Where do VOICES alumni get hired?
The VOICES career mentoring program has trained hundreds of journalists for more than 25 years. The program has supported emerging Asian-American talent of broadcast journalists both on-air and in content production, providing job-ready candidates for media organizations around the country. During the week that the students attend the national Asian American Journalists Association convention, VOICES participants take part in producing multimedia content, being edited and coached by professional journalists and auditioning in front of local and network producers.
Here’s a sampling of VOICES alumni on-air talent and digital producers:
- Amara Sohn Walker, CNN International
- Susanna Song, CBS Chicago 2
- Royale Da, KOAT, Albuquerque (UNITY ’99)
- Annalisa Burgos, Channel Asia (UNITY ’99)
- Maria Hechanova, KOLD 11, Tucson (Boston, 2009)
- Angela Chen, KRIV, Fox 26, Houston (Los Angeles, 2010)
- Candice Nguyen, NBC 7, San Diego (Los Angeles, 2010)
- Liberty Zabala, NBC 7, San Diego (Detroit, 2011)
- Mega Sugianto, KPTV, Portland, (New York, 2013)
- Frances Wang, KXTV Sacramento (New York, 2013)
- Stephen Jiwanmall, WTXL Tallahassee ABC 27 (New York, 2013)
- Aimee Cho, NBC Washington (DC, 2014)
- Diane Thao, KRNV News-4, Reno (DC, 2014)
- Thuy Lan Nguyen, WKBW Buffalo (DC, 2014)
- Timmy Truong, ABC 7 Los Angeles (San Francisco, 2015)
- Jane Kim, KSTP Eyewitness 5, Minneapolis (DC, 2014)
- Parminder Deo, NBC Health and Medical Unit (San Francisco, 2015)
Jane Kim, KSTP Channel 5, Digital Content Producer
What I’ll be doing: I’ll be producing content for KSTP Channel 5, specifically for their digital platforms (phones, iPads, for their website) and for social media.
How did VOICES help? I would say that the alumni network specifically helped me in a practical sense when it came to my job search after graduation. It was really helpful to get links to jobs I might have looked over, but it was beneficial for me simply to have open communication with mentors and having a constant source of contact.
Why should you apply to VOICES?
You should apply because it will give you a support group and a community. It’s a great way to meet people and it makes you feel more personally connected to other AAJA members.
More About VOICES
VOICES is a rare opportunity for college students to develop multimedia and reporting skills in the company of industry professionals from all over the world. Just as newsrooms across the country are adjusting to smaller staffing and new technology, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has redesigned its student convention program to simulate the convergence newsroom of tomorrow. This innovative opportunity trains students and professionals before and during AAJA’s annual convention.
Please contact AAJA Program Associate Daniel Garcia at DanielG@oldsite.aaja.org with questions.