Project Phoenix

WATCH | NAJA students reflect on experiences during Native Voices and Project Phoenix.

Project Phoenix hosts Native American high school students interested in journalism in the host city of NAJA's annual National Native Media Conference. Selected students have traveled to Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Seattle and others.

Students chosen to participate in the program find out 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 journalists who give their time to the program and their work appears in a printed NAJA newspaper and online.

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.

"I got to meet a lot of professional Native journalists in the field and they gave me some amazing advice I'll never forget."

- DaRae Friday | 2010 Project Phoenix participant.