Overview of the Journalism Institute.


The Cornerstone Journalism Institute provides students with an introduction to the world of print and visual journalism during a one-week residential institute. The instruction, which occurs on the campus of a Christ-centered university, aims to give students an idea of what it would be like to be a professional media reporter or photographer. We want to show students how they can use their writing and visual communication gifts in media and ministry vocations. CU professors and professional reporters, editors, and photographers from Indiana and Michigan serve as guest instructors during the institute.

Cornerstone Journalism Institute

An exciting, hands-on camp where students will learn the basics of how to write and use a digital camera like a pro. Tracks for teens and adults available, with a limited number of teen scholarships available. Call 616.222.1504 to reserve a spot, or visit www.cornerstone.edu/academics/undergrad/divisions/communication-media/journalism-institute/ to learn more.

Participant Testimonials

  • "I really enjoyed the session. I liked it so much. I learned more here at one time than what I did in a high school year. It was great."
  • "It was cool. Thanks for your servanthood. I would like to help next year."
  • "Thank you for the great job you did in directing and assisting us with everything."
  • "I loved it. Thank you!"

Hands-On Experience

  • Interviewing People
  • Nonfiction Storytelling Skills Taught
  • Sports, News, Entertainment, Opinion Writing
  • Digital Photography, Videography
  • Creative Writing, Poetry

Other interesting activities you'll experience during the week

  • Live in a College Dormitory
  • Eat in the College Dining Hall
  • The use of a university supplied laptop computer
  • Organized Recreational Activities On Campus
  • Learning how to review films, possibly attend I-MAX Theatre family friendly film
  • Talk with Newspaper Reporters, Editors, Photographers
  • Interact with Newsmakers who Speak at CJI

Important Information

The 15th Annual Cornerstone Journalism Institute is scheduled for July 23-28, 2017.

  • CJI is for students who will have completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade by/before July 1.
  • Non-traditional students of university age or older may inquire about our non-traditional track of the Cornerstone Journalism Institute. For information, email: alan.blanchard@cornerstone.edu.
  • This residential camp is held the last full week of July each summer, starting on a Sunday afternoon and ending by noon the following Friday.
  • Male and female students will be housed separate from one another.
  • Chaperones, 1 for every 12 students, will accompany students at all times.
  • Each student will have at least one of his or her stories published in paper.
  • Each student receives at least 25 copies of the CJI newspaper.
  • Fee includes all meals, lodging, activities and study materials.
  • Enrollment limited to 36 students.

Institute Fee (plus activities fee)

  • $374.00 if paid in full by Dec. 30
  • $399.00 if paid in full by Jan. 30
  • $424.00 if paid in full by Feb. 28
  • $449.00 if paid in full by Mar. 30
  • $474.00 if paid in full by Apr 30
  • $499.00 if paid in full by May 30
  • $549.00 if paid in full by June 30
  • $599.00 if paid in full by July 20

Note: Please add $25.00 to your institute fee to cover the cost of activities.

Optional Academic Credit

  • $226.00 is an additional option summer tuition fee for 1 hour of university credit. Contact alan.blanchard@cornerstone.edu for details on this option.


  • Please submit full payment with your application for admission to CJI.
  • Non-traditional students, university age or older, please email for separate application and fee structure to: alan.blanchard@cornerstone.edu.

Send check, money order, or credit card information to:

Alan Blanchard
CJI Executive Director
Cornerstone University
1001 E Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Please make checks or money orders out to CJI or Cornerstone Journalism Institute. For more information, call 616.222.1504 or email alan.blanchard@cornerstone.edu.

Journalism Institute Staff Information

Alan Blanchard, Ph.D.

Alan Blanchard Executive Director of Cornerstone Journalism Institute
Director – Journalism Department
Associate Professor of Journalism

This veteran editor and journalism professor has three decades of experience working as a reporter, photographer, copy editor, managing editor, editor, publisher and newspaper owner. He also earned a living with words as a magazine freelance writer, public/media relations officer, marketing director. He has advised the college newspaper and taught journalism at Cornerstone University since 1997.

  • Former owner, editor, publisher of The Clare (Mich.) Sentinel in Clare, Mich.
  • Experienced reporting and/or editing for newspapers papers in California, New Mexico, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Michigan.
  • Former editor of The Daily News,Greenville,Mich., leading this paper to 3 consecutiveMichiganPress Assn. Newspaper of Year awards in '96, '97, '98.
  • Former publisher/editor of The Sentinel-Standard in Ionia, Mich.
  • Former managing editor for Mackinac Center for Public Policy Publications
  • Bachelor's degree in communication/journalism from Eastern N.M. University
  • Ph.D. in Media & Information Studies at Michigan State University

Russ Pulliam

Russ PulliamAssociate Editor
Weekly Columnist
The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana
World Magazine Board Member and Contributing Writer

This dyed-in-the-wool newspaperman is associate editor/columnist for The Indianapolis Star, which was acquired by the Pulliam family in 1944. The Star was managed by his grandfather, the late Eugene C. Pulliam, and subsequently by his father, the late Eugene S. Pulliam. The Pulliam family’s newspaper holdings, which had included The Star, The Arizona Republic and other Indiana dailies, were acquired by the Gannett newspaper group in 2000. However, the third-generation Pulliam writes weekly opinion columns in The Star on topics ranging from politics to family life to social issues. Pulliam has:

  • Has given nuts and bolts journalism presentations annually at CJI since 2004.
  • Reported for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Springfield Union, The Indianapolis News, The Indianapolis Star and The Associated Press
  • Served and still serves as a board member for World Magazine
  • Authored the book, "Publisher: Gene Pulliam, Last of the Newspaper Titans."
  • Earned numerous journalistic awards during his newspaper career
  • A Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College
  • Six children, who have been home-schooled by his wife and himself for as long as they can remember

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