Thursday, July 18

The first official day of the conference -- Thursday, July 18 -- will include several half- and full-day sessions that are sure to boost journalism skills. The conference launches into full swing Friday, July 19, for two full days of numerous breakout sessions, workshops, panels and events that wrap up Saturday with a NAJA-NPM media awards banquet.

All programs will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms and Conference Center unless otherwise noted. All times, assigned rooms and dates are subject to change.


 Accountability in Indian Country – Be a Better Business Watchdog | Thursday, July 18, 8:30 a.m. -- 5 p.m 

Instructors: Mark Horvit, director of IRE, and Dianna Hunt

The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism is partnering with NAJA for this free pre-conference workshop. Tailored to the needs of journalists serving Native communities, this daylong session will enable you to use Excel spreadsheets and public databases to hold businesses accountable for their activities on reservations and tribal lands. Advance sign-up was requested for this session and it is now full. To inquire about a waiting list, email [email protected]

Location: ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This program involves computer-based training and is happening away from the central conference site to make use of the Cronkite School's computer labs.

Directions: The Cronkite School is located in downtown Phoenix at 555 N. Central Ave. It is easy to get to the school from the conference hotel either via Phoenix's easy-to-use light rail train system or car.


NPR's Audio Storytelling Workshop | Thursday, July 18, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Instructor: Sora Newman, director of training for National Public Radio

 What makes a good audio story? Whether your goal is to do a full-blown radio story, use audio clips in your blog, accompany photos on the web, or create a podcast, this one-day overview workshop will show you how to understand audio’s storytelling strengths, select the best audio, write for the ear, and write to sound. You’ll also get an opportunity to use audio recording equipment and to do digital audio editing.  The session is limited to 6 people.

Minimum Requirements: This workshop is for professional journalists in print, online, TV or radio.  You will need to bring your own laptop (PC or Mac) and to download audio editing software in advance. Audio recording equipment will be provided.

Space is limited for this hands-on, daylong session and it is now full.

To request a spot on the wait list, please send your full name, media organization, your job title and cell phone number to [email protected]. List any media organizations to which you belong. Include one Web link to recent work plus a brief bio with career goals (maximum 500 words). Please do not send attachments. Put "NAJA" in the subject line.

Location: Mission Palms, Conference room TBD


Radion Compliance Information Session | Thursday, July 19, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m

Native Public Media will provide a full day session on radio issues including station compliance with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting community service grant requirements. Although CPB is not a regulatory agency, its grantees must comply with requirements set forth in the Communications Act. Failure to comply with the Communications Act can result in defunding and/or demands for repayment of CPB grants from Native radio stations. In 2013, the CPB Board adopted changes to the CSG policies and an update will be provided.  The session will also include Federal Communications Commission requirements for radio stations and the consequence of non-compliance. This workshop will help community and public radio managers understand the CPB rules and regulations they must live by; and answer why it is important for local community members to support their stations.  The afternoon will provide for updates from the Public Radio Satellite System and Native Voice One, our distribution highway for public radio programming and content.

Instructors and presenters

  • John Crigler, Garvey, Shubert & Barer
  • Loris Taylor, Native Public Media
  • Joseph Begay, Native Public Media
  • MaryFran Tyler, Public Radio Satellite System
  • Earl Johnson, Public Radio Satellite System
  • Andrew Haden, Public Radio Satellite System
  • Shyanne Beatty, Native Voice One (invited)
  • Jaclyn Sallee, Kohanic Broadcast Corporation
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association Guests

Location: Joshua Tree| Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center


iPublish! | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Session Leader: Dave Seibert, Senior Multimedia Producer for the Arizona Republic and

The newest wave in digital publishing and storytelling will be the focus of this first-day session at the National Native Media Conference. Bring your laptop or just bring yourself to this two-part workshop on the the world of tablet publishing. The first hour will offer an overview of tablet publications and what people are developing now.
During part two, Seibert of the Arizona Republic will walk you through the user-friendly steps of how to create a tablet publication and how to incorporate existing photos, graphics, video and stories. This session is open to newspaper editors, publishers, entrepreneurs, reporters and multimedia journalists. Attendees are encouraged to bring an iPad or tablet if they have one. A limited number of iPads will be available to participants during the session.

