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  • "Americans learned much about our God given gift of freedom from the speeches, writings, and career of Stan Evans. He was one of the founders of Young Americans for Freedom and CPAC, a frequent lecturer for Young America's Foundation, and founder of the National Journalism Center. He will be missed, but will always serve as an inspiration to all freedom loving Americans." - Ron Robinson, President, Young America's Foundation

    The Legacy of M Stanton Evans
    Stan Evans was a foundational member of the modern conservative movement. He left behind so much, a legacy filled with people he mentored, writings that did and still influence, organizations that fill needs, stories that bring laughs and clarity. The tributes written immediately following his passing, and those delivered at his funeral and the memorial service at the Heritage Foundation, are filled with the many contributions that bear his name. However, I believe there are three that stand out, that will continue to influence events and people for decades to come. The first is the Sharon Statement, the founding statement of Young Americans for Freedom. Written in 1960, it plainly and eloquently raises a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels, one based on timeless truths. It is as relevant today as it was in 1960, with the only difference that international communism is no longer a threat. But, the just interests of the United States are still what should guide our foreign policy and victory over existential threats should still be our goal.

    The second is his book The Theme Is Freedom, written in 1994. Here, Stan showed how our liberty is based on and also relies on our Christian heritage. America is exceptional in this way and it is no mere coincidence that the idea of individual liberty was born, grew and flourished in the Christian West, nor is it a coincidence that as we grow more secular and detached from our roots, liberty diminishes. If more Americans read this book, our descent into the secular progressive swamp would be slowed or reversed.

    The third major contribution of Stan Evans is perhaps his most important and has the potential of having the most impact and that is his founding of the National Journalism Center in 1977. His intent was not to replace liberal bias with conservative bias, but to teach aspiring journalists to deal with facts and the truth, not agendas and advocacy. As Steven Hayward, an NJC alum who writes for PowerLine put it, “ It ( NJC ) represents an apostolic succession of sorts, and is the kind of legacy that lasts longer and goes deeper than the printed word, whose ink will fade, whose pixels will disappear when the hard drive crashes.”

    Since 1977, some 2,000 apostles of Stan’s have gone through NJC. They range from the very well-known like Ann Coulter, John Fund and Greg Gutfeld to TV anchors on stations in Texas, radio talk show hosts in Ohio and reporters for local papers throughout the DC suburbs. The rosters of prominent conservative media are filled with NJC alumni. Stan passed the NJC baton to Young America’s Foundation in 2002 and YAF continues his work to this day. His commitment to truth and responsible reporting is still the basis of the curriculum. In 2015, some 70 interns will pass through the three sessions of classes and internships and learn the Evans’ way of journalism.

    Of all of Stan’s accomplishments, the National Journalism Center has the greatest potential to change America for the better. The replacement of liberal bias in the media with fact-based and responsible reporting was Stan’s goal. That’s why he created the National Journalism Center. That’s why we continue his work to this day and will into the future.

    Kirby Wilbur is the Executive Director of the National Journalism Center. He can be reached at

    "My outstanding associate producer and call screener, Lauren, is a graduate and alumna of the National Journalism Center. NJC is changing the media landscape by raising up a new generation of conservative journalists." ~ Sean Hannity


    Sarah Westwood appears on Fox News’ On The Record with Greta Van Susteren on December 18, 2014, discussing an article she wrote for the Washington Examiner. Sarah interned at the Examiner during the Fall 2014 session of the National Journalism Center and was hired by the Examiner at the end of the session ten days before her appearance.

  • The National Journalism Center

    Summer 2012 interns Matt Pitchford and Meagan Clark outside White HouseSince 1977, the National Journalism Center has trained aspiring journalists in the values of responsible, balanced, and accurate reporting.  Weekly seminars and on-the-job experience provide participants with the tools to become leaders in combating bias in the mainstream media.  

    Seminars include talks with prominent journalists and public policy experts, writing exercises, training in investigative reporting, reading assignments, and current events and policy discussions.  Interns spend the majority of the week on assignment with a media outlet learning from professionals in the journalism field. 

    The balance of real-world experience and quality academic training provides students with a competitive edge in the job market after completing the National Journalism Center's 12-week program. 

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     Here’s what some of our alumni are saying:  

     "This internship gives me a leg up on the competition when I enter the market. . . . I came here as an intern, but I am leaving as a young professional."

    - Adam Ulbricht, intern at Radio America, Summer 2012


      Summer 2010 intern Jessie Abrams at BBC

    “From writing and interviewing skills, audio and video editing, to rolling the teleprompter – my internship has stocked my resume with the tools I need to succeed after college. I have had exposure to DC council meetings, congressional hearings, and news breaking press conferences – sometimes all in one day.”  

    - Megan Hickey, intern at WTOP and ABC7, Summer 2011


    "The weekly sessions at NJC have offered me an inside view into the working life and mind of the successful DC journalist."     

    - Luca Gattoni-Celli, intern at USA Today, Fall 2012    


    "This summer I learned more about reporting simply by doing it and by being surrounded by journalists, than I could have by reading a dozen books.  Most notably, I honed my skills by interviewing at least 60 different people during my internship.    

    NJC taught me that excellence in journalism is ultimately dependent on the individual journalists and news outlets rather than on the media world in general.  I have hope that my career will bear evidence of painstaking devotion to truth, accuracy, and relevance if only I work hard and dedicate myself to true and good ideals that are bigger than myself." 

    - Celina Durgin, intern at Washington Business Journal, Summer 2012



    Please complete an online application, and then e-mail, fax or mail the following supplemental materials (email preferred): 

    Cover letter


    2-3 writing samples (news clips preferred; 5 page limit per sample)

    3 references (no letters of recommendation; please include each reference's name, affiliation, relationship to you, and contact information)

    An official college transcript is required upon acceptance into the program (NOTE: An intern will not be accepted nor allowed to participate without an official transcript.) 

    IMPORTANT: Applications will not be reviewed until ALL supplemental materials are received, and candidates will not be accepted into the program with any outstanding materials.

    Apply today and join the network of more than 2,000 NJC alumni! For more information about the program, contact us today!

  • Future NJC Internship Session Dates: 

    Spring 2015
    January 12 - April 3
    Application Deadline: November 1, 2014

    Summer 2015
     May 18 - August 7
    Application Deadline: December 1, 2014 (early); March 1, 2015 (regular)
    Fall 2015 
    September 7 - December 4
    Application Deadline: July 1, 2015 

    Complete an online
    application here.
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