9.5 Ways to Maximize your NAJA Membership

1. Network with Native media-makers.
Your fellow members make up a vast Native network of more than 400 print, digital and broadcast professionals across the U.S. and Canada. Stay connected through the weekly newsletter and www.naja.com
 
2. Call the NAJA Legal Hotline for Journalists.
Have a question about your rights to freedom of the press in Indian
Country? The NAJA Legal Hotline for Journalists provides free resources and information to members about media law, journalism and freedoms of speech, press and information, especially in Indian Country. Visit the NAJA Legal Resource Room
 
3. Elect the national NAJA Board of Directors. 
Elections for NAJA board members will take place during the National Native Media Conference July 10-13 and all individual professional and tribal media members are encouraged to nominate and vote for the candidates of their choosing. View the current NAJA leadership.
 

4. Become a student projects mentor.
NAJA is accepting student mentor applications through April 30 for the Native Voices college student program and Project Phoenix for high school students. Share your knowledge and experience as a media professional with the next generation of Native journalists and apply to become a mentor today.
 
5. Native Health News Alliance is your source for shared health news in Indian Country. 

Download free print, web and audio content for your publication through the Native Health News Alliance.
 
As a NAJA member, you have access to NHNA news and features about Native health, by your fellow Native journalists. Explore the breastfeeding and oral health kiosks to access content ready for use in your publication as is, or with the addition of your own reporting!
 
Register, download and publishing of NHNA content is free.
 
6. Donate. 
Whether it's cash or time spent volunteering, your donation, big or small, is important to NAJA projects and programs. All monetary donations are tax deductible.  
 

7. Gain recognition. 
In 2013, NAJA doled out over 100 media awards recognizing the work of Native journalists and associate members' contributions to the coverage of Indian Country.
 
Many of you have entered your work for the 2014 NAJA Media Awards and there's still time to nominate yourself or another member for the 2014 Richard LaCourse Award. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. The winner will receive $5,000.
 
8. Search NAJA's job board. 
With more than 100 journalism and media job listings on our site from across the country, researching media career opportunities is easier than ever with the keyword search. 
 
Looking to advertise open positions in your newsroom for 2014? Reach Native journalists through through unlimited media job postings with an institutional NAJA membership at the tribal media, academic / non-profit or corporate level.
 
9. Attend the 2014 National Native Media Conference.

You'll never be able to replicate the experience of the National Native Media Conference. As Native journalists, we serve our communities through the skills we possess as media professionals and there's no better way to sharpen them than attending the 30th annual event in Santa Clara, Calif., July 10-13. 
 
Whether you're aiming to learn about the tools or latest techniques, you can't afford to miss the networking opportunities (see #1 above), professional development and insight into the best practices in Native media in 2014. Join NAJA, Native Public Media and Vision Maker Media for the PREMIER media event in Indian Country! Register today - the early-bird deadline ends April 30!