pulliam on his native Indianapolis, to get some examples on the types of ministries you might find either in your hometown or college campus:

 

http://www.worldmag.com/2015/01/does_your_city_measure_up_to_indianapolis

 

Assignment 3, to be emailed to office@worldji.com by 6 p.m. on May 12:

 

If admitted to the course, you'll receive by email the assigned reading: World’s policy book and five chapters on journalism history. Complete the readings and list 5-10 questions, concerns, or new ideas the policy guide or the chapter from Prodigal Press about objectivity raises in your minds. 

 

 

Assignment 4, to be emailed to Russell.pulliam@indystar.com by 6 p.m. on May 14:

 

Research the Sioux Center/ Sioux County/ NW Iowa area and give us a story proposal about some ministry to the poor in the region that you will call home for two weeks. This is just a story idea, using the internet and other research methods. The best reporters bring their own story ideas to the table and don’t wait for an editor to tell them what to do. So start digging out something interesting in this region and tell us about it!

 

Note regarding assignments 1 and 2: Be sure to cover the who, what, when, where, why, how, and so what of the story. One or more of these are usually missing in the first draftYou should briefly put the person or ministry you're profiling into a geographical context. Below is how one WORLD writer connected a person profiled to a particular place. (This was a longer profile than those you are writing and so could have a longer introduction, but you'll get the idea.)

 

Ron Lewis' church is not easy to find - unless you know your way around Hardin County, Kentucky, like he does. More people are finding out about Lewis, and the kind of people he represents, since a May special election put him in Congress. the 47-year-old Lewis, a conservative Republican Christian, is the kind of person that Democratic Party leaders say Americans should fear. People in Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District see it differently. And they've seen Lewis up close.

 

White Mills Baptist Church sits on a hill away from Highway 84, tucked between the White Mills Christian Church and a campground. You know you've gone too far when you take a sudden turn and you're on a one-lane iron bridge across a river. Through the church's exterior looks like it might have appeared a century earlier, the steps are covered with new indoor-outdoor carpet. Central air conditioning is evident inside the glassed foyer. Like Lewis, there's subtle sophistication here - a savvy about technology that works. An advanced electronic soundboard blinks just inside the rear doors.