Now in its 30th year, Voices is a student fellowship program that provides aspiring journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually-evolving media landscape. At its core, the program’s mission is to help a diverse group of aspiring journalists understand how audiences engage with them, how communities view the work they produce, and how they can understand the impact their work has. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, Voices also gives students the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and begin their own.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in journalism. We are looking for students who are interested in spending the summer producing a long-form, in-depth news project over the course of the summer. We want students who are excellent storytellers and who are interested in new technologies and story forms. Reporters, social media strategists, designers, developers, data engineers, podcasters, broadcasters, bloggers are all welcome to apply.
The program this year will consist of remote summer-long training and project work that begins in May and culminates in-person in DC for the AAJA National Convention from Sunday, July 26 to Sunday, August 2.
As a Voices fellow, students will have the opportunity to:
- To create meaningful editorial work by working with student groups to pitch and produce a long-form story in one of five concentrations.
- To attend 10 remote trainings throughout the summer led by some of our industry’s leaders.
- To build lasting relationships not only with their editors but other AAJA professionals
- To be a part of the AAJA National Convention not only as attendees, but as presenters.
- To meet and interview with recruiters from major news companies
The story concentrations this year will be:
- Investigative reporting
- Short documentary
- Other: If you have another idea or concentration you are dying to pitch, here is your chance. We cannot guarantee we can support this, but we want to know what you would do if you have the resources at hand. Previous pitches included a VR storytelling project, and a news app leveraging artificial intelligence.
Our fellows from last year’s class have gone onto internships and jobs at news companies such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Frontline, and more. Former Voices students and editors have become Pulitzer Prize-winners, documentarians, public relations professionals, broadcast anchors and newsroom editors. Above all, Voices is a community that lasts far beyond this one summer, a community that students will be a part of for a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I also intern or work somewhere else while I participate in Voices over the summer?
Yes! Most of our students intern for another organization over the summer. The workload is meant to complement your internship, not supersede it. However, every student must be able to attend the national convention from Sunday July 26 to Sunday, August 2. If you are accepted into the program, we are happy to reach out to your internship supervisor if needed.
How much experience do I need to have in these concentration areas to be accepted?
Minimal experience. We expect all participants to have certain baseline reporting ability and experience in order to be accepted into the program. However, students do not need to have prior experience in audio to be accepted into that group; one of our goals in the program is to push students outside their comfort zone and to learn new things. If you do have experience in a certain concentration, whether or not you want to apply to that concentration is up to you.
If I apply, am I guaranteed to get into one of the concentrations I applied to?
No. If we feel like you would be a good fit into another concentration, we reserve the right to put you there instead.
What is covered as a Voices participant?
AAJA will cover your transportation to and from Atlanta, your accommodations and food, and your National Convention registration.
I am a recent graduate. Can I still apply?
Yes, if you graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program no earlier than Spring 2019, you are eligible to apply. If you will be graduating from high school in Spring 2020, you are eligible to apply.