VOX Investigates

VOX Investigates Team Application: Fall Semester 2015

Investigation topic: HIV-AIDS & STIs

Work as a journalist and community leader with VOX!

We’re going to take a deep-dive to cover important topics for teens in metro Atlanta, using different journalism platforms and helping teens around Atlanta speak out and share their voices. Each semester, our teen team will cover one main topic that’s important to the Atlanta community.

This 10-member team will work for four months as interns, from Aug. 22 – Dec. 19, 2015, to report on the impact of HIV, AIDS and STIs on Atlanta teens — and to host community activities to publish diverse teens’ voices.

This experience will be unlike your school health class or seminars — or even your school newspaper or journalism class. Our job will be to share uncensored information and voices in new teen-created ways, so teens in our community will want to read and connect with it.

Teens who complete the VOX Investigates program will get:

  • real-world journalism experience across different media platforms
  • published portfolio pieces
  • a new professional network of community supporters
  • a written recommendation (or reference) letter
  • community service hours
  • financial literacy training
  • project-management and community leadership training
  • a monetary stipend (at the end of the project)

Your commitment:

  • Attend our kick-off trainings on Saturday, Aug. 22 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m) and Saturday, September 12 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at the VOX office in downtown Atlanta
  • Create at least one reported piece for publication with a multimedia component
  • Attend 8 team meetings/work sessions (average 1 per month in person at VOX, one by Google Hangout)
  • Help create community activities that solicit teens’ voices
  • Facilitate at least one community activity (dialogues, workshops)
  • Participate in two community dialogues: tentatively scheduled for mid September and early December 2015
  • Peer edit content

Requirements:

  • High school-aged teens living in metro Atlanta
  • Demonstrated interest in this project and availability to complete the requirements
  • Participate as members of the VOX program, as a staff member or contributor, for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year.
  • Candidates who have previous experience with VOX receive priority.

To apply:

Send the following to Rachel@VoxAtl.org by 5 p.m., July 27, 2015.

  • A letter (no more than two pages typed) answering the following:
    1. Why do you want to be part of VOX Investigates?
    2. What questions would you ask as a reporter on our Fall 2015 investigation topic: HIV-AIDS and STIs among teens in Atlanta?
    3. What experience do you have that would help you be a great asset to this team?
    4. How do you know you’ll have time to commit to this internship? (Please give an overview of your upcoming semester: Aug. – Dec. 2015.)
  • Choose a creative format (such as a brief video, story, audio, poetry, photos) to show your interest in either:
    1. investigative journalism, or
    2. projecting other teens’ voices to impact a citywide audience.
  • Please submit notification from your parent or guardian that you have permission to participate in this program, as outlined.

Candidates may receive a phone interview and will have to get parent permission to participate in this project if accepted.

Questions?

Contact Rachel@voxatl.org or 404-614-0040.