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Student Voice Journalism Fellowship

Tell your story.
Change your school.

Join the Student Voice Journalism Fellowship to advance education justice through storytelling, amplify the unheard stories in your school and develop key professional skills in journalism.

Fill out our sign-up form now

Advance educational equity

Use journalism as a method to create social change, not just a passive narration of the world around you. Hold educational institutions accountable to serving all students equitably and tell your school’s story.

Receive pay and professional development

From interviewing to drafting to pitching, develop key professional skills in writing and journalism through workshops from industry experts and regular feedback on your work from peers and program managers. Receive a $1,000 stipend for your work.

Publish your content

Share your writing and journalism through Student Voice’s website, national media publications, our annual Schooled magazine and in emerging mediums like podcasts and videos.

Join the Press Corps

After your year in the Journalism Fellowship, join Student Voice’s Press Corps of program alumni and receive pitching and editing support to place education-related journalism in national news outlets like the Washington Post, Teen Vogue and more.

"Often, my school district is portrayed in local media negatively, as broke, violent or generally just ‘don't send your kids there.’ I really appreciated the opportunity as a student journalist to shift that narrative and write critically about the incredible educators and programs that exist."

Martine Dosa
2020-21 Journalism Fellow

"I really enjoyed interviewing people in my local community on ways to improve education equity. I'm so used to focusing on learning about national developments, so getting to learn more about my local state and regional politics was very informative."

Lena McEachern
2020-21 Journalism Fellow

"I really enjoyed getting to hear from others working in journalism in some capacity, both for their insights regarding technical writing, storytelling, editing, and publishing but also more broadly in terms of life skills and improving more soft skills. This was from both the guest speakers but also other fellows."

Nyasha Musoni
2020-21 Journalism Fellow and Student Voice Ambassadors Program Coordinator

Student Voice Journalism Fellows are U.S. high school students with an understanding of educational justice through lived experience or prior engagement in education organizing. Journalism Fellows share a wide range of experiences in terms of educational resource access, geographic location, socioeconomic status, and prior engagement in writing and are expected to write about these experiences from their own unique perspectives. Experience with journalism is not required upon entry to the program; in fact, students without access to a school newspaper are prioritized. However, all Journalism Fellows are selected due to their commitment to the storytelling process and grasp of the importance of narrative to create social change.

Sounds like you? Fill out our sign-up form now!

Stories from the Journalism Fellowship

These editorials, podcasts, photoessays, and feature pieces span the experiences of our Journalism Fellows from schools and communities across the country. There’s power in student voice—whether it be written or spoken.


Tour Across America's Schools Coverage

The Student Voice Journalism Fellowship is a cohort of 18 high school students from across the United States passionate about reporting on issues within their local and national school communities. Fellows come from a diverse range of experience levels, but all have the opportunity to hone their existing skills and explore new mediums of storytelling. Over the course of a school year, fellows attend skill-building workshops, connect with industry professionals and craft narratives about their school experiences through print and other media.

Apply now

Applications are closed for this year, check back next year when we're in search of young journalists!


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get paid for participating in the Student Voice Journalism Fellowship?

Yes! All Student Voice Journalism Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for their work throughout the year, dependent on successful completion of the program.

What is the average time commitment for this program?

Our Journalism Fellowship is an intensive writing program, so Fellows are expected to commit around 5 hours/week to Fellowship activities.

I don’t have a journalistic writing sample to submit, what should I do?

Please submit any writing sample that you are proud of! It’s okay if it’s not a journalistic piece.

Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns?

Please email Evon Mahesh, Student Voice Programs Director, at!