Star Reporter

Star Reporters will share the stories of the 2019 Games through participants’ lenses and in their voices.

As Star Reporters develop new skills through hands-on reporting and exposure to state-of-the-art technologies and tools, they also will receive mentoring in photography, videography, the art of the interview, and more. Star Reporter coaches, provided by Team Atlanta, will be experienced professionals in the fields of journalism, photography, videography, social media, and marketing.

This team is also being coached by VOX ATL, Atlanta’s nonprofit home for uncensored teen publishing and self-expression. VOX has been supporting Atlanta-area teen journalists, poets, artists and leaders since 1993.

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The Star Reporter Team are meeting before the Games to plan their coverage opportunities and train as journalists.

Star Reporters are also asked to attend pre-Games practices and events in their home communities and submit photos/video/interviews prior to the Games. For submission guidelines, please contact

Games Week

Star Reporters will document the Games in real-time through photography, videography, interview, blogging, and other modes of social media.

Reporters will generate their own assignments each day based on their interests and will spend approximately 4-5 hours daily on reporting activities both in Communications Central and “in the field.”

Reporters will participate in JCC Cares and all other activities throughout the week.

Hear From The Star Reporters

Check out our Social Media Pages via the links on the left sidebar. You can also check out our BLOG. Both of these will be regularly updated with content from our Star Reporter Team

Volunteer With Star Reporter

Atlanta Maccabi Games Star Reporter Volunteer Job Descriptions


Support young content creators, using your expertise to support their skill development and storytelling this summer. It will be a blast!

We are looking for volunteers with experience in reporting, writing, photography, social media management, audio production, video production and/or graphic design.

Volunteers will work with teens to produce original content about and during the Maccabi Games in Atlanta, held July 28-Aug. 2, 2019.

All volunteers will be volunteers of the MJCCA and Maccabi Games, must attend an orientation and will be fully supported by the Maccabi Games & VOX team.

Key Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Train with the teens. Train without the teens.

With consultation from VOXATL, a teen-driven youth-development organization that has published teens’ content for 25+ years, we’re shifting the script from a traditional newsroom and turning the reins over to the teen content creators. VOXATL will bring us Guide-on-the-Side mentor training, including best practices in task-based mentorship and working with adolescents. VOXATL is also creating skills-building agendas for us to prepare with the youth participants: Join us to the extent you’d like and you’re able.

  • Support content creation during the Games

We’ll support a youth newsroom with daily check-ins, teen-created assignments, editing and production, and content curation from Star Reporters from other city delegations. Each day will include near-peer leadership and newsroom facilitation provided by VOXATL and 1:1 assignment mentorship by this volunteer corps.

  • Sign up for shifts or roles  

We envision the following roles* for volunteers:

Social media managers – hands-on people that run IG, FB, Twitter, Snap, Blogs for their companies — partner with youth social media managers as they share our stories.

Video and audio editors – support young folks in real-time produce their content.

Reporters, writers, editors, on-air personalities — support writing, story brainstorming, public speaking and skills development one story or teen at a time.

Photographers — help the teens focus. (Like what we did there?)

Technical support — help us prevent and solve tech problems in real time.

* Additional roles may be developed throughout the spring as the teens organize their newsroom.

Time commitment can range from a half-day to full week. We will share a sign-up form at the first orientation.

Timeline – Key Dates:

Orientation … April 25 (6:30 – refreshments, 7-8 pm hard start); May 16 (12:30 food; 1-2 pm)

Pre-season training for teens  

March 24 – orientation to the team & project

April 14, 1:30-4:30 PM at VOX

May 2 – 5-8 pm at the MJCCA

Additional dates in May and June will be established for training sessions.

Pre-Games set-up — July 26 (some volunteer roles here)

Games — July 28-Aug. 2 (volunteer in the newsroom & in the field)

Debrief — Friday Aug. 16 at the JCC (optional for volunteers)

Questions? Interested? Please contact Michael Kogon (

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