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, NAJA Facebook, NAJA Twitter 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 and 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, 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. Donate. 

Whether it's cash or time spent volunteering, your donation, big or small, is important to NAJA projects and programs. By supporting the Native American Journalists Association with your donation, you're strengthening Native American voices and showing your commitment to the next generation of Indigenous storytellers. All monetary donations are tax deductible. Donate online. 

6. Gain recognition. 

In 2015, NAJA doled out more than 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. 

7. Search NAJA's job board. 

With hundreds of 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 unlimited media job postings with an institutional NAJA membership at the tribal media, academic / non-profit or corporate level. Click here to learn how.

8. Attend EIJ16.

This year, NAJA is teaming up with the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association for the Excellence in Journalism 2016 (EIJ16) conference in New Orleans.

You'll never be able to replicate the conference experience. As Native journalists, we serve our communities through the skills we possess as media professionals and there's no better way to sharpen our newsgathering, visual storytelling and networking skills than attending this national event bringing journalists from all over the globe to New Orleans, Sept. 17-20, 2016.

Whether you're aiming to learn about new tools or the latest techniques, you can't afford to miss the networking opportunities (see #1 above), professional development and insight into the best practices in media in 2016. For conference information, including how to register, visit http://excellenceinjournalism.org/.