Future Journalists Receive Valuable Training through VOICES Program


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.

AAJA will conduct a national search for a team of students and professionals to cover the convention in 2014 in one or more of the following areas: business/advertising, multimedia reporting in audio and video, web/print design and layout, photography, multimedia producing and copy editing.

The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their portfolios. They will participate in pre-convention training that will include interactive online courses in interviewing, multimedia, ethics, and visual and audio techniques. Participants will also be given pre-convention assignments to cover issues related to the journalism industry and the Asian American Pacific Islander community today. Between ten and twenty applicants will be selected to cover convention, with travel and hotel accommodations provided.

The application for the 2014 VOICES project will open soon.



• Applicants must have a strong committment to AAJA’s mission.

• Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time college student or recent graduate (within one year) with a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.

• Applicants must be available during AAJA’s 2014 National Convention (dates TBD). There will be additional preparations during the summer.

• Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

• Applicants must not be a former participant in any AAJA or alliance student projects.


Check back regularly for more details about the 2014 VOICES program.

Learn how VOICES inspired Matt Lee to become the “Jack Journalist” in 2013.