Welcome Sacramento Voices class of 2015-16

Jay Schenirer meets Voices

Impact and success — those are the key words as Sacramento Voices roars into its second year with a new group of community journalists recruited from South Sacramento. Building on the success of the program’s first season Sacramento, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is proud to introduce 12 new Voices for the upcoming class […]

Voice to Voice: Sacramento meets Oakland


Sacramento Voices visited their fellow community journalists from Oakland for a day of tours and discussion on a sunny weekend in March. Oakland Voices shared personal stories of their city, from Saint Augustine’s Church to the streets of East Oakland near the Coliseum and along International Boulevard. The Voices wrote their impressions of the East Bay city, a […]

Dori Maynard, 1958-2015

Dori Maynard, 1958-2015

Sacramento Voices would like to share our sadness at the loss of our mentor, friend and inspiration, Dori J. Maynard, who died Feb. 24 from cancer. In her final hours, Ms. Maynard was working the telephone, gently pressing friends for additional support of the Voices programs in Sacramento and Oakland. Among her goals was to […]

SacVoices: A New Year’s update

SacVoices meet News & Review CEO Jeff vonKaenel (back row, right). Left to right: Francisco Gutierrez, Bert Clemons, Alisa Xiong, Ryan Avalos, Tamara Knox, Jeff vonKaenel, Nailah Ware, Krystle Hudson, Andrea Weathington.

The essence of community journalism was examined, defined and celebrated as Sacramento Voices ended its first calendar year with workshops by Tom Negrete of The Sacramento Bee, Pastor Mark Meeks of City Church and  News & Review CEO Jeff vonKaenel at 3Fold Communications in Midtown. The guest speakers challenged SacVoices correspondents to explore the hopes […]

Thanksgiving, divided

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Thanksgiving in Sacramento, where the big public holiday event is a run to feed hungry people. This year, amid the charitable footsteps and donated turkey dinners, arrives the sad and hollow reality of a nation divided once more by racial inequality, the uneven rule of law and the arbitrary deliverance of justice. Sacramento Voices are […]

Tamara Knox wins college journalism award

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Congratulations to Sacramento Voices correspondent Tamara Knox for winning first place in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal 2014 convention. Her video on the cultural significance of African American neighborhood barbershops won first prize. Here’s the press release: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/2014/11/12/scc-student-journalists-win-several-honors/. Tamara’s stories, photos and videos are cornerstones of Sacramento Voices. Her use of multi-media platforms shows […]

Candles and curses: Occult boutiques of Franklin Boulevard

Candles and curses: Occult boutiques of Franklin Boulevard

A few months ago, my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to get a better feel for our neighborhood, to have a bit more of a visceral experience than the oblique impressions gleaned from walks around the block, or the banda music that comes in through the windows from the parties down the street. […]

South Sacramento tells its story


“The Voices reflect those communities. They reflect the history and future of South Sacramento. And with ages spanning five decades and cultural backgrounds as diverse as the mosaics that comprise the neighborhoods in which they live, the Voices reflect a powerful opportunity to record Sacramento from a unique perspective.”

Hmong Shaman saves lives, bridges gaps between East and West

Lue Vang, Sacramento Hmong Shaman

“They took me to hospitals around Sacramento where I learned about the different ways a doctor can heal. They also taught me the reasons for medication and surgery. In return, I taught the doctors about how I can heal human souls by doing spiritual ceremonies,” Lue Vang says.