9.5 Ways to Maximize your NAJA Membership

1. Network with Native media-makers.
Your fellow members make up a vast Native network of hundreds of 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 for a legal Q&A.
 
3. Elect or be elected to serve on the NAJA Board of Directors. 
Elections for NAJA board members take place during the National Native Media Conference. 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's Native Voice college student program, the Native American Journalism Fellowship and Project Phoenix give Native students hands-on experience with media at every level. Share your knowledge, tips and best practices as a seasoned media professional with the next generation of Native journalists as a student mentor.
 
5. Download free Native health news for use in your publication.
The Native Health News Alliance is your source for shared health news in Indian Country. Registered users may download free print, web and audio content for 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!
 
Registration, downloads and publishing of all 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 2014, NAJA doled out over 200 media awards recognizing the work of Native journalists and associate members' contributions to the coverage of Indian Country. Put your work and your outlet in the spotlight with some new hardware on the wall. 
 
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 quick and easy with the keyword search. 
 
Looking to advertise open positions in your newsroom? 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 2015 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!