Apr 05

Alum Alex Brown on Zambonis and the energy beat

“If someone ever says you can’t feature a photo of yourself, interview a member of the Zamboni family and pressure the Senate into a hearing with the same story, they’ll be wrong.” – Alex Brown

Alex Brown drives a Zamboni ice resurfacer at the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena in St. Joseph, Mich. (Dave Brown)Alex Brown attended the Washington Journalism Center during the Spring 2011 semester. After graduating from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., he headed back to D.C. where he has worked for National Journal, recently finishing up time covering the energy beat. Read the following Q&A on the story behind an article on safety standards, carbon emissions and Zambonis.

 
Alex Brown drives a Zamboni ice resurfacer at the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena in St. Joseph, Mich. (Dave Brown)

To start off, tell us a little about your path from WJC to the workplace.

After WJC, I returned to Union for my final year — with a summer stint on the garbage truck in between. I spent my senior year writing for the school paper and a local paper and broadcasting Union sports. I moved to D.C. to write for National Journal about a month after I graduated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 21

WJC alum Nathan VanderKlippe on the rewards of journalism

Nathan VanderKlippe is an alum from the Summer Institute of Journalism in 2000. He studied at Calvin College, has worked at a variety of news organizations and is now headed off to work in Beijing, China. We interviewed him to hear about his path from SIJ to China!

To start off, tell us a little about your path from WJC to the workplace.

After graduating, I got a job with Northern News Services, a small publisher in the Canadian Northwest Territories that covers much of Canada’s huge northern geography. I subsequently worked as a northern correspondent for Canada’s Global television, with a beat that spanned Greenland to Alaska, followed by a couple of years in Vancouver writing for the Financial Post, the business pages of the National Post. In 2009, I began work with the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, as an energy writer in Calgary, Alberta. I’m currently in transition to China, to work as the Globe’s Asia correspondent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 28

WJC alum Sari Heidenreich on writing ledes and moving to Jerusalem

WJC alum now lives in Jerusalem, working for Best Semester’s Middle East Studies Program

WJC alum Sari Heidenreich lives in Jerusalem, working with BestSemester’s Middle East Studies Program.

Sari Heidenreich attended WJC during Spring 2010. Today she lives in Jerusalem, Israel, working for Best Semester’s Middle East Studies Program. Read the following Q&A to learn a little more about Sari’s life after WJC.

To start off, tell us a little about your path from WJC to the workplace.

Well, I just changed jobs, actually. In the beginning of August I moved to Jerusalem to be the program assistant for the Middle East Studies Program, which I attended as a student a year after WJC. So, my path to this current job was pretty straightforward: I studied here in the Spring of 2011, was out of college for a year and working in journalism when I got an email saying they were hiring for this position. It stirred something inside of me and I decided to apply, ya know, just to see what would happen! Five months later, here I am. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 14

Claire Sloan: $4.73 and 45 minutes

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Task force members meet at City Hall to decide the future of a historic federal homeless shelter.

Every other Tuesday is production day at Street Sense, the street newspaper where I intern, which means I’m normally staring at a computer screen 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later if I can stay.  I edit stories, design the layout of some of the newspaper pages and write last-minute news briefs.

Production has to be my favorite day.

It’s tiring, thrilling, rewarding — all the elements of a well-spent day.

The morning began in the normal fashion, with multiple cups of pumpkin spice coffee (courtesy of my Mom — she’s the best) and layout design.  I learned how to work with Photoshop.  Always a new challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 02

The federal shutdown: Watching from front-row seats

Katherine Burgess (left), WJC student, and Anika Janzen, ASP student, visited the United States Capitol on the night of the federal shutdown.

Katherine Burgess (left), WJC student, and Anika Janzen, ASP student, visited the United States Capitol on the night of the federal shutdown.

As the clock ticked to midnight and the United States waited for an inevitable government shutdown, another intern and I watched the story unfold from the heart of the Capitol Building.

Neither ASPer Anika Janzen, an intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, nor I remember exactly how we decided to head to the Capitol at 10:30 p.m. on the night of the shutdown. Maybe we merely grew tired of watching everything on the news, knowing it was happening mere blocks away.

But an hour and a half before the shutdown we headed to the Capitol Building, dressed in business casual outfits and hoping we wouldn’t give ourselves away as wide-eyed interns who merely wanted to see what was going on.

“So how serious are you about trying to get inside?” I asked Anika on the way.

She was serious. Butterflies in our stomachs, we headed to the nearest official business entrance.

I’ve had people all over the media tell me to, when in doubt, pretend I know exactly what I’m doing. Anika and I pretended marvelously. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 24

WJC alum Kimberlee Kruesi on covering the Idaho wildfires and loving journalism

 

While covering wildfires, Kimberlee Kruesi lives out of her car wearing fire gear and praying for cell service. This photo was snapped at a fire training exercise right before the Idaho wildfires hit the region.

While covering wildfires, WJC alum and Kimberlee Kruesi lives out of her car, wearing fire gear and praying for cell service. This photo was snapped at a fire training exercise right before the Idaho wildfires hit the region.

