NAJA News

NAJA calls on the Muscogee (Creek) National Council to protect press freedom

NAJA calls on the Muscogee (Creek) National Council to protect press freedom
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) urges the Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN) to uphold press freedom for Mvskoke Media and vote against bill number NCA 18-180. The MCN National Council will convene during emergency session tonight at 6 p.m. CST, Nov. 8.

Indian Country Today introduces tribal media fellowships

Indian Country Today introduces tribal media fellowships
ICT has a new fellowship for journalists to join the staff from 1-3 months. ICT is looking for editors, reporters and producers who now work for tribal media.

NAJA RED Press Initiative aims to measure health of free press in Indian Country

NAJA RED Press Initiative aims to measure health of free press in Indian Country
The Native American Journalists Association is surveying membership and media outlets on freedom of the press through Aug. 17

NAJA elects three new board members and selects 2018-2019 executive committee

The Native American Journalists Association elects Ahtone as newest board member; re-elects Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton as secretary and Pollard to third term as president

NAJA announces candidates for 2018 Board Election

The Native American Journalists Association launches online voting July 9-20 for the 2018 NAJA Board of Directors election; Four candidates file for three 3-year board terms

NAJA selects Mark Trahant as 2018 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award recipient

NAJA selects Mark Trahant as 2018 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award recipient
The Native American Journalists Association will present the award at 2018 National Native Media Conference in Miami.

NAJA selects Mary Annette Pember as 2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient

NAJA selects Mary Annette Pember as 2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient
The Native American Journalists Association and Medill School of Journalism will present the $5,000 award at the 2018 National Native Media Conference in Miami.

NAJA announces 2018 Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship recipients

NAJA announces 2018 Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship recipients
NAJA awards $50,000 in total scholarships to five Native American journalism students in 2018

Registration for the 2018 National Native Media Conference open through June 30

Register for the 2018 National Native Media Conference July 18-21 in Miami with discounted member rate through June 30.

NAJA extends 2018 National Native Media Award entry deadline through April 30

Contest entries will be accepted through April 30, 2018.

NAJA calls for 2018 board candidacy declarations through June 1, 2018

Share skills and boost your resume: Run for the NAJA Board of Directors Support and learn about the business of a non-profit organization passionate for Native American media.

NAJA announces 2018 NAJF class

Native American Journalists Association selects 10 Native American Journalism Fellows

NAJA calls for 2018 National Native Media Award entries

NAJA calls for 2018 National Native Media Award entries
The Native American Journalists Association will recognize members with awards for excellence in covering Indian Country during the 2018 National Native Media Conference in Miami, Florida July 18-22.

UNITY: Journalists for Diversity to dissolve in 2018

The board of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity has decided to begin the process of dissolving as an organization.The vote to take such action was unanimous.

National Day of Racial Healing set for Jan. 16

Hundreds of events and activities planned by individuals, organizations, businesses, government, faith-based institutions and communities

Empower Indigenous media with your tax-deductible donation to NAJA on #GivingTues

Empower Indigenous media with your tax-deductible donation to NAJA on #GivingTues
#GivingTuesday is a day of giving highlighting charitable organizations’ missions and the important work they do in global communities.

NAJA denounces White House’s use of “Pocahontas” as slur

NAJA denounces White House’s use of “Pocahontas” as slur
The Native American Journalists Association joins the National Congress of American Indians in condemning Trump’s use of “Pocahontas” as slur

NAJA releases Responsible Reporting Guide for November-Related coverage

NAJA releases Responsible Reporting Guide for November-Related coverage
Native American Heritage Day is Nov. 24, 2017

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NORMAN, Oklahoma — Bryan Pollard (Cherokee) resigned his seat on the Native American Journalists Association Board of Directors on Aug. 29, after being elected to a third term as president in July 2018. 

 Pollard will join NAJA in the new full-time staff position of director of programs and strategic partnerships, where he will oversee programming including annual conference training, awards, the Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF) and the RED Press Initiative.

 He will also be responsible for developing partnerships and assisting with fundraising, in accordance with the organization’s 2018-2020 strategic plan.

 Pollard joins NAJA after serving as the communications director and AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator at the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining the U of A, he was executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal news media for the Cherokee Nation based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Phoenix was the first Native American newspaper originally published in 1828. He is also a founder of Street Roots, a nonprofit newspaper focused on issues of concern to the homeless and low-income citizens of Portland, Oregon. 

Pollard has served as a mentor for numerous journalism organizations including the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists, Working Press, UNITY News, Online News Association, NAJF and NAJA’s Project Phoenix. He is currently pursuing a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on documentary filmmaking.

The NAJA Board unanimously elected Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa) to fill the vacant president seat during the monthly meeting Aug. 30.

 Ahtone is a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, a lifetime NAJA member and associate editor for tribal affairs at High Country News. His stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and Columbia School of Journalism. In 2017 Ahtone was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University.

“I am truly honored and excited to serve as NAJA president,” said Ahtone. “We want to continue to provide support for Native journalists, and promote the amazing work our membership does – to ensure the highest standards of journalism and advocate for principles in line with our own unique traditions, outlooks and worldviews.”

Ahtone has served two previous terms on the board of directors and was elected to a third term during the National Native Media Conference in July 2018.  

Upon being elected as president, Ahtone appointed Sterling Cosper (Muscogee Creek) to fill Pollard’s vacancy on the board.

Cosper is the current manager of Mvskoke Media, an independent news outlet of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. He started as a reporter for the Muscogee Nation News in 2012 and was promoted to editor the following year. With key support of the news staff, he successfully advocated for the passage of free press law, during an ongoing a series of high-profile events involving the tribal government. 

As manager, he has focused on restructuring the department, while optimizing the financial independence of Mvskoke Media to be a powerful advocate for Mvskoke citizens. He will continue pushing for free press protections in Indian Country through his service on the NAJA Free Press Committee. 

Cosper is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and a current board member of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

The remaining officers and members will continue to serve the board for the duration of their elected terms.

 

2018-2019 NAJA Board of Directors

 

Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), President

Dr. Victoria LaPoe (Cherokee), Vice President

Jennifer Bell (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Treasurer

Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton (Cherokee), Secretary

Shyanne Beatty (Hangwichin Athabascan) 

Graham Brewer (Cherokee)

Sterling Cosper (Muscogee Creek)

Jacqueline Keeler (Diné / Ihanktonwan Dakota) 

Ramona Marozas (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

 

About the Native American Journalists Association

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) represents more than 500 members working in national and tribal media outlets, as independent freelancers, with associations, academic institutions and other organizations. Through programs that support diversity and defend challenges to free press, speech and expression, NAJA promotes accurate media coverage of Indian Country.

 

 

 

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