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CU Journalism Institute

High school students from across the country have spent the week on Cornerstone’s campus, being introduced to the world of print and visual journalism.

High schoolers who have an interest in writing and/or photography got to experience what it felt like to be a professional July 22-25, said Alan Blanchard, executive director of the 12th annual Cornerstone Journalism Institute.

Students also had the opportunity to experience what it was like to be a college student by living in the dorms, eating meals in the campus dining hall and receiving hands-on writing and/or photography instruction in the Christian university’s classrooms.

“Students get a compressed introduction to the basics of what it would be like to write or photograph professionally for a newspaper, magazine or online publication,” said Blanchard. “Instructors came from the reporting, editing and photojournalism ranks of The Grand Rapids Press/MLive, the Indianapolis Star and other newspapers, as well as CU professors.”

 A perennial speaker at the summer journalism institute is Russ Pulliam, associate editor/columnist of the Indianapolis Star, who with his wife have homeschooled all six of their children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Pulliam writes a weekly column for the Indy Star about politics, family, social issues, education, faith and more. He also writes periodically for World Magazine on whose board of directors he also serves.

At the end of the camp, students will have their stories and photographs published in a keepsake newspaper to share with friends and relatives, and for their own writing/photography portfolios.

For an optional modest fee, students are also eligible to receive university credit for the instruction they received during the week of CJI.

Scholarships are also available to assist students with financial need who desire to attend the institute next year.

For more information, contact Blanchard at or call 616.222.1504.

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