So far today, half a dozen students have visited another shelter, followed a vendor on a street corner, or posed as a homeless person.

Others have interviewed shelter founder/director Sean Cononie, long-term resident Johnny McCormick, or former European basketball player Horace Brawley. They’ve talked to prostitutes, amputees, mentally challenged, physically impaired, and suicidal lesbians.

With copy slowly coming in on Sunday afternoon, Art Director Stephanie Colaianni is starting to lay out cover page options for the October, 2010 issue. The book is set for a minimum of 16 pages. An Outreach mission – where the shelter medical staff go out in search of homeless on the street – is set for Sunday evening. The Outreach volunteers – a nurse practitioner and a police officer – go in search of homeless living on the street and give them food, cigarettes, or medical supplies out of an ambulance that belongs to COSAC.

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On Labor Day weekend, 18 college journalists from across the country took over the Homeless Voice at the Coalition of Service and Charity (COSAC), a private homeless shelter in Hollywood, Fla. While most of the students traveled from across Florida, senior Catherine Meyer came from the University of Northern Colorado and Jinna Marbry is a senior from Kennesaw State in Georgia.

On Saturday evening, the students ate dinner with residents and visitors and toured the 14 year-old shelter. On Sunday morning, they scattered across the shelter scouring sources with audio recorders, Flip Video camcorders, and good old-fashioned notebooks. Off to the races!