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Asian American Journalists Association, 2014 VOICES Program, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 8000

Fri, March 14, 2014

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, which will celebrate its 24th year in 2014, trains students and professionals before and during AAJA’s annual convention.

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 10 and 20 applicants will be selected to cover convention, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. A group of skilled journalists and media professionals will also be selected to act as mentors and guide the students as they report on the convention.

Coverage of the convention spans three areas of journalism: print, online and video. Students will produce a daily newspaper distributed to convention attendees. Select students will record a daily convention newscast. Written stories, videos, podcasts and digital content will appear on the VOICES website.

About the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,600 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry.

Our mission is four-fold: to provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives; to provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers; to provide to the AAPI community an awareness of news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access; and to research and point out when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.

AAJA offers a variety of educational, skills training and professional development programs for its student and professional members, as well as guidance on coverage of AAPI issues for the journalism industry and resources on working with the media for AAPI communities.

To be eligible:

- 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 2014 National Convention in Washington, D.C. the week of August 11-16, 2014. 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.

For more information on our organization and this program, visit our website at http://www.aaja.org/apply-voices-2014/.
 
 BTT Gateway Job ID 8000

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