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What We Do:
The Washtenaw Voice is newspaper of record at Washtenaw Community College. Founded in 1967 and named for the “The Village Voice” – the underground New York newspaper that gained fame in the turbulent 1960s – Washtenaw’s Voice is one of the most honored community college newspapers in the nation.
It publishes every other Monday throughout the academic year, 18 issues in all, circulating 5,000 copies throughout campus and the community. The newspaper employs a staff of 10 part-time students – five reporter-editors, a photo editor, two graphic designers, a Web editor and an advertising manager. But it also depends on as many as 75 freelancers throughout the year who provide stories, photos, graphic illustrations, videos and other new media for its award-winning Web site (www.washtenawvoice.com) and cartoons.
The Voice operates a real-world newsroom operating very much the same way professional news outlets operate, giving all who participate valuable experience they can take into the workplace. The newspaper is proud to say that numerous alumni in recent years have gone on to work in local media, including newspapers, annarbor.com and local news magazines like The Ann Arbor Observer.
Anyone enrolled in classes at WCC can offer their material for publication and be paid a small stipend if it is published. All decisions about what to publish are made by student editors.
The Washtenaw Voice welcomes anyone interested in writing news, sports and feature stories, taking news and feature photos, creating graphic illustrations or cartoons (funny or editorial), or production news and feature videos for its Web site. To learn more about opportunities with The Voice, stop by the newsroom at TI 106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.