Apr 08

SP ’13 visits The Washington Post

Photo Credit: Lanie Rivera

WJC Spring 2013, with program coordinator Rose Creasman Welcome
Photo Credit: Lanie Rivera

WJC students took a tour of the Washington Post this past week on April 5th, 2013. Students were guided by Washington Post tour guide Timothy Smith, and were able to witness the Post newsroom on a typical work day.

Students sat in on a planning meeting among executive editors, and saw an historic copy of one of the Post’s most famous front pages: the Watergate cover-up.

The tour was coordinated by WJC mentor Mike Plunkett, who works on the Washington Post design desk.

After the tour, Terry and Rose treated students to a burger and fries at the nearby Post Pub.

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Mar 27

SP ’13 Bus Day II

This past weekend was Bus Day #2 for WJC and ASP students! As part of both programs’ Neighborhood Engagement component, students were sent all over the city to explore some of the historic neighborhoods in Washington DC. Later that week, students were asked to present what they found. Here is a short video showcasing pictures from Bus Day #2!




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Mar 12

Doughnuts on the D6

Krispy Kreme doughnuts can change your life.

It was a normal Thursday night in DC, and my roommate Leah and I went out to grab some dinner and explore the DC nightlife. It was a pretty uneventful night, until the ride home.

We hopped on the D6 bus bound for our apartments at the Dellenback Center, but quickly changed our minds when we glanced out the bus window and saw the bright red  “Hot and Ready” sign gleaming from the store window of the Krispy Kreme near Dupont Circle. As every good Southerner knows, you can’t pass up an original glazed doughnut when the sign is on, so the next thing you know we were pulling the yellow cord and racing toward delicious pastries.

We ended up with a dozen original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which was way more than two girls could ever need, and started walking to board the D6 bus bound for home. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 12

Beyond one day: The aftermath of March for Life 2013

What was left behind -- aftermath of the March for Life.

People had been buzzing about this day for weeks before it happened.

Protesters prepared for it by praying on the stone steps of the Supreme Court. Pro-life advocates fought with silence, duct tape sealing their mouths shut. Women, clad in pink homemade t-shirts with pro-life slogans scrawled across their chests, confronted senators in their offices.

This was the 2013 March for Life and the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court case.

I did not witness was the event itself, but I experienced some of the aftermath of the rally — including a scene that was possibly more startling than the demonstration itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 06

WJC coffee with Yahoo Politics’ Chris Moody

Top (L-R)Rose Creasman Welcome, WJC program coordinator; Chris Moody, WJC alum (fall ’06) and Yahoo! News political reporter. WJCers Nicole Lafond, Olivet Nazarene University; Parker Bunch, Point Loma Nazarene University; David Daniels,Geneva College.

Bottom(L-R): David Daniels, Geneva College; Rose Creasman Welcome, WJC Program Coordinator. Justine Espersen, Olivet Nazarene University; Tonika Reed, Biola University; Caleb Bell, Lee University; Nicole Lafond, Olivet Nazarene University.

On Feb. 5, WJC students met at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse near Union Station to debrief after their first day of internships and hear tips from alum Chris Moody. Chris attended WJC in 2006 and now works as a political reporter for Yahoo! News. Chris shared with students how to get the most out of their internships and answered many questions. Thanks to Rose and the program for treating everyone to coffee, and thanks Chris for all of the helpful advice!

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Jan 07

So long, WJC Fall 2012!

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Nov 18

Alumni interview: Whitney Jones, Fall 2010

Whitney Jones attended WJC in Fall 2010. She now works for WKMS, an NPR affiliate station in Murray, KY.

Whitney Jones is a WJC alum from Fall 2010, currently living in Murray, Kentucky and working at a NPR radio station. We recently called her to get some advice and an update on her life after WJC!

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

Well, originally I thought I wanted to work at a newspaper. But I started to really enjoy radio—I already listened to NPR in my car more than I listened to music. My last semester of college was when I really decided I wanted to go into radio.

It took some time. In March of my senior year I contacted the local NPR station and asked if I could visit. I sent an email straight to the news director—which I was really, really nervous about—but I told her my whole situation and how I really wanted to go into radio but had no training. She spent two and a half hours with me and showed me around the whole station—it was amazing. She really confirmed for me that this is what I want to do.

So fast forward. I graduated and contacted a station in Louisville, Kentucky, but I learned that their internships are more designed for college students. So I spent my summer at Baptist Press in Nashville after I graduated, just writing. I had interned with them the summer before my senior year and right after I got back from D.C. I interned at Baptist Press, which God really provided because they gave me a temp job this summer. I knew that’s not where I was supposed to be long-term, but the people I worked with were more than wonderful. So I did posting for the most part this summer.

Meanwhile, I watched all the small local NPR station websites like a hawk. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 02

Let’s call him Alfred

I took him in with a glance. He shuffled along the subway platform, cautiously putting one foot in front of the other. He was around 40 years old, African-American, and had just enough chub to be a comfortable hugger.

But at first, sitting on my bench in Union Station Metro stop, I didn’t see any of those things. My eyes were instantly drawn to the long cane in his right hand. It was white except for the bottom cap, which was bright red. I knew what it meant, so my gaze panned upward and found his eyes. They stared vacantly into the distance.

Beside the blind man — he looked like an Alfred — stood a metro security guard. Mr. Guard asked the man sitting next to me if this blind man could have his seat. He quickly obliged and Mr. “Alfred” sat down next to me.

“Where are you going?” he asked me. I hadn’t said anything yet, but he knew I was there.

“U Street,” I said. We soon figured out that we were going in the same direction. So instead of the metro guard sticking around, Mr. Alfred opted to go with me.

We sat side by side for the eight minutes it took the metro to arrive. We didn’t say much at first.

“Okay here it comes,” I warned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 18

Is WJC a place for local yocals?

Council member Muriel Bowser at a D.C. Council Government Operations Hearing. Yes, there is a need for quality White House reporters, but there is an even greater need for sound local journalism across the United States.

The Washington Journalism Center (WJC) prides itself on preparing Christian college students for work in competitive mainstream news publications in large markets like Washington, D.C., but some students want to work for smaller, community-driven publications.

I wondered if I was making the right decision when I applied for WJC last spring. I was a freshman at Milligan College in Tennessee with no desire to work for a big-city news publication. I would rather commute to work on Interstate 26 in Johnson City, Tennessee, a town near Milligan College, than scan my SmartTrip card at the metro gates on my way to work each morning.

At the beginning of the semester, I was ashamed of my career goals and did not want to share them with my WJC peers because I thought my plans were meager and lowly.

However, I have learned that good journalism is needed in every community – big or small – after reading the book Tuned Out, an analysis of why young Americans do not follow the news, by David Mindich. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 15

That time Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward sparked an identity crisis

Woodward and Bernstein in front of the White House.

Fellow writers: Remember when you were a naive Intro to Journalism student who thought the rest of your career would be as easy as covering that one student government event? And then remember how you felt after your semester at the Washington Journalism Center? Well, I’m somewhere in the middle of that, locked in Apartment 3 reading “All the President’s Men” and wondering if someone is watching me do it.

Before I came to WJC, I felt pretty good about my knowledge of the government, the news, and the relationship between the two. I mean, being a registered voter among the under 25 crowd outside of Washington these days is about as rare as being an 80-year-old lady claiming to be part of the Taylor Gang. You feel like you know things. But then, the hypothetical grandma hangs out for a few hours at the local high school and realizes she had no idea what she was saying when she wrote “Taylor Gang or die” on her grandson’s Facebook wall. Read the rest of this entry »

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