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 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, and was provost of The King's College in New York City from 2007 to 2011. He joined WORLD in 1990.

Dr. Olasky has written 20 books, including The Religions Next Door, Standing for Christ in a Modern Babylon, Scimitar's Edge, Renewing American Compassion, Telling the Truth, Central Ideas in the Development of American Journalism, The Press and Abortion, Prodigal Press, and The Tragedy of American Compassion, which Philanthropy magazine deemed one of “eight books that changed America.”

He has written more than 2,000 articles in publications including WORLD, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and is often referred to as the intellectual father of compassionate conservatism.

Dr. Olasky has degrees from of the University of Michigan and Yale University.

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.