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Rise Up: Be Heard

Rise Up: Be Heard is now accepting applications for 2017!

Rise Up: Be Heard is a journalism training and mentorship program that gives young people 18–24 years old living in California’s most underserved areas an opportunity to report on issues affecting health in their community. Our goal? To raise awareness and empower a new generation of leaders and community advocates by providing training, mentorship, and a media platform to amplify their stories. Rise Up: Be Heard is made possible by a partnership with The California Endowment.

Read more about our 2017 program and apply online, here.

Here’s what you need to know about Rise Up: Be Heard 2017:

Trainings: This year we’ll be taking a deep dive into digital video production, with a focus on using mobile devices and social channels to create stories about critical health issues and reach a large audience. Our training curriculum will be geared to give participants a foundation for producing compelling, impactful stories with high journalistic standards.

Mentorship: In addition to working closely with a dedicated editor on story assignments, each Rise Up: Be Heard reporter will be assigned a mentor—a seasoned reporter or editor culled from Fusion’s award winning editorial staff—who will act as a sounding board and source of professional advice and guidance throughout the fellowship.

Publishing: Rise Up: Be Heard reporters will be expected to produce and publish two community-health stories per month during the core summer months of the program. Participants will also have an opportunity to collaborate with Fusion’s award winning investigative team on a group reporting project and television special to air later in the year.

Incentives: We understand that young adults have a lot going on, so we designed Rise Up: Be Heard to accommodate those who are either working other part time jobs or attending school in addition to being in our program. Rise Up: Be Heard reporters will be compensated fairly for their time — 20 hours per week in the core summer months — and all travel and lodging expenses will be covered for the required group meetings, trainings and events. Access to video equipment, laptops and editing software for completion of assignments will also provided.

The deadline for applications is April 16, 2017! To apply, click here. Questions and inquiries can be emailed to riseupbeheard@fusion.net

Recent Stories

2016 Mentors

Kimberly Brooks

Dax Tejera

Danielle A. Friedman

Adam Weinstein

Mark Lima

Joyce Tang

Laura Wides-Muñoz

Connie Fossi-Garcia

Kristen V. Brown

2016 Rise Up: Be Heard Reporters

Montse Reyes

Michael Wafford

Betty Marquez

Kody Stoebig

Symone Jackson

Daniel F. Jimenez

Tyree Boyd-Pates

Maria Marcelina Crystal Vega

Kristian Castro

Myles Bess

Gabriela Espinal

Cecilia Chavez

Uriel Lopez

Jacob Patterson

Program Manager & Editor

Jacob Simas

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