3 students win World Journalism Institute slots
April 27, 2010

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From left, Lana Douglas, Allison McLean,
and Catherine Rogers


Three students from Bryan College will trade the small town for the big city this summer as they attend the World Journalism Institute in New York City. Allison McLean, Catherine Rogers and Lana Douglas were selected after an intense and competitive application process, filling three of the program’s twenty slots. This is the first time more than one Bryan student has applied for and been accepted into the WJI.


The WJI is the educational arm of WORLD magazine whose “goal is to train Christian journalists to go out and work in secular news venues,” said John Carpenter, faculty advisor for both the Commoner and Triangle publications, Bryan’s yearbook and student newspaper. An eight-week convergence course is offered during the summer, with three weeks spent in the Institute’s offices in NYC and five weeks devoted to reporting and publishing."

This year’s course is “Backpack Journalism in a Digital Age,” a class that focuses on “convergence journalism” or the merging of different means of communication in journalism. Students will be taught to improve their journalistic skills by integrating photography, video, audio recordings, and Internet blogging into their work. “My focus is going to be to gain experience, to get insight into what journalism actually looks like and how it applies to a digital world,” said Lana Douglas

“I’m definitely keeping an open mind. I hope to gain valuable experience that will help me in the future if I choose to pursue journalism,” said Triangle Editor-in-Chief Allison McLean. “I’m looking forward to immersing myself in journalism because as an undergraduate my interests have been so divided."

“I hope that they all come away with a real passion for journalism and for doing it Christianly. I hope that they get a vision for how they can impact the world and culture through journalism and see how journalism can be done excellently,” Mr. Carpenter said.