Apply to AAJA’s flagship summer program for college students
AAJA’s VOICES program returns for 2023 with a new emphasis on cultivating community and leadership skills among young AAPI journalists! The program this year will consist of months-long training and project work that begins in late spring and culminates at the AAJA 2023 Convention in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, July 19 to Saturday, July 22.
We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students who are excellent storytellers and who are interested in new technologies and story forms. Reporters, social media strategists, designers, developers, data engineers, podcasters, broadcasters and bloggers are all welcome to apply. Students will learn the soft skills needed to succeed in school and the workplace and work in teams to produce a news project.
We are also looking for editors: professional journalists who serve as mentors and coaches to the students during their time in VOICES. Editors work as supervisors on the team reporting projects, facilitate training sessions and prepare the students for their time at the AAJA Convention and for graduating from the classroom to the workplace. Being a VOICES editor is an opportunity to hone leadership skills, build lasting relationships and attend the AAJA National Convention.
For fellows, application requirements include a recommendation letter, online portfolio, resume, answers to short questions and one story pitch geared towards the one concentration you are most interested in focusing on during the VOICES program. The concentrations are investigative, features, audio, video/short documentary or other. Apply to be a fellow here.
For editors, application requirements include an online portfolio, resume and answers to short questions. Apply to be an editor here. The deadline for both fellowship and editor applications is March 3 at 11:59 p.m.
Waliya Lari, Director of Programs & Partnerships
VOICES is a student fellowship program that equips student journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually evolving media landscape. The program aims to help journalists understand how audiences engage with them, how communities view the work they produce and how they can understand the impact their work has. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, Voices gives fellows the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and grow their own. Learn more here, and see past student work on the VOICES website.