Writing Wrongs: Nationwide needs professional advisors to volunteer their time to assist and mentor the students.  If you work in media, design, photography, videography, and other corresponding industries, or are a faculty member in appropriate departments at colleges and universities, please consider applying as a Program Advisor.
Note: Current students cannot apply to be advisors.

Okay. So you’re thinking about doing this thing, but you’re not sure exactly what to expect. Here are some answers that may help you decide. If you have questions that aren’t answered on this page, please contact Dawn at dawn@seekreporttruth.com. To succeed, the program needs mentors as much as it needs students.

What exactly is my role as a Program Advisor?

The roles of the Advisors are multifaceted, but your main job is to assist the students in pursuing their stories, videos, and pictures. Layout and design needs an experienced eye. Photographers need to edit and prepare suitable pictures for print and web. Writers will need advice on their story ledes and final edits in AP style. During our Zoom sessions, you’ll discuss story, photography, and design ideas with the staff (students) and advisors. 

Advisors make sure that release forms are properly signed and collected and that students adhere to interviewees’ wishes (for example, if they agree to be interviewed but not photographed).

Advisors must be competent with the technology used in remote conferencing (Zoom) as well as file sharing platforms Google Drive and Google Docs.

When do I have to be there?

Program Advisors must be attend the entire program. The remote spring semester program begins on March 22 with preparatory work. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021: 5+ hours
Saturday, May 1, 2021: 5+ hours
Saturday, May 8, 2021: 5+ hours
Friday – Sunday, May 22, 23, 24, 2021: approximately 7 hours each day

NOTE: THESE WORK SESSION TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE. THIS IS A BRAND NEW PROGRAM SO WE ARE ESTIMATING THE TIME FOR EACH ZOOM WORK SESSION. THERE WILL BE BREAKS AND TIME FOR YOU TO RELAX WITH YOUR FELLOW ADVISORS.

 

What You’ll Be Doing

  • All advisors will complete pre-program preparation, which includes reading material, group discussion, and viewing short videos and at least one documentary. This information provides topic background, appropriate language, and contemplation, all of which will assist Advisors in helping the Staff with their respective tasks.
  • Preparatory work will take place from March 22 to May 28. Students will also work on their assignments during this time.
  • The weekly time commitment prior to the culmination weekend, May 29, 30, and 31, is approximately 3 – 6 hours.
  • Advisors will meet regularly via Zoom for discussion and student advising.
  • Between scheduled Zoom sessions, you may need to be available for any questions from your staff group, who will be completing their assignments of exploring and documenting racism and/or information related to racism in their locations and preparing the book layout.
  • Advisors must attend all meetings and complete all prep work to retain their position in the program.

Why should I do this?

There are many reasons. Do it because it serves the local community. You should do it because you will be helping future journalists report on an important and often overlooked societal issue. You will be helping to change attitudes about this issue and effect positive change. Do it because this is an opportunity to work with an amazing, motivated, passionate group of adults and students. Do it because it’s important. Do it to help tell the stories of those who never get to tell them. Do it because.

Where can I apply?

The deadline for advisor applications for the Nationwide program is February 28. Submit this form to indicate your interest. You will be asked to provide your resume or CV and submit a brief explanation of why you want to participate. Your submission of this information indicates your commitment to attend the entire program if selected.

After you submit this form, you will receive an email from dawn@seekreporttruth.com within one to three days. Please check your spam folder.

We look forward to working with you!

APPLICATION FORM

Featured photo by Max Gondolfo, WW2017