2020 Oakland Voices Application
The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education announces the eighth class of Oakland Voices and seeks to recruit six East Oakland residents and two city-wide residents interested in reporting, writing, and taking photos for its community storytelling program.

Correspondents will be trained and report on a wide range of issues highlighting the triumphs and challenges of life in Oakland. We want people who seek to serve as news and information providers on behalf of the community.

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 along with other publishing partners.

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 Maynard Institute's offices on in Emeryville.

Correspondents will receive a $1,000 stipend, distributed throughout the nine-month period.


This year, we are expanding the geographic eligibility. Residents from ALL OVER Oakland can apply. We are seeking six East Oakland residents and two who live ANYWHERE in the city. See our East Oakland map at http://oaklandvoices.us/if-you-live-here-join-us/ to find out if you live in OV’s East Oakland program area.

Any 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 Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

This cohort of Oakland Voices will begin in fall 2020, depending on the recommendations of healthcare professionals.

Contact Oakland Voices coordinator Rasheed Shabazz with any questions.
Email: OaklandVoices5@gmail.com
Phone: 510-863-1695.


Application deadline: Due to COVID-19, application deadline moved to midnight or post-marked by September 31, 2020.

• EMAIL: Click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18iGywjFKxKAYUox9g354A-c35NaR2o76dm0PDkbQRZ0/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 The Maynard Institute
• 1400 65th St. Suite 200
• Emeryville, CA 94608
• You can also drop your application off at Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Make sure to make your envelope c/o The Maynard Institute, 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday. Applications must be post-marked by September 31, 2020.
Part 1: Basics
First name *
Last name *
Home Address: *
Zip: *
Home phone: *
Mobile phone: *
Personal email address: *
Tell us about the kind of work you do (employment is not a requirement for selection, we're just interested):
Title: *
City: *
Zip: *
Work email address: *
Preferred email address: *
Preferred phone number: *
To help us recruit a group of correspondents that represents the gender, racial, and age diversity of East Oakland communities, please let us know the following:
Clear selection
Clear selection
How did you learn about Oakland Voices? *
Part 2: More About You
Education: *
In the box below, please enter the highest level of education you have completed. Indicate the name of the institution, the year of completion, degree or diploma earned, and major. Tell us about any specialty education you have completed, such as culinary school or a mechanic's certification.
Interests, activities, organizations: *
Interest, activities, organizations: Please tell us what you like to do with your time - any groups or organizations to which you belong, or any activities you enjoy.
Your story: *
Your story: Please tell us in 300 words some things you want us to know about you.
Part 3: Issues
News is happening all of the time; it's all around you. Sometimes, you see or hear about issues that you think deserve more media attention. Here is your chance.
The Issues: *
This is the writing section - a required part of your application. Please write TWO stories in the box above. Each story must be 250-300 words, and each one should be about one specific issue, event, or person impacting your community. As a correspondent, you will be asked to find and write about topics impacting your area, so in each story please give us a strong sense of what is important to you. Take time to think seriously about and then write with some detail on issues in your community or neighborhood. They may affect you directly or personally, but they don't have to.
Technology: Computers & The Internet Part I: *
(Select all that apply)
Technology: Social Media
Technology: Computers & The Internet Part II: *
In the box below, please describe what you mainly use the Internet for. What other online tools do you use, if any (such as Google Documents, Google Calendar, etc.)?
Technology: Cell Phone: *
(Select all that apply)
Technology: Other: *
(Select all that apply)
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