The Voices workshop is a hands-on workshop that introduces minority children to multimedia story-telling and journalism. Its goal is to build self-confidence and critical thinking through hands-on learning and collaborative work. It is also to foster social and racial justice by empowering minority youth to be the communicators of tomorrow and increase diversity in the media.
The Voices workshop integrates all aspects of journalism into an intensive one-day experience in a professional, live newsroom. It provides students an introduction to the practice of multimedia story-telling though news reporting and writing, photojournalism, and video storytelling. Voices encourages students to open their eyes to the world around them and to the different ways in which it can be seen and experienced and shared: their world, their voices.
The Voices workshop is designed for up to ten minority children, age 12 to 15, from the City of Columbia, MO. It is a free workshop. We are continually looking for volunteer journalists to mentor the children in our program.
The aim of Voices being to increase awareness of people under-represented in the media, as well as to increase minorities’ presence in the mainstream media, every effort is made to secure an exhibition of the students’s work in the community through an exhibition in a public space in addition to an online platform.
Volunteers and sponsors
In the past Voices has enjoyed the generous support of photo industry leaders, such as Canon and Kodak, as well as volunteers from the University of Missouri’s Photojournalism sequence students. This year we are honored to count MU students again among our volunteers, as well as some of Columbia's best professional photographers.
We would also like to thank Miller Labs, and Dr. Joel Beeson, Professor of Visual Communications, West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, for their generous support.