Local community newspapers are one of the most powerful tools available to help motivate and inform people about the world around them and why they need to be an active part of it. The Make a Difference Project (MAD) who has been publishing print and web-based community newspapers in low-income communities in Sacramento since 2001, has announced plans to take that effort to a new level with their Civic Journalism Internship Project.

“Without a communication device, low-income communities lack the two key elements that are essential to them being able to rebuild themselves; coordination and communication” States Craig DeLuz, MAD President. “The Voice provides these two key elements through free of charge to these communities and is supported solely by advertising and charitable contributions.”

This program will bring together young people with an interest in journalism and a desire to positively impact their community. DeLuz explains, “Let me be clear, we are looking for writers who are interested in reporting about the news and events in some of Sacramento’s most under-reported communities. There are a lot of positive things going on in Oak Park, Meadowview and Del Paso Heights that is ignored. Our goal is to change all that.”

DeLuz also points out that while this is a paid internship, the compensation will be minimal. “We are offering a limited number of $100 per month stipends for those who are accepted into the program. For those not accepted into the paid program, the opportunity to participate on and unpaid basis may be made available.”

Some other Qualifications for the program are as follows:

Minimum requirements for those who participate in the program:
Must be at least 18 years of age or older (16 years old for unpaid)
Must have your own transportation
Must be willing to commit to at least six months of participation

For those who are accepted into the program, participation requirements are as follows:
Must Participate in monthly intern meeting
Must meet with program director at least once monthly(not required, but available for unpaid)
Must produce a minimum of one submission ready article each week (two per month for unpaid)

For those interested in applying email with the following to infor@MadProject.org :

A resume (if you have one). If you don’t you can send a brief narrative of you work and educational experience, along with a list of pertinent skills.
1 or 2 writing samples (no more than 500 words each)