Michael Gerson, former White House speech writer for George W. Bush, will speak at the closing dinner for the World Journalism Institute’s New York City journalism course on Friday, May 30, at the Harvard Club of New York. Gerson, known as the architect of some of President Bush’s most memorable speeches and now author of the bestselling book, Heroic Conservatism, is a columnist for the Washington Post and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.The World Journalism Institute is one of the nation’s premier independent schools of journalism attracting Christian teachers, speakers and students from major media outlets and colleges from around the country. Located in New York City, WJI holds it annual college-level, eight- week course in early summer. This year the course will run from May 11 to July 5 with three weeks of residency in New York City. In 2008, the focus of the course will be on the so-called “new media” which stresses the need for the aspiring journalists to be competent in pod-casting, internet reporting, blogging, photo- and video-journalism, as well as print journalism.
Teachers will include Dr. William Edgar (Westminster Theological Seminary), Dr. Robert Jackson (The King’s College), William Mattox (USA Today Board of Contributors), Dr. Michael Longinow (Biola University), Dr. Bob Carey (Gardner-Webb University), Russell Pulliam (Indianapolis Star), David Leeson (Dallas Morning News), Mark Tapscott (Washington Examiner), Robert Case (WJI), and John McCandlish Phillips (formerly, New York Times).Luncheon speakers this year include Richard Ostling (formerly, Associated Press), Richard John Neuhaus (First Things), Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker), Alicia Colon (New York Sun), John Wilson (New York Post), Andree Seu (World magazine), Todd Starnes (FOX News), and Susan Moeller (The Leader, Bergen County, N.J.)College students who are Christian and pursuing a career in journalism are encouraged to apply at
Graduates of the course will have the opportunity to compete for paid newsroom internships.
For more information:Kimberly CollinsWorld Journalism Institute; Kcollins@worldji.comwww.worldji.com