The Story Room
Amplify Utah’s inaugural project, in collaboration with nonprofit The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake Community College, contributes diverse perspectives to local news through student journalism. An innovative approach focuses on important issues facing Utah communities and delivers stories to our free repository, providing sources for growing media engagement. This project models how community college students and journalists can bring multi-dimensional viewpoints to local news organizations and provide a source of growing readership.
We offer new voices for a new time by creating deep collaborations between community college media programs and local news organizations, and developing a means to share student reporting broadly.
Explore a sampling of stories published by Amplify Utah media partners
- Why some LGBTQ students in Utah say their health education is inadequate
- Utahns share why they have chosen polyamory over monogamy
- How a 21-day challenge encouraged Utahns to create new social justice habits
- Utahns talk about their deadnames and what they think when they hear them now
Why SLCC hired a womxn’s coordinator and how she’s helping students
When Ya-Ya Fairley first saw the job listing for womxn coordinator at Salt Lake Community College, the deliberate spelling caught her eye.
“I saw myself,” Fairley recalls saying in her interview for the position. “My response was, ‘this is one of the first times I can see that a job is for me.’”
Watch: Free haircuts give ‘renewing feeling’ to people experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City
When Cameron Dean was learning to become a barber, a friend took him on an excursion to Salt Lake City’s streets. Together, they offered free haircuts to men living in encampments and other homeless communities.
‘It’s about more than swimming’: How a community came together to support Rose Park and Glendale youth
The pool is silent except for the rhythmic slapping of water as the swimmers move back and forth. The laps seem endless, and the quiet breaks only when the coach calls out instructions. The smell of chlorine sits in the air as the swimmers listen.