Project Phoenix -- High School
WATCH | NAJA students reflect on experiences during Native Voices and Project Phoenix.
Native American high school students interested in the journalism profession gather each year in one city to find out what it takes to put together a newspaper and news site.
The program is made possible this year by a generous contribution from the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
During the course of a week, the students of Project Phoenix learn the basics of news writing, photography and multimedia as they report stories under the guidance of professional journalists who give their time to the program. Students' work appears in a printed NAJA newspaper and online.
Project Phoenix meets in the host city of NAJA's annual conference. Students have traveled to such cities as Minneapolis, San Diego and Seattle.
Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix will host the students of Project Phoenix this year. The program is set for July 14-20.
The deadline to apply for the Project Phoenix high school program is May 6
Project Phoenix honors the first Native
American newspaper, The Cherokee
Phoenix, which was first printed in New
Echota, Ga., on Feb. 21, 1828. It was published in both
English and Cherokee using the Cherokee
alphabet, making it also the first bilingual newspaper in North America.
In keeping with NAJA's mission, Project Phoenix seeks to expose high school students to the powerful world of journalism and how it can have an impact on not only Indian country, but the rest of the nation. Several Project Phoenix grads have gone on to pursue journalism as their college major and career.