Location: Tempe Mission Palms, Delores

NewU's Entrepreneurial Ideas Talking Circle | 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Session Leader: Art Coulson, NewU Mentor and CEO of Redbird Media

Do you have a business idea that's ready to build, or a fledgling business that is ready to reach new heights? Are you stuck, or ready to learn from leaders in the entrepreneurship sphere?  Join New U's Entrepreneurial Ideas Talking Circle, a special two-hour session that will include brief modules designed to build and/or improve skills on business plan writing, team-building, marketing, securing financing, presentation, market research and analysis, networking, budgeting, and branding. 

Bring your idea! By the end of the session, you'll have a framework for your business, which you can then pitch to the larger New U program.

New U is a Ford Foundation-sponsored national program that helps increase the number of diverse idea-makers in media, and acts as a conduit for access to development capital and a network of like-minded people.

Advance sign-up is required for this session.

Click here to sign up and and participate in this workshop.

Location: Abbey | Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center


Social-Mobile Boot Camp | 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Instructors: Eugene Tapahe (BYU/Tapahe Inventive Design), John De Dios; Nathan Olivarez-Giles (The Verge)

Call it a digital reporter’s notebooks. The smartphone has become one of the latest and greatest tools for gathering and delivering news. In Indian Country, the arrival of mobile media is especially significant because 3G and 4G technology have helped close a digital divide. 

NAJA members Eugene Tapahe and John De Dios will be joined by other digital journalists in leading this half-day course on how to make the most of your iPhone or Droid as a journalist and brush up on the basics of social media. Also, learn how to use your phone to gather audio or video, take and share brilliant photos, or grab files on the go. You will also learn how to use your phone to post to the Web, send tweets or live stream interviews and local events. You will have a chance to revisit what you've learned on the final day of the conference during a second session with NAJA Visual Task Force members. 

Location: Delores| Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center


Accessing the Heard Museum Archives | 2:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.                

 Instructors: Betty Murphy and Mario Klimiades.                 

The Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives of the Heard Museum is a comprehensive research facility that includes information stored at the museum and digitally about indigenous art and cultures from around the world. This unparalleled resource file containing information about more than 25,000 Native American artists. Learn how to access the Heard Museum’s library and archives to enrich your arts and history reporting.

Pre-conference sign up is requested. Details on how to reserve your place will be posted ahead of the conference.

Location: The Heard Museum   


Heard Museum Tours | 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

The Heard Museum near downtown Phoenix is known internationally for its expansive collections of American Indian traditional and contemporary art. It boasts 10 exhibition galleries. On Thursday, July 18, The museum will give exclusive museum tours after hours for conference attendees only. View the Heard's in-depth exhibits before the start of the NAJA's reception in the museum's Steele Auditorium. 

The Phoenix Light Rail line will take you directly from the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel to the Heard Museum. 

Location: Heard Museum; 2301 N. Central Ave, Phoenix


Opening Ceremony & Reception | Thursday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Featured speaker: Tom Arviso, publisher of the Navajo Times, Window Rock, Ariz. 

Master of Ceremonies: Jack Marsh, president of the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota

Our opening reception will bring all 2013 National Native Media Conference attendees together for an evening of culture, celebration and networking. This year, the reception will be held at the internationally renowned Heard Museum. Cultural presentations will follow remarks delivered by Navajo Times Publisher Tom Arviso. NAJA President Rhonda Levaldo and Native Public Media President & CEO Loris Taylor also will headline the evening. 

Click here for a detailed look at the reception program.

Location: Heard Museum Steele Auditorium; 2301 N. Central Ave, Phoenix


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The opening reception will be held at the Heard Museum the evening of July 18. The Phoenix Light Rail System provides nearly door-to-door transportation from our host hotel, Tempe Mission Palms, to the Heard. Click on the map below for public transportation directions.