Correspondents will be trained and report on a wide range of issues highlighting the triumphs and challenges of life in East Oakland.
Topics will include community heroes and heroines, health and wealth disparities, and we’ll highlight the work going on in East Oakland Building Healthy Communities initiative. Topics will be assigned and correspondents will be encouraged to come up with their own ideas for stories they wish to cover.
The correspondents will produce a variety of content – including written stories, photos, videos, Tweets and Facebook updates – for OaklandVoices.us, as well as the East Bay Times, and Bay Area News Group digital platforms.
Oakland Voices correspondents will be expected to attend meetings throughout the nine-month program. There will be a two-day orientation at the start of the project. We will also hold regular, 2-hour newsroom meetings twice a month, as well as three full-day training sessions.
Training and meetings will be held between East Oakland’s 81st Avenue Public Library and the Oakland Tribune’s offices on Broadway.
Correspondents will receive a $1,000 stipend, distributed throughout the nine-month period.
You must be an East Oakland resident to apply. See our East Oakland map at http://oaklandvoices.us/if-you-live-here-join-us/ to find out if you live in OV’s program area.
Any East Oakland resident who is a high school senior or older is eligible.
You do not need to own a smartphone to participate. Oakland Voices provides all of your reporting tools. However, we encourage those with smartphones to apply since they will be valuable reporting tools.
Journalism experience IS NOT REQUIRED. Our mission is to support emerging community voices that have little previous access to media training or publication.
Applicants should be familiar with Oakland and with their own neighborhood. People with a broad range of life experience are encouraged to apply. Those who are accepted in the program will receive training in journalistic skills such as research, writing and multimedia.
Acceptance into and completion of this program do not guarantee future employment with The East Bay Times or Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.
Contact Oakland Voices coordinator Brenda Payton with any questions.Email: OaklandVoices5@gmail.comPhone: 510-205-7038THE APPLICATION
Application deadline: Midnight or post-marked by Sept 24, 2017.
HOW TO APPLY• ONLINE: • EMAIL: Click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dkmg8erTEl2AotVoUswcSJmU0Ynr3_7wyrU4cth07cc/edit?usp=sharing for an application you can copy and paste into a Word or Google document. Once completed, you can email that application document as an attachment to OaklandVoices5@gmail.com.• US MAIL: You can print an application, and mail it to • Oakland Voices• c/o East Bay Times• 600 Grand Ave. Suite 308• Oakland, CA 94610• You can also drop your application off at the East Bay Times office between 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday.Applications must be post-marked by Sept. 24, 2017.