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The 2017 VOICES program will take place July 24 – 29, 2017 during the week of the 2017 AAJA National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.


About VOICES 2017

VOICES serves as a multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, as well as a leadership program for mid-career journalists. The program is a recruiting tool to increase diversity in newsrooms. The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their published work.

Up to 20 applicants will be selected to cover the convention, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. Students will be paired with professional journalists as their mentors and be expected to produce and complete news assignments in advance of the convention in July.

Students will produce a convention publication based on reporting completed before the convention and on-site in Philadelphia. Written stories, videos, podcasts and digital content will appear on the VOICES website. Students will also be expected to attend required recruiting events at the convention and have the opportunity to improve their portfolios and interviewing skills.

VOICES will be celebrating its 27th anniversary during the Philadelphia convention. The program represents hundreds of successful alumni that have advanced into newsrooms around the globe and outside the media industry. Former VOICES students have become Pulitzer Prize-winners, documentarians, public relations professionals, broadcast anchors and newsroom editors.

The 2017 VOICES program will take place July 24 – 29, 2017 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All selected participants must be available for travel (from within the U.S.) during those dates.


  • Applicants must have a strong commitment to AAJA’s mission.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time college or graduate student or recent graduate (within one year) with a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Applicants must be available during AAJA’s 2017 National Convention in Philadelphia the week of July 26-29, 2017. 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 VOICES or college student projects with similar journalism organizations.
  • AAJA membership is not required to apply; however, accepted students will have to sign up for student membership.

Application Instructions

Before you begin, please make sure you gather all of the information you will need. You will not be able to submit your application without:

  • Your most recent college transcript (PDF or JPG only).
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor at a journalism internship, a journalism publication advisor or college professor (PDF or JPG only).
  • Two essays answering the two questions below (each no more than 500 words in length)
    • Talk about a time when you took the initiative to start or organize something and share what lessons you learned through the process.
    • Why does VOICES need you?
  • Your best work samples (see work sample guidelines on the application).
  • Your resume


No longer a student but still want to be a part of VOICES? APPLY TO BE A FACULTY MEMBER.


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.

Written stories, videos, podcasts and digital content will appear on the VOICES website. Learn more about VOICES and past participants!



Please contact AAJA Program Associate Daniel Garcia at with questions.