Voices of Utah

Voices of Utah is an award-winning reporting project that features stories by student-journalists in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. It was created by Dr. Kimberley Mangun to give students ongoing opportunities to cover diverse beats and underreported issues.

It began in Fall 2007 as a collaboration between undergraduate students in Communication 3660, Intermediate Reporting, and Communication 3510, Introduction to Web Design. Design students, led by instructor Daren Brabham, created a professional site to showcase the news and feature stories written by the reporting students. That website was redesigned in Fall 2008, which enabled student-journalists to publish their own stories and assets.

The reporting course was renamed Voices of Utah in 2014 to demonstrate the commitment to covering Utah’s growing minority population, and renumbered in 2017 to better reflect the capstone experience.

Voices of Utah celebrated its 15th anniversary of community journalism in 2022.

Over the past decade-plus, student-journalists in this community-engaged learning course have covered the following communities in and around Salt Lake City, some more than once: African AmericanAgingAmerican Indian; Asian Americans; Hispanic and Latino(a); Immigrants and Refugees; Law & Justice; Legal AidLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer; Pacific IslanderPeople with Disabilities; Small, Local Business; the West Side; and Utah’s Economy.

Voices of Utah is read by locals as well as people living in 166 countries around the world.

You can find the articles in several ways. Type a student’s name in the search box; select a community homepage and click on a student’s name; read their insightful blogs at Blogs & Bios, then click the story links; select a topic from the Categories drop-down box at left; choose Tags from the Tag Cloud.

For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Kimberley Mangun.

Voices Of Utah artwork by Jennifer Elkins, © 2007.

All articles and multimedia items © 2007-2022. You may link to stories and/or multimedia presentations, but please give individuals credit for their work.

The student-journalists would like to thank the Bennion Center at the University of Utah for its generous grant, which made it possible to purchase digital cameras, digital recorders and other equipment.

The University of Utah / Department of Communication

255 S. Central Campus Drive, LNCO Room 2400 / Salt Lake City, Utah 84112



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