Our Mission

We bolster diverse voices through engaged storytelling.

We develop and foster news readers through media literacy education and in collaboration with local partners to amplify the multitude of diverse stories and voices across our community.

We offer expertise and resources to help storytellers across the nation magnify voices in their own communities in partnership with local news media.

Our Vision

We see a dynamic media landscape representative of our culturally rich and diverse communities that not only amplifies voices but encourages media literacy through a more inclusive understanding of the world around us.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info about Amplify Utah, how to submit work, get the playbook and more. That's where you'll find our editorial, independence and corrections policies, too. 


Marcie Young Cancio

Founder and Executive Director

A veteran newspaper reporter, magazine editor and digital executive producer and television news managing editor, Marcie founded Amplify Utah in the summer to help bolster representative storytelling in local media and amplify voices from across the greater Salt Lake community and state.

Marcie joined Salt Lake Community College as assistant professor of journalism and digital media in 2018 after nearly two decades in Washington, D.C., New York, North Carolina and California. A Salt Lake native, Marcie has worked for KUTV 2News and Salt Lake magazine and returned to her hometown bringing lessons learned from gigs with ABC7 News in San Francisco, Conde Nast and The Charlotte Observer. She is a graduate of Utah State University and Columbia University‚Äôs Graduate School of Journalism.

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Our Board

Michelle Church

Vice Chair

Corinne Anderson


Aaron Atkins


Ashley 'AC' Cox


Cristian Martinez


Sean Crossland


Joseph Du Shane-Navanick


Chelsea Naughton


Stephen Speckman


Amie Schaeffer







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