From my email:
Dear Mr. Wolfe: This is the fourth year for Writing Wrongs literary journalism project at which college students immerse themselves in a specific societal issue and create a print book about the topic. By telling the stories of those directly involved, Writing Wrongs offers a different and often-ignored perspective that challenges stereotypes and prejudices.
This is the l-o-o-o-ng email I send out every year to announce that applications are open for Writing Wrongs 2018. There is some new information and links to Program Advisor and student Staff videos at the bottom.
I hope that you will take a few minutes to inform your photography club members about this unique opportunity.
The deadline for initial applications is May 1. Students can apply on the website, seekreporttruth.com. After the initial application, students must then submit their official application packet, which consists of materials like their resume and work samples, by June 1. Any student who will be enrolled in a college or university in Fall 2018 may apply. They may be an undergraduate or graduate student. The only other requirements for the program are that the student must be 18 and meet the minimum requirements of the concentration to which they're applying: Writing/Editing, Print Design, Photography, Multimedia/Video, and Social Media Management.
The topics of the 2018 event are domestic violence and sexual assault. Writings Wrongs will take place over Labor Day weekend 2018 in Reading, PA. We have expanded this year to include the evening of August 31 as the start date, when we will conduct orientation. The program will conclude around noon on Monday, September 3.
A group of selected students will interview survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault who have volunteered to participate in the program. Lodging and meals are provided for the entire program. Students will also hear from guest speakers such as attorneys and leaders of organizations that provide services to victims. Over the course of this weekend, they will write, photograph, digitally record, and design content that will be published digitally and in print. The social media manager will update Writing Wrongs Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts throughout the weekend.
Through their participation, the students will be providing community service by producing a professional publication that highlights the issue and how if affects the community as well as the individuals themselves.
Writing Wrongs is an opportunity for students
- to participate actively in community journalism outside of the school environment.
- to address a prominent issue in our society.
- to produce digital and print articles, photography, video clips and other items for their professional portfolios.
- to add a unique community service experience on their resume.