Monday, June 27, 2011

Student Journo Program: Will Write For Food


Will Write for Food is a program that allow a small group of college journalists to act as the editorial team for Homeless Voice, the publication of the COSAC homeless shelter in Florida. I found out about this program from journalist Michael Koretzky's blog.

This program looks like it could be very rewarding and Koretzky mentioned that the program hasn't had one African American applicant. I still deciding if I have the cahones to apply for this program but, if you think you do, I encourage you to check it out.

Here's an excerpt for Koretzky's blog:

What did you do last Labor Day weekend? If you have to think about it, you weren’t at Will Write for Food.You weren’t one of the 18 college journalists who took over the nation’s second-largest homeless newspaper, and in 36 mostly sleepless and very stressful hours, published a 20-page paper that was sold on the streets of South Florida…

You didn’t eat dinner in a homeless shelter that’s so hardcore, many of its residents were kicked out of other shelters for being too addicted, disturbed, or disorderly.You didn’t dress in their clothes and report what it’s like to panhandle. You didn’t tag along with the outreach van and meet a Desert Storm veteran who’s now a male stripper. And you didn’t interview shelter residents like Johnny One Leg (that’s what he wants to be called)…

…but you can do all of this and more during Labor Day weekend 2011. Although maybe you shouldn’t. Will Write for Food isn’t right for every college journalist.
While we pay for your hotel, your meals, and a chunk of your travel, we demand a lot in return from our reporters, photographers, and designers. What we don’t demand, weirdly enough, is that you possess a lot of journalism experience – we just need you to be possessed about journalism.Don’t get us wrong, you need to know your shit. You’re going to work on deadline with very little sleep in depressing (and occasionally uplifting) circumstances. If you haven’t mastered your craft, you’re doomed.Then again, just your journalism experience won’t save you. We’ve seen it at previous WWFFs: Sometimes the most seasoned college journalist caves under the pressure, while a tough-as-nails freshman bull-rushes right through it.So before you apply, read the rest of this post and seriously consider if this is for you. Because it’s not for everyone. And we like it that way…

If this seems like something you'd be into, go to Koretzky's blog for more information.

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