NAJA News

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

NAJA responds to unlawful arrest of journalist Jenni Monet

Native American Journalists Association condemns the use of excessive force by North Dakota authorities on reporters covering DAPL

Grand Ronde Tribe adopts Independent Press Ordinance

Grand Ronde Tribe adopts Independent Press Ordinance
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to create independent editorial board and adopt press protections

NAJA calls for 2017 conference proposals

NAJA calls for 2017 conference proposals
The Native American Journalists Association is accepting program proposals for the conference in Anaheim, California, Sept. 7-9, 2017. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 20, 2017.

NAJA-NBC Summer Fellowship Program applications open through Feb. 24, 2017

NAJA-NBC Summer Fellowship Program applications open through Feb. 24, 2017
NBCUniversal will offer four students the opportunity to become NBC Fellows and join one of the following NBC programs or platforms for summer 2017.

NAJA media survey open through 12/15

NAJA media survey open through 12/15
Take the media survey and share your feedback to shape future Native American Journalists Association reporting guides!

NAJA Releases Reporting Guides on Covering Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

In order to aid journalists and editors covering Dakota Access Pipeline actions on the front lines or from afar, the Native American Journalists Association has created two guides that offer practical reporting advice as well as ethics guidelines.

NAJA elects new board officers, members at 2016 Excellence In Journalism conference

NAJA elects new board officers, members at 2016 Excellence In Journalism conference
Board elects Bryan Pollard as president; Tristan Ahtone as vice president

NAJA to elect four board members during 2016 Excellence in Journalism conference Sept. 20

NAJA members will elect board members through a balloted vote, in conjunction with EIJ16 in New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NAJA announces 2016 National Native Media Award winners

NAJA announces 2016 National Native Media Award winners
The Native American Journalists Association will recognize more than 200 members with awards for excellence in covering Indian Country during EIJ16 in New Orleans

NAJA calls for board of directors candidacy declarations through Aug. 30

NAJA calls for board of directors candidacy declarations through Aug. 30
The Native American Journalist Association is now accepting candidate nominations and declarations for four seats on the NAJA Board of Directors.

NAJA releases media guide to covering ICWA

NAJA releases media guide to covering ICWA
In an effort to improve coverage of child welfare in Indian Country, the Native American Journalists Association creates guide to ethical reporting on Indian Child Welfare Act

NAJA extends deadline for National Native Media Awards through June 27

NAJA extends deadline for National Native Media Awards through June 27
Native American Journalists Association extends deadline for annual media awards competition; Members and non-members can submit work through June 27

2016 NAJA National Native Media Awards call for entries open through June 10

2016 NAJA National Native Media Awards call for entries open through June 10
The Native American Journalists Association is calling for entries to the annual media awards contest through June 10

NAJA and UNITY respond to recent Washington NFL team name poll

NAJA and UNITY respond to recent Washington NFL team name poll
Native American Journalists Association and UNITY: Journalists for Diversity question methodology, accuracy and ethical considerations of recent Washington Post survey

Call for NAJA EIJ News Interns - deadline extended to May 20

Call for NAJA EIJ News Interns - deadline extended to May 20
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Native American Journalism Association are seeking 14 interns for EIJ News. Deadline to apply is May 20.

NAJA calls for ethical, informed ICWA reporting

NAJA calls for ethical, informed ICWA reporting
The Native American Journalists Association addresses deficient coverage of the child-welfare case involving Choctaw family; Will create a guide for reporters covering the Indian Child Welfare Act

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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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