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The Native American Journalists Association offers student scholarships and programs as part of our commitment to raising the next generation storytellers.  

Project Phoenix for high schoolers and Native Voices for college students have become two of the organization's most important annual programs as they help introduce students to the journalism field and prepare them for the nation's newsrooms. The programs are highly successful and establish invaluable mentorships for aspiring Native American journalists.

The projects are scheduled each year during the week of NAJA's annual conference. This year, the National Native Media Conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., July 10-13.

Students will work on stories under the guidance of mentors who are current professional journalists. Stories produced by students during the conference will be published by NAJA.

High school and college students interested in writing, photography, videography, design, radio and online media are encouraged to apply. Students serious about pursuing careers in journalism are also encouraged to apply for scholarships awarded annually by NAJA.

2014 NAJA student projects application deadline extended to May 9 

The Native American Journalists Association has extended the deadline for both Project Phoenix for high school students and the Native Voices college student program to May 9. 
 
In keeping with NAJA's mission, Project Phoenix seeks to expose high school students to the powerful world of journalism and how it impacts Indian Country, as well as the nation. Project Phoenix hosts Native American high school students interested in journalism in the host city of NAJA's annual National Native Media Conference. In 2014, Project Phoenix will be held in Santa Clara, Calif.,  July 6-12.
NAJA student mentor Eugene Tapahe and daughter Erin at the 2013 Student Projects Reception.      
Photo by John de Dios
NAJA students chosen to participate in Project Phoenix will experience what it takes to put together a newspaper and news site by learning the basics of news writing, photography and multimedia. They report stories under the guidance of professional Native journalist mentors who give their time to the program. Student work appears in a printed newspaper and online. NAJA memberships for high school students are $10. The Project Phoenix applicationdeadline has been extended to May 9.
 
One of the most exciting opportunities for NAJA college student members is the 2014 Native Voices project. As a participant of the all-expenses paid, week-long training in Santa Clara, Calif., July 6-12, students will gain hands-on experience under the guidance of Native professional mentors across the country representing print, digital and broadcast media. 
NAJA student projects participants sporting their conference bags at the 2013 National Native Media Conference in Tempe, Ariz.  
Photo by John de Dios
 
"My decision to become a journalist can be attributed to life-changing experiences I had at UNITY and NAJA conferences. Having NAJA's support has taught me that as one journalist, you can make a big difference in the world." -- Native Voices participant / student mentor Ramona Marozas (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) KBJR 6 - Northland's CW
 
Check out the work from the 2013 Native Voices students. NAJA college student memberships are $20. 
 
Both Native Voices and Project Phoenix coincide with the 2014National Native Media Conference, where over 350 professional journalists and communicators will converge to share the latest and greatest in Native media.
 
By the time they're resting their sleepy heads on the flight back, the students' work will have been published in print and online. There's no better way to gain media experience and build a portfolio while learning from the best media-makers in Indian Country (and elsewhere). 
 
Students: Join NAJA today and apply for Native Voices or Project Phoenix before the extended deadline: May 9! 
 
Please share this information (and the extended deadline) with your networks and encourage students in your tribe to jump start their future journalism careers with NAJA student projects!  Have a few more questions before signing on the dotted line? Email [email protected] or call 918-652-5612.

"My decision to become a journalist can be attributed to life-changing experiences I had at UNITY and NAJA conferences. Having NAJA's support has taught me that as one journalist, you can make a big difference in the world." -- Ramona Marozas, KBJR 6 | Northland's CW