AAJA is now accepting applications for the 2014 VOICES program, which will take place August 11 – 16 during the week of the 2014 National Convention in Washington, D.C. Click here for the application! The deadline is Friday, April 25.
- Applicants must have a strong commitment to AAJA’s mission.
- Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time college or graduate student or recent graduate (within one year) with a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
- Applicants must be available during AAJA’s 2014 National Convention in Washington, D.C. the week of August 11-16, 2014. There will be additional preparations during the summer.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Applicants must not be a former participant in any AAJA VOICES or college student projects with similar journalism organizations.
- AAJA membership is not required to apply; however, accepted students will have to sign up for student membership.
VOICES is a rare opportunity for college students to develop multimedia and reporting skills in the company of industry professionals from all over the world. Just as newsrooms across the country are adjusting to smaller staffing and new technology, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has redesigned its student convention program to simulate the convergence newsroom of tomorrow. This innovative opportunity, which will celebrate its 24th year in 2014, trains students and professionals before and during AAJA’s annual convention.
The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their portfolios. They will participate in pre-convention training that will include interactive online courses in interviewing, multimedia, ethics, and visual and audio techniques. Participants will also be given pre-convention assignments to cover issues related to the journalism industry and the Asian American Pacific Islander community today. Between 10 and 20 applicants will be selected to cover convention, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. A group of skilled journalists and media professionals will also be selected to act as mentors and guide the students as they report on the convention.
Coverage of the convention spans three areas of journalism: print, online and video. Students will produce a daily newspaper distributed to convention attendees. Select students will record a daily convention newscast. Written stories, videos, podcasts and digital content will appear on the VOICES website. Learn more about VOICES and past participants by clicking here!
Are you interested in serving as a mentor for the 2014 VOICES students? Consider applying to be part of the VOICES faculty. To be eligible, you must be a current AAJA member and be available during the 2014 AAJA National Convention the week of August 11 – 16, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Contact the national office for more information. Apply today! The application deadline for VOICES faculty is Friday, March 14.
Please contact Justin Seiter at the national office with any questions.