Meet the VOICES Class of 2014

AAJA is pleased to welcome the 2014 class of college students, recent graduates and volunteer mentors to the VOICES program. Participants come from all over the U.S. to take part in the journalism career development and leadership training. Students will be reporting and producing content for the VOICES convention news site and broadcast program. 

AAJA is pleased to welcome the 2014 class of college students, recent graduates and volunteer mentors to the VOICES program. Participants come from all over the U.S. to take part in the journalism career development and leadership training. Students will be reporting and producing content for the VOICES convention news site and broadcast program. Keep up with updates on the VOICES program before the live launch during the 24th AAJA national convention in Washington, D.C. Aug. 13-16.

“The AAJA Voices program is thrilled at the talent and caliber of this year’s class of students,” said Ruth Liao, VOICES Program Director. “Now in its 24th year, VOICES has produced top-quality alumni that have gone on to media organizations such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Texas Tribune and other news outlets both national and global.”

Students are able to participate in the program free of charge. VOICES appreciates any financial support. Please visit AAJA’s PayPal site and designate “VOICES” in your contribution under “add special instructions.”

Students: 

Nuran Alteir

Nuran Alteir, recent graduate, Cal State Fullerton






 

 

 

Melanie Balakit

Melanie Balikit, senior, University of Maryland







 

 

 

 

Aimee ChoAimee Cho, sophomore, Cornell University







 

 

 

 

Ceci DuJiahong “Ceci” Du, senior, Iowa State University







 

 

 

 

Kijin HigashibabaKijin Higashibaba, sophomore, Antioch College







 

 

 

 

Sadia KhatriSadia Khatri, senior, Mount Holyoke College







 

 

 

 

Jane KimJane Kim, senior, Northwestern University



 

 

 

 

 



Jaclyn LeeJaclyn Lee, sophomore, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill







 

 

 

 

Brian NguyenBrian Nguyen, junior, University of California Davis







 

 

 

 

Thuy Lan NguyenThuy Lan Nguyen, junior, Arizona State University







 

 

 

 

Aryanna PrasadAryanna Prasad, junior, Louisiana State University







 

 

 

 

Neha RamaniNeha Ramani, sophomore, Indiana University







 

 

 

 

Kristen TaketaKristen Taketa, junior, University of California Los Angeles







 

 

 

 

Diane ThaoDiane Thao, junior, San Francisco State University







 

 

 

 

Melissah YangMelissah Yang, recent graduate, University of Southern California







 

 

 

 

Le ZoLe Zou, graduate student, University of California Berkeley







 

 

 

 

Faculty: 

Design and production: Carolyn Chin, News Design Director, Detroit News

Broadcast: Brian Choo, Photographer/Editor, KTLA-TV

Photo lead: Conner Jay Photographer, Press Democrat

Managing editor: Adam Causey, Assistant City Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Copy chief: Jenny Abella, Copy Editor, The Washington Post

Director: Ruth Liao, Editor, LNG Americas, ICIS

Mentors:

Brandon Sugiyama, Motion Graphic Designer; Raymund Flandez, Communications Officer, US Holocaust Memorial Museum; Ko Im, Freelance Reporter; Amy Wu, doctoral candidate, University of Maryland; Mariecar Mendoza, Features Editor, LA News Group; Andrew Tran, Data Producer, The Boston Globe

 

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