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. 

We cried and we sang

We cried and we sang

A roundup of Voices 2017 in Philadelphia

 

Per tradition, Voices concluded with a tearful awards ceremony and passionate karaoke performance.

We started several new initiatives this year, with a focus on encouraging collaboration, providing skill-specific training and enabling students to better participate in the AAJA National Convention.

In the first three days after our stories published, our site saw more than 2,500 views and 1,400 unique visitors with more than 1,000 social shares. The livestream of our first-ever Voices project presentation recieved more than 650 views.

These metrics are a sign that our Voices students produced important work that reached the AAJA membership and beyond.

"[Voices] is a program that celebrates journeys," former Voices director Ruth Liao wrote in a recent Facebook post.

We can't wait to watch our students' journeys begin post-Philadelphia! We'd like to leave you with some words we found particularly inspiring while at the 2017 National Convention. During the Gala Scholarship & Awards Banquet, Melissa Tizon accepted the AAJA President's Award on behalf of her late husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon.

"As journalism changes and we're struggling to find out what the right business model is," Melissa Tizon said, "this is what Alex had to say about it:"

"'What if saving journalism really has more to do with new models of storytelling, ones that help people get up in the morning and live consciously, rather than make them more afraid or resigned and want to stay asleep.'"

– Alex Tizon

These words perfectly articulate the Voices mission. We're already hard at work for Voices 2018 in Houston next August. We look forward to seeing you there!

— Maya Sugarman & Jessie Tseng, Voices Co-directors

 
Voices alumni speak on DACA

Voices alumni speak on DACA

Voices students 'tackled an ambitious investigation'

Voices students 'tackled an ambitious investigation'