Atlanta 2019

 

Voices selected 16 student journalists across the country for our 2019 cohort. Our students received hands-on training and mentorship from 8 professional mentors. This summer, Voices students collaborated to produce five long-form multimedia pieces. They presented the projects during the AAJA National Convention in Atlanta.

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INVESTIGATIVE

How America’s top newsrooms recruit interns from a small circle of colleges

BY FARNOUSH AMIRI, MICHAEL LEE, SHAFAQ PATEL & AMANDA ZHOU

Two out of three summer interns from seven top newsrooms came from among the most selective colleges in America, our analysis shows.


FEATURES & POLITICS

At the Dinner Table: Asian American Politics Across Generations

BY ANH NGUYEN, ANNA WU, MARELLA GAYLA & SUNNY KIM

A number of young, progressive Asian Americans has led to a surge in political activism around the country. Their goal is to start a conversation with immigrant communities which are disengaged in democratic processes -- a conversation that in many cases begins with their parents.


FEATURES & CULTURE

‘Minority Within a Minority’: The Making of the Southern and Midwestern Asian- American Identity

BY KAITLYN CHEUNG, GRACE MOON & SOUICHI TERADA

With an overpowering coastal Asian cultural identity, the experiences of Asian Americans who grew up in the South and Midwest are often overlooked. Yet these communities encompass what Asian America is today: a rich landscape packed with varying cultures.


AUDIO

Rooting Identity: How farming brings the diaspora together

BY EMILY CARDINALI, ASH NGU & ALYSSA RAMOS

Farmers across the U.S. are mostly white—so much so that they make up 95 percent of all farmers in the country. Asian Americans make up less than one percent of U.S. farmers, but their stories have left an imprint on the nation’s farming history.


DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

Challenging Tradition in Koreatown’s Intergenerational Restaurants

BY ADITI MAYER & KITTY HU

Two intergenerational restaurants explore questions of authenticity, tradition, and identity within the Los Angeles neighborhood.


Live from Atlanta

BY MAYA SUGARMAN & JESSIE TSENG

Students and faculty are hard at work finishing five collaborative editorial projects they've been working on since May. We are so excited to share with you what they’ve done over the summer and what they are working on this week.


Archive: Houston 2018

Voices selected 17 student journalists nationally out of more than 100 applicants for our 2018 class. Our students received hands-on training and mentorship from 13 professional Voices editors. This summer, Voices students collaborated to produce four long-form multimedia pieces. Our 2018 class presented their pieces during the AAJA National Convention in Houston on August 10.


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Mind the gap: Uncovering pay disparity in the newsroom

BY ELAINE CHEN, CECILIA LEI, ANNIE MA AND JONATHAN NG

Journalists call out companies that pay women and minorities less than white men. It's a problem they say they face at work, too.


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Living In The U.S. When You Don’t ‘Sound White’

BY SUHAUNA HUSSAINEMMA STIEFEL, AND VIOLET JINQI WANG

When someone doesn't have what many consider the default American accent, how does that affect their life? In this podcast, we explore the experiences of three people and how their accents have shaped their lives.


End the stigma: The impact of mental illness in AAPI communities

BY TSERING BISTAMICHELLE HANKS AND SALGU WISSMATH

Mental illness is generally stigmatized, but even more so among Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

 

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“It gets better,” but for Asian Americans, coming out can also get complicated

BY IRENA FISCHER-HWANGLINA TAKAHASHI AND GWENDOLYN WU

“You do what’s best for everyone, right?” That’s a question that many Asian American LGBTQ individuals need to confront when they decide whether to come out to their families.

 


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Live from Houston

BY MAYA SUGARMAN AND JESSIE TSENG

Students and faculty are hard at work finishing five collaborative editorial projects they've been working on since May. The Voices newsroom is based on the campus of the University of Houston at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. This year, we continue to focus on encouraging collaboration and providing skill-specific training.


Archive: Philadelphia 2017

Voices selected 15 student journalists nationally out of more than 100 applicants for our 2017 class. Our students received hands-on training and mentorship from 12 professional Voices editors. This summer, Voices students collaborated to produce four long-form multimedia pieces. Our 2017 class presented their pieces during the AAJA National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28. Watch here.


For Asian Americans, what does it take to confront autism?

BY KRISTINE TUZON, APARNA VERMA, LAWRENCE WU AND ALEXANDRA YOON-HENDRICKS

Advocates and families say many Asian communities still struggle to overcome cultural shame, language barriers and limited community resources surrounding autism.


Missed deadline: The delayed promise of newsroom diversity

BY PEREGRINE FRISSELLALA'A IBRAHIMSHEILA RAGHAVENDRAN AND AVERY YANG

In 1978, the American Society of News Editors challenged newsrooms to reach parity with the nation's racial demographics—but its 17 years passed the deadline and that goal is far from complete.


'The immigrant and the stranger'

BY JANAKI CHADHA, AYAH GALAL, NISA KHAN AND AUSTIN MA

South Philadelphia’s Little Saigon has become the heart of a growing, increasingly diverse Asian population that has made the city feel more like home for immigrants—but has also raised challenges.


Refugee Stories: Navigating Hardship and Resilience in Portland, Detroit and San Francisco

BY JASMINE ESPY, RACHEL RAMIREZ AND NOUR COUDSI

Refugees survived violent regimes and the front lines of war, but their long journeys continue in the United States. With the support of local nonprofits, they begin building new lives. 


Live from Philadelphia

BY MAYA SUGARMAN AND JESSIE TSENG

We've arrived in Philly, and the students are working on their projects! This year, we've made significant changes to the Voices program in an effort to better prepare students for the ever-expanding news media universe. We aimed to encourage collaboration, provide skill-specific training and enable students to better participate in the AAJA National Convention. Check out what we're up to!