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!
Published July 25, 2017
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.
A Collaborative Experience
We ditched a daily production schedule in favor of long-form storytelling pieces that would give students the chance to be ambitious. Students already have opportunities to write shorter pieces and cover daily news at their college newspapers or at their internships. We were inspired by hackathons and split our students into four groups – each collaborating on a single storytelling project. The four projects this year are focused on:
Larger focus on skills training
We expanded pre-convention training, arming students with the skills to learn new mediums and broaden their reporting repertoires at home – even with limited resources. Thanks to professionals in the AAJA network, our students participated in eight remote trainings before arriving in Philadelphia:
Once we got to Philadelphia, we hit the ground running. Students attended two training sessions on-site: a Google News Lab training with Frank Bi of SBNation and a session on using census data with Nesreen Khashan from the U.S. Census Bureau.
As in years past, media organizations have kindly sponsored lunches for small groups of students, which give them a valuable opportunity to talk with professional journalists. In previous years, though, students have largely missed out on other convention programming because of the workload. Without daily deadlines, we hoped students would have more time to attend panels or meet with recruiters. Students will also present their projects to the AAJA general membership on Friday at 3:30 PM in Regency C1, C2, followed by a casual mixer. We would love for you to join us!
Become a fellow or editor
Join AAJA’s 2024 VOICES cohort! Our multimedia journalism training fellowship is for college and graduate students. This year’s program will focus on Asian Americans in the upcoming election cycle, broadly defined.Apply here
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The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a membership nonprofit advancing diversity in newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of communities of color. AAJA has more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia.