Now in its 27th year, AAJA Voices is a student program that provides aspiring journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually-evolving media landscape. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, Voices also gives students the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and begin their own while also providing AAJA journalists leadership and management opportunities. 

Today is #GivingTuesday; Donate to Voices!

Today is #GivingTuesday; Donate to Voices!

Today is #GivingTuesday, and we would love to have you join AAJA Voices on this global day dedicated to giving back to causes you support.

How you can donate: 

  1. DONATE - Join AAJA’s growing family of supporters for #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible donation. You can also donate on our Facebook page.
  2. SHARE - 
    • Visit the AAJA Facebook page and use our custom #GivingTuesday photo frame to join the campaign. 
    • On Instagram, use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #WhyIGive and share why you give to AAJA. Remember to tag @aajaofficial or @aajavoices. Then, tag three people to share their AAJA giving story. 
    • On Twitter, use #GivingTuesday, tag us at @aaja or @aajavoices and share our donation page link: bit.ly/donate2AAJA.

For almost three decades, AAJA Voices has impacted hundreds of students and mentors.

 
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"When it comes to diversity issues in newsrooms, a Next Generation Fellow summed it up succinctly: how do we help public media (and newsrooms in general) look and sound like America? I thought I found one way to help with a tweet from AAJA National, which called for mentors to join AAJA Voices, a training fellowship for college and graduate students. As a Voices faculty mentor, I had blast training Rachel Ramirez, Nour Coudsi, Jasmine Espy and the rest of the Voices team and helping them thrive before, during and after the convention in Philadelphia. I know AAJA has created a critical talent pipeline for journalists of color with Voices and all newsrooms need to tap into it now."

— Kris Vera-Phillips, Senior News Producer at KPBS News

 
 
"VOICES was one of the most challenging and rewarding journalistic experiences I've had. My mentors and peers pushed me to develop new skills and taught me how to foster meaningful professional relationships. That experience helped me land several internships and my current job as assistant producer at WNYC." — Aneri Pattani, Assistant Producer, WYNC Radio

"Voices was one of the most challenging and rewarding journalistic experiences I've had. My mentors and peers pushed me to develop new skills and taught me how to foster meaningful professional relationships. That experience helped me land several internships and my current job as assistant producer at WNYC."

— Aneri Pattani, Assistant Producer at WYNC

 
 
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"I did the AAJA Voices student project two months after graduating from college. Walking into convention, I thought I had everything figured out — my career trajectory, my hopes and dreams. But this group of mentors and peers challenged me to expand my skills, experiment and think big about my life and journalism's future. I'm so thankful for the inspiration and support system I still use today."

— Beena Raghavendran, Minneapolis Schools Reporter at The Minneapolis Star Tribune

 
 
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"When I was a college senior, being a part of Voices made me less nervous about graduating the following spring. I went out of my comfort zone, thanks to my mentors, and I became friends with other students who might one day be my co-workers. But the best part about Voices was relating to people on a level that went beyond just journalism. Issues of diversity and representation were just as important to them as they were to me, and it left me feeling inspired and eager to join the professional world."

— Clare Ramirez, Designer at The Washington Post

 
 

"I got my first job in journalism through Voices. I'd been working so hard on covering a breaking news piece that I'd forgotten to go to the job fair. Aric Johnson, the Voices editor, insisted I stop working and go, and even introduced me to a few of the recruiters. One of them, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, gave me a language test on the spot. She hired me to the Hong Kong bureau a few months later. Not only was Voices a fantastic opportunity to network with peers and meet hiring editors, it fed my spirit. I was so inspired to see people who looked like me, who shared my experiences, surviving and thriving as successful journalists. It was a model of who I might become one day. The support and encouragement I received through Voices was invaluable, and it was the foundation of a decade-plus engagement with AAJA that serves me to this day."

— Iris Kuo, CEO and Co-Founder of LedBetter

 
 
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"Voices has given me a lot. By the end of the program, I had newfound confidence and a sharper focus on my passion for journalism. Meeting so many inspiring, successful Asian American journalists really opened my eyes to new possibilities. The mentorship I received in the program both gave me new skills and taught me to run after the stories I care about. Without the guidance of fellow AAJA members, I wouldn't have flown across the world and started reporting from South Korea — a dream of mine since middle school days."

— Kelly Kasulis, Journalist, Science and the Koreas at Mic

 
 
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"Both JCamp and Voices gave me a network of people who I can lean on and go to whenever I need help or advice. Knowing that there are people who are always looking out for you is a pretty incredible feeling. Participating in Voices and JCamp really helped accelerate my growth as a storyteller. I hope that one day I'll be in a position to give back to JCamp, Voices and the next generation of journalists."

—Thomas Oide, University of Missouri

 
Voices alumni speak on DACA

Voices alumni speak on DACA