Oakland Voices

Oakland Voices is a community storytelling program run in partnership with the Oakland-based, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and funded in large part by a grant from The California Endowment, a non-partisan healthcare foundation.

Oakland Voices recruits and trains East Oakland residents to tell stories so they can contribute to the coverage of their community. The goal of the project is to empower residents to participate in the journalistic process and to strengthen the relationship between The Oakland Tribune and the community.

Oakland Voices is a nine-month program and has graduated 17 community correspondents since its inception in 2010. Their work is housed on the OaklandVoices.us website and some stories will run in the pages of The Oakland Tribune and across the Bay Area News Group's digital platforms.

For more information, contact Oakland Voices coordinator, Brenda Payton, at oaklandvoices5@gmail.com or by call Oakland Voices co-founder and Bay Area News Group senior editor for engagement, Martin G. Reynolds, at 510-208-6433. Follow Oakland Voices on Twitter @oaklandvoices Here is a complete collection of our work:

'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.