(Media So White)
The Voices workshop is a hands-on workshop that introduces minority and at-risk children to multimedia story-telling and journalism. Its goal is to build self-confidence and integrate creative thinking and self-expression. 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 creative thinking and self-expression through photojournalism, as well as written, audio and video storytelling. It encourages students to open their eyes to the world around them and to the different ways in which it can be seen and experienced, reported and shown: their world, their voices. Finally, Voices introduces children to journalism and the media and its importance in our democracy.
The Voices workshop is designed for up to ten children, aged 12 to 15, from the City of Columbia, MO, and is free. We are continually looking for volunteer photojournalists to mentor the children in our program.
Since the aim of Voices is to increase awareness of under-represented and minority groups, 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.
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 for their generous support of Voices this year, and Dr. Joel Beeson of West Virginia University’s Reed School of Journalism, for their generous support.