“Graduation day” for the next generation of media leaders

By Frank LoMonte As an inquisitive tween growing up in the Los Angeles suburbs, Shine Cho regularly defied the family rule of silence at the dinner table. "I always asked questions. I really wanted to know about current events. I wanted to know about politics. I wanted to know who Hillary Clinton was when I… Continue reading “Graduation day” for the next generation of media leaders

Shooting the messenger: Facebook post leads to community backlash against HS newspaper columnist

It's #TalkBackTuesday

By Shelby Zeigler I am an opinion columnist for my high school newspaper, Uncaged News. I have always loved the excitement of writing an opinionated column that starts a civic discourse among the members of my community and it’s become something I’m quite well known for in our small town. When my journalism advisor came… Continue reading Shooting the messenger: Facebook post leads to community backlash against HS newspaper columnist

Why I’m Here

“Sweetheart.” “Honey.” “You can’t be serious.” “That’s an inappropriate thing to say.” I’ve received these comments in actual professional settings, as well as in my positions as a student journalist. I’ve been disrespected, ignored, and not taken seriously on the basis of my gender—this bias being expressed in statements such as these. In high school,… Continue reading Why I’m Here

Introducing Active Voice Fellow Sophie Gordon

2016 Active Voice Fellow Sophie Gordon

By Shea Smith Sophie Gordon was born in Fuzhou, China and moved to the United States when she was just ten-months-old. After living roughly a year-and-a-half in Iowa, her family moved to St. Charles, Missouri before she left for college to attend Ball State University. She is a rising junior at Ball State in Indiana… Continue reading Introducing Active Voice Fellow Sophie Gordon

Introducing Active Voice Fellow Sunshine Cho

2016 Active Voice Fellow Sunshine Cho

By Holly Speck Sunshine Cho has a confession to make. Before she was a rising sophomore at the University of California, San Diego, 7-year-old Shine ‘borrowed’ her father’s credit card and subscribed to a two-year TIME Magazine subscription. Luckily, Shine’s father pardoned the young Shine after she plead temporary insanity due to her thirst for… Continue reading Introducing Active Voice Fellow Sunshine Cho

Introducing Active Voice Fellow Nashwa Bawab

2016 Active Voice Fellow Nashwa Bawab

As a Muslim girl living in Texas, it was hard to find my voice at first. After 9/11, my dad would try to explain to me what hate was and instances I might come across it in life. I felt like I couldn’t speak out when someone talked about my religion and I felt like… Continue reading Introducing Active Voice Fellow Nashwa Bawab

Introducing Active Voice Fellow Darlene Aderoju

2016 Active Voice Fellow Darlene Aderoju

Looking back, I wish I had someone to help me develop confidence. I wish I had support from the few other black girls at my school to feel beautiful. I wish I had someone to tell me that there’s more to life than looks and that I would experience life outside of Woonsocket, RI. I… Continue reading Introducing Active Voice Fellow Darlene Aderoju

Active Voicers, Assemble! Chicago workshop kicks off inaugural fellowship year

"Find your voice. Own your voice. Don't be afraid" Five college journalists drawn from campuses from coast-to-coast got a two-day crash course in movement-building from experts in the legal, nonprofit and public-relations fields. The Aug. 18-19 workshop marked the kickoff of the inaugural round of Active Voice fellowships, awarded to college students with inventive ideas… Continue reading Active Voicers, Assemble! Chicago workshop kicks off inaugural fellowship year