OAKLAND -- The Oakland Tribune seeks East Oakland residents interested in telling the stories of their neighborhoods as part of the innovative Oakland Voices community media project. The nine-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of East Oakland residents and empower them to tell stories they feel provide a more nuanced and complete view of their community.

Once chosen, 10 community correspondents will learn reporting, writing, photography and social media skills from professional journalists. They will produce stories that will be posted on the Oakland Voices website, oaklandvoices.us, and some stories may be printed in the Oakland Tribune and appear on the newspaper's website.

Participants will be trained through a curriculum devised by program partner and fiscal sponsor, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The program will be run by former Oakland Tribune columnist Brenda Payton. Participants will be paid a $1,000 stipend for completing the program. The program is funded by a grant from The California Endowment, a nonpartisan health care foundation.

Those interested should apply by visiting the Maynard Institute's website at http://mije.org/oakland-voices-2014-application or by calling the Maynard Institute at 510-891-9262. For more information, email Payton at OaklandVoices5@gmail.com.



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