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  • WJI 2018, Blog Day 13: Reminisce

    May 31, 2018

    Emma Stoltzfus   Things are winding down. The last few days of WJI have been comprised of us working on various final projects. I spent the morning working with several other students in the computer lab.   When noon rolled around a couple of us stole *cough* asked permission before using *cough* a van and drove to a popular local Mexican restaurant. Cue delicious ... more >

  • WJI 2018 Blog Day 12, PM: Learning to Breathe

    May 30, 2018

    Havuka Lund   In comparison to the busy days of the last week and a half, today was relatively calm, give or take a few frustrating moments. WJI students were given the entire day to gather information for their designated areas of media. However, the radio teams seemed to be riddled with bad luck. MaryRachel and Chad woke up at an unearthly hour of the morning to travel to ... more >

  • WJI 2018 Blog Day 12, AM: The Northwest Iowa Review

    May 30, 2018

    Abby Liebing   Since we broke off into three teams to work on projects, we didn’t have our usual 9 a.m. start today. While the feature and radio team stayed on Dordt to work, the news team went to go tour the newsroom and printing press of the Northwest Iowa Review.   After learning about the founding and operations of the Northwest Iowa Review from its found... more >

  • WJI 2018 Blog Day 11, AM: Worldviews Unsilenced

    May 29, 2018

    Chad Wylie   Today, I found myself especially challenged during the morning session of the World Journalism Institute. I have never heard teaching like what I was hearing from Dr. Olasky about the ethics and parameters of being a Christian journalist. Even though I attend a Christian college, when I take my journalism classes they teach me to be objective in my reporting. On... more >

  • WJI 2018 Day 10, AM: Hot Muffins

    May 28, 2018

    By Alyssa Jackson     Marvin and Susan Olasky.   “What did one muffin say to the other?” Marvin asked. Susan answered “‘It’s hot in here.’ But he left out a detail—the muffins were in the oven.”   In her blue blouse and black slacks, Susan stood at the front of the classroom. She glanced at Marvin... more >

  • WJI 2018 Day 10, PM: Ice Cream Reflections

    May 28, 2018

    Leah Hickman   It was only 4:30 when the Olaskys dismissed the afternoon class on Monday. In honor of Memorial Day, we celebrated with a Dordt College-style cookout. Burgers and beans, coleslaw and chips—we piled it all onto our plates and sat down in the shade to enjoy the feast. The meal hit the spot. But, to me, the highlight was definitely the Blue Bunny ice cream ... more >

  • WJI 2018 Blog Day9, AM: The Sound and the Video

    May 26, 2018

    Anna Johansen   “Artificial amateurs aren’t at all amazing, analytically, I assault, animate things, broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat, buildings are broken, basically I'm bombarding—Are we rolling? Tell me we’re not rolling, please.” This is Nick Eicher. He’s the executive producer of WORLD Radio, and co-host of the podcast, &l... more >

  • WJI 2018 Blog Day 8, AM: Radio Critiques

    May 25, 2018

    Esther Eaton   This morning we walked across campus in bright sunshine, some of us carrying coffee cups and fruit, all of us loaded with equipment. We filled our classroom with laptops, notebooks, camera bags, and tripods scattered on the tables and stacked on the floor. Earlier this week we wrote, recorded, and edited 90-second radio stories on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case... more >

  • WJI 2018 Blog Day 8, PM: Practice, Practice, Practice

    May 25, 2018

    Nicole Ault   At lunchtime, we headed to the trusty cafeteria for roast pork and a taste of Los Angeles -- via a Skype call with Sophia Lee, a WJI graduate and World reporter. Sophia shared wisdom from her reporting experiences: Prove yourself trustworthy, get to know the people you interview, remember that all stories have redemption.   After the call, we had anot... more >

  • WJI 2018 Day 7, AM: Perky Pooch and Journalism History

    May 24, 2018

    Liz Rieth   Only in WJI do you get to talk to the editor-in-chief (Marvin Olasky), CEO (Kevin Martin) and main editor (Tim Lamer) of World Magazine in one morning. Besides getting to listen to wisdom from these distinguished people, WJI students had the joy of have Greeley, Olasky’s dog, wonder around during lectures.  Greeley’s presence was appropriate... more >