Write a brief autobiographical sketch, including your journalism background and why you are interested in this course. (300 words)

Give a personal testimony of spiritual redemption and sanctification, including your theological understandings. (300 words)

Write an obituary of a still living famous person. Please choose from the following: Brooks Robinson 1933, Al Kaline 1934, Frank Robinson 1935, 13th Dalai Lama 1935, Ron Paul 1935, Woody Allen 1935, Tony Campolo 1935, Larry McMurtry 1936, Kofi Annan 1938, John Dean 1938, Janet Guthrie 1938, Juan Carlos 1938, Bernard Madoff 1938, Margaret Atwood 1939, Ian McKellan 1939, Alex Trebek 1940, Nancy Pelosi 1940, Chuck Norris 1940, Sadaharu Oh, baseball 1940, Ringo Starr 1940, Paul McCartney 1942 (300-350 words)

Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky

  • Dean, World Journalism Institute

Marvin Olasky, WORLD’s editor in chief, is dean of the World Journalism Institute. He worked at The Boston Globe and for 25 years was a journalism professor at The University of Texas at Austin. A graduate of Yale and the University of Michigan, Dr. Olasky has written 26 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue, and Reforming Journalism. Most of his journalistic writing has come out in WORLD, but he’s also written for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. A one-time member of the Communist Party USA, he became a Christian in 1976 and is an elder in the PCA (the theologically conservative Presbyterians).

Lee Pitts

Lee Pitts

  • Associate Dean, World Journalism Institute

Edward Lee Pitts is the Associate Dean for the 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 mile cross-country trip through competitive congressional districts in 16 states. In 2004-2005, as a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Lee embedded with a National Guard Regimental Combat unit in Iraq for nearly 7 months, going on humanitarian and combat missions. Before joining WORLD, Lee served as press secretary for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. Now in his thirteenth year in the media world, Lee earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.