The Native American Journalists Association leadership has drafted a strategic plan for the organization as it enters what is expected to be a pivotal two-year period of growth, challenge and change.
Executive Director Pamala Silas, who joined NAJA in mid-December, guided the planning, which took place Jan. 11-12 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Several factors led the board to enter the strategic planning process at the beginning of this year. Most important among them was a need to reestablish the value of individual NAJA memberships amid massive changes in the journalism industry. The approaching 30-year anniversary also emphasized the importance of revisiting NAJA's history and understanding its vital place in Indian Country.
Five major goals emerged from the two-day planning session:
- Improve and increase Natives' media presence by elevating NAJA as the go-to resource for a Native journalistic talent pipeline and source of information for our field.
- Review and upgrade the current governing structure.
- Grow membership through an improved internal system, incentives and restructuring.
- Raise NAJA's profile and rebuild our brand.
- Deliver quality programs and support services to increase membership value.
NAJA leadership intends to significantly strengthen the organization in each of the listed areas by 2015.
We recognize that not meeting the majority of these goals would mean American Indian communities would be without a strong voice that fundamentally understands the nation's news industry and can affectively advocate for press fairness. This, in turn, also would mean Indian Country would not have a strong organization fully focused on addressing and improving news coverage about Native Americans.
NAJA thanks Assistant Dean John Hockett, of Gaylord College, for contributing to the planning process.
The board of directors has posted a draft of the strategic plan for review by NAJA members.
Because the strategic plan will set priorities for the next two years for the organization, NAJA membership feedback is crucial. There are several ways to submit comments or further discussion. Please, take advantage of the comments section of this post to start a discussion or enter comments privately through our Contact page: http://www.naja.com/contact. As always, NAJA members and the general public are also welcome to email staff and members of the board individually.
NAJA is seeking comment from members on this draft of the 2013-2015 strategic plan. Please enter your comments at the bottom of this web page or email board members directly.
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