Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Paid Writing Opportunity via Choice USA's Student Journalism Program

The following was copy and pasted from Choice USA website. These are not my original thoughts or words. 

Choice USA, a national non-profit organization, gives emerging leaders the tools they need to network, mobilize, organize, and exchange ideas to build a youth-centered reproductive justice agenda. Working with youth and students, between the ages of 15-30, we empower the diverse, upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive freedom both now and in the future.
Student Journalism Team: A key role of Choice USA is to promote the voices of young people in the reproductive justice movement. As part of the Student Journalism program, students will have the opportunity to develop their voices, work on their writing, engage in social media, and participate in national social justice events. Participants will come away from this program with a large portfolio of written work, national visibility in the dialogue around reproductive justice, concrete skills in journalism, and the knowledge that they have
helped garner national attention for issues important to their campus, community and state.

  • Write 3 unique blog articles a month for ChoiceWords, Choice USA’s official blog, that are related to issues around sexual and reproductive health
  • Develop at least one op-ed to be published in an external source – university, local, national or online publication 
  • Conduct original reporting on state, local or campus policy for at least one article a semester 
  • Participate in monthly calls with the Student Journalism team and Choice USA staff to develop article ideas and work though challenges 
  • Receive high quality training and the opportunity to workshop writing with Choice USA staff 
  • Join the Choice USA membership conference in July with other student activists and go through comprehensive training on reproductive justice issues 
  • Receive in-depth journalism training with experts from other areas of the progressive movement
  • Showcase writing to a large audience and receive help promoting articles 
  • Attend and report from a national conference with the other student Journalists in the spring 
  • Stipend of $500 provided each semester 
  • Demonstrated dedication to reproductive justice and other social justice issues 
  • Strong writing skills 
  • A proven interest in writing, media, and journalism 
  • An interest in reporting on a variety of topics and a willingness to accept the challenge of writing new types of articles 
Student Journalism Program Applications due: April 13, 2014 
  • Ability to commit to a one year term
  • Willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C. for Choice USA’s journalism training and to another national conference. All travel accommodations provided by Choice USA
  • Able to commit an average of 2-3 hours a week on work for the blog
  • Must be a currently enrolled student at college or university in one of the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, or Texas  
To Apply: By April 13, send completed application (below) and 2 writing samples via e-mail to Top candidates will be asked to do short telephone interviews April 14-25. Student Journalists will be selected by May 2