Will Write For Food in a Nutshell

What happens when college journalists take over a homeless shelter newspaper? This.

Over Labor Day weekend, 2011, 20 student journalists from around the nation – hailing from Florida to Alaska – will visit the COSAC Johnny McCormick’s Shelter in Hollywood, Fla. The shelter, which houses up to 150 of the homeless that government shelters can’t handle or refuse to take, is also home a homeless newspaper.

COSAC Johnny McCormick’s Shelter

COSAC Johnny McCormick’s Shelter

Those 20 students will work Saturday evening and all day Sunday on an issue of the Homeless Voice, the nation’s second-largest homeless newspaper. They will research, report, write, and shoot video and audio for an entire upcoming special issue and website in 36 hours. This site is a collection of their work. Click here to meet the students and advisers.

Will Write For Food


Last year’s staff of 18 put together this published a 20-page special issue in 36 mostly sleepless and very stressful hours. It was then sold on the streets of South Florida by the shelter’s residents. This year will be no different.

The third annual Will Write For Food program is sponsored by the South Florida Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ Region 3 and the Florida College Press Association.

Follow their journey on Twitter: @SPJwrite4food.

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