NAJA News

NAJA encourages ethical coverage during holiday season

NAJA encourages ethical coverage during holiday season
The Native American Journalists Association encourages media outlets to consider ethical framing of Indigenous communities during the holiday season and in coverage throughout the year.

NAJA announces 2017 scholarship recipients

Native American Journalists Association awards $6,000 in scholarships to Native students across Indian Country

NAJA elects three new board members and selects 2017-2018 executive committee

NAJA elects three new board members and selects 2017-2018 executive committee
The Native American Journalists Association elects three new members to the board of directors

NAJA releases Bingo: Reporting in Indian Country Edition

 NAJA releases Bingo: Reporting in Indian Country Edition
The Native American Journalists Association releases newsroom resource for covering Indian Country

NAJA announces 2017 board candidates

NAJA announces 2017 board candidates
The Native American Journalists Association will launch online voting Sept. 4-8 for the 2017 NAJA Board of Directors election; Four candidates file for three 3-year board terms

NAJA launches online voting in 2017

NAJA launches online voting in 2017
The Native American Journalists Association will launch online voting Sept. 4-8 for the 2017 NAJA Board of Directors election.

NAJA announces 2017 National Native Media Award winners

NAJA announces 2017 National Native Media Award winners
The Native American Journalists Association will recognize members with awards for excellence in covering Indian Country during EIJ17 in Anaheim

NAJA selects Tim Giago as 2017 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient

NAJA selects Tim Giago as 2017 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient
The Native American Journalists Association will present the $5,000 award during NAJA Membership Luncheon at EIJ17 in Anaheim on Sept. 8

NAJA calls for board candidacy declarations through Aug. 25

Members may submit candidacy declarations and nominations for three seats on the Native American Journalists Association board for three-year terms through Aug. 25

Founder Tim Giago to give keynote address at NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting

Founder Tim Giago to give keynote address at NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting
NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting set for Friday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Free for NAJA members, $50 for non-members

NAJA announces 2017 student fellows

NAJA announces 2017 student fellows
Native American Journalists Association selects 10 Native American Journalism Fellows for mentorship and newsroom immersion at EIJ17; Names five Columbia EIJ17 Scholarship recipients

NAJA calls for 2017 National Native Media Awards entries

NAJA calls for 2017 National Native Media Awards entries
Native American Journalists Association opens annual media awards competition; Members and non-members to submit entries through May 31

Native American Journalism Fellowship student and mentor application deadlines extended through April 30

The Native American Journalists Association is calling for student and mentor applications for the 2017-2018 Native American Journalism Fellowship through April 30

NAJA releases Reporting and Indigenous Terminology Guide

NAJA releases Reporting and Indigenous Terminology Guide
Native American Journalists Association releases guide for reporters covering Indigenous communities

NAJA responds to tweets sent by Katie Frates, reporter for the Daily Caller

NAJA responds to tweets sent by Katie Frates, reporter for the Daily Caller
Native American Journalists Association extends invitation to Frates to attend EIJ17 for ethics and diversity training in Anaheim Sept. 7-9

NAB to host A.I.R. event March 14

The National Association of Broadcasters will host the Awareness in Reporting (AIR) program Tuesday, March 14 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

UNITY 2017 Fellowship applications open through March 10

Diversity journalism students encouraged to apply for summer fellowship opportunity covering four conferences in 2017: NLGJA, AAJA, NABJ and EIJ17 with NAHJ, SPJ, RTDNA and NAJA

NAJA releases Reporter’s Arrest Guide for journalists covering protests

NAJA releases Reporter’s Arrest Guide for journalists covering protests
Native American Journalists Association releases guide for reporters covering hazardous situations

Indian Country Media Network Denounces Arrest of ICMN Journalist Jenni Monet; Demands Her Immediate Release

Independent member of the press on assignment for Indian Country Media Network swept up in police raid by Morton County Sheriff’s Department

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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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