AAJA’s VOICES program is a rare opportunity for college students to develop reporting and leadership skills under the tutelage of industry professionals.

A cohort of 15-17 students participate in pre-convention training that will include interactive online courses, and are assigned stories covering the journalism industry and AAPI community. Finished works are then published on the Voices site at voices.aaja.org. This innovative opportunity, which celebrates its 30th year in 2020, trains students and professionals before and during AAJA’s annual convention. 

The Voices 2021 program faces a unique challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the uncertainty, the Voices program is currently being redeveloped where the entirety of student projects and programming will be fully remote. We’re currently working on the 2021 program and will post details soon. If you’d like to stay up to date on all things AAJA, sign up for our newsletter!


Voices serves as a multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, as well as a leadership program for young journalists.


AAJA will conduct a national search for a team of students and professionals to participate in the 2021 cohort and report on specific assignments in one or more of the following areas: multimedia reporting in print, audio and video; web/print design and layout; photography; multimedia producing and copy editing.


Students from the program’s 30-year history have gone on to work for news outlets like Bloomberg and the New York Times. Many Voices alumni return to the program as faculty and mentors; in 2013, Voices entered the third generation of students who came back as staff. Alumni also provide key networking opportunities and donate to the program. Find out what alumni from past programs are doing now!

Application Information

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 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.


Support VOICES

AAJA welcomes donations to its student and professional programs throughout the year. Your donation to the VOICES program will go a long way toward helping the students produce quality work and gain valuable newsroom experience in 2021!

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