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About WJC

The Washington Journalism Center is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless.

“Walking into the White House to report on a story left me feeling like I was a true professional in the heartbeat of the United States. With WJC behind me, I felt prepared (although excited and anxious) and confident that I had arrived at professionalism.”

– David Hood (Hope International University, Spring 2012)

“The first thing I had to do was walk into my congressman’s office and try to schedule an interview with his press secretary. I was terrified….By the last week in D.C., I was eating lunch with my congressman, in the congressional cafeteria, and discussing the politics of our region with him. I couldn’t believe how far I had come.”

— Hannah Horton (Asbury College, Summer 2005)

For more information or to apply to the Washington Journalism Center, visit

See what alums have to say about the program:

Interview with Jo Ellen Werking Weedman (Summer ’98)

Jo Ellen is currently the director of the journalism program at Trevecca Nazarene University. (Note: The Summer Institute of Journalism “SIJ” was the program name prior to becoming the Washington Journalism Center in Fall 2006)


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