Street Voice is a one-time student publication by The Washtenaw Voice that examines homelessness in Washtenaw County.
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Welcome to the first and only issue of Street Voice, a newspaper produced by the students enrolled in Feature Writing 216, a journalism course offered by Washtenaw Community College.
The publication is the result of a story-development discussion about articles that might raise awareness of the growing problem of homelessness in Washtenaw County by writing about it. The result was a long list of feature stories, personality profiles and photo essays that highlight the myriad big-hearted agencies, organizations and volunteers who lately have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented need by so many in our community.
Some of our students immersed themselves in their projects, none more than Washtenaw Voice Photo Editor Jared Angle, who has spent many hours over many months documenting life at Camp Take Notice, the tent city set up just outside of Ann Arbor. Some students, like writer/photographer Bob Conradi, spent hours interviewing the many doctors and other medical professionals who volunteer their time at the Hope Clinic, where those who have nowhere else to go turn to when they need help.
As the adviser to these journalists, I thank all those at all the various who gave a little of their precious time to our students learning the craft of journalism.
The Voice is printing several thousand copies of this newspaper, underwritten in large part by our printer, the Adrian Daily Telegraph. We planned to spread copies around campus on our newsstands as well as to some of the agencies we feature in this paper. But the bulk of them we hope to get into the hands of those on the street who will pass them out for free, or for donations. And if you happened to reach into your pocket to help them out a little bit, we thank you, too.
With sincerest gratitude to all who made Street Voice possible.