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Trinity Christian College junior Jocelyn Black will live her dream this summer as an intern with the Summer Institute of Journalism in Washington, D.C. One of 15 college students nationwide to be accepted into the program, the Chicago native will submit articles to The Daily Southtown in Tinley Park, Illinois, as a stringer.

The Summer Institute of Journalism, sponsored by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, is a four-week boot camp for aspiring Christian journalists that emphasizes researching and writing news articles. The students receive practical instruction while experiencing the fast-paced environment of the nation's capital.

"I am excited more than words can say," said Black, a communication arts major. "I was surprised that I got into the program, but it must be where God wants me this summer. The Institute is going to teach me a lot about journalism and help sharpen the communication skills that I've learned at Trinity."

All of the students in the Institute must secure an unpaid freelance position with a newspaper in their hometown. They are required to develop stories that are based in Washington and have relevance to readers at home. The Daily Southtown serves Chicago's South Side, where Black was raised, and its south suburbs.

"The program will benefit my writing, but I think the real-life experience of working in the thick of the news will be most rewarding," Black said. "I'm sure that the boot camp will be intense, but I'm eager to learn everything I can about journalism and politics during this month. It will be unforgettable."

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