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Media Smart Citizens: Your Voice, Your Power

Your Voice, Your Power

A story is how we understand ourselves, other people, and the world around us. It tells us how past events have shaped our lives to be what it is today. When we tell our stories, we give ourselves a chance to tell our truths and validate our experiences. We are all connected by the millions of stories we hear, tell, and live every day. By empowering ourselves through storytelling, we can empower others in our communities. It’s important to trust in the power of your voice. By doing this, you may inspire others around you to speak their truths as well. 

When we share our stories, we offer ourselves a chance to connect deeply with others and the world. Explore The New York Public Library's collection of books, databases, and credible online resources on the power of your voice.

"Your Voice, Your Power" is episode two of “Express Your Power”, a four-part, nationally-recognized media and information literacy learning video series produced by Media Smart Citizens in partnership with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library.



The New York Public Library offers a number of digitized collections of current and historic newspapers and magazines from all across the world. Explore the Library's extensive collection of databases relating to News, Media, Journalism, and Publishing, as well as searchable full-text and page images of Magazines, Journals, and Serials.

With your NYPL library card, you can also access popular magazines through Flipster and current newspapers from around the world through Press Reader.

See below for a selection of databases that are accessible with a New York Public Library card.

Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism was established in 1987 through a gift from Joseph Frank Bernstein, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein Fealy. Each year, finalists for the Bernstein Award are selected by a Library Review Committee comprised of New York Public Library staff. Winners are then chosen by a separate Bernstein Selection Committee.

Winning a journalism prize from The New York Public Library evokes something extra because libraries enable people to discern fact from fiction, says Dan Fagin, a past winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Video premiered May 22, 2017.

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