Kimberlee Kruesi attended the Washington Journalism Center during the Fall of 2009. After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, she now lives in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she chases both wildfires and city officials as a reporter for the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho.

To start off, tell us a little about your path from WJC to the workplace.

I spent my semester at WJC interning at Market News International. It was a grueling internship, but it taught me to be fearless. By my senior year, I was working two internships and as the news editor at my college newspaper. I made a promise to myself earlier that year I would apply for any and every job that appealed to me without giving a second thought to the location. When I saw an opening for an environmental and health reporter at the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, I would have bet money I wasn’t going to get it, but I applied anyway because it was my dream to work in environmental journalism. I was so sure I wasn’t going to get the job, I forgot I even applied. When the editor called me a week later asking for an interview, I bluffed my way through the first five minutes trying to remember where I had applied. So, pro tip: Remember where you apply, they might call you. Anywho, after two phone interviews, the newspaper flew me out to interview in person and two days later they offered me the position. Two and a half years later, I’m still at the paper and I couldn’t be happier. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 09

Fall ’13 students explore their new city in Bus Day I

Ramanda Lazaris and Whitney Waters explored the National Press Club in search of a piano played by President Harry Truman.

WJC students Ramanda Lazaris and Whitney Waters explored the National Press Club in search of the piano played by President Harry Truman.

During their first weekend in Washington, D.C., WJC students walked four miles to Georgetown, explored the National Press Club building and stopped at a food truck to eat a half-smoke.

All were activities during the semester’s first “Bus Day,” a scavenger hunt during which students travel in teams throughout the city in search of specific items, places and adventures.

One team visited the Old Post Office Pavilion, riding a glass elevator to the bell tower that boasts the best view of the city.

Another team missed their bus stop, ending up in Georgetown while in search of the original Jumbo Slice Pizza.

Students saw the hat Abraham Lincoln wore when assassinated, visited the church President Barack Obama attends in D.C., acted out scenes from National Treasure and visited the hotel where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the “I have a dream” speech.

Along the way they met other D.C. residents — from security guards to ballet students — and learned a little more about the city.

 

 

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Sep 03

Alumnus Interview: Jordan Otero, Fall 2011

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Jordan Otero is a WJC alum from Fall 2011. She is currently a senior at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio and spent the summer as an investigative reporting intern for the blog “Raising Hale”  in East Hartford, Connecticut. We interviewed her to hear her thoughts on life after WJC!

To start off, tell us a little about your path from WJC to the workplace.

Well, I’m still a student at Franciscan; I plan on graduating in May 2014 (I did WJC a little early, as a first-semester sophomore). Coming back to Ohio after my D.C. semester, I noticed that my passion for journalism and telling stories had grown substantially. I also narrowed my interests a little bit – the semester I got returned, I added a political science minor to my degree. A big factor in this move was that I had decided that I definitely want to move back to D.C. after graduation. I thought having at least a little background in political science would be really beneficial for reporting in the Beltway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 08

Meet Kelley, the new DC Programs administrator

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Kelley works with both the Washington Journalism Center and the American Studies Program on recruitment, admissions and semester activities.

Kelley Griffin graduated in May 2013 with a major in American Studies from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina (you’ve likely never heard of Erskine or Due West.  That’s okay—she’s used to it.) Being born and raised in the South means that she enjoys making sweet tea, cooking big family dinners, and using words like “y’all.”

Thanks to being a Fall ’11 alum of the American Studies Program, Kelley loves living in Washington, D.C., particularly when she has the opportunity to explore the city’s book stores and coffee shops.  Her long-term plans involve going to grad school for American History and later teaching at the college level.

In her spare time, you can probably find Kelley reading old books, watching British television, daydreaming about traveling the world, or watching SEC football.

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Apr 10

WJC/ASP students team up for neighborhood photo ministry

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WJC students Caleb Bell (Lee University) and Lanie Rivera (Westmont College) take photos of Crisis Pregnancy Center clients and their families.

Although Washington Journalism Center students often volunteer at the Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center (CHCPC) as part of the semester’s Neighborhood Engagement component, it is not often that we get to interact with the clients who visit the center. But on April 7, 2013, some of us were able to meet these people, hear their stories and learn about their lives.

The CHCPC photo ministry was inspired by similar projects, and it seemed like an outlet to serve the surrounding community while using God’s given passions and privileges.

 

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On Sunday, April 7, three students and I walked over to Stanton Park on Capitol Hill. We photographed three families, but I think we provided more than just nice photos – we gave self-confidence, excitement for the future and an enjoyable afternoon in the sun.

Although the day was planned well in advance (I pitched the idea to the WJC/ASP professors, the day was organized with CHCPC and other student volunteers were gathered), the extent to which the ministry blessed each one of us was surprising.

We connected with each person and child, and we were also able to celebrate each family by showing them their beautiful photographs. The expression on their faces when they reviewed the photos on the camera was priceless — they were astonished and proud.

To see more photos from the day, follow this link.

*Photos by ASP student Jacob Bechtol

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