‘Voicewaves’ Youth Journalism-Training Program Accepting Applications

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New America Media, with the support of The California Endowment, is now accepting applications for Voicewaves, a youth journalism-training program. All Youth Journalists will learn to report, write, and create digital media content in order to raise awareness of neighborhood health issues and activate community action in Central and West Long Beach. They will be trained to use photography, video, radio and the Internet as community engagement tools to produce a better Long Beach. Youth Media Coordinator Prumsodun Ok said, “We want youth to help us amplify the voices of their family, friends, and neighbors.” He went on to encourage youth in the two target areas, “Together, we can give voice to those who need it most and bring positive change to our world one voice, one story, one community at a time.”

The project is accepting applications from youth ages 14-24 years old that are residents of Central or West Long Beach. In addition, they must be interested in learning media journalism (video, print, photography, and radio) and speaking with community members and policymakers about local issues. Knowledge of Spanish or Khmer is a plus. Youth accepted into the project will receive a monthly stipend. In addition, they will gain skills that will help them throughout their life, earn experience that they can turn into a career, and receive the personal satisfaction that they are making a difference.

The application can be downloaded at The Creativity Network. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 8, 2011. It can be mailed and delivered to the address below. Fax or email is also an option.

Prumsodun OK
ATTN: Ana Bonilla
The California Conference for Equality and Justice
444 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 940
Long Beach, CA 90802
Fax: 562-435-8318

New America Media is the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. Over 57 million ethnic adults connect to each other, to home countries and to America through 3000+ ethnic media, the fastest growing sector of American journalism. NAM produces, aggregates and disseminates multimedia content and services for and from the youth and ethnic media sectors. They support youth development programs that produce peer-to-peer youth media and inter-generational dialogue through ethnic and mainstream media. For more information, visit newamericamedia.org.

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