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Voices selected 17 student journalists nationally out of more than 100 applicants for our 2018 class. Our students are receiving hands-on training and mentorship from 13 professional Voices editors. This year, our students produced five collaborative editorial projects.


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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.


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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.

As always, a huge thank you to our sponsors and donors; we couldn't have done this without you.


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!