The World Journalism Institute, countering trends in today's media climate, is placing multiple interns in newsrooms around the country. The 2011 multi-week New York course held in May and June will equip students with the tools needed for jobs in convergence journalism.
In the last year alone, WJI alumni have put their convergence skills to use in jobs such as digital newswriter for WTOP.com (Washington, D.C.), digital content editor for The Daily Report (Atlanta), multimedia reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times, blogger for The Evangelical Outpost, producer for NHL.com, and producer for the Bill Bennett Show. This year WJI grads have also interned or been hired by such news organizations as the Des Moines Register, Metro (N.Y.), Detroit News, Raleigh News & Observer, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Comcast Sportsnet, and Military.com.
The focus of the 2011 WJI course continues to be training in convergence media using video, photography, podcasting, radio and print media. Internship stipends for the most promising students may be awarded. Each student will complete four multimedia stories for posting on WJI's webzine, The Times Observer.
Dr. Michael Ray Smith (Campbell University) is the WJI John McCandlish Phillips Journalist of the year. Other instructors include Russell Pulliam (Indianapolis Star), Michael Chute (Union University), Joe Battaglia (Renaissance Communications), Clayton Sizemore (CNN), John Frost (Goodratings Strategic Services), Les Sillars (Patrick Henry College), and Roy Atwood (New St. Andrews College). Udo Middelmann of the Francis Schaeffer Foundation in Switzerland, will be the 2011 WJI Francis Schaeffer Scholar.
The annual eight-week journalism course costs $500 and is held May 15-July 9, 2011. There is a three-week residency component on the campus of The King's College in New York City and a five-week reporting component in the student's hometown. To apply for the course, go to the institute website and complete the online application.
The mission of the World Journalism Institute is to recruit, equip, place and encourage Christians in the mainstream newsrooms of America first and then the world.
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