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WJI research project-2003 (column: WJI Times Observer)

WJI Times Observer

Case in Point column

October 2003

In an effort to learn more about the state of Christian journalism education, the World Journalism Institute launched its first major research project this summer. Summer intern Sarah Hoke headed up the project.

Using catalogs and phone or e-mail interviews, Hoke was able to get a sense of what the print journalism programs at over 140 Christian colleges and universities entail. Hoke said the following about her research, “The job was long and tedious, but I was very excited to be a part of something that will be extremely useful to WJI in the future.”

The institute plans to use the data (statistics concerning what and how many classes are offered and how often, gender ratios and texts used) to better target students who need further journalism training beyond what their schools offer. The research will be an ongoing project, and WJI hopes to be able to advise aspiring journalists which colleges have the best programs.

“It’s startling,” said Hoke, “So few Christian colleges offer true print journalism majors. It really makes it clear what an important role WJI will play in training Christian journalists.”

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