World Journalism Institute: Back at Dordt


The World Journalism Institute (WJI) has returned to Dordt College to provide a free journalism course to college journalists and graduates. The course will be held from May 17, 2018 through June 2, 2018. Both Dordt College and World News Group have partnered to host the 20th annual WJI summer course. The course's focus will be on giving Christians the skills to make the best of their job opportunities. Students who take the course have the opportunity to qualify for paid internships with World News Group. 

The mission of the World Journalism Institute is to recruit, equip, place and encourage journalists who are Christians. Students will learn to think through stories with a Christian perspective, as well as improving their marketable skills like photography, videography, and sound. The course will emphasize news/feature writing and reporting, whether that be for Christian or secular organizations. Classes will include short lectures and will emphasize discussion and analysis of writings.

"[At WJI] we teach you how to tell stories. Journalism is one of those skills best learned by doing, and WJI is a place you can practice while getting feedback from experienced pros who know how to tell a good story," says Professor Lee Pitts, Instructor of Journalism/Communication. 

Pitts encourages students considering the program to try it. "It’s free, it’s just two weeks, and you will grow as writer … having fun and making new friends while doing it. Journalism is fun. You get to have a front row seat to the circus of life. But it is also important. A high calling. You are tasked with the responsibility of keeping the powerful accountable and providing a voice to the voiceless. We need more gutsy Christians in journalism."

In 2017, 26 students from 17 states attended the course. The students were immersed in the local community of Sioux Center and experienced Dordt's hospitality. Stories written by the students were published in local newspapers, a national magazine, and a radio program. As well as being involved in journalism, the students were treated to nearby Orange City's Tulip Festival, the famous Blue Bunny store in Le Mars, and a bonfire night on Dordt's campus.

WJI includes free tuition, housing, lunches, and dinners. It also includes free transportation to and from the Sioux City and Sioux Falls airports. Enrollment is limited to 25 students, and interested students should apply by March 22 at

To learn more about how to join the WJI family this summer, please visit the World Journalism Institute on Facebook and Twitter.  Email questions to